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Local School Awarded Outstanding which they are going to lead in a few weeks time. Although at the early stages, their enthusiasm for engaging the whole school was impressive with many different ideas being shared. It was very enjoyable to spend some time with this group and we hope their assembly is successful!

St Peter and St Paul’s Academy has been awarded as Outstanding in a recent Inspection. The school was inspected in September by the Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools (SIAMS). The last inspection in 2012 awarded the school as Good, so they are overjoyed to achieve Outstanding this time. The inspectors stated that the Christian ethos of the school is deeply embedded in all aspects of school life, resulting in learners having a very good understanding of how Christian values impact on their own achievement and behaviour. The children were complimented for being polite, respectful and well-mannered displaying excellent behaviour and attitudes towards learning.

Armistice Parade Sunday 13th November The Stn visited one of the lunchtime clubs that underpins the ethos of the school, the CYC (Christian Youth Club), led by Mrs Mugglestone, see our photograph above. The club is made up of years 4 and 5 children, who meet each week on a Thursday. They talked with great enthusiasm for the club and the school’s values of respect, honesty and perseverance. They were preparing for an assembly

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Both Tony and Yvonne Holland, pictured below, residents of Brookside, Barkby have recently celebrated 'special' birthdays in August and September this year. As a special present to both of them their great friend, Gary Bown of Mind Supporters in Syston Get Barkby, organized a helicopter flight Crafting to fund raise for Better Mental for them on Sunday 11th September. His trip included a flight to see Lincoln Health Cathedral, and then on to Barnsdale Lodge for a spot of lunch, landing on the helipad. They returned to Sarah's Field next to Brookside, where they received a warm reception from friends and neighbours.

The Mind Shop Syston, Melton Road is holding a special ‘Crafternoon’ on Saturday 12th November. It’s being held at St Hildas Church, Lingdale, East Goscote, 2.00pm to 4.00pm and will help raise money for the one in four people that live with mental health. Dawn, a volunteer at Mind, said “We’re really hoping people will support us by getting involved with ‘crafternoon’, it’s a perfect excuse to spend time with family and friends and even better, it’s a great way to boost mental wellbeing. It can be very rewarding and relaxing to create something from scratch. Every penny raised will make a huge difference, just £21 could keep Minds Online Support Community, Elefriends, running for one hour. Prices to take part will be £5 for adults and £3 for children, with a cream tea. Plus a variety of craft demonstrations will take place on the day. Tickets are available from the Mind shop Melton Road, Syston or give them a call on 0116 319 1217. To organise your own crafternoon and to download free crafternoon fundraising pacts, full of tips and ideas visit

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PJY Therapies PJY Therapies is a new business in Syston and Knipton (in the Vale of Belvoir), offering traditional Chinese acupuncture and sports massage. Peter Yellup runs and owns PJY Therapies, and has successfully run Grantham Acupuncture in Lincolnshire for the last 10 years where he has treated a wide range of health conditions; from back pain and sciatica to infertility issues, addictions, headaches and migraines. Peter studied a three year science degree in acupuncture at the University of Lincoln, graduating with a BSc (Hons) in Acupuncture and has worked as an acupuncturist ever since. He has gone on to do further study and gain qualifications in sports massage to increase his scope of practice. In fact, acupuncture and sports massage work very well together in treating many types of aches and pains in the body due to wear and tear, sporting injuries and stress and tension. Other types of therapy are also included within an acupuncture treatment. These include moxibustion (which is burning a dried herb), cupping (which consists of glass cups which go on the skin) and guasha (sliding a blunt instrument across the skin). Traditional Chinese acupuncture has a long history dating back over 2000 years. The reason it is still used today, after all this time is because it works! It is a natural therapy that aims to treat the whole person; body, mind and emotions and has no side effects, unlike many every day and commonly used prescription medication. In essence acupuncture looks to re-balance the body and in doing so helps the body heal and repair itself. The question that I often get asked is whether or not acupuncture hurts? And the answer is no. Sometimes a

slight sharpness can be felt for a brief second or two as the needles are inserted but nearly everyone finds the treatments calming and very relaxing. Acupuncture is safe and has no side effects and only single use, sterilised disposable needles are used. Typically a session lasts one hour, with the needles remaining in place for around 20-30 minutes. As part of the diagnosis a number of questions would be asked around your current health and lifestyle, your pulse would be taken and also I would ask to look at your tongue, which all helps to formulate a diagnosis. A course of treatment would typically be around six sessions, however this is always hard to predict as everyone is different. PJY Therapies offers a professional, supportive and confidential service with the aim of restoring your health and quality of life so you are free to get on and enjoy your life the way you were meant to. Here’s what one of Peter’s existing clients has to say about having acupuncture: ‘After hitting rock bottom I was advised to seek acupuncture, eek was my thought! I have been attending Grantham Acupuncture for a year now and highly recommend anyone who is not feeling good about themselves or are in pain of any kind to join up. I still attend regularly for sheer relaxation. I have climbed a very steep hill and now love life thanks to Grantham Acupuncture.’ Mrs A. Bates, Grantham. If you would like any more information about acupuncture please visit or phone 0116 340 4062 and have a chat to Peter to see how acupuncture may be able to help you. To advertise in the SYSTON TOWN NEWS Telephone 0116 269 3221

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volunteering or donating stock, please call Sally Thomas on 0771 507 8763. For those who are not familiar with the charity; Vista provides support and services to almost 6000 children and adults with sight loss throughout Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland. As well as rehabilitation, social groups, befriending and residential services, Vista also provide specialist services for people with learning disabilities, dementia and dual sensory impairment. You can visit their website for more details.

New Ladies Group Ladies - are you interested in forming a group who would meet and have fun raising money for ‘local’ charities. There will be a meeting on Thursday 24th November in the lounge of the Conservative Club, High Street, Syston at 7.30pm, where it will be decided on events and where funds raised would go. Everyone welcome! If you are interested in joining please contact Mrs Margaret Hendry on 0116 260 9296.

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A Very Special Remembrance Book of Syston Soldiers who Died During World War Two on Display in Syston Library in November. As you may already know, the Friends of St Peter and St Paul's Church, Syston have been collecting photos and information about as many of the Syston servicemen and women who are commemorated on our war memorial for the past couple of years. The photos have now been used in a memorial book that will form a valuable historic document and a copy of the book will be on display at Syston Library for the month of November. The album will be dedicated at the 11.30am Remembrance Day service in the Parish Church this year, which is after the service around the war memorial, and after that copies of the album will be kept permanently in the Parish Church and Methodist Church as well as the library. The Friends of St Peter and St Paul's Church are indebted to local historian Cynthia Brown of Leicester for undertaking the research that was needed to complete the memorial book, and to Ray Young of Syston Local History Group for binding the albums. Felicity Austin, (Vice Chairwoman of Friends of St Peter and St Paul's Church).

Syston grandmother Theresa did a sponsored swim to raise funds for local charity, Newlife Foundation for Disabled Children. The charity helps one of her grandsons, Garrat. She has raised over £118 by swimming 40 lengths of the South Charnwood swimming pool. Our picture above shows her as she turned to start another length. Well done Theresa! For more information about the charity visit their website

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NEW BARKBY WI Vice President, Mrs A Montague welcomed members and visitors to New Barkby’s October meeting. She thanked everyone who had helped during the recent group meeting at which New Barkby were the host institute at Barkby Village Hall. The speaker there was Rosemary Hughes and friend Peta, both florists who prepared all the floral displays for Richard III’s internment in Leicester Cathedral. The New Barkby meeting had Mr Terry Greengrass and colleague Ken as

speakers on the topic of Leicester movie makers, a local group who make films, mostly documentaries, using camcorders. Members were shown a variety of films, some with voice-overs, of breath taking scenic locations, with wildlife and sculptures, through woods, Yorkshire dales, Abbotsbury Swannery, and abroad to Fjords of Norway and the city of Stavanger and its fishing industry. The finale was ‘The Return of the King’ capturing the events of 2015, when King Richard III’s internment took place in Leicester Cathedral. There was an amazing display of 8,000 candles in Jubilee Square and the celebrations ended with a magnificent firework flourish.

The Leicester Movie Makers presented all these short films, set to appropriate music in just one hour. They won a competition for their work in 2015. A very entertaining evening. The vote of thanks was given by Mrs A. Wright. The competition was won by Mrs B. Jameson and the raffle by Mrs P. Warren. The tea hostesses were Mrs L. Bennison and Mrs E. Loder assisted by Mrs B. Gamble and Mrs P. Warren. The next meeting will be Wednesday 2nd November, 7.30pm at Syston Community Centre. Visitors will be welcomed.



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As winter approaches and the coughs, cold and flu symptoms appear, it’s now the time to build up your immune system! As always please seek medical advice before taking any herbal remedies if you have any condition which is of concern. There are a lot of remedies to assist the immune system - In this article we are going to consider the following: Vitamin C, Zinc, Echinacea, Elderberry and Plantago. Vitamin C is often called the master immune nutrient, because of its essential role in immune function. Many studies have shown vitamin C to reduce the duration and severity of cold symptoms, and some research suggests it may reduce the risk of catching a cold (although results of prevention studies have been mixed). Among other relevant effects, vitamin C increases white blood cell function, interferon production and antibody activity. Vitamin C requirements are higher during infection. Zinc is another important immune nutrient. The lozenge form of zinc has been shown to significantly reduce the duration and severity of common cold symptoms. When the lozenges are dissolved in the mouth, the zinc appears to possess a direct, local anti-viral activity. This benefit is in addition to the fact that zinc is a primary nutrient in immune function, particularly due to its beneficial effects on thymus gland function and white blood cell function. Echinacea (echinacea augusfi Folia, echinacea purpurea) Echinacea's active compounds enhance immune function due to various mechanisms of action such as; increasing the production of white blood cells (when they are low); stimulating activation of

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A Fresh New Look for a Long Established Town Dental Practice After 40 years of being known as Syston Dental Practice, Liz Butters, principle dentist has re-launched the practice as Watermead Dental. “It was time to re-fresh the appearance of the practice along with introducing some new technologies to make sure we are offering the best possible experience for all our patients”, said Liz. Syston Dental Practice started in the mid 70s, where the original partners were linked to Oakdale Dental Practice in Leicester. Liz joined the practice 20 years ago, initially as an associate, and subsequently became a partner before taking over the practice in 2005. Liz is not the only person who has a long history here, between her and the other associates, Wendy Seaton and Nisha Pattani and their Hygienists Mandy and Lydia they have clocked up 100 years of service. In fact, loyalty seems to be a common theme at the practice as the other members of staff have also been here for many years as have the patients, “We still have many patients who have been coming here right from the beginning” said Liz. “Irrespective of what your dental history may be, we are here to make sure your dental needs are completely satisfied and your expectations are exceeded. If you are nervous, that is not a problem, we are very proud of our record for reassuring patients and putting them at ease. Ultimately, this is a family practice, so come along and meet the team and let us look after you.”

