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MARKET HARBOROUGH TOWN GUIDE 2019-21

MARKET HARBOROUGH CIVIC SOCIETY


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Contents Welcome to Harborough.....................................................................................................................p9 History.................................................................................................................................................p11 Markets.............................................................................................................................................. p13 Manufacturing.................................................................................................................................. p15 St Dionysius and the Old Grammar School..................................................................................... p17 Transport............................................................................................................................................ p19 Fox hunting and the Civil War........................................................................................................ p21 Harborough Theatre.......................................................................................................................... p23 Community Information.............................................................................................................p25-39 Local & national government; General services; Emergencies; Health; Shopping....................... p25 Public transport; Recycling & waste; Civic bodies; POs & finance; Media................................... p27 Education; General information; Business; Visitor attractions; Dogs........................................... p29 Sports clubs; Bowling; Keeping fit.................................................................................................. p31 Flowers/gardening; Social groups; Charity oriented social groups; Cube Youth Centre; Places of Worship; Dance................................................................................................................................. p33 Annual events; Women's groups; history/environment; ............................................................... p35 Caring organisations; Church groups.............................................................................................. p36 Music; Theatre; Video and film........................................................................................................ p37 Visual arts; Community centres; Youth groups; Hobbies............................................................... p39 Index of streets...........................................................................................................................p40-42 Map: Market Harborough Centre..............................................................................................p42-43 Map: Market Harborough North................................................................................................p44-45 Map: Market Harborough South...............................................................................................p46-47 Index of advertisers........................................................................................................................... p48

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The Market Harborough Town Guide has been produced on behalf of Market Harborough Civic Society by Heritage Guides ©2019. We are grateful to the Harborough Museum for the picture of the Liberty Bodice on page 15. We gratefully acknowledge the help of members of the Civic Society for their comments on the proofs. We are grateful for the support of those businesses and organisations whose advertisements appear in these pages without which we would not have been able to produce this official town guide. This publication is copyright and may not be used, reproduced, copied or transmitted in any form, in part or in whole without the prior permission of the publishers. Whilst every effort has been made to ensure that all the information contained in this publication is correct at the time of going to print, neither Heritage Guides nor Market Harborough Civic Society can accept any responsibility for unintentional errors or omissions.

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Introduction

Foreground: the Symington building, home to Harborough District Council, and background: St Dionysius Church.

WELCOME TO HARBOROUGH urban district council and so there was not seen to be a need for a third tier of government in the form of a town council (as there was at Lutterworth). Although there is no town council, there is a highly active civic society which represents the views of residents concerning developments at local level and is consulted by the District Council on planning issues. The Market Harborough Civic Society has played a key role since 1977 in encouraging both the preservation of the historical fabric and sympathetic modern development by carefully perusing development plans. At the end of the first decade of the 21st century, Market Harborough had a population of around 21,000. Many of the big industrial names of the past have gone, although it is worth noting that the Harboro Rubber Company, which has been in existence since 1894, is still going strong in the

heart of the town, having taken advantage of the expansion in the use of synthetic elastomers and remaining relevant and competitive through innovation . The old factories which reached right into the centre of the town have now been converted or replaced by retailing, offices and housing. High technology businesses in the outlying business parks now service increasingly sophisticated markets. True to its history as a trading station, the town has seen a number of major shopping developments in recent years. Market Harborough is located only a few miles from major road routes, including the M1, A1 and A14, and an hour's drive from East Midlands and Birmingham Airports. However, a reminder that it jealously preserves its history is that the town centre in essence occupies the same plan as that laid out over 800 years ago. n 9

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arket Harborough is a compact, bustling town on the south east Leicestershire border, lying within the district of Harborough. Though it is in a predominantly rural setting, the town is an important commercial, industrial and administrative centre, and includes the head offices of Harborough District Council. The town is now linked by continuous development with Little Bowden (which was still in Northamptonshire until 1888) and the two now form one urban area. In the 1974 local government reorganisation, Harborough District Council was formed by combining the former Market Harborough Urban District Council (which included Market Harborough and the Great and Little Bowdens) with a large slice of rural Leicestershire and the town of Lutterworth. The new district council was seen to all intents and purposes as taking over the duties of the former


