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Syston Social Club’s Secret Garden furnishings salvaged from a local pub, that was undergoing refurbishment, added to existing picnic tables. A lot of the work has been done by a group of members, see picture above with steward, Annette. Dave Walker had rescued a mural from the Greek Plough in East Goscote when it closed some 20+ years ago. It had resided in his garage and when the garden was being created he decided to donate Our Picture shows L-R: Dave, Keith, Phil, it to the club. He has renovated Annette, John, Carl and Adam. and weatherproofed it and as our picture shows, it now has The Syston Social club held an official pride of place on one of the walls in the opening of their newly renovated garden garden, with a notice area on Saturday explaining where it has 24th June. Aptly come from. referred to as a New planters were secret garden as it is created from old crates totally enclosed and that were lined and only accessed painted before being through the club. It filled with flowers, the has been cleared artificial grass was and had up-cycled

donated to them by Loughborough University and the team would like to thank everyone who donated or helped to create this great addition to the club. Finally, another good reason to celebrate is the fact that the club has been voted CAMRA’S Club of The Year 2017!

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for us to further grow our business in the county. It is a pleasure to welcome children, parents, carers and staff to Children 1st. I am aware of the wonderful work already ongoing at the nurseries and I look Family owned nursery business forward to working with everyone to announces purchase of three enhance this provision still further.” Leicestershire nurseries. The change of ownership will result in Three children’s nurseries in minimal disruption for children, parents Leicestershire are now under new and carers. All current members of staff ownership following a sale agreement will continue to be employed. This will reached with former owners. bring the total number of people employed by Children 1st in Leicestershire to 110. Children 1st Day Nurseries, which is headquartered in Long Eaton, Derbyshire, In addition, it is expected that the is delighted to welcome the popular Moors purchase will result in job creation in Farm Nursery in Hathern, The Gables Leicestershire, especially for apprentices Nursery in Syston and The Woodlands and young people looking to begin their Nursery in Birstall to the company. The career in childcare. purchase of the nurseries has been Margaret Mason OBE adds: “We are keen supported by The Royal Bank of Scotland. to build on the high standards of childcare With two other nurseries in Leicestershire, provided by the nurseries and improve one in Leicester city centre and the other where possible through training and in Shepshed, the purchase means that development. Our staff are supported with Children 1st, will now offer 488 places for an array of professional development children in the county. It will also offer ‘30 opportunities both in nursery and at our training academy in Long Eaton. I Hours Free Childcare’ for 3 and 4 year encourage anyone looking to begin their olds as part of the government initiative career in childcare to get in touch.” from September. As well as this investment in staff, Children Commenting on the purchase, Margaret 1st also plans a significant programme of Mason OBE, founder and chief executive refurbishment in each nursery to enhance of Children 1st said: “We’ve had a their learning environments, outside areas presence in Leicestershire since 2005. and facilities. Over the last four years, the The acquisition of the three additional company has invested significantly into its premises presented a perfect opportunity to invest in the future of the nurseries and nursery learning environments, developing

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unique and innovative spaces for children to learn, develop and grow. Kenny Nelson, Relationship Director at Royal Bank of Scotland said: “This acquisition is a significant investment for Children 1st and I am delighted that we have been able to support the continued growth of the company.” Having worked alongside Children 1st for over 25 years, Royal Bank of Scotland has developed an excellent relationship with the company and are pleased to have played a role in supporting their aim to bring good quality care to young children in the Midlands and South Yorkshire. Providing assistance to such a well-run and reputable family business is a real privilege and we look forward to assisting their future growth.” From its first nursery in Long Eaton, Derbyshire, opened in 1988, the company has grown into a multi-site operation offering the very best in childcare and education in high quality, indoor and outdoor learning environments. As the largest family owned and managed nursery provider in the UK, Children 1st is respected for providing the very best in childcare and education for children from 6 months to 5 years of age, as well as offering both before and after school care. Children 1st are proud that 70% of its nurseries have been rated as Outstanding’ by Ofsted and looks forward to providing high-quality provision in the three new Leicestershire nurseries.

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Wear the Badge of Office of Honorary Alderman on civic occasions; On death, have the county flag flown at County Hall at half-mast; Enjoy the courtesy title of "Honorary On Wednesday 28th June, Alderman" and to be addressed as Leicestershire County Council such. admitted Mr Dave Houseman MBE as The Syston Town News on behalf of an Honorary Alderman of the County the people of Syston would like to of Leicestershire in recognition of the congratulate Dave on his recent eminent services he has rendered to appointment. the people of Leicestershire through the performance of his duties as a The Secret Garden member of the County Council from 2005 to 2017.

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Former Syston Fosse County Councillor Dave Houseman The title of honorary alderman was given to Dave Houseman in honour of his ‘exceptional service’ to the authority as he has now retired from active politics. The non-political position was proposed and seconded by serving members of the county council. Aldermen are able to: Attend as an observer at meetings of the council or any other meetings to which the press and public are admitted; Attend major civic occasions in the county;

Our picture above shows: Christine, right with Kayleigh and Lisa. After 17 years in Syston this wonderful shop has closed due to the lease finishing. Christine had created an intriguing collection of plants, grown in her own greenhouses, cut flowers and emporium of garden and gift items, which made it a very eclectic and interesting place to visit and one that will be missed. Christine said "I would like to say a very big and sincere thank you to everyone who shopped over that time. I will miss all the laughter and tears I've shared with customers over the years. But I hope to keep in touch with some of them." Because she grows a lot of the plants sold in the shop, she may continue to supply plants in the future, but after spending three months clearing the shop, the first thing on the agenda is a well earned rest. The Syston Town News wishes Christine, her husband Bernard and the girls all the very best in the future.

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blooming there. The work is done mainly by Susan Gamble who deserves a massive thank you for all The patient participation group plan to her efforts. The churchwardens and PCC of St have a stall at the Syston Carnival to Peter & St Paul’s Church would once Cream Teas provide as much information to again like to thank the Rotary club of patients as possible. Changes Once again the church will be open the Wreake Valley for the clearing of affecting patients which have for a cream tea - enjoy a cuppa and paths and weeding around the outside scone, cream and home made jam! happened recently are still hard for of the Church. lots of us to grasp. We hope the This year on Saturday 5th August available leaflets will help, but if not from 2.30pm till 4.30pm. This has now become an annual we will direct you to a member of event and gratefully appreciated by all. So, if you’re not away at the seaside, Surgery staff who can. Let's hope that come along and enjoy yourself in Brian Middleton and Deborah Wood. last year's wash out at the carnival is Syston whatever the weather! Church Garden not repeated! Delicious homemade scones and In the last Syston Town News we cakes, cheerful company, plus a reported that the nursing team at the home-made cake stall and a raffle. practice had won a prize, a fantastic Our historic wedding albums will also achievement, but unfortunately we got be on display, showing weddings that the name of the prize wrong. The have taken place in the church over Jubilee practice nurses won General the past 100 years. Practice nursing team award for 2017 for the Midlands and Eastern Region. Congratulations to them! SHOP LOCAL

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Shop/Commercial Break-ins The good news is that in June we saw a significant drop in the number of shops being broken into compared to May but sadly we are still getting reports of break-ins from local businesses. Beat surgery Please be reassured that this is a Coffee with a Cop, Tuesday 8th priority for the Beat Team. We have August, 11.00am to 12noon, at The arrested four people and one of them Hub Café, High Street, Syston. has been remanded in prison, the Please pop along for a chat. other three have been released under Events investigation. We have visited many Beat 61 Summer Roadshow businesses in the town, offering crime prevention advice and helping The local beat, NL61 are holding business owners improve their roadshows across the beat security. We are also working with throughout the summer months. other specialist police teams to Crime prevention advice will be identify those responsible. available along with gadgets. We will If you have any information about who also be listening to your issues and might be committing these crimes concerns and helping where we can. then please call us on 101 and ask for Pop along if you can, to meet your PCSO Jo Freeman 6612. beat team. Dates and locations are: We do understand how devastating Friday 11th August – 1.00 to 4.00pm this type of crime can be for hard Merchants Common, East Goscote. working local business owners so Saturday 12th August – 12noon to please be our eyes and ears and 3.00pm – Elizabeth Park, Thurmaston report any suspicious behaviour to us Carnival. quickly. Sunday 13th August – 12noon to Remember that we are all still based 3.00pm – King Lear’s Car Park, in the town in an office in the town council building on School Street. We Watermead Park, Syston.