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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 October Caroline, who helps me with the weeding in my garden said, you must come and look at what I have found growing in your bed of Heuchera’s. I was intrigued as to what she had found and to my surprise, as she parted the leaves there was a giant puffball, which Caroline informed me had the Latin name of Calvatia gigantia. The white giant puffballs can grow as large as a football and when young are said to be edible, but I must say I never fancied trying one. In previous years my Nerine bowdenii ‘Mark Fenwick’ has looked magnificent during October and in mid-November. However, this year the wet spring and early summer caused a number of the older bulbs to rot, by older I mean 20 years - that is a very good life span for any bulb. I spent some time sorting out the rotten bulbs and now with a few less bulbs it is once more in flower, but with only 15 lower stems, even so, it is putting on a very attractive autumn and early winter show of pink flowers. On the subject of bulbs, during early October I went along to the Alpine Garden Society show at Loughborough and there amongst the alpines I came across Ledebouria socialis, pictured below, which like my Nerine has bulbs that sit almost on top of the soil. What attracted me to this plant was its lance shaped small leaves, which are silver spotted with dark green. Its flowers are a light purple and at first sight resemble a tiny Hyacinth. When I got home I read up on this

and early November Abelia x grandiflora ‘Confetti’, shown below, produces a mass of white flower heads and although the young growth is green, as the cold weather approaches the foliage will take on a cream variegation and this lasts right though the following year. ‘Confetti’ forms a medium sized evergreen shrub and I keep this in

genus and found it was native to South Africa and needed to be kept in a cool greenhouse between October and the following early June, so it now sits on the bench in my greenhouse. My wife is very fond of Sempervivum’s (house leeks) and although we have over 50 varieties growing in rockeries and screes throughout the garden, if I spot one that is different I buy it and take it home for her. At the check by pruning the previous year’s Alpine show I growth back by two thirds of its growth. came across Viburnam tinus ‘Liza Rose’, if left to its Sempervivum own devises forms a large shrub, but it ciliosum, pictured here, which has grey is so easy to keep in check by pruning it green, evergreen back after it has finished flowering incurved rosettes that are during the following late March. ‘Liza covered with grey hairs. This is similar Rose’ is a fairly new introduction and to the cobweb houseleek Sempervivum produces heads of numerous pink arachnoids, but the rosettes are larger flowers from November until the and its stiff grey hairs resemble following March. Five months of flowers eyelashes. I have a six foot long stone throughout the winter will take some trough in the garden that is filled with beating. If you have a small garden very well drained compost and as a then both of the above shrubs can be consequence is planted with a number grown in containers containing John of alpines. Even so, one of my Innes Number 3 compost, and then if Saxifrages rotted off during the wet watered regularly and fed at two weekly spring, so this was taken out and in its intervals with tomato fertilizer from April place I have planted Hypericum until September they will give you great aegypticum. Unlike most Hypericum’s joy. that form medium sized to large shrubs During late October members of the with large golden flowers. Hypericum Syston in Bloom Committee planted aegypticum forms a prostrate 200 Daffodil ‘St Kevern’ bulbs in one of evergreen carpet, which during the the borders at Syston station. ‘St summer is covered with small star Kevern’ is a pure yellow daffodil that shaped yellow flowers. I do hope this only grows 18 inches 45cm in height, will eventually weep over the edge of so next spring should see a brilliant the trough. display beneath the trees. A number of shrubs start to flower as the light level drops, during October A family run company we apply our local knowledge and over 26 years of experience to offer you one-to-one home care that enables you or your loved one to remain at home with compassion and dignity.

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You are committing an offence if you: • Are under 18 and you buy fireworks or possess them in a public place. • You let off fireworks between the hours Beat surgery of 11.00pm and 7.00am. Saturday 12th November • Throw fireworks or any other objects in 11.00am to 12.00noon at Syston Library. the street at people or at property. A selection of crime prevention gadgets • Trespass on or cause damage to other will be on sale. people’s property I am also holding ‘Coffee with a Cop’ at The Firework Regulations act 2004 prohibit The Hub Café, Methodist Church, High the use of fireworks at night, i.e. 11.00pm Street on Tuesday 22nd November at to 7.00am, though there are extensions for 12noon. Please pop along for a chat. Chinese New Year, Diwali and New Years Crime Prevention Advice Eve (all 1.00am) and Guy Fawkes night With the dark nights now with us please (midnight). follow these tips: Now for a bit of Trivia: • When going out in the evening leave a A ‘sparkler’ burns at a temperature of up to light on or a radio. 2000 degrees Celsius. TRUE or FALSE? • If you are going to arrive home after dark, TRUE- that is 20 times hotter than boiling use a timer to make a lamp come on. I water!!! have a small supply of timers please You are more likely to be injured at a large contact me should you want one. public firework display than at your • Please ensure all doors and windows neighbour’s firework party. TRUE or FALSE? have been locked properly. FALSElatest statistics show that the • Install security lighting at the front and highest number of casualties actually rear of your property and/or check it is come from family run events at the home working properly. • Install a burglary alarm and remember to A rocket travels at speeds of up to set it every time you leave the house even 150mph. TRUE or FALSE? if it’s just for a few minutes. TRUE- that’s as fast as a high speed train! Bonfire Night Good News Please have fun if you are attending an A local youth has been identified in a store event or just celebrating at home, but also theft and dealt with by Community Resolution. stay safe. Here’s a few reminders:

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A male known to police has been charged with Burglary other than Dwelling for a garage break-in on Oxford Street and was remanded to a young offender’s institution. The local beat team attended an incident on Walkers Way recently and arrested a male who was in possession of a knife. This male has been recalled to prison. If you are affected by any antisocial behaviour please report this on 101 or to your local council. ‘Ask the Police’ – Got a question? Visit the frequently asked questions database on our website – Be aware of people acting suspiciously near your home and report it to 101. If you become aware of anyone local to you that maybe involved in crime please come forward with any information you have, however small. All calls are kept confidential and anonymous and can be reported to either 101 or crimestoppers 0800 555 111. Register your property free of charge at Follow us on Twitter @CharnwoodPolice. Facebook: Loughborough Police Instagram: Leicestershire_police Contact details Jo Freeman – 6612 101 – collar number 6612



SYSTON’S CHRISTMAS FESTIVE event 2016 Come along and enjoy this years Christmas Event on Central Park

Saturday 3rd December - 11.30am to 5.30pm ❄

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12.00noon – 12.30pm Syston Band 1.00pm – 1.20pm St Peter & St Paul’s Hand Bells Le ft Ha nd Ba nd 1.30pm – 1.50pm Ilea Cavagner - Soloist Kimika 2.00pm – 2.45pm Kimika 3.00pm – 3.45pm Ska Amanga (Reggae Duo) 4.00pm Santa Arrives + Shop Window Winner Presentation 4.10pm - 5.00pm The Left Hand Band

Street Entertainers Include: Superman Plus Santa’s Grotto, Billy Bates Mini Fun Fair and a wide range of Craft, Gift and Food Stalls!

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The Santa Parade will start at 3.45pm from the Community Centre

on School Street and proceed up St Peter’s Street, along Melton Road to the Sundial Entrance, where Santa will leave his sleigh and proceed to the Stage. Join in the count down to a marvellous Firework display.

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NOVEMBER ARIES March 20 - April 19

LEO July 22 - August 22

SAGITTARIUS Nov 22 - Dec 20

Work is fun, bright and interesting this month and this has a positive upbeat influence on everything else that you do! Moreover, good communication ensures success and you will be ‘in the running’ for a promotion or pay rise. As a new phase unfolds, a partnership goes from strength to strength with perhaps a holiday in store. Enjoy!

Your ability to communicate and get onto the same wavelength with others gets turned into cash quite easily… clever you! This, in turn, does your confidence good and you push yourself really hard. However, take care that this doesn’t affect your health too much although there are big rewards as extra responsibilities are on offer.

New practical tasks and projects around home and garden will be hard work but also fun and absorbing – and you can bet that a loving partner will help. Don’t worry if a job comes to an end and you find yourself looking around for new opportunities. You worry about cash but realise that this is only temporary and your luck will change.

TAURUS April 20 - May 20

VIRGO August 23 - Sept 22

CAPRICORN Dec 21 - Jan 19

It’s an interesting month with planetary indications pointing to completions and endings. This need not be painful, only if you resist the changes that naturally want to manifest in your life. Work should be pleasant, with some travel involved and lots of socialising! A new, serious friend will turn out to be a bit of a soul-mate.

You’re in a great mood during November! Discussions with family and friends and general catch-ups with gossip give the month an early festive ‘feel’. Work is enjoyable and you watch your finances go from strength to strength. A new way to make money is most appealing, although it does involve lots of work, so think hard.

You worry about some responsibility, power or authority, being as you have to live up to what others expect of you! Try to relax and you may realise that others are destined to ‘move on’ regardless of what you say and do. A new idea involves lots of hard work but will secure love and security in you life. This is worth aiming for.

GEMINI May 21 - June 20

LIBRA Sept 23 - Oct 22

AQUARIUS Jan 20 - Feb 17

A new friendship could well turn out to be You concentrate on pleasing yourself this With worries on your mind, you’ll be rather relieved when none of them ‘come something quite special, in the long-run. month and doing your own thing. This to pass’ and life turns out to be rather However, for now, there’s some work to has been a while coming and you can’t pleasant after all. You also find that any be done together and this needs to take afford to ignore your own feelings and priority. Someone needs your help and needs for much longer. Don’t be ‘put out’ domestic problems or issues are quickly support and seems to be suffering in resolved, much to your joy. With much in when others disappear off the scene some way, such as from an argument or whilst you take time out though home-life life to enjoy and celebrate, you make disagreement. Your perspective shifts can be turbulent. The daily routine alters good progress. A new friend is most somewhat. dramatically. essential.

CANCER June 21 - July 21

SCORPIO Oct 23 - Nov 21

A partner has a great deal on their plate With the sun in your sign this month, you and may be determined to off-load onto can expect rather a pleasant time you or try to enlist your help. You won’t although a partner has to come to terms mind but there’s no easy solution to their with a dramatic completion of a project or intensity and involvement in some situation. This could well be a relief project ‘dear to their heart’. Only time will although it will take time for the ‘dust to settle’. However, do expect a better time ease the issue. In the meantime, don’t ahead as a result! You will, in time, beat yourself up for getting on with your celebrate I am sure. own stuff.