History

FIT FOR MARKET predominantly in livestock grazed on the extensive surrounding grasslands. Certainly, by the 17th century the market was noted for its cattle, horses and sheep. By the 16th century, the marketplace covered a huge area tapering north from the Square into High Street and taking in modern-day Church Street. This area was once more or less open, interrupted only by St Dionysius' Church. But the area would also be subject to encroachment by a range of more or less permanent market stalls, and this process may have been encouraged by the construction of the Grammar School in 1614. Some of the market stalls would have had thatched roofs and later some would be of brick construction. There was a 'shambles', or permanent butchers' stalls, at the site of the Town Hall. When the Town Hall was built, as a gesture to the townspeople in 1788 by the Lord of the Manor, the Earl of Harborough, he left the ground floor free as a trading area for the butchers. Nevertheless, the marketplace's huge extent was now seriously under threat and buildings were subsequently erected between the Old Town Hall and the Church, squeezing the area available for the market and creating Church Street on the

east side. The market's position at the centre of the town came under further pressure in the 19th century when there were constant complaints about nuisance caused by the livestock. The rights to the market were bought from the then Lord of the Manor, Lord Barnard, in 1900 by Market Harborough Urban District Council which then moved it to a new site south of the river in 1903. A covered market for retail stalls was built nearby in 1928. The livestock market moved to its current site near to Lubenham in 1992 to make way for the St Mary’s Place shopping development. The Settling Rooms, where livestock traders retired to complete their deals, built in 1902 still reminds us of the importance the market once held. It now houses a number of community organisations and stands in the middle of the St Mary’s Place car park. Although the livestock market moved, Harborough District Council built a new market hall on Northampton Road for the retail market in 1993. Now run by a market management company, this continues to thrive and is an important aspect of the modern life of the town. n 11

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arket Harborough was established in medieval times as a 'new town', the local landowner spotting the potential of its location midway between Leicester and Northampton at a river crossing and the eponymous market was its raison d'ĂŞtre from the beginning. The first written record of Harborough's market is from the beginning of the 13th century when its fees were being collected by the King himself. The trade emanating from the fertile Welland Valley was no doubt seen as a useful source of revenue for the Crown. The Earl of Clare, who held the rights to the Monday market at Rothwell, a few miles into Northamptonshire, was told in 1219 to move it to another day because it was perceived to be damaging Harborough's Monday market. Then, in 1221 Harborough's market was for some reason moved to Tuesday. Harborough livestock market continued to be held on this day until the beginning of the new millennium when it was changed to Wednesday so as not to clash with the only other remaining livestock market in Leicestershire, at Melton Mowbray. From the first, Harborough's market would have dealt


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he town may not have its own Town Council, but it does have its own town hall. The imposing 'Old Town Hall' on High Street was built at the expense of the Earl of Harborough in 1788 for the townspeople to serve as a market hall and assembly rooms. It was built on the site of a shambles (or butchers' market) which had been there since at least the 16th century, and the vaulted ground floor was intended for the butchers' use. In its time the building has also housed a cloth market and magistrates' court. The two 'Venetian' windows in the upper storeys on the north side of the building were added in the early 19th century. The coat of arms of the Earl of Harborough is carved in stone in the gable pediment on the High Street side. n

development. The Settling Rooms, where livestock traders retired to complete their deals, built in 1902 still remind us of the importance the market once held. This Grade II listed building stands in the middle of the St Mary’s Place car park and is now used by a number of businesses. Although the livestock market moved, Harborough District Council built a new market hall on Northampton Road for the retail market in 1993. Now run by a market management company, this continues to thrive and is an important aspect of the modern life of the town. n 13

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he position of Market Harborough's market in the centre of town came under pressure in the 19th century when there were constant complaints about nuisance caused by the livestock. So the rights to the market were bought from the then Lord of the Manor, Lord Barnard, in 1900 by Market Harborough Urban District Council who then moved it to a new site south of the river in 1903. A covered market for retail stalls was built nearby in 1928. The livestock market moved to its current site near to Lubenham in 1992 to make way for the St Mary’s Place shopping

The Market Hall, Northampton Rd, (main picture) and (above) the Settling Rooms.