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hold regular beat surgeries in the town; ‘coffee with a cop’ events and you can speak to a member of your beat team by calling 101 or emailing Charnwood.npa@leicestershire.pnn. Please consider the following security measures: Install a monitored alarm. Install good quality CCTV. Do not keep cash on the premises. Remove float monies from tills, leave the till open and empty, and lock away the monies in a secure safe, along with any charity tins. Use a safe that can be bolted to the floor or wall. Fit window grills or shutters. Crime Prevention Advice Garages and Sheds are often the first places a burglar will target; ● metal up-and-over garage doors can be secured with additional purpose made locks fitted to either side, approximately 300mm up from the floor, to reduce the leverage points. ● an external floor mounted, solid steel locking 'T' bar with a closed shackle padlock, will offer a good visual deterrent and make it difficult to force the door open.


● wooden garage double doors can be secured with two substantial hasps and staples and closed shackle padlocks, one towards the top and one towards the bottom. ● garage side or rear doors can be secured with British Standard 5-lever mortice locks and two internal 10 year mortice rack bolts, one towards the top and one No Quibble towards the bottom to reduce the leverage points. Guarantee ● shed doors can be secured with two substantial hasps and staples and two closed shackle padlocks on the outside, one towards the top and one towards the bottom. External hinge screws should be replaced with one-way clutch head screws to prevent them being removed and access gained this way. ● garage and shed windows can be secured with internal diamond mesh grilles, which provide a good visual deterrent to opportunistic burglaries. ● garden tools and ladders should be secured by wrapping a substantial chain around them and padlocking them to an eyebolt which has been secured to the floor or wall. This will prevent them being stolen or used to break into the house. ● tools and garden implements should be visibly Manufacturers of Fitted Bedrooms and Home Offices property marked with the postcode and house name One call to Swift Fitted Furniture and we’ll arrange or number, to deter theft and assist police with a no obligation estimate to make the most of your identifying the rightful owner. bedroom or home office space. Friendly service Good News and professional fitting - for less than you’d think. A Loughborough male has been charged with three burglary dwellings and one burglary other than dwelling. One of the burglary dwellings took place in Syston in May to find out more today 2017. The male has received a custodial sentence. For the latest information on crime in Syston please visit: Register your property free of charge at Follow us on Twitter @CharnwoodPolice. Facebook: Loughborough Police Cleaner required – 20 hours per week Instagram: Leicestershire_police Location: Syston Contact details Hours: 4 hours per day, 20 hours per week, Monday to Friday PCSO Jo Freeman – 6612 Contract type: Permanent T: 101 – collar number 6612 E: Are you reliable, determined and hardworking? josephine.freeman@leicestershire.pnn. Do you have a hands-on approach? We are looking for a cleaner to join our team within You can contact the police on 101 or our well established logistic’s warehouses based in Syston. 999 in an emergency.

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Barkby and Beeby W.I A talk entitled ‘Railways Revisited’ was given by Patrick Neal, which certainly opened my eyes to something on the doorstep that I had previously not taken much notice of, although several members had visited this site in the past. Patrick not only told us how the Mounsorrel railway and Heritage Centre came into existence thanks to the foresight of Steve Cramp, but also about the construction. On the 7th of September 2007 five adults and four children started to clear what had been the old railway line, cutting back brambles and weeds and getting extra volunteers to help clear the trees which they then used later onsite. Once cleared, they set about laying the tracks with a little guidance from some railway workers, they then rebuilt two bridges and the station. Once this was completed they made nature trails and picnic areas built from the wood of the felled trees and planted more trees to replace those lost. During this process they learned how to build dry stone walls and lay a hedge, they made bird, bat and owl boxes, put up bird feeders and built bug houses, after which they put up posters to help people identify the different fauna and flora along the trails involving the local children throughout. They also run fox and bat watching evenings and although it's not possible to catch a train to any where from Mounsorrel Station as yet, this is the goal they are working towards once the signals etc. are in place. Steve then decided to build a Heritage Centre. They bought two old buildings which they renovated, one being moved from another location and the volunteers set once again to make the centre and café what it is today. They are now planning an Education centre if they can secure funding. The talk was accompanied by slides showing the progress and a short video of a visit by Prince Charles to the centre. It certainly looks like a place well worth a visit.

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Jean Hill (founder Chairman of Roundhill Garden and Flower Club), pictured cutting her cake, celebrated her 90th Birthday with a tea party on Sunday 2nd July at St Luke’s Church, Gaddesby. Every member of the club was invited and six members arranged flowers in the church. Jean taught Flower Arranging at Roundhill School in the 1960s and from there the club was formed in 1969. Jean was Area Chairman of NAFAS East Midlands in 1982-4 (three other former Chairman attended the party) and was awarded a CBE for her services to Flower Arranging and other Charities in 1995. In April, Jean was presented with Maunday Money when H.M.Queen Elizabeth attended the service at Leicester Catherdal. Always a great inspiration to her students, her Flower Festivals in Leicestershire have raised funds for a variety of charities and provided beauty and interest in many Churches and Stately homes. Happy Birthday Jean!

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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 the last week in June, my son Johnathan came and took us to his house in Taverham, Norfolk where, together with his wife Tracy, they had created a superb garden that contained not only shrubs, perennials and bedding plants, but also container grown cherries (which we picked and ate the next day), also apple trees that had all been grafted onto dwarf rooting stocks. There was a huge giant willow herb, see picture left, growing in a small border, so I went to pull it out saying it was a weed. “No” said Tracy, that is an Echium that I purchased recently, there was no sign of an Echium, but only a label saying it should be. The next day we visited the garden centre where she had purchased this so-called Echium and it was then I could see why she had been mistaken as a great many of the perennials had died and weeds were growing in their place. This taught Tracy a lesson that the label in the pot does not mean that it is necessarily the right plant, but just a pot of weeds. The following day we visited the Urban Jungle at Old Costessy, Norfolk. We always like to visit this nursery as it has a sub-tropical showground and stocks so many unusual plants, some being on the tender side. I still finished purchasing

Ugni molinae ‘Butterball’ that has small light green leaves and small almost round white flowers, I also purchased the variegated form ‘Flambeau’ whose leaves are variegated with yellow. Both originate from sub-tropical Chile and I shall have to keep them pot grown to enable me to put them in my greenhouse during the winter months. One other evergreen shrub that immediately drew my eye was Mitraria coccinea ‘Clarkes Form’ whose bright orange flowers said ‘buy me’, so I did. This is also a slightly tender shrub from Chile and needs planting where it gets protection from hard frosts and cold winds, so I planted it in well prepared soil close to my South facing fence where a large Choisya ternata ‘Sundance’ will not only help to give it protection from cold winds, but also ‘Sundance’s’ golden leaves would contrast greatly with the Mitraria orange flowers. Vi loves Alstroemeria’s, so we finished up purchasing a plant of ‘Princess Diana’, shown below, whose yellow petals where splashed with light

brown and striped with black, also ‘Princess Elaine’, shown below, with rosy-red striped brown flowers. Both were planted in with the existing Alstroemeria’s, which meant moving five clumps of polyanthus, my soil six inches (15cm) down was as dry as snuff, so after digging out large planting holes I then had to fill the holes with water and let this soak in before working plenty of garden compost into the soil prior to planting. I sometimes mention ornamental plants which resemble our native socalled weeds. This month it is Solanum crispum ‘Glasnevin’ a lax ornamental shrub that is a relation of the woody nightshade, which is often seen growing in hedgerows. I saw ‘Glasnevin’ growing against an archway in my son’s garden and it looked outstanding massed with light blue flowers. This is not a natural climber, but a lax shrub that is best grown trained and tied out on a trellis, or against an archway. During June my container grown ‘St George’ runner beans had their leaves shredded by strong winds and the consequent hot weather caused the leaf edges to turn brown, but the three plants of ‘St George’ which I gave to my son Johnathan and which I saw growing in his allotment at Taverham had no leaf damage and as a consequence had six inch (15cm) beans on them. Having fed my beans twice with liquid seaweed fertiliser during early July, a new lot of leaves appeared and now I can say that we are once more picking our own beans.

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Despite the conditions, the group turned out in force to show off their achievements. Trevor Hodson described the history of the project and how two years ago, the area around the car park was cleared with the help of Raynsway and Syston Town Council. Since then, the work has been done entirely by the group. He and Derek Cox then showed the nature of the planting around the car park and on the station platform. Simon was impressed by the way plants had been sourced mostly through donations, and unsaleable The 11th of July was arguably the stock from nurseries. second wettest day of the summer so far, and it was in those conditions that The wait is now on to see what level RHS judge Simon Lucas visited the has been achieved - meanwhile project at Syston Railway Station to Syston in Bloom continue to maintain see what progress had been made the quality of the area, and keep the over the past year. planting up to date.