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Young Syston Woman to Help Tackle Poverty in Tanzania

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Syston in Bloom News As we move into Autumn, the Syston in Bloom group is as busy as ever. On October 1st we had our annual quiz at the Church Hall. It was extremely well attended, and raised over £640 for the Group’s work. This is our major source of income, and it will be used to buy plants and equipment for our various projects. We would like to thank all those who gave us such massive support the quiz - Also David and Cynthia Springthorpe for devising and administering the quiz. The faggots, sausages, and veg were

1st Queniborough Brownies Past and Present I would like to invite all Brownies and their parent/s to come to my leaving bash on Tuesday 13th December, from 5.30pm to 7.30pm, as this is the last day I will be Brown Owl. I would also like to extend the invite to any past Brownies and parent/s whom have been in the Brownies from when I started 18-20 years ago. I am just putting on a little spread of sandwiches and cakes and the

cooked to perfection by Terry Farmer from East Midland Trains. and his team, while many participants On Monday we shall be planting four provided a superb range of desserts. buddleia bushes donated by a local The winning team were ‘The Lemons!’ resident to enhance the encouragement of butterflies next On 7th October, Trevor Hodson and Derek Cox went to Nottingham to see year.” how we got on in our entry for an ‘It’s Quenibrorough WI Your Neighbourhood’ Award for our work at Syston Station. Trevor writes: What a life she had! You might wonder “I am very pleased with the outcome of of whom I speak, well it was 'Wicked the award and it is the first award we Wallis Simpson' and Julie Ede gave us have received for the station and it is a marvellous insight into the life of a encouraging to all the members of the woman who beguiled a man that was Syston in Bloom team that did all the to become King of England, but gave ground work and to all the support we up his throne for the woman he loved. received from the community and Our October meeting was full of Brownies that are with me now will also speculation as we discussed her fame or infamy as the case may be and be having their Christmas party. were bedazzled at the jewels given to During the event you will be able to her! Visitors from Barkby WI and look at all the photos that I have Charnwood WIGs had joined us for collected over the past years of the evening and with tea, coffee and Brownies. cake to follow, what better way to I shall be sad to be leaving after all spend an evening than with friends. these years, but I wish Laura (the New Come and join us at Queniborough Brown Owl) and Yvette (Tawny Owl in Village Hall on the first Wednesday of training) and Petra (Fluffy Owl in each month from 7.30pm. You will be training) all the best for the future with warmly welcomed. 2nd November Queniborough Brownies. AGM Wishing You All a Very Merry SYSTON TOWN NEWS Christmas and a Happy 2017 THE GREAT LITTLE PAPER Fondest Regards Elaine (Brown Owl)

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figure it has ever recorded (‘Class of 2016’, Prudential, 15 January 2016). Indeed, perhaps nowhere is the generational divide more apparent than in Britain’s intergenerational the prospects for retirement. Younger divide deepens as young workers are much less likely to have adults look set to be worse access to final salary schemes, and the off in retirement than their starkly different contribution rates for predecessors. those schemes compared with defined contribution pensions have obvious The vote to leave Europe perhaps implications for the share of wealth across captured the nation’s fractured mindset generations. perfectly. Relatively few young adults voted for something that could ultimately To compound the problem, deny them an automatic right to live and ‘twentysomethings’ are starting their work in the EU. Moreover, their collective careers at a time when their pay is being viewpoint stood in stark contrast to that of suppressed by firms plugging deficits in older generations, for whom issues of their final salary schemes that, in the main, identity seemed to trump economic protect benefits for older workers. This concerns. means less investment capital to help Generational divides were once drawn businesses grow, and less money along cultural and social lines. Baby available to invest in the pensions of boomers seemed to go against everything younger workers. their parents had believed, in terms of According to research from insurer Aegon, music, fashion and philosophy. But those aged 16 to 24 are hoping to retire nowadays the divide between old and with an average annual income of £64,000 young is just as likely to be denoted by a year, nearly six times the average expectations of wealth and prosperity. income they are on track for. This Today’s 18–21-year-olds enter the aspiration comes despite the fact this workforce at a time of austerity, soaring would require a savings pot of nearly £1.9 house prices, student debt, and low wage million, a sum significantly greater than the pension lifetime allowance growth. Even on optimistic scenarios it (, 5 August 2015). looks likely that they will make much slower progress on pay than their Such expectations would be more realistic predecessors, challenging the notion that if more young savers were willing to take each generation will do better than the last. on investment risk, but in separate research from Scottish Widows, a Recent research from the Resolution staggering 51% of 18-29-year-olds believe Foundation has found that a typical cash savings will help support them, millennial earns £8,000 less during their despite the experience of an ultra-low twenties than those in the preceding interest rate environment for much – if not generation – Generation X (Stagnation all – of their adult lives (Retirement Report Generation: the case for renewing the 2016, Scottish Widows, September 2016). intergenerational contract, Resolution Foundation, July 2016). Without real-term By saving their money rather than investing it, they could be missing out on wage growth, a significant number of potentially life-changing sums at millennials have all but given up the idea retirement. of ever owning their own home. This is a particular source of discontent, especially The younger generations understand that as their own parents bought the family they could spend two to three decades in home relatively cheaply, and then locked retirement, but they don’t necessarily in sizeable gains. understand the financial commitment required. Yet despite the gloomy Meanwhile, older generations continue to prognosis, there are reasons for optimism. see their retirement incomes rising. Younger generations have very long-term Prudential says that people planning to investment horizons and greater retire in 2016 expect to have an average income of £17,700 a year, the highest opportunities to benefit from compound

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Aside from the government’s efforts to tackle the issue of falling pension scheme membership, some families are starting to consider how to use their combined resources in the best, most tax-efficient way to benefit younger members. This may be to help them gain a foothold on the housing ladder, clear debts, or build a pension. But with the right advice and planning, transferring wealth to the next generation can be extremely rewarding in all these cases, offering simple ways reduce a future Inheritance Tax liability. We must ensure that younger generations are getting a fair share of the proceeds of economic growth so that we don’t end up

Syston QT Theatre Group The group is now in full rehearsal for our next play, ‘Madame Blavatsky Lives’ by Joan Greening, and things are going well. However, it has been a sad time for us as our former Treasurer, Phil Sharpe, should have been directing this play but sadly died just as rehearsals were starting. But Mark Smith is doing an amazing job in his place and we feel that this play will be a fitting testament to Phil’s memory. With a cast of four women, the play will be performed from Tuesday 29th November to Friday 2nd December. Tickets are priced at £8.00 each with £7.00 for concessions.


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The Lifesaving Eye Test One of our opticians, Your Sight, based on Melton Road, Syston was able to help a young patient who had gone along for a eye test. Amauri’s father recalls the events that led to the life saving diagnosis and treatment. “My Son, Amauri (7), had been unwell for a some time. He had complained of headaches that made him sick in the morning - Firstly once a month; then twice a month and then to the stage where it became multiple times daily. Something wasn't right. The doctors had tried to understand and diagnose what it was. Allergy ? No. Virus ? No. Behavioural ? No not this little boy... I don't blame the doctors at all, it's hard to diagnose from those symptoms alone. Then, on Thursday 24th April 2015, things changed. I made an appointment to see my local optician. On this day I had also gone and seen my GP again, who had to organise an urgent paediatric referral. Friday morning, Amauri was sick three times, he went to school because he didn't want to miss it, but was sent home as the teacher had seen his ‘eyes roll’. Bit dramatic I

thought, but something was wrong, seriously wrong. Saturday morning, we went to see Nitin, pictured right, my optician at Your Sight. He did his consultation and knew something was not right. He recommended we went to the Eye Casualty at the Leicester Royal Infirmary (LRI), but we had to wait until it was next open. He had written a referral letter to show at the LRI which I read on Saturday evening and knew we were in trouble. Our lives have never been the same since that life altering day. To try and make the next 18 months concise; Amauri had a 4cm by 4cm tumour. It was cancer, he had it removed on the Tuesday; three days after the optician had seen him. He is doing well and responding well to treatment. It's still a long road, but more positive, thanks to what Nitin did. He helped to save my son's life. If I hadn't see him, I don't want to think of the consequences. He was the man who got the ball rolling to help my son. My family and I are extremely grateful to him. The optician is perhaps not always seen in this light but they are lifesavers. Since then I have told all I know, including the school, to ensure all the students have had an eye test. For a child, eye tests are free. They may need glasses because of the results, but I would take that over what we been through. We now make sure we never miss our yearly eye checks. Thanks Nitin, you changed our lives, you saved our son's life!”

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and the Sunday School hut that also lived in the then extensive church grounds, as well as the many clubs and societies that were part of church life. Since that time, Syston Baptist Church has gone through many changes. Large parcels of land were sold off for housing in the 1930s and 1960s on Melton Road and Goodes Lane, and a light and airy church hall was built onto the back of the church building in 1970, a bit of an improvement on the draughty corrugated iron huts! Today we have lots to get involved in at our very friendly, welcoming church. Why not pop in at one of our Coffee Mornings or one of the Christmas services coming up? Have a look at our website Were you one of the brave, rain for the defying Syston Carnival supporters who came along to our stall to help us latest. If you have any memories of Syston Baptist Church, we’d really celebrate our 90th birthday party? It love to hear them and add them to our may have been soggy, but it didn’t church history. Pop in and see us or dampen anyone’s enthusiasm in the drop us a line at giving out of balloons and 150 party bags, as well as party hat making and free games for children in the shelter Charnwood WIgs of our gazebo. After a successful gin tasting It was February 26th 1926 when our session and fashion show, new church building opened on the we have only one meeting left in corner of Goodes Lane and Melton 2016! Road, then Leicester Road. The Thursday 24th November will be tea founding tasting by the lovely Anna from the minister was Old Brickyard, Scalford. Rev. Arthur Look out for next years calendar of Harding, events coming soon. If you fancy something different once pictured here, a month or want a new interest? The pastor at the WI has lots to offer, there's always church for 23 something going on county wide! years and a For more information contact Sharon well known on 0784 988 8752. and loved figure in the We meet at Beedles Lake Golf Club, village. East Goscote. Systonians SYSTON TOWN NEWS with very long memories may THE GREAT LITTLE PAPER remember the Girls’ Life Brigade hut

Happy 90th Birthday to Syston Baptist Church!

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St Peter and St Paul’s Church News Harvest Celebrations The combined service for the 10am and eleven30 congregations was well attended and enjoyed.

The theme for the service was ‘Water’. Much consideration was given to the fact that a considerable number of people have no clean water ever. There was also time to think about how we can save water. The children were asked to guess how much water several activities took, such as by cleaning our teeth and using the washing machine. Then it was revealed how much water can be saved by being careful when doing these things like not leaving the tap running when cleaning our teeth and only using the washing machine when it is full. A special collection was taken for Water Aid. During the service the young people thought of prayers to do with water and those who have little and how important it is for us not to waste it. A large paper bottle covered with these prayers was processed up for the Rev’d Jackie to see.

After refreshments in the church, most people moved over to the hall to enjoy a Harvest Lunch of jacket potatoes and salad and a selection of delicious sweets. Christmas Tree Festival Many local businesses and organisations have been approached to contribute to this and some trees promised with more to come. There 20


have also been several generous donations. We are looking forward to the first weekend in December when the church will be open for everyone to enjoy the spectacle. Contact Vicki on 0116 260 8337 or email or Felicity on 0116 269 2543, if would like to put a tree into the festival (there is no charge!) or would like more information. Ladies Friendship Circle On Monday 26th September our speaker was the Rev’s Jackie Bullen whose talk was titled A Recent Trip ‘Down Under’. Jackie described a visit with her husband Neil earlier this year to visit her son who lives there. After a couple of days in the ‘elegant city’ of Melbourne exploring its beautiful parks and interesting styles of architecture, they travelled along the Great Ocean Road with its amazing views arriving eventually at their son’s home on remote farmland approximately two hours from Adelaide. Jackie, having recently returned from a trip to Tanzania found herself comparing the lifestyles of remote Australia with that of Tanzania. We also heard about Adelaide, a city with relatively new architecture (less than 100 years old) built to copy the styles of English universities. Their last stop was Sydney, a beautiful and interesting city with a wonderful maritime history. The evening concluded with photos of the country and that of her son who having announced his engagement will mean a return visit for Jackie and her husband! Monday 10th October was our Harvest Supper. We began the evening by singing one verse of We Plough the Fields and Scatter the Good Seed on the Ground. We then had vegetable soup followed by cheese and biscuits and pastries which was enjoyed by all Church Clock There have been several comments about the fact that the clock has stopped and the chimes are silent. It is sad to report that the motor has failed and that we have to have it replaced and this will cost £700+VAT. Rather a lot of money to find. So if anyone out there knows of someone with a few hundred pounds to spare we would love to hear from them!