Manufacturing

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he factory of RW & H Symington & Co once employed a quarter of the town's population. Its most famous product was the Liberty Bodice corset. The factory closed in 1957

and what stood behind the present building (now home to Harborough District Council) was eventually pulled down in 1973. The top part of the bell tower from the demolished buildings was resited in Welland Park.

These elaborately designed Italianesque offices brought the manufacturing ethos right into the centre of the town, seeming to challenge St Dionysius' church for supremacy. They were built in 1889 on the site of a carpet factory. n

The former Symington & Co factory, now home of the District Council and (inset) the Liberty Bodice.

THE MAKING OF A TOWN when the Symington brothers began their businesses, one as tailor and draper and the other selling tea, later to become major employers. Factories were built close to the historic centre, and most prominent among these was the Symington corset factory. Much industrial development also took place south of the river

where, for example, there was a large brewery at the beginning of the 19th century. In 1898, Walter Haddon opened a type foundry on Lathkill Street, the Caxton Works. His company later started the manufacture of lead acid batteries and changed its name to Tungstone Products. The factory was only closed in 2002. n 15

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t was in the middle of the 18th century that the manufacture of woollen fabrics (especially the finer worsted fabric) and woollen products began to increase in the town. But Market Harborough's growth was not only based on wool. In the 19th century the town expanded hugely as a manufacturing centre. This was


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surrounding yard. After the Dissolution of the Monasteries under Henry VIII in the 16th century, St Mary-in-Arden’s Church seems to have been given its own parish, separate from that of Great Bowden. St Dionysius in Harborough remained technically a chapel to St Mary's until the 20th century, although its splendid 14th century spire is an indication that it had already established itself as the main place of worship in the parish. The dedication of the Parish Church to St Dionysius is unique in England. The tower and its spire of limestone, 160 feet high, dominate the centre of the town and tell of Harborough's wealth at the time they were built in the early 14th century. The spire is of broach design, common in the English Midlands. (The principle of the broach spire is to ease the visual transition from the square plan of the tower to the octagonal plan of the spire by placing half pyramids at the corners.)

The nave of the church, which dates chiefly from the 14th and 15th centuries, is built mostly of ironstone with limestone castellations. There is a sundial on the tower which dates from the middle of the 18th century. n

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he old Grammar School is a timber framed building fortunate to have survived the ravages of redevelopment. It stands next to the church, and it must often have been caught up in the bustle of the town’s ancient market - it is reputed to have doubled as a shelter for market traders. It was built in 1614 to house a school established by Robert Smyth. The building is decorated with ornamental barge-boards and pargetting with quotations from the Bible. The school moved out of the building in 1892 and it is now used for public meetings. It has recently undergone extensive renovations. n

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espite its superior population and commercial prestige, Market Harborough was a part of the ecclesiastical parish of Great Bowden until the 16th century. Although there is mention of a place of worship in the town itself at the beginning of the 13th century, the church of St Dionysius was established as merely a 'chapel of ease'. Its function was to save locals the journey to its superior church, that of St Mary-in-Arden (on Great Bowden Road), itself subordinate to Great Bowden church itself. St Mary-in-Arden is now a ruin although it is occasionally used for special services. It dates back to the 14th century. Its steeple collapsed in the middle of the 17th century and the roof was dismantled in the 1950s. As a chapel of ease, Harborough's church was not permitted a graveyard - the dead were only permitted to be buried at St Mary's Church. This explains why the town's church has no