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What is more troublesome is when he is driving his wheelchair on the I never thought I would be sat in a pavement through Syston, as people waiting room whilst Declan took his block drop curbs and park on footpaths theory driving test when he was without a thought of how this impacts diagnosed on this month, eleven years on wheelchair and mobility scooter ago. users. Driving wasn't even mentioned as they We travelled down to Exmoor to go on didn't expect him to live to the age of an adventure holiday with 3H holidays being able to drive. Declan felt a sense to the Calvert Trust in July. Declan had of normality taking the test and such a great time last year that we unfortunately fell into the norm of not signed up to go as soon as the passing first time. As always, Declan application forms came out. took this on the chin and saw it as a Due to Declan's complex care needs I practice so he would know exactly will be going to look after him overnight, what to expect next time. but I am volunteering as a carer for a We finally have the van back on the young man who suffers from Cerebal road so he is continuing to have his Palsy in the day. This will give Declan driving lessons, his instructor feels he space to be independent, but with me will be test ready by the end of the close-by to assist if needed. summer. He makes driving through a busy Syston in a large van look easy. Alex

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A partner will be quite wonderful to have around, with their keen wit and determination to enjoy themselves; and they're determined to take you along on an adventure or two! Yes, travel is wellaspected and so is business, where you and your partner could well consider working together in the long-term. Others are inspired by your positivity.

You're looking and feeling great and this, in turn, cheers everyone up around you being as it rubs off! However, you won't take any prisoners being as you certainly have your work cut out and have to get on. This could well include some travel and business opportunities. Don't worry if your cash situation is in auto-reverse, just be patient.

You keep wading through endless work and concerns but things have certainly brightened up lately and this trend will continue until mid-October, so take advantage of luckier times and give yourself a break. It's time to look up a romantic friendship and you'll benefit greatly from the communication. A good idea really inspires you. Work is a little dull.

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Romance is likely and just when you least Life stands still at times and you feel as if expect it, such as 'at work' and particularly you're not really making much progress at with a colleague. You've also a good deal the moment. This is because it's time to to do at home, such as DIY projects and 'stop and smell the roses', take time out general tidying and sorting. Do so whilst and re-charge your batteries a little. You'll you've got a good mind to! You'll let be very pleased with financial rewards and nothing get in the way. Don't worry if a the fact that you're managing to save up. friend or acquaintance misunderstands You make plans for the future, now that you. Just be yourself. you can afford to.

Love finds you in a practical setting, possibly related to a DIY task for example! Friends are keen to catch up with you, so expect exciting invites and new possibilities. Don't worry if any studies are 'hitting an obstacle', you could do with putting things down and resting; and then searching for a fresh perspective. Yes, Summer is here and you want some fun.

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A loved one has lightened up considerably just lately and this has been a mighty blessing in itself! Take time out to spend cash on things that delight and uplift you, you deserve nothing less. Life is pretty fun and exciting, with the dull old routine swept away, to make way for something new. Don't worry if your routine changes. Home is dull in comparison.

You're in a good mood these days and this mood may well continue for the rest of the year. Nothing can get you down and this is because you're hatching a great cash plan or two. A partner is also helpful! However, you may have to let go of some dream or two that conflicts with practicalities. Talking these through will be helpful. Others are so curious.

Love and romance are rocking and you'll just agree to all your partners wonderful plans,leaving you with little to do but to just 'turn up'! A friend has a problem and confides 'all'. You might be lost for ideas but just let them talk and the rest will take care of itself. You're in a business frame of mind and could well get a new enterprise off the ground.

CANCER June 21 - July 21

SCORPIO Oct 23 - Nov 21

PISCES Feb 18 - March 19

You make plans for a romantic time, with that very someone special! This is a great idea and does you a lot of good. You work hard to earn some big monies and this pleases you also. However, don't worry if you leave others standing as you dash round them, doing your own thing. It could be that they don't understand! Give them time to catch up.

You're still having to work hard for your cash You're in a fuzzy frame of mind and may but the intense pressure is off as things are confuse loved ones, breaking practical ways now starting to come together in this area of of thought and certainly not 'doing what is your life. You can now make a plan or two expected'. This is also fun and so don't worry where your finances are concerned being how you come across! You're working hard as you can, basically, afford to pursue them. and doing much better than you think, so just This is exciting and uplifting in itself. A new keep going because you're proving yourself job is likely and you'll just really love it. to others. Romance is found though a hobby.

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On Saturday 1st July the school playing field was full of people enjoying the range of activities that had been set up by the school staff and parents association to raise funds for the school. This was the first time the school had held a summer fete for many years and with the weather being so beautiful, the families turned out and enjoyed the afternoon in good numbers. The Dance academy and cheerleaders performed from preschool age up to teens, with lots of appreciation from the audience. There was a prize every time tombola, luck bag stall, guess the teacher, treasure map, ring toss and other interesting stalls. The total raised for the school was £2,145.80. A huge thank you goes out to all the teachers, staff and parents who helped organise and run the stalls along with some of the older children on the day. An excellent event and hope they hold one again next year!

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The Stn was invited to the Merton School Year 5 and 6 summer production of Aladdin dress rehearsal on Friday 7th July. The year six actors did very well to deliver so many lines and cope with all the set changes, with year 5 joining in with the songs. End of Year Production We are sure the parents, grandparents What a Knight! and careers would have enjoyed the show when they saw it either on Monday 10th or Years 5 and 6 put on a very funny and Tuesday 11th July. entertaining production called ‘What a Knight’ on Monday 26th and Tuesday 27th Well done to all of the children for their June. Year five choir gave a great performances and to the teachers, support performance with each song and year 6 staff and anyone else who helped. actors were word perfect and got a lot of A lovely way to end the summer term!


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The Iconic Flying Scotsman One of our readers sent us this great picture of the Flying Scotsman as it passed through our town on Saturday 1st July. The picture was captured at the crossing behind the playing fields of the Wreake Valley Academy. Our reader told us it was travelling from London Kings Cross to York for the last time this year, what a sight to behold!

Open Evening Syston High Flyers On Thursday 22nd June, 14 members of the Syston High Flyers group, made up of staff from Syston Dry Cleaners and The Continental Café, along with family and Presentations from the Principal at 6.15pm and 7.00pm friends took part For further information or for details of our in a Open Mornings contact us on 0116 264 1080 or parachute see our website jump at Langar Airfield to raise money for a variety of charities. Jumping out of a small plane above the clouds at 13,000ft certainly concentrates the mind and free-falling for 45 seconds is quite an experience. Once the parachute opened there was another four or five minutes before landing, plenty of time to have a good look around and see your friends below waving up at you. All fourteen completed the jump without a problem and some are keen to do it again! The group, pictured left, raised a lot of money for a variety of charities and all in all, it was a very worthwhile and unforgettable experience. A big thank you to the many people who NARWAL WEALTH MANAGEMENT LTD sponsored. On Thursday 13th July Paul Wayman of FINANCIAL PLANNING CONSULTANTS the Continental Café presented a cheque for £700 Sandra Burgin and Gill Moss from Age Concern Syston, see picture below.

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There are four competitions this year so why not enter for a chance to win Cash Prizes, Medals or Certificates. This is how you can enter: Colouring Competition – (0-5 years) (6-12 years): Collect a colouring sheet from the Community Notice Board at the Tesco store on Melton Road Syston and return the completed colouring sheet to the store by Tuesday 22nd August, using the box provided. Make sure a name, age and contact details are written on the reverse. On Thursday 22nd June, the Stn was invited to the last meeting of the Best Decorated Dog Competition: Friendship group before the summer Bring along to the carnival HQ tent by 1.30pm break. on carnival day to register. These will be displayed and judged during the afternoon. (Time to be announced) Fancy Dress– children’s and adults: Get on your Sapphire & Ruby fancy dress outfits and register at the carnival HQ tent by 2.30pm on carnival day for judging at 3pm. Best Decorated Shop: Join in and decorate the front window of your shop/business on the theme of Sapphire & Ruby to support Syston Carnival. To register your shop for judging on carnival day please contact Bob Hendry Tel: 0116 260 9296. No later than Friday 25th August. Cash Prizes available and the Annual Shield. Charity stall booking forms have already been The evening sent out to all those that attended the carnival was very last year. If you would like to receive a Booking exciting for the Form please contact Bob Hendry Tel: 0116 260 members as 9296. The closing date for all stall bookings is they had Tony's Monday 21st August and will be on a first Reptile Show bring a range of exotic come first served basis. Don’t forget the carnival animals including snakes, bearded is all about support for local charities and dragons and a red footed tortoise. Other community groups, so why not make the use of animals included a skinny pig, which is a this opportunity to either promote your group or hairless Guinea pig, the star of the show to raise funds. Don’t forget you can keep up to was a beautiful Meerkat, which everyone wanted to see close up! A giant rabbit and date via our Syston Carnival Facebook page. a skunk, to name a few! We need your support. If anybody would like to The members of the friendship group help out and volunteer, just on the carnival day really enjoyed seeing the animals and itself to help with setting up the equipment and sometimes had the opportunity to stoke or arena, coordinating stall holders, helping with hold them too. competitions we would really appreciate it. Just For more details about the Freindship come down, we are situated next to the Bowling Group see page 21. Green and on site from 8.00am.