A Sponsored Swim at South Charnwood Pool on Sunday 25th September.

Some of the swimmers before they took to the water with Felicity and Fiona being the only two in vintage costumes!

When Friends of St Peter and St Paul's Church decided to organise a sponsored swim in aid of their proposed building project at the church, little did they realise what a generous response they would have from local people. Many of the regular swimmers at the early morning sessions at the pool readily agreed to swim for the cause and to collect sponsors. And those who didn't feel able to 'do' the swim offered to sponsor someone instead. And so it was that on a very rainy Sunday afternoon in late September most of the swimmers, those who couldn’t make it swam on another day, and their supporters gathered at the pool for their swim. The ages ranged from eight-years-old up to about seventy, the number of lengths achieved ranged from two to a hundred. The editor of Stn, Fiona Henry agreed to swim in a 1950's vintage costume, to keep her friend Felicity (who was also swimming in 'fancy dress') company, see photograph above. All these good people were swimming in aid of the Friends of St Peter and St Paul's project to build a small extension at the back of the church which will house two toilets for the disabled. The Friends feel that these facilities are needed as the church hall is down a slope and on the other side of a road from the church; not good when it's dark, raining or icy, particularly for anyone disabled or elderly, or even Mums with toddlers. Although we haven't yet collected all the sponsor money in and therefore don't know the exact amount that has been raised, we're fairly sure that the swim will have raised well over £1,000 for the building fund. So thank you to all those who swam, and their sponsors, and also to Darren Williamson, the manager of the pool and this staff. NOVEMBER 2016

LETTERS NSPCC School Service Dear Editor, Last year was a great year for the NSPCC School Service. My volunteers and I reached more primary school children than ever before during our workshops and assemblies - helping to keep them safe from abuse and empowering them to speak out about any worries they may have. The NSPCC has so far reached more than one million children from 15,000 schools across the country since 2011 and is now planning to reach out to a million more. Now the new term has started, my team and I are looking forward to talking again to children aged between four and 11, but we need your help. The ‘Speak Out, Stay Safe’ programme is enormously important as it gives children the language and confidence they need to talk about their worries, and the knowledge they need to keep themselves safe. I can’t do that without the help of volunteers. Can you help? Volunteering is a fantastic way to give something back whilst also learning new skills and meeting new people. The NSPCC, and our friendly team of volunteers, give you all the training and support you need to feel confident in your role. With a minimum commitment of as little as three morning or afternoon visits a month, you can make a big difference to children. For more information visit: Or you can get in touch with me by calling 0771 014 7743 or Yours sincerely, Shelly Charnock NSPCC School Service Coordinator for Leicestershire.

Re Syston Station October 2016 Dear Editor, For the last two years, members of The Syston In Bloom Committee have, together with Raynsway Properties, friendly nurseries and local businesses, sought to turn Syston Railway Station from looking like a rubbish dump into an attractive garden that now contains many trees, shrubs, perennials and alpines. NOVEMBER 2016

St Peter and St Paul’s School Autumn Term News

The children at St Peter and St Paul’s school have been busy, with the early years taking part in the Harvest Festival at the church, see photograph above. The school received funding from Tesco for ‘Let's get cooking’ activities for year 5 children. Tesco supplied them with £50 and the children have so far made: Baked Apples, Potato Salad and Coleslaw, with more activities planned. The pictures, right, show them busy with their food preparation.

Borders on either side of the first car park are not only planted, but covered in a deep mulch of bark. The platforms have flower boxes and there is now even a flower box beneath the sign at the entrance to the station. The station has had so many satisfactory comments that the RHS invited Trevor Hodson and myself, on behalf of the Syston in Bloom Committee, along to the Town Hall in

Nottingham to receive a certificate of three advancing (five is the top) for the work that has been carried out to improve the outlook to the railway station. Trevor says “Next year it will be certificate five” - but then he has put so much into this project. Derek Cox.

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ACCOUNTANTS A.B.T. (Accounts, Book-keeping & Tax) AAT Qualified Small Business’s a Speciality. Good Rates. Mob: 0746 0303 490. Baker & Co Tel: 0116 264 0889 CP Accountancy Ltd Tel: 0116 230 3973 Mob: 0774 965 0129 or email: Sarah Sear Ltd Chartered Certified Accountants Tel: 01664 424 298 Mob: 07804 028 063 email:

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USEFUL TELEPHONE NUMBERS Post Office, Syston. 0116 260 3765 Age Concern Syston. 0116 260 1476 BATHROOM AND TILING CRIMESTOPPERS. 0800 555 111 Souter Bathrooms Ltd Parkinson's UK. 0844 225 3625 Tel: Darren 0116 260 4105 or Mob: 0776 668 5901 Roadline. 0800 62 63 63 Samaritans. 0116 270 0007 BUILDERS Syston Volunteer Centre. 0116 260 7888 Dave Hutchings Councils: Tel: 0116 260 7716 Mob: 0777 078 5400 email: Charnwood Borough Council. 01509 263 151 Sharp Construction Leics. County Council. 0116 232 3232 Tel: 0116 260 1566 Mob: 0798 955 1994 Syston Town Council. 0116 260 7150 CADETS Hospitals/Healthcare: ATC Squadron 1181 Syston Glenfield Hospital. 0300 303 1573 Wreake Valley College, Opposite the playing Leicester General. 0300 303 1573 Leicester Royal Infirmary. 0300 303 1573. fields at the rear of the college. Meeting nights: Monday and Thursday: 7.00pm to Direct Dial to Patient Bedside. 9.30pm. Flying, gliding, rifle target range 0900 906 1515 shooting, adventure training, Duke of Accident and Emergency: Edinburgh Awards scheme, 737 Flight Simulator. For more information telephone Leicester Royal Infirmary. 0300 303 1573 0116 260 3948 between 7.00pm and 9.30pm NHS Direct. 0845 46 47 Monday and Thursday evenings, email: Syston Health Centre We are recruiting The Jubilee Medical Practice: 295 0600 young persons aged 13 to 17 years. The County Practice: 295 0500 CAR BODYWORK District Nurses & Health Visitors: Chips Away 0300 300 7777 Tel: 0116 259 8340 Mob: 0777 874 0074 Chemists: CARPETS Boots. 0116 269 8218 Colby Carpets Sunlit. 0116 260 2695 Tel: 0116 260 7394 Mob: 07973 776 240 East Goscote Pharmacy. 0116 260 6734 email: Leisure: Costcutter Carpets South Charnwood Leisure Centre Tel/Fax: 0116 264 0745 0116 264 0057 email: Syston Community Centre. 0116 260 7150 CELEBRATION CAKES Syston Library. 0116 305 3500 Sharon’s Sugar craft Syston Northfields Tennis Club. Tel: 0778 974 2635 0116 260 5926 Syston Rugby FC. 0116 260 1223 CHARITY GROUPS Syston Twinning. 01509 813 723 Age Concern Syston Wreake Runners. Sophie 07745 343726 The Methodist Church Centre, High Street, Police: Syston Police. 101 Syston LE7 1GP. Tel: 0116 260 1476. Help and Advice Centre open Monday to Schools/Colleges: Friday 9.00am to 12.30pm. The Merton Primary School. 0116 260 8150 CHEMIST Roundhill Community Academy. East Goscote Pharmacy, 10 Merchants 0116 269 3896 Common, East Goscote, LE7 3XR. Now provides FREE Blood Pressure Checks, SS Peter & Paul Primary Academy. FREE Repeat Prescription Collection and 0116 260 7577 Delivery Service Please call 0116 260 6734. Wreake Valley Academy. 0116 264 1080 To advertise Biffa Waste Issues: Telephone 0116 269 3221 Biffa Transfer Station. 0116 269 6492


Microsis CHILD CARE GROUPS Tel: 0116 260 4217 Mob: 0759 502 1206 Childminders email: New informal support network for local childminders and minded children, to share Paul’s Computer Services best practice in a friendly environment. Free resources. Meets the first Tuesday of every Tel: 0116 212 9748 Mob: 0796 172 9055 month. 9.30am to 11.00am, at the Syston Repairs, upgrades, PC rebuilds, wireless Methodist Church. £1 per adult. email: Internet & network set-up. Remove all viruses and spyware, speed up your PC. No call out fees. Tech support. In B Tweenies A parent, baby and toddler group for parents To your door service. with children who have been on a neo natal Simple Computing unit. The group meets on Tuesdays from Tel: 0116 318 2352 10.00am until 12 noon at Queniborough email: Dance Co. 109 Broad Street, LE7 1GJ. Web: Telephone Lindsay on 07847 264 382. CONSERVATORY ROOF CLEANER Clean Start Make & Play (Mondays and Fridays) Well Established, Professional Conservatory Syston Methodist Church, 9.45am until 11.00am both days term time only. £2 for the Cleaner. Fully Insured and CRB Checked. Contact Wayne first child and 50p for subsequent children. Tel: 0116 431 7674 Mob: 0797 750 5453 For more information about the group contact Georgina at systonmakeandplay CRAFTS or Make & Play - Syston. North Leicestershire Beaders St Peter & St Paul's Church Meets second Saturday of the month Tots at Ten Pre-school Group 10.00am to 4.00pm. The Old School Hall, Every Tuesday in term time 10.00am to Thurmaston. A friendly group, open to all, 11.45am Church Centre, Lower Church experienced and beginners. For more Street. £1.50. Fun, fellowship, stories, information contact: Mrs Anna-Maria activities etc. Bromley 0116 260 7221 or CHIROPRACTIC Melissa Fairbrother Syston Knitting Group Tel: 07810 727 176 The group meets every Thursday from 1.00pm to 3.00pm at Syston Community Centre School Street Syston LE7 1HN. The CHURCH GROUPS cost is 50p per session, which includes Broadway Gospel Hall Activities refreshments. For more information please Mondays 3.45 to 4.45pm (term time only) Children's Bible Discovery Club, five to 10 yrs. contact Anna or Bharti on Tel: 0116 260 8381. Its free to attend and you can come straight from school, and enjoy crafts, songs, games Syston & District U3A Craft Groups and stories all with a Biblical theme. Parents Crochet group - meets on the third Friday are welcome to stay with younger children. of the month at Syston Library, 10.15am to Tuesdays 6.00 to 7.15pm (term time only). 12.15pm. Bible Encounter for 11-16 year olds. It’s free Parchment group - meets on the third to attend, enjoy a Bible discussion, games, Wednesday of the month at St Hilda’s crafts. Church Hall, East Goscote, 2.00 to 4.00pm. Wednesday 2.30 Ladies meeting. Come and share Christian Fellowship, you will DOMESTIC APPLIANCES receive a warm welcome. Transport is Kevins Domestic Appliances available. Sales & Repairs All meetings take place at the Broadway Washing Machines, Dryers, Dishwashers & Gospel Hall, Broadway, Syston Leicester Cookers etc. LE7 1GA. Tel:0116 269 7168 Mob: 0771 160 4297 Syston Girls Brigade DRIVING SCHOOLS A church based organisation for girls between the ages of five and 18, we meet at BELT UP n GO Driving Tuition the Methodist Church, High Street on Covering all of Leicestershire Tuesday evenings 6.45pm to 8.00pm. All Mob: 07868 718 227 leaders are experienced and CRB checked. Find us on Facebook. If you want to find out more, please contact ELECTRICAL SUPPLIES Marie Vernon 0778 648 6504. Byrite Electrical Ltd CLEANING SERVICES 1314 Melton Rd, Syston Domestic Cleaning Tel:0116 260 2299 Do you require an experienced cleaner? All domestic cleaning considered. Please call Jayne on 0116 260 8786 or ELECTRICIANS 0744 387 0791. Guy Bacon Done & Dusted Tel/Fax: 0116 260 5012 Mob: 0797 626 Quality Counts: Domestic and Commercial 3229 Cleans, all cleans catered for. Letts Electrical Services Tel: 0116 260 2828 Mob: 0788 754 2884 NICEIC registered Tel: 0116 259 7137 Mob: 0786 651 6286 COMPUTER SERVICES All Electrical Work Undertaken. C & E Consumables FENCING & GATES Tel: 0116 260 5300 Fensit Tim Hendry email: Tel: 0116 239 6495 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 or Jim on Mob: 0797 794 9831

FLOWER AND GARDEN GROUPS 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 30th November - The Joy of Christmas, Tony Brown (Lutterworth). All meetings take place at the Divine Infant of Prague Church Rooms, Broad Street at 7.30pm unless otherwise stated. Visitors are welcome. Entry £5.