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Transport INNS AND OUTS

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n the 18th century, canals were seen as the answer to the difficulties of transporting goods by road. The Grand Union Canal, which linked London with Birmingham and Leicester, passed within five miles of Market Harborough at Foxton, and in 1809 a branch of the canal was begun from there with the intention of reaching all the way to Northampton, but in the event going no further than Market Harborough where the canal basin became a significant industrial area, including boat building. The 10 locks at Foxton are the longest flight in the British canal system. The village is also the location of the Foxton Inclined Plane, an ingenious barge-lift which circumvented the lock flight and speeded up traffic considerably. Unfortunately, this came too late to revitalise the

canal and was mothballed in 1911 and dismantled in 1928. The first railway to pass through the town ran from Rugby to Stamford. It was opened in 1850. This was followed by the north-south line which, by 1868, had become the line which we know today from St Pancras to the north. Later lines went to Northampton and Melton Mowbray so that, in the years after the Great War, trains from Market Harborough went to no fewer than six destinations. With the decline in goods traffic, all of these closed with the exception of the present line from St Pancras to Derby and Sheffield, although we can still see in and around Market Harborough the relics of abandoned railways. Fortunately, the handsome Queen Anne style station building remains in use today. n

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arborough's strategic position in the transport network has been a source of its prosperity over the centuries leading to the establishment of a number of historic coaching inns. In fact by the 17th century, Harborough was described by one writer as consisting mostly of "inns and tradesmen". The town was a crossroads from the beginning and there was already a bridge over the river in the 13th century which may have survived until as late as the 18th. Increased road travel however highlighted the parlous state of the country's roads which had hitherto been in the care of local parishes. The answer was to sell the major through-roads to turnpike trusts, the first of which in England was established in the second half of the 17th century. Harborough's main roads were all turnpiked by the middle of the 18th century. At this time, there were three coaches passing daily each way between Nottingham and London and three each way between Derby and London, their occupants calling upon the hospitality of the town. Four of Harborough’s historic coaching inns are still standing: The Angel, The Three Swans, The Talbot, and The Peacock (these last two now restaurants). n

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War & peace LIFE IN THE SHIRES

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eicestershire was a county of large pastures and estates well into the 18th century and was comparatively underpopulated compared with much of England. In medieval times, it had contained many large hunting parks. The land further coalesced under the enclosure process, creating the ideal environment for

fox-hunting with hounds. Indeed, Market Harborough, together with Melton Mowbray further north, became the centre of the sport in the East Midlands and this continued to be the case up to the First World War. Wealthy landowners planted countless small woods as fox coverts and these are still a feature of the landscape today.

The 19th century author George John WhyteMelville (1821-1878), who made a genre of the fox hunting novel, even named one of his books Market Harborough (or How Mr Sawyer went to the shires). n

THE BEGINNING OF THE END OF THE WAR scouts were sent out to find the Parliamentarians but, when they failed to do so, Rupert himself rode out and discovered them near Naseby, some six miles into Northamptonshire. Instead

killed or captured in the ensuing battle, Charles fled, and Fairfax continued to Leicester which he retook for the Parliamentarians. The victory spelled the beginning of the end for Charles's

Instead of holding their position at Harborough, the Royalists made the tactical mistake of advancing on the Parliamentarians who could thus choose their ground. of holding their position at Harborough, the Royalists made the tactical mistake of advancing on the Parliamentarians who could thus choose their ground. Most of the Royalist foot soldiers were

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arket Harborough features at key points during the Civil Wars of the 17th century. The Royalists under Charles's nephew, Prince Rupert, plundered the town in the first year of the wars, 1642. It also played a part before the famous battle of Naseby. The Royalists had just sacked Leicester when, in 1645, King Charles I set off south to relieve the siege of Oxford by the New Model Army under Sir Thomas Fairfax. Fairfax got wind of the king's approach and lifted the siege in order to engage him. Charles decided to retreat before this happened and turned north east from Daventry, reaching Market Harborough on June 14th where he was joined by Rupert from Leicester. Royalist

forces. Following Naseby, Oliver Cromwell, at that time General of Horse, moved into Harborough and wrote to Parliament from here. He used St Dionysius's Church to hold Royalist prisoners. n 21


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Drama

THE HOME OF MAKE-BELIEVE Theatre logo. A modern art sculpture of Harlequin, by local artist Ralph Thurston, was mounted above the display window.