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Out: 25th August 2017 Valerian and the City of a Thousand by Adam Ray Palmer Planets I’d love to do an intro this month, but It wouldn’t be there’s no time! Four films to cover in summer without a 350 words; impossible! I will add glossy and though; the next edition will be a explosive sci-fi Venice special! thriller, would it? Enter Luc Besson’s Final Portrait Valerian and we One of my have a winner. favourites back in Berlin was this 90- When a dark force threatens Alpha, a minute beauty. It vast metropolis and tells the story of home to species Swiss painter and from a thousand planets, special sculptor Alberto operatives Valerian (Dane DeHaan) Giacometti (Geoffrey Rush, in and Laureline (Cara Delevingne) must sublime form) who race to save the future of the universe. befriends American All I can say is, Besson had $200 writer, James Lord million to spend here… and boy has (Armie Hammer, also in majestic form). he spent well. On a side note, DeHaan is a class act from start to finish. Miss it The film documents Alberto’s closest if you dare. and most bizarre relationships a few Out: 2nd August 2017 years before his passing. Stanley Tucci, behind the camera here, brings Detroit us an immaculate script and delivers a What do you get punchy masterpiece. when one of the Out: 18th August 2017 best directors today makes a film with Logan Lucky some of the What a treat Logan Lucky is. The freshest talent Logan siblings (Adam Driver, around Hollywood? Channing Tatum You get Detroit of and Riley Keough) course. Kathryn attempt to pull off Bigelow (The Hurt a heist during a Locker fame) has NASCAR race in been away for five years, but is now North Carolina back with John Boyega, Will Poulter, during Memorial Jack Reynor and Anthony Mackie in Day weekend. tow. The film focuses on the Detroit Supporting roles Rebellion in 1967 where three young come in the form African American men were murdered of Daniel Craig, at the Algiers Motel. With such a Seth MacFarlane and the talented Katherine Waterston. talented cast and the most delicate and heartfelt of touches from Kathryn, In the director’s chair is Steven Detroit will get your heart pumping. A Soderbergh who’s not shot-called since 2013. This is a summer film you must-see. Out: 25th August 2017 don’t want to miss.

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Mrs S. Franklin, President, welcomed members to the institute's July meeting. During business matters, Mrs A. Wright spoke of being a delegate at the National Federation of Women’s Institute (NFWI) A.G.M in June held in Manchester. Also, she and fellow member, Mrs M. Sewell, had attended a course at Denman College for Willow Weaving. The results, apart from very torn skin on fingers, were astonishing - a deer, pig, bulrush and dragonfly, all made from the willow, plus patterns to make further items at leisure. Speaker for the evening was Mrs Sue Fraser, originally a volunteer, but now an employee with a job-share at the ‘Museum of Childhood' at Sudbury Hall, Derbyshire, now part of the National Trust. Members were reminded of their childhood memories, as Mrs Fraser gave a PowerPoint presentation of the museum. Built in 1660, It had previously been a private residence. It was renovated between 2006-2008. Until that time, items of all shapes and sizes were boxed up and hidden away, until with some lottery funding, it was

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Well what a night that was!! On a glorious sunny evening in July we held our Summer outing at Roots in Barkby. Some twenty-plus ladies visited the alpacas and then had a supper of glorious food. Meats, pies, salads, pickles, slaws all homemade, wonderful and varied types of crusty bread and followed by a sumptuous dessert of either chocolate or lemon tart with of course the ubiquitous cream!! How to follow that, well we did with entertainment by Dougie Wright,

transformed into one of the foremost museums of childhood artefacts in the country. What was once a squash court has now become a games room. They have many thousands of exhibits, not every item can be displayed so some still have to be stored away. Her job involves cataloguing, conservation, repair work, laundering, plus being a tour guide, which all adds up to being a very worthwhile and rewarding occupation. Mrs J. Brutnall gave the vote of thanks, remembering when she received a post office set and a cardboard sweatshop as childhood presents. The competition winner was Mrs J. Oliver with a teddy bear and the raffle was won by Mrs V. Cobb. The refreshments were served by Mrs V. Cobb and Mrs B. Storer assisted by several other members. The August meeting will be on Wednesday 2nd at 7.30pm in the Syston Community Centre, with a speaker talking about The work of the Bradgate Park Trust. Visitors always welcome.

Syston Town News Syston’s Only Dedicated Newspaper former drummer with the John Barry Seven (he who created the James Bond theme), who gave us insight into his full and varied life from the sixties, backing the stars, right up to his time teaching at the Leicester School of Music and all interspersed with snippets of music from the era and a singalong by the members. Finally, four lucky ladies found an envelope stuck under their chair seat and were presented with wine, chocolates or a plant. Back in the Village hall on the 2nd August, come and see what we’re up to you’ll get a warm welcome.

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CHEMIST East Goscote Pharmacy, 10 Merchants Common, East Goscote, LE7 3XR. Now provides FREE Blood Pressure Checks, FREE Repeat Prescription Collection and Delivery Service Please call 0116 260 6734.

CHILD CARE GROUPS Childminders New informal support network for local childminders and minded children, to share best practice in a friendly environment. Free resources. Meets the first Tuesday of every month. 9.30am to 11.00am, at the Syston Methodist Church. £1 per adult. email: In B Tweenies A parent, baby and toddler group for parents with children who have been on a neo natal unit. The group meets on Tuesdays from 10.00am until 12 noon at Queniborough Dance Co. 109 Broad Street, LE7 1GJ. Telephone Lindsay on 07847 264 382.


CHILD CARE GROUPS Make & Play (Mondays and Fridays) Syston Methodist Church, 9.45am until 11.00am both days term time only. £2 for the first child and 50p for subsequent children. For more information about the group contact Georgina at systonmakeandplay or Make & Play - Syston. St Peter & St Paul's Church Tots at Ten Pre-school Group Every Tuesday in term time 10.00am to 11.45am Church Centre, Lower Church Street. £1.50. Fun, fellowship, stories, activities etc. Broadway Gospel Hall Activities Mondays 3.45 to 4.45pm (term time only) Children's Bible Discovery Club, five to 10 yrs. Its free to attend and you can come straight from school, and enjoy crafts, songs, games and stories all with a Biblical theme. Parents are welcome to stay with younger children. Tuesdays 6.00 to 7.15pm (term time only). Bible Encounter for 11-16 year olds. Its free to attend, enjoy a Bible discussion, games, crafts. Wednesday 2.30 Ladies meeting. Come and share Christian Fellowship, you will receive a warm welcome. Transport is available. All meetings take place at the Broadway Gospel Hall, Broadway, Syston Leicester LE7 1GA. Syston Girls Brigade A church based organisation for girls between the ages of five and 18, we meet at the Methodist Church, High Street on Tuesday evenings 6.45pm to 8.00pm. All leaders are experienced and DBS checked. If you want to find out more, please contact Marie Vernon 0778 648 6504.


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

CONSERVATORY ROOF CLEANER Clean Start Well Established, Professional Conservatory Cleaner. Fully Insured and CRB Checked. Contact Wayne Tel: 0116 431 7674 Mob: 0797 750 5453

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


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



Done & Dusted Quality Counts: Domestic and Commercial Cleans, all cleans catered for. Tel: 0116 260 2828 Mob: 0788 754 2884

Syston & District U3A Craft Groups Crochet group - meets on the third Friday of the month at Syston Hub Café, High Street, 10.15am - 12.15pm. Parchment group - meets on the third Wednesday of the month at St Hilda’s Church Hall, East Goscote, 2.00 to 4.00pm.

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

ELECTRICAL SUPPLIES Byrite Electrical Ltd 1314 Melton Rd, Syston Tel:0116 260 2299

ELECTRICIANS Guy Bacon Tel/Fax: 0116 260 5012 Mob: 0797 626 3229 Letts Electrical Services NICEIC registered Tel: 0116 259 7137 Mob: 0786 651 6286 All Electrical Work Undertaken. M A Skinner Electrical Services Syston Based. Mob: 0799 098 1297 FENCING & GATES Fensit Tim Hendry 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 26th July - Have you Booked It Yet, Sandra Meakin (Melton Mowbray) 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: 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 PGM Services Garden Maintenance Grass & Hedge Cutting, Pruning, Digging & Weeding. Turf Laying. Reliable Service. Discount Prices for Senior Citizens. Mob: 0751 634 4439.