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

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

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

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 five 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


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GUTTER CLEANING/VACUUMING Clean Start Now offering a new Service for Gutters using Vacuum equipment. Fully Insured and CRB checked. Contact Wayne on T: 0116 431 7674 M: 0797 750 5453.

HAIRDRESSING Antehc Hair Studio Mob: 07877 981 877 Tracey’s at Syston Tel: 0116 260 9582

HEARING AID SERVICES Hear4U Hearing aid sales and repairs. Tel: 01455 234 600 or 0116 262 3279.

HEALTH AND FITNESS 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: 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 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 Parkinson’s Disease Group Meet 2nd Tuesday of the month, Syston Community Centre 2.00pm to 4.00pm. Visitors are welcome. 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 21st November - Military History Research the Great War, Mark Gamble. 7.30pm at the Syston 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: 0116 237 4335 Mob: 0771 620 2370

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

MUSIC GROUPS Syston Band Meet at ‘The Hut’ - next to the Bowls club (Central Park). Every Monday at 7.30pm to practice. New members of any standard welcome. Contact via email on

NATURE GROUPS Birstall Bird Watching Club Meet second Tuesday of the month at the Rothley Centre, Mountsorrel Lane, Rothley. Visitors welcome. For more information contact Marion Vincent on 0116 237 5156.

NURSERIES & PRE-SCHOOLS Broad Street Playgroup Catholic Church Hall, 61 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 PET SERVICES Waggy Walks Tel 0116 260 3481 Mob 07872 945 166 PHYSIOTHERAPY Syston Physiotherapy & Osteopathy Clinic Tel: 0116 264 0808 PLASTERER R.H. Plastering Tel: 01509 812 190 Mob: 0794 117 0230 PLUMBING S. A. Plumbing & Heating Tel/Fax: 0116 291 9116 Mob: 0780 289 4895 Syston Plumbing & Heating Ltd Service, Install, Repair. Tel 07704 699 236.

PROPERTY MAINTENANCE S. B. Maintenance Services Kitchen & Bathroom Fitting,Tiling and Decorating. Insurance work. Tel: Steve Booth 0116 260 2608 Mob: 0774 020 4036

SCOUT GROUPS Queniborough Scout Group Queniborough Scout Hall, Syston Road, Queniborough. Beavers: Thursday 6.30pm to 7.45pm. Cubs: Wednesday 7.00pm to 8.30pm Scouts: Tuesday 7.30pm to 9.00pm. Contact: Clive (Group Chairman) 0116 269 3532. Rearsby Scout Group Meetings are at Thrussington Village hall Beavers: Wednesday 6.00 to 7.00pm Cubs: Monday 6.30 to 7.30pm Scouts: Monday 7.45 to 9.00pm Explorer Scouts/DofE: Wednesday fortnightly - 7.30 to 9.00pm Contact: Jennie Angel on 0793 043 3622. Syston Scout Group Meetings are at Syston Scout Hall, Oxford Street, Syston. For more information, please contact Group Manager, Mark Bodycot on 0116 260 0045. Beaver: Monday evenings. Scouts: Tuesday evenings. Cubs: Thursday evenings. Explorer Scouts: Friday 7.00 - 9.00pm Contact Paul Smith on 0780198 5020. Scout Network (Venture Scouts): Monday evenings. Scout and Guide Band: Wednesday evenings.

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.


SOCIAL GROUPS Cont’d Lavender Club Social Group Every Wednesday 1.30pm to 4.00pm. Silverdale Community Centre, Silverdale Road, Thurmaston. New members always welcome. Contact Martin on 07709 936 934. Leicester Railway Society 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. RBL Women’s Section Syston Meets 2nd and 4th Thursday each month. Syston Community Centre, School Street. Rearsby & District YFC Meetings every week on Thursdays at 8.00pm in Barkby Village Hall. Call Catriona on 0789 022 6035. Shires Social group for the over 45’s. We meet every Thursday evening for a drink. For information please ring Mike 0770 993 6244, Jan 0116 286 1778, Liz 0116 260 8142 or Andy 0116 236 7339. 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 Ladies Friendship Circle 2nd and 4th Monday of the Month St Peter and St Paul’s Church Hall at 7.30pm. Guests welcome. 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. Thurmaston Ladies meet at Thurmaston R.B.L Melton Road. Tuesday 1st November - Subs Tuesday 15th November - Sandra Coombs Play Group. 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. Wreake Valley Rotary Club Meet every Wednesday at 7.30pm at the Britannia Inn, Queniborough. Visitors made most welcome.

SOFT FURNISHINGS D. P. Soft Furnishings Tel: 0116 269 8271

SPORTS CLUBS Badminton Club Soar Valley College Meet Tuesdays 7.00pm to 9.00pm, both juniors and adults. Have a team in the local


Leics League, but need new members. For more details contact: Kiran on 0781 278 0174 or email: Leicester Penguins Swimming Club Leicestershire’s Number One Swimming Club. Training at South Charnwood Leisure Centre. The club has 270 members competing to National level. Are you 6-10 year olds and can swim more than 200 metres, give us a call on 07077 401 602 for more details and to arrange a trial. Melton Mowbray Archery Club Saturdays 1.00pm onwards, October to March at Wreake Valley Academy (indoors, gym building). April to September outdoors at Syston Rugby Club. New and experienced archers welcome. For more information visit Queniborough Football Club We are looking for new football talent, boy or girl to play in our under 10’s football team. We run training sessions on Saturday mornings at 11.00am. Football kit is provided for members who sign on. Contact Phil Grudgings on 07961 614 222 or 0116 4311 338. Syston Bowling Club Provides opportunities for all to gain or develop skills, make friends and enjoy a year-round social programme, clubhouse. Free coaching with equipment provided. For more details contact Rob Wilbourn (men) on 01664 424 813 or Val Foreman (ladies) on 0116 260 9635. Syston Kickboxing Club Training on Tuesdays from 7.00pm to 8.00pm at Syston Community Centre. Suitable for all ages and abilities from beginners to experienced. Cost £3.50 for children and £4 for adults, pay as you go. Contact Brent Penniston on 01664 562 286 or email Syston Northfields Lawn Tennis Club Tennis for mixed membership. All levels, all ages. Coaching given. Monday and Wednesday, Senior Club Night, Tuesday, Junior Club Night. Syston Northfields Tennis Club, Northfields, off Melton Road. LE7 1HW. Contact Edd Whetton (Coach) on 07800 599 057 or email: for further information. Syston RFC The club runs sides from aged five to fifty years. The U6s to U17s play and train Sundays/ Tuesdays/ Wednesdays September to April we have over 300 members. The Senior Club 18yrs -50yrs play Saturdays. We have five sides training Monday and Thursday from 7.00pm all welcome. Contact the club 0116 260 1223 or 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 sides at all age groups from Kwik Cricket to Under 17 level. The club always welcomes new players and for general information contact Roger Pole on 0116 260 2508. Winter nets for all age groups commence in January and for further details contact John Fraser on 01455 212 729. Syston Town Juniors F.C. We have sides in most ages, boys and girls and are recruiting players for next session. We have qualified coaches for each side and

want to strengthen the teams. We train on Memorial Playing Fields, Necton Street, every Saturday from 10.00am. For further information please contact: Syston Town Juniors F.C. Girls Football Academy For girls of all ages and ability, S.T.J.F.C. FREE girls football academy Memorial Playing Fields, Necton Street, Syston. LE7 8HF every Saturday during football season from 10.00am to 11.30am. All Managers/Coaches are CRB checked and hold FA qualifications. Please come along on the day or contact: Samantha Chambers S.T.J.F.C. (Chairperson) Mob: 0777 629 1355 or Tae Kwon-Do Four to eight years Friday 4.30pm to 5.15pm SCLC, Wreake Valley. Juniors & Adults mixed classes Tuesday 6.30pm to 7.30pm Sunday 4.00pm to 5.00pm. St Peter and St Paul’s Primary Academy. First month free. Contact James Freer on 0116 264 0432. Thai-Tanium Boxing Club Ladies Class Tuesday 9.30am. Bootcamp Thursday 9.30am. Beginners Tuesday 8.00pm, Wednesday 7.30pm. Kids Tuesday/Wednesday from 5.30pm. 29 Overton Rd, Leicester & 760A Melton Rd, Thurmaston Contact Jamie - 0797 365 6778. Twyford Gun Club Friendly Local Clay Pigeon Shoot. Established for over 30 years. Availability for New Members. For Further Details call 07496 458 208 after 7.30pm Wreake and Soar Valley Athletics Club Running - Middle/long distance/sprints club for all the family with experienced qualified coaches, junior athletes from age seven. Adults from absolute beginners to existing runners looking to improve. Contact John 0781 769 3777 email: Website: Wreake Runners Contact: Dave on 07710 448 253, email: Web site:

TAXI Apollo Cars Tel: 0116 260 7070

TELEVISION Glenfield Television Tel: 0116 287 1762

THEATRE GROUPS Syston QT Theatre Group A small, friendly, local group, we meet every Tuesday (and Thursdays during rehearsal periods) at the Old Chapel in Chapel Street, Syston. There are two main productions a year. We welcome those who enjoy acting, the technical side, props, stage management, costumes, etc., and we are always looking for new members. Contact Jude Latham (Chairperson) on 0770 287 9006; Margaret Young (Secretary) on 0116 260 9663; or email:

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Roundhill Subaqua Club Saturday 5th to Monday 7th November Meet every Thursday, term time only, 8.00pm Open 9.30am to 5.00pm Saturday and to 10.00pm. Either in the swimming pool or Sunday, 9.30am to 1.00pm Monday. classroom for theory. Plus Social club. We offer Try-Dives for £15.00 (which only covers Annual Exhibition at the Village Hall, Birstall Road, Leicester, LE4 4DH. the cost of oxygen and pool use as we are a Free admission, wheelchair access, non profitable club) so you can try the refreshments, free parking to the rear of experience and find out more about diving. the village hall. Visit: For further details contact Teresa Kirkham, Secretary on 0783 483 1291. 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.