The theatre now boasts an 118-seat auditorium and a 50-seat studio theatre In 1980 more fund-raising enabled the creation of a true theatre auditorium with raked seating and a proper lighting box. More recently, adjacent premises - public toilets and a small shop were acquired. The frontages were maintained, the toilet entrance being replaced by a two-storey glass and steel display area where the Harlequin sculpture now sits proudly in its upper window. Behind these, the building was re-developed to include a lift

to the auditorium for patrons who do not wish to climb two flights of stairs. The theatre now boasts an 118-seat auditorium with one wheelchair position; a smallish stage (about 18 feet square with almost no wing space); a 50-seat studio theatre which doubles as a lounge with bar and kitchen; and, filling every nook and cranny, the dressing rooms, workshops and stores needed by a complete practical theatre. Still an amateur enterprise but with professional standards, the Theatre hosts a full season of plays and visiting shows. Local film club Octagon Films has installed cinema equipment and regularly screens films and live broadcasts of plays, opera and ballet, from major theatres and concert halls. Local charities hire the lounge for coffee mornings, art exhibitions, and community events. n

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arborough Theatre stands in Church Square, adjacent to the magnificent parish church of Saint Dionysius, and the Old Grammar School. There have been buildings on the theatre site for centuries, including The Green Dragon, an old coaching inn with a dodgy reputation and, allegedly, the ghost of a murdered customer, which haunts the theatre. It is appropriate that this building is the home of make-believe. The inn was demolished in 1935, and replaced with a fake building. Although it looks like an old merchant's house from the Elizabethan period, with stone walls, mullioned windows, leaded lights and stout oak doors, it was, in fact, constructed as a cycle-shed for the corset-makers in the nearby factory! The Managing Director's office looked out into Church Square, and he insisted that the new building be designed to resemble an old town-house to disguise its rather mundane purpose and to provide an attractive frontage in this pleasant square. Market Harborough Drama Society has been presenting plays here since 1947, initially hiring the first-floor hall as a performing space. In 1969, after a fund-raising appeal, they purchased the freehold and, above the front door, erected the Harborough

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Community information Please note, the dialling code is 01858 unless otherwise indicated.

Local & national government Harborough District Council Council Offices, The Symington Building, Adam & Eve St LE16 7AG. Open: Mon-Fri 8.45am-5pm (Wed from 9.30am). Tel: 828282. Responsible for: economic development, building regulations, local planning, environmental health, housing, leisure, minor roads, local tourism and waste collection. www.harborough.gov.uk District Councillors • Great Bowden & Arden Ward: Barry Champion (Con) b.champion@ harborough.gov.uk; Dr Sarah Hill (LibDem) s.hill@harborough.gov.uk; Phil Knowles (LibDem) p.knowles@harborough.gov.uk • Little Bowden Ward: Derek Evans (Con) d.evans@harborough.gov.uk; Amanda Nunn (Con) A.Nunn@harborough.gov.uk • Logan Ward: Richard Hadkiss (Con) r.hadkiss@harborough.gov.uk; Barbara Johnson (LibDem) b.johnson@harborough.gov.uk • Welland Ward: Jo Brodrick (Con) j.brodrick@harborough.gov.uk; Roger Dunton (LibDem) r.dunton@harborough.gov.uk; Julie Simpson (LibDem) j.simpson@harborough.gov.uk Leicestershire County Council County Hall, Glenfield, Leicester, LE3 8RA. Tel: 0116 232 3232. Open Mon-Thu 8.30am-5pm, Fri 8.30am-4.30pm, except public holidays. Responsible for education, fire and rescue, libraries, roads, social services, strategic planning, trading standards, transport and waste management. www.leicestershire.gov.uk County Councillors • Market Harborough East Division: Dr Sarah Hill (LibDem) sarah.hill@leics.gov.uk • Market Harborough West & Foxton Division: Dr Paul Bremner (Con) Paul.Bremner@leics.gov.uk Member of Parliament - Harborough, Oadby & Wigston Constituency • Neil O’Brien (Con), 24 Nelson St, Market Harborough, LE16 9AY. Tel 464146. neil.obrien.mp@parliament.uk www.neilobrien.org.uk

General services Courts • Magistrates: Leicester, LE1 6BT. Tel 0116 255 3666. • County & Family/Crown: Leicester, LE1 6HG. Tel 0116 222 5700. Registration Office Adam & Eve St. Tel to book appointment (Mon-Fri 8.45am-4.15pm) 0116 305 6565. Sat open for ceremonies only. Police Station Fairfield Rd. Mon-Fri 10am-4pm. Tel 101.