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

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

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

HEALTH AND FITNESS 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

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HEALTH AND FITNESS Cont’d Over the Hill Walking Club cont’d 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 Wellbeing Group Monday evenings 7.00pm Syston Methodist Church All very welcome - a warm welcome awaits. Contact Tina on 0746 593 8146 All discussions confidential (Self-help group for depression and anxiety) Syston Young at Heart Group We are a friendly group which caters for the elderly and housebound of Syston, meeting every Thursday at the Community Centre from 10.00am to 1.45pm. We desperately need volunteers to keep this group going. If you feel you could help please phone Judy Jordan 0116 260 8528. Thrummy Drummer Dementia Group meet 2nd Thursday each month for those affected by Dementia and their families/carers. Elizabeth Park Sports Centre Thurmaston between 10.30am and 12.30pm. Informal get together with support and entertainment. 'Why Not Come Dancing' Saturday evenings, 7.30 pm. Gaddesby Village Hall. Friendly instructors teaching Ballroom, Latin and Jive. All welcome from complete beginners to more experienced dancers. The evening costs from £5 per person. Contact us on 01664 840 381 or just come along. HERBAL CLINIC Ayurvedic Herbal Clinic Ltd Ayurvedic massage therapies Tel: 0116 266 3939 Mob: 0780 102 7571 HISTORY GROUPS Barkby Local History Group We meet irregularly for trips out and talks by invited speakers. For more information contact Sandra Moore 0116 236 3739. Syston Local History Group Saturday 19th August - Boat Trip Monday 21st August - Village walk TBC. 7.30pm, at the Methodist Church Centre, High Street. Visitors £2 per meeting. HOME MAINTENANCE Curnock Home Maintenance Tel: 0116 260 7188 KITCHENS AND BEDROOMS LFI Kitchens & Bedrooms Tel: 0116 260 0150 LANDSCAPING Lancaster Landscapes Tel: 0116 237 4335 Mob: 0771 620 2370 LEGAL SERVICES HPLC Tel: 0116 260 8990 Mob: 0750 149 5503 email:



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: 0770 469 9236. 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 August dates are the 7th and 21st. Beavers: Wednesday 6.00 to 7.00pm Syston Band Cubs: Monday 6.30 to 7.30pm Meet at ‘The Hut’ - next to the Bowls club Scouts: Monday 7.45 to 9.00pm (Central Park). Every Monday at 7.30pm to Explorer Scouts/DofE: Wednesday practice. New members of any standard fortnightly - 7.30 to 9.00pm welcome. Contact via email on Contact: Jennie Angell on 0793 043 3622. Syston Scout Group Meetings are at Syston Scout Hall, Oxford NATURE GROUPS Street, Syston. For more information, please Birstall Bird Watching Club contact Group Manager, Mark Bodycot on Meet second Tuesday of the month at the 0116 260 0045. Rothley Centre, Mountsorrel Lane, Rothley. Beaver: Monday evenings. Visitors welcome. For more information Scouts: Tuesday evenings. contact Marion Vincent on 0116 237 5156 Cubs: Thursday evenings. NURSERIES & PRE-SCHOOLS Explorer Scouts: Friday 7.00 - 9.00pm Contact Paul Smith on 0780 198 5020. Broad Street Playgroup Scout Network (Venture Scouts): Monday Catholic Church Hall, 63 Broad Street. evenings. Funded places for 2, 3 and 4 year olds. Scout and Guide Band: Wednesday evenings. Mob: 0770 250 4113. SOCIAL GROUPS Charnwood Nursery & Pre-School Charnwood Five Star Club East Goscote Friendship Club Tel: 0116 269 6162 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 Hamilton Hilltop Nursery School. Hilda’s Church Hall, Ling Dale, East Quality childcare, purpose built facilities. Goscote. Everyone welcome. Funded places for 2, 3 & 4 year olds. Contact: Gill Morton on 0116 260 1977. 25 Hilltop Road, Hamilton, Leicester. LE5 1TT Tel: 0116 274 3090 Lavender Club Social Group Every Wednesday 1.30pm to 4.00pm. St Peter and St Paul Pre-School Silverdale Community Centre, Silverdale School Lodge, Upper Church Street, Syston. Road, Thurmaston. New members always Tel: 0116 269 8638 welcome. Contact Martin on 07709 936 934. Tangent House Day Nursery. Leicester Railway Society (Formed 1939) Quality childcare, purpose built facilities. Meets 3rd Tuesday of the month. Start Funded places for 2, 3 & 4 year olds. 7.30pm at the Cricketers, Grace Road, 640 Melton Road, Thurmaston. LE4 8BB. Leicester LE2 8AD Contact: Michael Tel: 0116 264 0333 Chapman (secretary) 0116 260 3336 or Brian Holland (programme Organiser) 0116 236 8328. OPTICIANS Henry Smith & Hamylton Rearsby & District YFC Tel: 0116 260 2517 Meetings every week on Thursdays at 8.00pm in Barkby Village Hall. Your Sight Opticians Call Catriona on 0789 022 6035. 1176 Melton Road, Syston. Opposite Aldi. We provide home visits for St Peter’s Court Club those who can’t get to us. Social Fund Bingo every Wednesday at Tel: 0116 260 7075 7.00pm for 7.30pm. Refreshments, bingo, raffle. Fun and friendly atmosphere. PAINTING & DECORATING Everyone welcome. Coffee morning every Jamie Heggs Thursday 10.00am until 11.00am. St Peter’s Tel: 01509 812973 Mob: 0780 384 5465 Court, Melton Road, Syston. Rob Toon Painter & Decorator Syston Chess Club Tel: 0116 260 2856 Mob: 0798 177 1164 Meets every Tuesday at the Syston & PHYSIOTHERAPY District Social Club, High Street, Syston at Syston Physiotherapy & Osteopathy 7.30pm. We offer a friendly and comfortable Clinic environment and play chess at all levels. We Tel: 0116 264 0808 enter local and national competitions. We will teach anyone who wishes to learn!

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 Acoustic nights at QRBL Club 45 Main Street, Queniborough. All levels and listeners always welcome. Free entry. Very relaxed atmosphere. Mondays twice monthly, 8.30 till late Just come along!


SOCIAL GROUPS Cont’d Syston & District Volunteer Centre Hold their Community Lunch every third Monday in the month. Transport available, cost of lunch £7. Everyone welcome. Call our office to book your spot. 0116 260 7888. Syston Family Activity Group Meets every fortnight at different locations on a Tuesday night, plus days out and camps. Arranging anything like archery, canoeing, climbing, biking, bushcraft, cooking etc. For details please get in touch with Stu on 0797 003 4597. Syston Ladies Friendship Circle 2nd and 4th Monday of the Month St Peter and St Paul’s Church Hall at 7.30pm. Guests welcome. Syston Rotary Club A new club meets on the first Monday of the month at 7.30pm at the Hub Café, Syston Methodist Church, High Street Syston. Interesting speakers and a varied social programme. Contact 0116 367 2892 for more information. Syston Twinning Association Syston is twinned with Deville les Rouen, Normandy. If you would like more details about joining us please contact our Secretary, Mrs Kathryn Grocock-Matts on 01509 813 723. U3A Syston Canasta Card Group meets every Monday (except bank holidays) from 2.00pm to 4.00pm in the Syston Community Centre, beginners and experienced players most welcome. For more details contact Tony Hill on 01664 424 905. Thurmaston Ladies meet at Thurmaston RBL, Melton Rd. Saturday 12th August - Thurmaston Carnival Tuesday 22nd August - Bottle Top Bingo. 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 AUGUST 2017

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 teams at all age groups from Kwik Cricket to Under 17 level. New players at all ages are always welcome and for general information about the club contact Ivan Spibey on 0771 113 9711. Practice nets for all age groups are available both winter and summer and further details can be obtained from Scott Cooper on 0792 950 2012. 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 DBS 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 Juniors & Adults mixed classes Tuesday 6.30pm to 7.30pm Sunday 4.00pm to 5.00pm. St Peter and St Paul’s Primary Academy, Upper Church St, Syston. 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: TILING Rivendell Tel: 0116 269 2542 TREES Charnwood Tree Services Tel: Freephone 0800 371441 Unicorn Tree Care Tel: 0116 269 2039 WATER SPORTS CLUBS Roundhill Subaqua Club Meet every Thursday, term time only, 8.00pm to 10.00pm. Either in the swimming pool or classroom for theory. Plus Social club. We offer Try-Dives for £15.00 (which only covers the cost of oxygen and pool use as we are a non profitable club) so you can try the experience and find out more about diving. For further details contact Teresa Kirkham, Secretary on 0783 483 1291.

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WATER SPORTS Cont’d 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.