Saturday 5th November 10.00am to 12.30pm. The Rothley Centre, Rothley. Entrance 50p. Tea/Coffee/Cake available. Organised by the County Federation of WI.


Clarity Saturday 5th November Windows, Doors, Facias, Conservatories and 11.00am to 3.00pm Guttering cleaned. To discover why people Rearsby Village Hall (LE7 4YS) are switching cleaners, please contact us for Admission Adults £1. a free friendly quote. Christmas Gifts for all the family. Mob: 07533 991 561 Refreshments available all day. To book a table ring Rita 01664 424 696. Clean Start Email: Well Established, Professional Window Proceeds for St.Michael’s Church, Rearsby. Cleaner. Fully Insured and CRB Checked. Contact Wayne Tel: 0116 431 7674 M: 0797 BROADWAY GOSPEL HALL 750 5453.

Sunday 6th November 4.30pm Barkby and Beeby W.I. Family Service, there will be activities for Meets third Tuesday of the month. the children during the service. 15th Nov. - Annual meeting and A Passion for Followed by tea afterwards, everyone is Pearls, Frances benton. Barkby Village Hall, welcome. Broadway Gospel Hall, Beeby Rd, Barkby 7.30pm. Visitors Welcome. Broadway, Syston. LE7 1GA For more information contact 0116 260 9274.


Charnwood Wigs W.I. Meets last Thursday of the month at 7.30pm 24th Nov. - Tea Tasting, Anna Stasinska from the Old Brickyard Tea Garden. Guests welcome £5 per ticket. Beedles Lakes Golf Club East Goscote. For more details please ring President Sharon Allan on 0784 988 8752. New Barkby W.I. Meets First Wednesday in the month 7.30pm. 2nd Nov - Annual Meeting. Syston Community Centre, School Street. For more details contact: Biddy Saunders 0116 210 0423.

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FILMS IN SYSTON SARIC Films at The Old Chapel, Chapel St, Syston. Monday 7th November - Golden Years Monday 5th December - Dad’s Army Doors open 1pm for coffee, Film at 2.00pm. Tickets £4.50 available from The Card Shop, Syston, 0116 260 6095 or on the door.

REMEMBRANCE DAY SERVICE SYSTON Friday 11th November Meet at 10.45 in the Town Square. Service including a minute silence at 11.00am, will be lead by the Reverend Jackie Bullen, St Peter and St Paul. Everyone Welcome. Wear Your Poppy with Pride.

POLICE BEAT SURGERIES Saturday 12th November 11.00am to 12.00noon at Syston Library. A selection of crime prevention gadgets will be on sale. I am also holding ‘Coffee with a Cop’ at The Hub Café, Methodist Church, High Street on Tuesday 22nd November at 12noon. Please pop along for a chat.

SYSTON’s REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY PARADE Sunday 13th November Parade meets at 10.30am to move off at 10.45am, Melton Road Car Park. March to Memorial, Central Park, for service and laying of wreaths. March to St Peter and St Paul’s Church afterwards for short service. Wear Your Poppy with Pride.

BELGRAVE CEMETERY REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY SERVICE Sunday 13th November 10.45am for 11.00am Situated near Red Hill Island (A563). Conducted by The Reverend Pam Haynes. Complementary refreshments. All are Welcome. Wear Your Poppy with Pride.

CHRISTMAS FAIR Saturday 19th November 11.00am to 4.00pm There will be a range of stalls for you to search for those unique Christmas gifts. You’ll be crackers to miss it. Admission will be 50p at the door. Enquiries for hosting a stall please contact: 0782 575 7218. East Goscote Scout Group Scout Hall on Jubilee Field.

CHRISTMAS CRAFT FAIR Saturday 19th November 11.00am to 4.00pm. South Croxton Village Hall LE7 3RT Christmas shopping made easy! Get your Christmas all wrapped up at our festive Craft Fair. There will be lots of stalls, where you can find inspiring presents that you’ll love to give as well as receive. Stay for morning coffee, lunch or afternoon tea. You can enjoy a delicious hog roast followed by homemade cakes and mince pies.

WINTER MARKET Saturday 19th November 10.00 am to 4.00pm Roots Farm Shop, Thorpe Farm, Barkby Thorpe with over 20 stalls. Admission free. All proceeds to the local branch of Motor Neurone Disease.

BIRSTALL FLOWER CLUB Wednesday 23rd November 7.15pm start. Nick Grounds, National Flower Demonstrator. His evening is called ‘Seasonal Anticipation’. He will arrange six to eight arrangements and one of which will be given as a raffle prize, tickets available on the door. Admission is by ticket only: available from Sylvia 0116 267 4206 or Mary 0770 439 8017 for £10 (includes refreshments). Don’t miss out, tickets are selling fast. NOVEMBER 2016

BARKBY CHRISTMAS EVENT Friday 25th November (5.00pm to 7.30pm) and Saturday 26th (3.00pm to 6.00pm) in and around Barkby Church. Come and stroll through the candlelit Woodland Walk. Santa Claus is coming to Barkby. Come and ride in his sleigh and meet the man himself. A variety of stalls in and around the church. Food and drink available. FESTIVE FUN FOR ALL THE FAMILY.

CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL Friday 25th November (10.00am to 6.00pm) and Saturday 26th November (10.00am to 2.00pm). Birstall Methodist Church, Wanlip Lane, LE4 4JS The Church will be filled with various creations under a theme of 'Christmas Carols'. The theme will be expressed in a whole variety of ways, using the many & varied talents of individuals, groups, and local businesses. It will include decorated trees, flower arrangements, displays, models, and scarecrows. Admission to the display is by a suggested donation of £1 (accompanied children are free & they can meet Father Christmas too). In addition on Friday there is a Christmas Market, with a wide range of stalls, both in, and outside the marquee and through the church premises (including home made

cakes, pastries and pies, preserves, decorations and gifts, etc etc. On Saturday there is a craft fair and table top sale. Refreshments are available throughout the two days, with light lunches from noon until 1.30 on both days.

CHRISTMAS WREATH WORKSHOP Saturday 26th November 4.00 to 6.00pm East Goscote Scout Hall - Jubilee Field Come along and make you own natural Christmas Wreath for your front door. All materials provided, full guidance and demonstration by Caroline Forbes from ‘Flowers to the People’. Proudly walk away with your wreath, some new skills and maybe some new friends. Places cost £17.50. Limited spaces available so booking is essential - Tickets from East Goscote Scout Group. email: or phone 0782 575 7218.

CONCERT Saturday 26th November 7.30pm MOSAIC Acapella Music Group in concert at St Mary's Church, Queniborough. Contact: 0116 260 7278 or 260 7142 for tickets £8.00 (under 15yrs free) cheese and wine refreshments.

QUENIBOROUGH VILLAGE HALL Sunday 27th November 7.30pm Centric presents: Giants on the Hill Written by Stephanie Dale. Directed by Peter Cann. Tickets: adv. £9, con. £8, On the Door £11. Licensed bar and refreshments available from 7.00pm. Age 10+ Tel: Mandy 0116 269 8256 or Liz 0116 269 2399. Raising money for Queniborough Village Hall.


Thursday 1st and Friday 2nd December LOROS are delighted to announce that the Ceri Dupree Show will be at the Saturday 26th November Mountsorrel WMC, with a sensational Doors open 6.00pm. evening of visual comedy. J C King (Solo) The artists perform three x 45 minute sets, Ceri Dupree has been delighting starting 8.15pm and finishing 11.30pm(Ish). audiences worldwide for almost 25 years. Holwell Institute (The Stute), 41 Welby Rd, For further in formation and to buy tickets which are priced at £10 each contact the Asfordby Hill LE14 3RD club on 0116 230 2130 or from LOROS Tel:01664 812 080. For more information contact John Gallagher on 0795 226 7226. Fundraising on 0116 231 8484.


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CHRISTMAS CHARITY QUIZ Tuesday 6th December 2016 Syston & District Social Club High Street, Syston - 7.00 for 7.30pm start Saturday 3rd December Teams of 4 at £16 per team (or £4 per 11.30am to 5.30pm person). Central Park, Syston. Craft, Gift and Food Stalls. Santa’s Grotto, Help to send a child to Mablethorpe by supporting our Charity Quiz. Come along Billy Bates Mini Fair. Entertainment on and enjoy an evening of fun with our stage on the Sundial Entrance. Santa Quizmasters Bill and Imelda Robinson. Parade, Fireworks Display and Switch on Raffle Prizes - Mince Pies. of The New Christmas Lights. Come along and enjoy a great start to the Quiz team Winners will receive a Christmas Hamper. Festive Season. Tickets available from: LCHC (Mablethorpe) SANTA ARRIVES AT ROOTS Shaftesbury Hall, Holy Bones, Leicester FARM SHOP LE1 4LJ Tel: 0116 251 9863, or Tim Garner at Syston & District Social Club or Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th pay on the night. December in aid of Leicester Children’s Holiday 11.00am Thorpe Farm, Barkby Thorpe. All proceeds Centre (Mablethorpe) Registered Charity No. 217976 to the local branch of Motor Neurone Disease.




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coffee, tea and a chat. We run two day care groups meeting on Fridays, two day care groups meeting on Mondays and one respite care group, which is to We would like to bring to your attention give the carer a break, meeting once a the dire financial position of one of month on Tuesdays. Syston’s Services that could disappear Our problem is funding all of this. We if we receive no financial help soon. Age are coming to a standstill of revenue Concern Syston is an independently coming in and bills still to be paid. We funded charity, whose main aim is to have two staff to run the office, two day promote the welfare and well-being of care leaders and one respite care the elderly in our community. The areas we cover are Syston, Barkby, Rearsby, leader. There is the general running of the office which includes rent for the East Goscote, Queniborough, rooms, Insurances, telephone, Thrussington, Cossington and stationery, photo-copying, postage and Gaddesby. Although, we will offer our help and support to anyone who comes the general upkeep and maintenance of our minibus. into the office. Our office is open five days a week from It costs £25,000 pa to run the office and all of these services and it is proving 9.00am to 12.30pm, when anyone can more and more difficult to continue call in for help and advice with any without vital funding. If you can offer any problem they may have. We help to financial support in the form of complete all sorts of forms from donations, grants or sponsors we would Attendance Allowance, E.S.A and P.I.P’s. Disability Living Allowance, be most grateful and very much Carers Allowance, Blue Badge, appreciate your help. Passports, Council Tax, Pension credit. If you would like to discuss the situation We will also do home visits to those who further, please do not hesitate to contact cannot get into the office because of the office at the above telephone their disability or illness. number. We organise outings for our members Thank you. with our minibus, adapted for disabled Sandra Burgin use, which is driven by a group of very Chairman caring and dedicated volunteer drivers. We hold weekly ‘Get Togethers’ for REGISTERED CHARITY NO. 1012201

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’s report on the Full Town Council Meeting held on Tuesday 27th September 2016