Emergencies • Fire, police, ambulance 999 (for non-emergencies ring 101) • Childline (for children in distress) 0800 1111 • Child Protection (child safety) 0808 800 5000 • Samaritans 116 123 • Electricity 105 • Gas 0800 111 999. • Floodline 0345 988 1188 • Flood Information Service flood-warning-information.service. gov.uk

Health NHS 111 Medical advice over the phone. Tel 111 (111.nhs.uk) GPs • Market Harborough Medical Centre, 67 Coventry Rd. Tel 464242. www.marketharborough medicalcentre.co.uk • Two Shires Medical Practice, Torch Way, Tel 434523. www.twoshiresmedicalpractice.co.uk

Hospitals • St Luke’s, 33 Leicester Rd, LE16 7BN (minor injuries). Tel 410300. • Kettering General, Rothwell Rd, Kettering, NN16 8UZ (24hour A&E). Tel 01536 492 000.

Shopping Shopmobility Roman Way Community Centre. Open Tue/Thu,/Fri 9.30am-3pm. Tel 0116 305 2343. www.harboroughshopmobility.org

Markets • Market Hall, Northampton Rd, Open Tues-Sat 8am-5pm, Sun 10am-4pm (Wed/Sun: vintage/ antiques; Thu crafts) • Farmers Market, The Square, 1st Thurs in month • Food Fair, The Square, 3rd Thurs in month www.harboroughmarket.co.uk

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Community information Buses & Trains Regular bus services connect with all nearby towns. Mainline trains to London, Derby, Nottingham & Sheffield. Tel 0871 200 2233. www.travelline.info

Harborough Community Bus Minibus transport for community groups or the disadvantaged. Tel 0300 365 3210 harboroughcommunitybus@ gmail.com www.harboroughcommunitybus.co.uk

Harborough Rail Users Represents the interests of users of Market Harborough Railway Station. Holds regular meetings. feedback@harborough-rail. co.uk www.harborough-rail.co.uk

Recycling & waste Recycling & Waste Site Riverside Industrial Estate. Open Mon-Wed & Sat-Sun 9am-4pm (Thu-Fri closed). When closed, use Kibworth Recycling and Household Waste Site LE8 0EX. www.leicestershire.gov.uk

Waste collection Harborough District Council provides all households with 3 wheeled bins: blue for recyclable materials, green for loose green waste, and black for non-recyclable materials. Green and blue bins are collected one week, and black bins the following. www.harborough.gov.uk

Freecycle Market Harborough Find others who can use your unwanted items. https://groups.freecycle.org/group/ MarketHarboroughUK harboroughmarket.co.uk

Civic bodies Market Harborough Civic Society Promotes high standards of development and ensures the sympathetic preservation of the town’s heritage. Comments on planning applications and provides an opportunity for residents to hear and discuss local, non-political issues. Meetings (open to the public) take place on 4th Wed of month (Sep-Apr, except Dec) 7.30pm at Roman Way Community Centre, LE16 7PQ. Secretary: Caroline Mortiboys, 45 The Green, Great Bowden, Market Harborough LE16 7EU. Tel 463468. www.mhcivicsoc.org.uk

Great Bowden Parish Council Clerk: Andrea Shatford Tel 07796 051113 clerk@ greatbowdenparishcouncil.org.uk

Market Harborough & The Bowdens Charity 10 Fairfield Rd. Tel 01858 419128. Owns assets including the Old Grammar School and allotments. Contributes to local causes. www.mhbcharity.co.uk

POs & finance Post Offices • 12-13 St Mary’s Place. • 19-21 Connaught Rd. • 45-47 Western Avenue. • 28 The Green, Great Bowden. Cedit union Clockwise Credit Union Sponsored by Churches Together in Market Harborough. Open Fri 10am-12 noon at Methodist Church, Northampton Road. www.clockwise.coop

Building societies • Market Harborough Building Society, Welland House, The Square, 412250. customersfirst@mhbs.co.uk www.mhbs.co.uk

• Nationwide, 8 High St, 0800 554 1073. Banks • Natwest, 21 St Mary’s Rd, 0345 788 8444. • Santander, 4 High St, 0800 085 1633. • Barclays, 20 High St, 0345 734 5345. • HSBC, 15 High St, 0845 740 4404. • Lloyds, 40 The Square, 0845 300 0000.