WINDOW CLEANING Clarity Windows, Doors, Facias, Conservatories and Guttering cleaned. To discover why people are switching cleaners, please contact us for a free friendly quote. Mob: 07533 991 561 Clean Start Well Established, Professional Window Cleaner. Fully Insured and CRB Checked. Contact Wayne Tel: 0116 431 7674 M: 0797 750 5453.

CREAM TEAS Every Sunday in August 2.30pm - 4.30pm All Saints Church, Rotherby. Walk along the beautiful Wreake Valley or just meander through the village and call in for refreshments we would love to meet you.

BROADWAY GOSPEL HALL Sunday 6th August 4.30pm Family Service followed by tea. There will be activities for the children during the service. Stay for tea afterwards, everyone is welcome. Broadway Gospel Hall, Broadway, Syston Leicester LE7 1GA

POLICE BEAT SURGERIES Tuesday 8th August Coffee with a Cop 11.00am to 12.00noon at The Hub Café, High Street, Syston. Please pop along for a chat. Sunday 13th August Beat 61 Summer Roadshow 12.00noon to 3.00pm at King Lear’s Lake Car Park, Watermead Park, Syston. Crime prevention advice and gadgets will be available for sale. Pop along and meet the Beat team.

WOMENS INSTITUTES (W.I.) Barkby and Beeby W.I. Meets third Tuesday of the month. Barkby Village Hall, Beeby Rd, Barkby 7.30pm. Visitors Welcome. For more information contact 0116 260 9274. Charnwood Wigs W.I. Meets last Thursday of the month at 7.30pm. Thursday 31st August - The Life of Coco Chanel. Beedles Lakes Golf Club East Goscote. Visitors £4.00. For more details please ring President Sharon Astill on 0784 988 8752. U3A SUMMER SOCIAL EVENT New Barkby W.I. Meets First Wednesday in the month 7.30pm. Wednesday 9th August 2nd August - The Work of the Bradgate Park 10.30am to 12noon Trust, visiting speaker. Syston Community Come along to the Bowls Club in Central Centre, School Street. Visitors always Park, Syston have a cuppa with us. welcome. For more details contact President Shirley We’ll be in there to meet current and Franklin on 0116 260 8498. prospective members. Queniborough W.I. Plans are developing now, and we’ll have Meets first Wednesday in the month, some special things going on; 7.30pm Queniborough Village Hall. For more details contact President Wendy • Stands with useful and interesting local Taylor 0747 872 9929. information to share • Bowls Club members just waiting to let you have a go and see if a Champion is hidden inside us all – weather permitting of course! • Refreshments available, and if the weather’s good, we can soak up the sun in the park as we enjoy cuppas and cakes. • Leaders willing to tell us about how their COUNTY AND BOROUGH groups work and what the requirements COUNCILLOR SURGERIES are for joining. Saturday 5th August THURMASTON CARNIVAL Saturday 2nd September 10.00 to 11.00am Saturday 12th August Syston Community Centre. 12noon to 5.00pm Your opportunity to meet and speak with Elizabeth Park, Thurmaston. your County and Borough Councillors. Admission Free, donations towards next They are available to discuss any years event welcome. problems or issues you are concerned Please note there will no parking on about and where possible help you to Elizabeth Park and limited disabled parking overcome them. only. Loads of Stalls, including Food, games, CREAM TEA IN THE CHURCH charity stalls, Face painting etc.. Saturday 5th August An afternoon of Entertainment by local artists 2.30 to 4.30pm. and groups. St Peter and St Paul's church invite you to A full programme can be found on the a Cream Tea in the church. Thurmaston Village Carnival Facebook Page.

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REARSBY CAR BOOT SALE Saturday 19th August Rearsby Village Hall, LE7 4YS Set Up 7.00am Public 8.00am Sellers £6 Buyers 50p For more information Tel: 01664 424 416.

ARTS & CRAFTS FAIR Saturday 19th August 10.00am to 2.30pm Syston Methodist Church Centre High St, Syston.

MACMILLAN CHARITY EVENT Saturday 19th August 11.00am to 4.00pm Roots Farm, Barkby. LE7 3QE Plenty of Stalls and Raffle Prizes.

THE DOUBLE A COUNTRY MUSIC CLUB Friday 25th August Doors open 6.00pm. Steve Lovatt (Solo) The artists perform three x 45 minute sets. Entry is £5 on the door. Please note all Country nights will now be on a Friday. Holwell Institute (The Stute), 41 Welby Rd, Asfordby Hill LE14 3RD Tel: 01664 812 080. For more information contact John Gallagher on 0795 226 7226.

CROPSTON CRICKET CLUB FUNDRAISING EVENT Sunday 27th August The fundraising event will be for an 11 year old boy called Marcus, who is a member of Cropston C.C., who last year was diagnosed with a rare bone cancer called Osteosarcoma and secondary cancer in both lungs. The cancer he has, has changed his life completely in the last year with endless chemotherapy and other medical treatments/testing. The day itself will be based around an U11 cricket festival with 10 clubs from all over Leicestershire coming together to play. we have also organised lots of fundraising events with the help of Leicestershire County Cricket Club, local businesses and kind donations to help make this day spectacular for a great cause.

ROUNDHILL FLOWER AND GARDEN CLUB Wednesday 30th August 7.30pm Josie Hutchinson and Harry Cooke give a gardening talk. Cuttings and plants /winter baskets. We have plenty of off-road parking at the Infant of Prague Church, Broad Street, Syston. We welcome visitors (£5). Buy a raffle ticket and you may win a Flower Arrangement or come early and view our sales tables. For more details contact 0116 260 5848. AUGUST 2017


SYSTON ROTARY CLUB BEER FESTIVAL Friday 1st September 5.00 to 11.00pm Saturday 2nd September 12.00noon to 11.00pm Syston Community Centre. Your opportunity to sample real ales and beers from local Leicestershire and Rutland breweries at Syston Community Centre. Various pies from local butchers and farm shops available to buy. Musical entertainment. Proceeds towards local charities.

SYSTON CARNIVAL Saturday 2nd September From 12.00noon to 4.30pm Central Park, Syston. This years theme is Saphire and Ruby. Family event with competitions, charity stalls, gift stalls, Tombola, Carnival Raffle with many prizes. Best Dressed Shop Window Competition. Fair ground rides, and much more…. Entertainment, activities and Displays in the main arena. Bring the family for a traditional afternoon of fun! Plus you are helping our local charities and organisations raise much needed funds.

Saturday September 2nd all around Thurmaston. You can either hold a sale on your own property or have a table at the Harrow Inn, Conservative Club or Top House. We are asking for a donation of £5 per table. If you would like a table please either comment on our Facebook page @Thurmaston garden sale or ring on 0796 156 9971 or please register your interest on a table by person at the Harrow Inn on Melton Road. Our charity is David I Hopes, a fantastic local Thurmaston charity.

CLASSIC CAR RUN Sunday 3rd September Check in from 8.30am, first car away at 9.15am. Join us for a Classic Car Run in support of Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People. The run is about 65 miles starting from the Gate Hangs Well, Syston. LE7 1NH to Calke Abbey. £18 per car. Please note that non-National Trust members will be asked to pay £3 per person on entry) For more information call Terry on 0797 042 2956 or email

FILMS IN SYSTON SARIC Films at The Old Chapel, Chapel St, Syston.

Monday 4th September - La La Land Doors open 1.00pm for coffee, Film at 2.00pm. Tickets £4.50 available from The Card Shop, Syston, 0116 260 6095 or on the door.

HOBY & DISTRICT LOCAL HISTORY SOCIETY LECTURE Wednesday 20th September 7.30pm "Buried between Road and River: Investigating a Roman cemetery at Western Road in Leicester” by Mathew Morris Hoby Village Hall, Main Street, Hoby, Melton Mowbray LE14 3DT Tickets: Members Free, Guests £2.00.

INTER CARE’S LADIES AFTERNOON TEA Monday 25th September 1.00pm until 4.00pm. Join us at Inter Care’s Ladies Afternoon Tea with special guest Her Majesty’s LordLieutenant of Leicestershire, Jennifer, Lady Gretton JP. Hosted at Occasions Tea Rooms, 8A High Street, Syston, Leicester LE7 1GP. Tickets cost £24.50 per person including a light afternoon tea with unlimited tea/coffee and a craft work shop, Rag Wreaths making. For more information or to book your place please contact Charlotte on 0116 269 5925 or

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3. Watch out for scavengers! Barbeque bits such as bones, cornon-the-cobs and fatty foods can all cause serious tummy upsets and blockages. Save you and your pet an emergency trip to us by keeping a beady eye on pets that like to steal food. 4. Check the pavement first! Tarmac gets extremely hot and can easily burn your pet’s paws. If you can’t happily keep your hand firmly on the ground for 5 seconds, it’s too hot for walkies (sorry Buster!).