There were 17 members of the public, one police officer and 16 Councillors present. The meeting began with the Chairman of the Council, Cllr. P. Henry reading the Reflection. Apologies were received from County Cllr D. Houseman and Town Cllrs: J. Branston, P. Turner and K. Asmal. Declarations of Interested were given by Cllrs H. and J. Midgley. Adjournment for Public to Raise Matters - The Chairman thanked all members of the public for attending and said that if everyone had a question to ask it would be unlikely for them to be answered tonight as they only had 15 minutes for the adjournment, but that they would receive all and answer in due course. He asked for the first person to speak: Mr J. Gamble spoke about the ground staff and the upset caused by the situation of possibly tendering out their work, he said that with all the houses being built, the Town Council needs to get more money from Charnwood Borough Council as the ground staff have pride in their work - the parks etc look amazing and they feel that they are being unfairly treated. He finished by saying if ‘it’s not broke don't fix it’ and Syston will lose out in the future. He circulated a book of photos to the councillors showing just how far the Town has developed with the work of the ground staff. Another questioned asked was “Have any companies been asked to quote?” This was answered by the chairman; who said “not as yet.” Derek Cox asked: “Have the council taken into account what these men have done over the last twelve months?” Mr B. Middleton, Church warden, asked what the council have planned for the church yard or cemetery in relation to services in church i.e. when mowing, will they stay quiet during funeral services. Mrs E. Yarwood, a former councillor for 16 years said she knows the men involved and that they’ve shown loyalty and have done everything asked. She added that she has a disabled son who works at the cemetery with Paul and believes with an agency he won't get the support that he does now. Dave Smith, head of groundstaff; said that he doesn’t live in Syston and travels 28 miles each day to work here. He has no direct benefit and said that Shepshed contracted out the work for the parks etc and it no longer has anything. He continued to say the staff feel they are being treated as numbers rather than being appreciated. He requested to have an opportunity to sit around the table and discuss matters. He finished by saying that the staff turnover is lowest in the council. (Round of applause). Cllr M. Carnal said he was shocked when this was mentioned as it had not been discussed by the council. He said the idea should go to the appropriate committee 30


and then full council. The council have not agreed to take it further. Cllr T. Barkley said that there was no agreement as yet, the first stage would be to gain quotes. He felt that there had been a lot of misinformation given, which was causing unnecessary upset. Mr T. Friend said he had worked as a contractor for a housing association and said the council wouldn’t get as much out of a contractor as they do from their own staff. Mrs V. Friend asked: “Can the council guarantee they will get as much for the money?”, adding that otherwise we lose the beauty of the Town! She asked the council to consider the effect of privatising the service. Chairmans Announcements and Communications - Brian Henshaw sent a message of thanks for his card. Clr P. Turner is unwell and a card had been sent. An audit for the accounts from Grant Thornton had been successfully completed. The Syston History book: Syston in WW2 is available from the office. A copy of planning applications had been circulated. Congratulations noted to Cllr S. Gerrard for re-election to LRALC. Cllr. M. Carnal communicated that he had recently played as part of the Police bowls team in East Region and had won the pairs, they then went to finals held in Southend, but unfortunately lost in second round. Police report PSCO Brian Geeson gave the police report which highlighted four burglaries of dwellings, six of non-dwellings, two thefts of motor vehicles and 15 thefts from motor vehicles. He said that the local beat team were working hard to track these criminals and asked that residents helped by making sure no items of value are left in vehicles and that they are secure. He spoke about the recent break-in at Syston Jewellers and said that although the beat team don't investigate, they do help with enquiries - The council later agreed to write to the police and crime commissioner, chief constable and local inspector to ask what was being done to improve situation in the town. PCSO Geeson added that they had been active at the Syston fair, particularly at peak times, keeping and eye on people, with the event passing without major incident. However, there had been and issue with underage drinking, with individuals passing alcohol under the fence to people on the other side - Facebook was used to highlight this point. County/Borough Council Reports Cllr E. Vardy gave details of the Loughborugh festival due to take place between 19th - 24th October and to visit the Charnwood Borough Council (CBC) website for more information, also

activities at the Charnwood museum. Cllr S. Hampson said that September had been a busy month and spoke about the changes being made to local authority pension management and more cuts to budgets, although it’s difficult to say how they will affect areas as yet. He said that there was to be a merger of locally funded groups with the NHS in the future. A recent report by transport and environment showed Leicestershire was decreasing accidents on our roads, which is against the national trend. Cllr T. Barkley reported on the outreach centre which is present at the community centre on Wednesdays 9.00am to 1.00pm. This began last year along with money advice from Clockwise and the Consumer Advice Bureau. He said that CBC had accepted two families of refugees from Syria, these had been housed through private landlords. He finished by saying that the Mayor’s Charity appeal was for Cancer Research UK and Birstall playgroup for special needs. Cllr K. Pacey reported that he had attended an appeal meeting about tree preservation orders in church yards and although not related to Syston, it could be useful to the council in the future. He then spoke about new legislation for taxis and praised the department in updating the rules and regulations which will be produced in draft before being presented to the licensing committee and full council. County Cllr D. Houseman's report was circulated to councillors in his absence. All minutes were agreed after some amendments and discussion on a couple of items in two different committees minutes. Standing orders - The panel met in July/August and discussed some suggestions that had been raised. Two issues raised - One to do with how the chairs of meetings run them, the other was about confidential minutes and how they are distributed to Councillors, as all Councillors need to know what is being discussed. After some discussion it was proposed to leave the chair to have discretion at meetings and that confidential minutes be sent first class post with councillors name on the paperwork and labelled private and confidential. Tree panel - Following the visit by a tree specialist from CBC who surveyed trees and identified that some need attention. Also residents contacted saying trees are causing problems. The council decided to take his advice and create a panel to monitor and plan any work needed. Councillors Specialisms - The Chairman said it was important to know what each Councillor was good at, giving his own specialist area of taxation as an example. NOVEMBER 2016

A tick box sheet will be sent out to Jubilee Medical Practice Councillors so a list can be kept on file and referred to when help is needed in the Patients Participation future. Group Civic Reception Update - Invitations On October printed and will be sent out in January. The chairman asked councillors to let him 8th the know of anyone they thought should be Patients added to the list. Entertainment and food Participation all booked. Group had Members’ Questions to the Chairman an One question had been received from Cllr information K. Pacey asking if the chairman could stall at the inform the members about the roundabout Great and if he could arrange a meeting to Queniborough Show, leaflets were progress this. The chairman replied by available. Clipboards attracted saying that it was on the agenda for comments from patients of the practice. development meeting that would take Also the Petition against the closure of place on 4th October, where he hoped the Children’s Heart Link at Glenfield that they could collate information and Hospital resulted in 140 signatures speak to highways on how to move being collected. forward with the help of the Towns’ County Councillors. The Patient Participation Group is 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. To Advertise in the


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We were treated to a fabulous demonstration at our September meeting by Lee Berrill, (Northants), who is a widely respected, highly accomplished professional florist and NAFAS floral designer. He has been involved with numerous highprofile flower festivals in various parts of the country, both as a contributing arranger and as a leading member of the design team. One such event was the spectacular ‘Dreams of Gold’ flower festival held in Lincoln Cathedral in August recruiting new members and on 2012, year of the London Olympics. Tuesday 15th November between The title of his demonstration for us was 1.30 - 2.30pm, there is an information meeting for anyone registered with the ‘Let’s Dance’, this being a floral interpretation of styles of dance. practice to come along for further He did six very impressive arrangements information. in total. The one shown in the picture The group have also assisted in getting above signified Irish dancing made with a new bench placed outside the two identical arrangements one Jubilee Practice with a plaque suspended upside down to mirror to top engraved with the following: In memory one. of Morrison Davidson, and on behalf of For the full story and description of the the Jubilee Practice Patients other arrangements visit the Stn website.


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Salty’s Supporting Macmillan Coffee Morning On Thursday 29th September Salty’s held their Coffee morning in support of Macmillan Cancer care. Our picture, left, shows some of the customers during the day. The customers were treated to entertainment as well as tea, coffee and cakes. They raised an amazing £1,000 for the charity! Well done and a big thank you to all who helped them achieve such a wonderful amount.

Dear Editor, Did anyone else in Syston have the pleasure of spotting a beautiful pure white Lesser Egret standing in the brook amongst the ducks one fine day at the beginning of October? I could hardly believe my eyes and although I thought it was an Egret, it was so unexpected that I had to 'Google' an Egret to check it when I got home! Felicity Austin

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We were entertained by Nicolas Farthers and Sandra Moore with witty anecdotes and tales about some of the 'residents' in Belgrave Cemetery at our September meeting. They both belong to The Friends of Belgrave Cemetery, a group that tend the grounds, show people around and give talks about some of the well-known locals buried there. Sandra appeared dressed as a school ma'am from the early 20th century and introduced herself as Elizabeth Goodwin, late headmistress of Belgrave National School who died in 1922 aged 53 years. She is buried in a grave which she shares with her mother and sister, who are buried on top of her. She told us about several of the better known residents such as Rowland Grimston, Chief Constable of Leicestershire Police, who, because he committed suicide was buried on the west side of the cemetery. Anne Garner, who worked until she was 100-years-old and died at 104 after falling and breaking her hip while white washing the back step! There were several more, but the strangest, I thought, was Joseph Taylor who designed his own grave and headstone and sat smoking his pipe while watching it being built, he then proceeded to jump in and try it for size. Sandra made, what could have been a rather grim story quite comical, with her actions and voices. A lovely evening finished off with the usual delicious cakes and tea. Mrs V. Cobb.

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SPOTLIGHT THE JOURNAL OF SYSTON TOWN COUNCIL AUTUMN 2016 Syston Christmas Event 3rd December 2016 Central Park, Syston. The Annual Syston Christmas Event will take place on Saturday, 3rd December. This year’s event promises to be bigger and better than ever and as usual, the finale will be an amazing firework display. Look out for posters around the town, information in the Syston Town News as well as on the Syston Town Council website, Facebook and Twitter.

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CCTV at the Community Centre CCTV has now been installed at the Community Centre, covering the key access points and exterior aspect of the building. A monitor in the office is providing live recording from the cameras. This provides additional security for staff, our building and its users.

Fire Risk Assessment There has been a recent Fire Risk Assessment carried out at the Community Centre and all our ancillary buildings. Several recommendations for improvement in each of the buildings are now being carried out.

This vacancy is advertised on Town Council notice boards, Community Centre and volunteer websites. If anyone is interested and would like an Duck Feeding/Rat Deterrent informal chat regarding the role of a Signs Councillor, please call the town manager, Catherine Voyce on 0116 260 7150 or the Chairman, Cllr Paul Henry on 0116 260 9744.

Skate Park Extension and new BMX Track BMX Track in Deville Park is now complete and is proving to be very popular. See picture below. Work has also started on the Skate Park Extension in Central Park and this is expected to be complete by 28th October. A huge thank you to the young users of both facilities who were very helpful in advising the Council on the best plans for both facilities.

complaints regarding trees in Syston. The survey identified a large number of trees requiring more immediate maintenance or felling. Now that the nesting season is well and truly over, these works will be carried out in a number of Syston parks.

Memorial Plaque The Memorial Plaque located at the entrance to Memorial Park, Necton street, is currently being refurbished and will be back in situ very soon.

Panels Pavilion Panel The Council is still actively seeking funding towards the refurbishment of the Pavilion on the Memorial Park and a professional bid writer has also been appointed to assist us with the larger bidding applications.

New Cemetery The new Cemetery is still on track for completion in 2018 and the Council are in the process of agreeing the finer details of the plans with David Wilson Homes.