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being cold and drizzly, however those of us who ventured out were able to enjoy a beautifully landscaped garden in a woodland setting, and on a very Garden Visit; ‘The Paddocks’ steep slope. Pines; conifers; holly, Hungarton and deciduous trees bordered each side. Elsewhere, hedges of Laurel act as section dividers. There are a wide variety of shrubs, evergreen and deciduous. Many have colourful foliage, especially on the section immediately behind the house. Here, large borders included yellow Choisya ‘Sundance’; Sambucus ‘Black Lace’ with its deep pink flowers and finely dissected purple leaves; green/gold variegated Elaeagnus; Cotinus (smoke bush) with its fluffy Our annual programme usually pale pink flowers; Euonymus in both incorporates a visit to a garden. This its green/white plus green/gold can be a large garden opening under variegated forms; Physocarpus the National Gardens Scheme, or a ‘Diabolo’ with its broad purple foliage; series of back gardens only open as bright green Acers; and flowering part of a village ‘Open Gardens’ Hydrangeas. weekend. Shrubs were interspersed with This year, our visit was to ‘The herbaceous perennials, some quite Paddocks’ in Hungarton after which unusual, with differing leaf forms, we were able to view a much smaller heights, and colour of flower. Hostas; plant-filled garden at the Old Post Astilbe; Campanula; and Astrantia House, where refreshments were were among the mix. Where trees served. formed a canopy, beds were filled Once again the weather was not kind, with woodland, shade loving plants

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Syston Has a New Full Town Council Meetings held on Tuesday 27th June 2017 Public Health Local There were 16 Councillors (Cllrs), one available throughout the summer holiday, Area Coordinator

County Councillor (C.Cllr) and one member of the public present. The Reflection was read by the Chairman Cllr P. Henry and apologies were received from C.Cllr J. Poland and Cllrs K. Asmal and S. Visavadia. The were no declarations of interest and no matters arising from the public. The Chairman made two announcements, the first was in relation to the death of former Cllr Toby Griffiths and a minutes silence was observed in his memory and those who lost their lives in the recent events in London. The other was to announce that Cllr Pat Wright had resigned. There were no Police present to give their report, see pages 6 & 7 in this paper for an up-to-date report from the police. The County/Borough Councillor's Report began with C.Cllr D. Slater, who spoke about the dept of environment and how blocked gullies are to be assessed more efficiently. He explained that Leicestershire CC had categorised the 130,000 gullies into high, medium and low for cleaning and maintenance - If listed as high these will get cleaned more frequently, this new system will commence from this Autumn. He said that they are working on a sensor to be placed in each of the drains to monitor them and automatically alert when they need cleaning before it gets to the overflow stage. Cllr E. Vardy spoke about the investment the borough made last year and that they are working on an business engagement strategy between local government and businesses. It includes Syston Enterprise Park and to promote tourism in the area. He referred to a plan that will be publicised to Cllr members in the following week. How Charnwood Borough Council (CBC) will provide services to businesses, and the ways they can do that. See CBC website for full details! It is hoped that this will bring jobs and increase in the economy to Syston. Cllr T. Barkley spoke about the review of Town Council wards and boundaries and said there were to be no changes at this time. CBC had carried out a fire safety check on social housing following the tragic events at Grenfell Tower in London and had issued a statement reassuring residents, although CBC has no high rise building in the borough. Armed forces day had been well supported in June. Charnwood Sports Awards had been announced and nominations are due by Friday 15th September with the ceremony being held on Monday 4th December. He spoke about the garden bin subscription, see article in the July issue of Stn. Finally, holiday activities 28


Full details can be foun on CBC website: mes. Cllr K. Pacey spoke about the Highways forum which was set up to discuss problems and get feedback from CBC. He concluded by saying that CBC had passed the Licensing guidelines and they now are up-to-date with the national ones. All Minutes were passed after amendments to Development and General Purposes. Standing Order Review The Cllrs then discussed and debated issues relating to membership of committees for some considerable time. It was agreed to remove the restriction on panels and committees so that members could sit on as many committees as they chose. After the resignation of Councillor P. Wright a notice was needed to advertise the vacancy, this was agreed. Cllr E. Vardy explained about a Partnership Panel and the restarting of it in principle following a paper from CBC. He said he would bring this item to the July meeting. There is a Biffa Liaison Committee which meets annually. It is made up of a town Cllr, C.Cllr and local residents. They are looking for another member and Cllr M. Carnal suggested that Pat Wright be invited to attend as a resident. The H. A. Taylor Trust still has a Nominative Trustee Vacancy, as yet no Cllr that is not already a trustee with the charity has shown an interest in this role. The Date of Civic Reception was announced as Friday 20th April 2018 and the Chairman had not decided upon his Charity at the time of the meeting. There was a LCC Annual Parishes Liaison Event due to take place on Monday 10th July 2017, details were circulated and names of any who wish to attend were to be given to the office. The Town Manager's Report was tabled and there were no Members' Questions received to the Chairman. Cllr K. Pacey, asked about the roundabout, the Chairman asked for this to be put on the next Development committee agenda. The next meeting was to be held on Tuesday 25th July at 7.30pm.

Local Area coordination is a preventative initiative that started in Leicestershire in July 2015. The initiative helps people and communities to achieve their vision of a good life. It also helps prevent people from reaching and returning to a crisis. A Local Area Coordinator looks for opportunities and natural connections within communities that enable people and places to grow. The support offered is person centred and non-time restricted.

We work with local and country wide organisations and services to promote opportunities for people who may be at risk (vulnerable) or trying to cope with daily life due to their age, disability or low level mental health. A Local Area Coordinator can provide short term support, providing information or signposting longer term support whereby they will take time to understand a person’s strengths and aspirations, help to set targets and provide practical ways of achieving goals and visions for a good life. If you would like more information, know of someone who would like to be introduced or to meet your new Local Area Coordinator Michelle McWeeney then please call 0773 058 2765 or alternatively email There will also be drop-in sessions at the hub café on High St on Fridays between 2.00 and 3.00pm. Michelle will be based at Syston Library but please call before visiting to avoid disappointment.

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.


Leicestershire Speakers July Meeting The Power of the Humble Potato! It was a lovely summer evening when Leicestershire Speakers warmly welcomed John Baron as their President for 2017/18. The Image, courtesy of the Leicestershire speakers, shows Anne French handing over to John.

Once the official business was concluded the programme started with John reading a poem, ‘I Want a Viking Funeral’. After newly arriving, did he want to leave so soon? Sue Coleman delighted us as she set a scenario whereby she had been given the task of explaining the

meaning of beauty to an android. She accomplished this by the use of gestures complimented by wonderful word pictures.

created a healthier population. The potato was also the cause of great suffering and misery during the Irish potato famine. The Mayans had many different types of potatoes; the Irish Mark Snow advised a visit to had just one variety. By continually Stockholm’s Vasa Museum to view planting the same variety the potatoes the magnificent ill-fated Vasa built in became diseased with subsequent 1626 and raised from the preserving crop failure. brackish water of Stockholm harbour some three hundred years later. Leicestershire Speakers welcome Spanish galleons were her design anyone who would like to learn the art model but there was a lack of of speaking in public. Our meetings understanding the importance of are supportive, informative and stability. As she embarked on her entertaining, helping to turn nervous voyage, a gust of wind capsized her in wrecks into confident speakers. We the harbour – she was too top heavy! meet at 7.30pm on the second We learned so much about the potato Wednesday of each month at the Blaby Drop in Centre. For more from Margaret Barratt during her information, ring Anne Jones on 0116 speech entitled ‘Worth more than 277 2295 or visit our website gold?’ One wonders, do we We can also appreciate the value of the potato today? Do we understand the benefits provide entertainment and talks to other societies and groups. Europe has derived from its use!? The potato originated in Peru and in Mayan times was used as currency and therefore was the basis of their economy. It was revered as a god. Populations in Europe soon realised its nutritional value. The potato did not require good weather to ensure a good crop as opposed to cereals which did. Consumption of the potato

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THE JOURNAL OF SYSTON TOWN COUNCIL August 2017 written by Catherine Voyce next few months. Defacing the Brook

hoped that this project will be funded from S106 contributions, controlled by Charnwood Borough Council. Rat eating the Bread MUGA To enhance efforts to provide recreational facilities for young people and adults in the town, the Council are considering possible sites for a MUGA (Multi Use Games Area). A public consultation will take place before any permanent decision on the site is taken. You will see from the photograph Panels above, that throwing bread rolls into New Cemetery the brook is not feeding the ducks, it is Project Managers, Perfect Circle, have feeding rats. This photograph was been appointed to oversee the taken on 12th July at 3.00pm. Rats construction of the new Cemetery on spread disease and bread is harmful Millstone Lane. They have recently to ducks. Syston Town Council has carried out a Feasibility Study on the invested in additional signage around plans and will be reporting to Council the Brook advising of the imminently. consequences of ‘feeding the ducks’; Pavilion please kindly refrain from this activity and help Syston to continue to be a Perfect Circle have also arranged for a pleasant place to live. Feasibility Study to be conducted on the Pavilion development plans and Melton Road Public Toilets and will be reporting to Council imminently. Central Park Disabled Toilets Signage Tree Panel Syston Town Council is current The Tree Panel are maintaining their investing in new signage which will work in visiting and following up give a clearer indication of the opening concerns raised by residents relating A special thanks to our regular and closing times and other important to trees. Now that the nesting season gardening volunteers, David, Simon, information. is over, remedial works will be carried Tim and Barry, to the U3A Gardening out from August. Notice Boards Group and to the lovely people who Diary Dates generously gave up their time for We are currently in the final stages of making the judging route a pleasure to replacing all seven Syston Town 5th August; 10.00 to 11.00am behold. Thank you also to Syston in Council notice Councillors Surgery at Syston Bloom for their tremendous work at boards. You will Community Centre Syston Railway Station and other always find the Throughout August; Childrens areas of the Town. The Portfolio will latest Council Activity Days – see be uploaded to the Syston Town Agenda and other Council website. The Awards important public for full schedule of activities Ceremony takes place on 13th notices displayed. 2nd September; 10.00 to 11.00am September 2017. More pictures can Free Crab Councillors Surgery at Syston be seen on the Stn website. Apples at Community Centre Winfield Park Emergency Community Plan 2nd September 2017; Syston We are very lucky The Emergency Community has now Carnival – Central Park been agreed with Charnwood Borough to have two crab apple trees in 1st to 3rd September 2017; Winfield Park which produce an Council and will be implemented and Syston Rotary Club Beer Festival abundance of crab apples. The apples circulated to relevant agencies in are free to anyone who wishes to pick Syston Community Centre Syston and Charnwood. 10th to 24th September 2017; Billy them, when the fruits ripen in early RoSPA Inspections Bates Fair – Central Park Autumn. All five playgrounds in Syston have New Inclusive Play Ground at 7th October 2017; 10-11am been assessed by RoSPA inspectors Councillors Surgery at Syston Winfield Park in May. There were no urgent issues to contend with. Some minor remedial Council have appointed a contractor to Community Centre replace all of the children’s play action is need in some playgrounds • 2nd December 2017; Syston ground equipment at the park. It is and these will be addressed over the Christmas Event East Midlands in Bloom Competition 2017 Judging took place on 11th July. Syston Town Council would like to thank all sponsors including the 106 shops that sponsored hanging baskets, all were recognised in the Portfolio submitted to the judges. A total of 126 hanging baskets are on display this summer.




Please remember to join up to our Facebook page for further developments at Syston Town Council. Website: Twitter: @Syston_TC Catherine Voyce, Town Manager. Contacting your Council: SYSTON TOWN COUNCILLORS Merton Ward Cllr Paul Henry (Chairman) Cllr Phillip Knight Cllr Ken Pacey Cllr Harold Screaton Cllr Satish Visavadia St Peters East Ward Cllr Sue Gerrard Cllr Stephen Hampson Cllr Maureen Pacey Cllr David Pepper St Peters West Ward Cllr Kirti Asmal Cllr Tom Barkley (Vice Chairman) Cllr Josie Branston Cllr Malwyn Carnall Cllr John Lucas New Barkby Ward Cllr Hanif Asmal Cllr Claire Dolan Cllr Howard Midgley

Cllr Janet Midgley Cllr Eric Vardy All Councillors can be contacted via Syston Town Council: Syston Town Council, Community Centre, School Street, Syston. LE7 1HN Town Manager: Catherine Voyce Deputy Town Manager: Ursula Southan Office Co-Ordinator: Kay Liquorish Phone: 0116 260 7150 Council Meeting Dates August 2017 There are no Council meetings scheduled for August at the time of printing this publication. September 2017 Tuesday 5th Development and General Purposes Tuesday 12th Amenities Tuesday 19th Resources Tuesday 26th Full Council October 2017 Tuesday 3rd Development and General Purposes Tuesday 10th Amenities

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Thanks to the Kirk family for the use of the barn and the outside area where we sat in the sunshine, and also to all who helped in any way - we couldn't We had almost 260 people attend our have done it without you. ‘Big Band in the Barn night’ recently. The weather was glorious, the Rutland Almost £2,500 was raised for our church funds - possibly towards the Big Band played a great selection of new boiler needed before the colder music. Local vocalist Catherine weather. Ogden entertained us, the hog roast and salad was delicious and the A Date for Your Diary: Friday 24th drinks, both alcoholic and nonand Saturday 25th November will be alcoholic, were plentiful. If you were our Great Christmas Event - more feeling energetic, there was dancing details later. in the barn and even a bouncy castle Syston Town News for the children. A great time was had by all.


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drive the club forward”. The club, from small beginnings, has risen to become a prominent and well known club nationally, winning titles at the Midland and National road relays and by also gaining medals at the National Cross country championships. Locally the squad continue to perform well on all Wreake and Soar surfaces and April saw the club take the first five age group team places in Valley AC Break the the Livingston Relays. Its athletes are currently enjoying a highly successful Tape for 200 track season with several in the top Wreake and Soar Valley AC have echelons of the East Midlands broken the 200 membership mark for rankings and at the time of writing two the first time just part way through in the top ten in the UK. their affiliation period making them The club made a huge step forward in one of the biggest running and athletics clubs in the county. Breaking its athlete provision this year by offering its performance athletes an the barrier has meant that overseas warm weather training camp membership has increased by over in Spain with a follow-up planned for 40% over the past two years. early in 2018. Other highlights have John Skevington, who founded the been invitations to the World trial’s club commented “Having 200 10,000m in London where the team members is almost, for me, won the overall competition in a junior unbelievable and the number is sure 10,000m relay closely matching the to grow further as traditionally our winners time in the main men’s race numbers grow again in September and to the Manchester international when the schools cross country where the team performed well, season begins. Our success is very winning medals in a series of relays much due to the commitment of the and field events prior to the volunteers who give up their time to International athletics.

The club has boosted its membership with a growing number of adult runners who enjoy a Saturday morning session from the Saturday training HQ at Wreake Academy in Syston at the same time as the junior session takes place. A new “couch to 5k programme” beginners running programme will be starting in September which again will boost memberships. John Skevington further remarked “Although we are obviously proud of the achievements of our performance athletes, we always offer a welcoming and nurturing environment to all of our members regardless of age or ability. Our move to the Ratcliffe college track for our midweek sessions has made a huge difference to our training regime and I am sure with the support and environment that we offer we will continue to grow both in success and numbers” Enquires about the club, which offers endurance and sprints training to all from age seven to adult can be made by contacting or through the website



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victory by 118 runs. Fortunes of the 2nd XI have finally turned around and the team has moved away from the relegation zone. Two hard fought draws against Hinckley Town 2nd XI and Ratby were

league Hinckley Amateur to 206-8 with Pete Howard taking 3-47. They then chased the target down thanks to Perry Hill (37 not out) who held the innings together and he was well supported by Scott Cooper (48), Charlie Royle (36) and Milo Abraham (33). The Sunday XI have also won three of their last four games. Charlie Taylor (86) and Ben Drake (46) helped the team to chase down 189 against Stamford. Perry Hill (54 not out) and Tom Corbett (51) saw Syston post 208-8 against Queniborough who were then dismissed for 140 with Ben Tebbutt and Tom Corbett taking three wickets each. Syston lost to Ashby Carington by seven wickets, but not before an opening stand of 110 by Tom Corbett (54) and skipper Ivan Spibey who Joe Storer made a career best 48. Perry Hill (74) and Kishan Dattani (53) saw Syston followed by successive victories over to a challenging 213-8 against Huncote and Hinckley Amateur. Rothley Park who were then restricted Joe Storer with 6-23 was the to 182-8 with three wickets each for destroyer in chief against Huncote Ayaan Pathan and Ben Tebbutt. who were dismissed for 132 and Scott Roger Pole Cooper (47 not out) and Chris Pole (29 not out) sealed a comfortable SYSTON TOWN NEWS victory by seven wickets. Syston THE GREAT LITTLE PAPER bowled very well to restrict top of the


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•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



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

Syston Town News Your Independent Community Newspaper August 2017  

Welcome to the August 2017 Issue.

Syston Town News Your Independent Community Newspaper August 2017  

Welcome to the August 2017 Issue.