LRALC Executive Committee Congratulations to Syston Town Councillor, Cllr Sue Gerrard, (representing Charnwood) on her recent re-election to the Executive Committee of Leicestershire and Rutland Association of Local Councils (LRALC).

Four new signs are now in place in key areas around the Brook and All five parks in Syston were inspected Millennium Bridge. This is in response in May, and following the gathering of to the increasing number of rats being seen in the area of Brookside. quotations for recommended improvements, various remedial Tree Panel actions are now taking place in our Following a recent tree survey, the parks to ensure our play facilities are council has set up a panel of safe and fit for purpose. councillors to deal with any

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‘Syston in World War Two' by Felicity Austin, Cynthia Brown and Ray Young

An illustrated talk about Syston History Group's new book; 'Syston in World War Two' was given on Monday 3rd October at 7.30pm in the Church Hall, Lower Church Street, Syston, and was attended by over forty people. Two of the authors, Felicity Austin and Cynthia Brown spoke about how the book developed from another project and answered questions about their research and discoveries. The event raised over £100 for the Friends of St Peter and St Paul's church building project. Copies of the book were sold on the evening, (some signed by all three authors!) and the book has been selling very well in various shops around Syston since it was launched at the local History Group's Open Day on 12th September.

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If you’re from the local area and have participated in a sporting event, or you may have a friend or relative that has done so, then please send us your Sports news and we can include it in the Sports section of the the club have a good history and thus ensuring that those younger ones taking part this year would have the confidence in future years. An exciting race in the girls u13 event ensued with county 1500m champion Katie Parker fighting off illness as well as her competitors to bravely get the team round in 11th place after the first leg. Flora Miskin Young then ran the second fastest leg of the day to bring the team into first place at the change-over, allowing Indie King the luxury of being able to press on running a superbly controlled final leg to take the title with well over a minute and a half to spare. Flora Miskin Young, Indie King and Katie The u15 girls race was always going Parker receive their Midlands title to be a hard race to win as last years It was always going to be tough to u13 girls national champions were match last season’s achievements again reunited at the bottom end of where the club added national titles the age group. However great runs by and medals to its name, however Rosie Timlock, Hollie Gamble and Wreake and Soar Valley AC, who are Rachel Nealon saw them narrowly based at the Wreake Valley Academy nudged out of the medals into fourth in Syston, have had yet another super place. Outside of the young athletes start to the winter season. teams, the breakthrough team of the The traditional opener to the season day were the clubs senior men’s team are the Midlands Road relays which who were fielding a team for the first are held at Sutton Park in Birmingham time at the competition and are where the club, who now boast a looking to build from here during the winter season. membership of almost 200 across all the age groups, had a record 13 Two weeks later the teams returned to teams on show, more than anyone Birmingham to compete the National across the rest of the region! With last championships although this time with years title winning teams leading the a slightly weakened u15 girls team, way, the club also fielded a mixture of two of which had, in a rather development teams from the lowest unfortunate clash of fixtures, opted to age groups so that they could gain race elsewhere in a bid to secure English Schools qualification. experience in a competition in which

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Indicating that training was going in the right direction the whole squad showed improvements on the same course as at the midlands event with some taking over 30 seconds from their initial times. It was though again the u13 girls who showed their strength with Katie Parker, this time in good health taking over 40 seconds from her Midlands time. A strong second leg run from Flora Miskin Young against tough opposition saw her pass over to Indie King who, with the second overall fastest run of the day pulled back to claim silver medals for the team - A magnificent effort against the big city clubs from across the country. The club is now looking forward to the cross country season where expectations are high at all of the championship events. Individuals performances are also looking hopeful for the club to provide much of the county team at the English schools championships. For more information on the club which offers opportunities for all ages and abilities, including adult runners contact or ring 0781 769 3777.

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Fosseway Bowls Club closed the season on Saturday 1st October. This season has been a truly successful one for the club. Fosseway She also won the Diana Mohammed men won the top honour of the Trophy, as the overall 2016 Level 4 Leicestershire club championship, Champion, having gained the highest beating Blaby by one shot. Fosseway scores in both the March and Ladies were unlucky to lose the September East Midlands county final losing on the extra end by competitions. one shot. On the 1st October, Beatrice travelled Other honours were 2-wood County Triples Champions, County Singles with her Notts teammates, to South Finalist, Monday Afternoon Triple Durham, home of recent Olympic Champions Division One, Senior Bronze medallist, Amy Tinkler, to Singles Finalist, Men’s County Senior compete in the Pink Ladies Pairs. Well done to all of the members Invitational. Beatrice again came for the hard work and commitment! away another five medals, gaining Thanks go to president, Eric Rowell, gold as the All Around Champion, who has had a great year in office. He beam, bars and floor and gaining a will hand over to senior vice president, bronze medal on floor. Roger Beeton, at the November AGM. Beatrice will now represent the East Midlands at the Great British National Roger has nominated Rainbows hospice as his charity and hopes to Beatrice with shield after the In Age Finals in November! regional competition. Pictures raise funds with social nights and courtesy of the family. Sunday lunches over the winter period. Beatrice Hill (pupil at St Peters and St The new season will open in April Pauls, Syston) continues her 2017 - If you’re interested in trying gymnastics development at Notts bowls for next year, then please call Gymnastics Academy. 0116 260 8044 for more information. She recently competed in two competitions within six days on the 25th September and 1st October 2016 and came away with an amazing 10 medals! On the 25th September, Beatrice competed in the East Midlands In Age

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named junior player of the year. This was after Syston 1 had finished 2nd in the first division of the Leicestershire league, their best ever Syston chess club capped off a successful year by taking two trophies showing. Milly’s dad, Parag, took the opportunity to pay tribute to the late at the Annual LRCA charity and presentation evening. Cyril Johnson, long term secretary of the club, who passed away earlier this Syston won the Birstall cup and one year. “Cyril helped so many juniors of their juniors, Milly Kotecha was

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Wreake Valley Academy Host visiting Canadian School Football Teams

Wreake Valley 2 – 3 Country Day Second game in a week against tough Canadian opposition! The game started frantically, with the physical element of the game being exchanged by both sides in the

Syston Town CC Celebrate President’s Day

Syston Town C.C. Sunday XI played their final match of the season against Bingham on President’s Day. Before the start of the game the club entertained President David Fox, 45 members, guests and sponsors to a superb roast lunch in the pavilion. It was provided once again by Lee Ben Drake and Katie Harding, the proprietors of Rustic Kitchen, and it opening stages. Once the physicality Wreake Valley 1 – 2 Holy Trinity was a truly splendid occasion enjoyed had taken the wind out of both sides, A last minute wonder strike seals the game settled and became a great by all - It just seems to get better the victory for Canadian Tourists! spectacle to watch. Both sides being every year. The match that followed was also fitting for the day. Syston A game that was evenly matched direct in their play and creating a rattled up 195-6 with Ben Drake top throughout, the old cliché ‘a game of number of chances. However, both scoring with 56. Bingham made a two halves’ decided this edge of the keepers came out on top for both spirited reply but they fell just short on seat clash. sides with a number of fine saves, 167 with Yash Patel 3-38 and Ben The first half had evenly contested, ensuring the game was scoreless at Tebbutt 3-26 doing most of the and chances were kept to a minimum half time. damage. at both ends. Both teams’ defences stood strong and dominated, keeping At half time the Wreake Valley captain, The Club’s junior Presentation Colby Gibson, delivered a very good the game 0-0 at half time. Evening was held at the clubhouse in October when trophies were awarded At half time both sides made a number team talk and this led to a change in formation. But these plans were dealt to batsmen and bowlers of all age of changes that opened the game up, groups. Jai Kalyan and Rishil Kapda an early blow when the visitors shot creating chances for either side to took the Kwik cricket batting and from outside the area and scored to take the lead. Holy Trinity then took bowling awards respectively. James take the lead. Wreake Valley the lead via a penalty after a clumsy tackle inside the area. This then continued to put pressure on Country Tebbutt and Ewan Dealey were joint sparked the fire in the belly of Wreake Day school, but they stood strong and winners of the Incrediball batting trophy, and the Incrediball bowling Valley who immediately replied with a capitalised on mistakes, eventually penalty of their own. With the game taking the game 3-2 despite a spirited trophy was shared between Ewan Dealey, Sachin Kalyan and James looking to finish as a draw, a loose comeback. Tebbutt. Nat Whitton and Ben Tebbutt ball was capitalised on by Holy scooped all of the under-13 and Trinity’s striker who finished with class Well done to all pupils that played, under-15 trophies between them. Nat and precision, smashing the ball, left- they represented the school to the highest level and received praise from winning both batting awards and Ben footed, into the top right hand corner from 20 yards out. referee Martin Dexter. likewise the bowling trophies.

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With the summer season behind us, we set off on our end of season club ride to one of our favourite cafes, ‘Cafe Vontoux’ in Tugby. Here we posed for what has become our annual whole club photo, proudly showing off the design of our new club jerseys. Whilst enjoying the first rule of cycling (tea and cake) we reflected on the routes we have enjoyed and endured over the summer! Some of our members have ventured further to seek more adventurous routes. A group of

Syston Syclers spent a week cycling in France taking on the mountains battled by the professionals on the Tour de France, including Alp D’Huez. The hills of picturesque Leicestershire are no more than a mole hill to them now! A very hardy team of three entered the challenging Ironman Vichy in France, sharing the three demanding stages of swimming, cycling and running. One incredible member completed the challenge on his own! Our winter season is now launched and we have lots to offer. An additional ride is now being provided on a Sunday as well as our very popular beginners ride. We resume our winter schedule of Watt Biking and Circuit Training with Jamie at JW Fitness. We will also be going to Derby Velodrome for track training. All this alongside our Saturday and


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All Carpets, Beds and Furniture Available For Delivery Before Christmas!

Visit our New Look Showroom






CHECK OUR LOW PRICES LOCAL PRICES Minimum Fare £4.00 (Thurmaston to Thurmaston or Syston to Syston)

Asda to Thurmaston ...............£4.00 Asda to Syston.........................£4.50 Asda to East Goscote..............£6.00


You’ve tried the rest, now try the best!

From Thurmaston.....Syston Royal Infirmary £10.00............£11.00 General Hospital £9.00..............£10.00 Glenfield Hospital £10.00............£11.00

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0116 260 7070

We make everything on the premises and can individually tailor to all your soft furnishing requirements.

• Curtains • Valances • Swags & Tails • Blinds • Loose Covers • Cushions etc. FREE PARKING AT REAR 1269 Melton Road, Syston, Leicester LE7 2EN Tel: 0116 269 8271 Fax: 0116 269 8090

MOT SERVICE CENTRE 0116 2604411 or 07710 065577


Friendly Professional Service


•Styling, includes bathing, clipping etc - from £20 •Baths, include nails trimmed, ears checked and cleaned and a soothing massage during shampoo application - from £20

•Puppies first time - from £10 Call Rhonda at Syston Dog Grooming on

0116 348 6337 or 0752 823 1019 email:

LFI KITCHENS & BEDROOMS The Specialist Fitted Kitchen & Bedroom Company

1248 Melton Road, Syston. LE7 2HB Call us on: 0116 260 0150 or email Declan:


Telephone: 0116 269 3221

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