Media Broadcast • BBC Radio Leicester, Tel 0808 100 1049. www.bbc.co.uk/radioleicester

Harborough Lotto A weekly online lottery established by Harborough District Council to support local causes in Harborough district, tickets £1 with 60% going directly to local causes and prizes of up £25,000. Tel 405050. www.harboroughlotto.co.uk

• Harborough FM Radio, Unit 5, Fernie House, Fernie Rd. Tel 464666. www.harboroughfm.co.uk Print • Harborough Mail, 10 Headlands, Kettering. Tel 01536 506153. www.harboroughmail.co.uk

• Leicester Mercury, 16 New Walk, Leicester. Tel 0116 251 2512. www.leicestermercury.co.uk

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Community information Education Pre-School • Information about pre-school childcare provision: Family Information Service tel 0116 305 6545 family@leics.gov.uk www.leicestershire.gov.uk

M. Harborough Children’s Centre Farndon Rd. Tel 0116 305 5320 harboroughcc@leics.gov.uk www.leicestershire.gov.uk

Primary • Little Bowden Primary School, Scotland Rd. Tel 462528 www.littlebowden.leics.sch.uk

• Meadowdale Primary School, Meadowdale Rd. Tel 465479. www.meadowdale.info

• St Joseph’s Catholic Voluntary Academy, Coventry Rd. Tel 465359. www.stjosephs.leics.sch.uk

• Ridgeway Primary Academy, The Ridgeway. Tel 465800. www.ridgewayprimary.org.uk

• Farndon Fields Primary School, Argyle Park. Tel 464744.

General information Market Harborough Library

Visitor attractions

Adam & Eve St. Open Tue-Fri 10am-6pm, Sat 10am-4pm (Sun & Mon closed). Tel 0116 305 3627

Harborough Theatre Church Square. Box office MonFri 9am-8pm 0333 666 33 66.

Citizens’ Advice Bureau Symington Building, Adam & Eve St. Drop-in advice: Tue & Thu 10am-3pm; Tel 0300 330 1025. www.citizensadvcieleicestershie.org

M Harborough Jobcentre Plus Symington Building, Adam & Eve St. Open Mon/Tue, Thu/Fri 9am-5pm, Wed 10am-5pm. Tel 0800 169 0190

www.harboroughtheatre.com

Harborough Museum The Symington Building, Adam and Eve Street LE16 7AG. Open Tue-Fri 10am-6pm, Sat 10am-4pm (closed Mon/Sun). Tel 0116 3053627. www.harboroughmuseum.org.uk

Harborough Leisure Centre Northampton Rd. Tel 410115. www.harboroughleisure.co.uk

Voluntary Action South Leicestershire (VASL) Torch House, Torch Way. Provides services and support for community groups and carers. Information about opportunities in the voluntary sector. Tel 433232 admin@vasl.org.uk

Foxton Locks & Canal Museum Off Gumley Rd, Foxton. Open Mar-Nov: Mon-Fri 10am-5pm, Sat/Sun 11am-5pm; Nov-Dec: Sat/Sun only 11am-4pm; Jan/ Feb: closed. Tel 0116 2792 657.

Business

Dogs

Chamber of Trade & Commerce Barking House, Farndon Road. Tel 01858 322076 info@ harboroughchamber.co.uk Meets last Wed in month, 6pm at Angel Hotel, High St. Contact Ian Joule (Pres) 463250.

Dog owners should note that all dogs need to be microchipped and registered on one of the authorised commercial databases. Your local veterinary centre will be able to give you more information.

www.foxtoncanalmuseum.org

www.vasl.org.uk

• Market Harborough CofE Academy, Fairfield Rd. Tel 464112. www.marketharboroughcofe.co.uk

• Great Bowden (CofE) Academy, Gunnsbrook Close. Tel 463216. www.greatbowden.leics.sch.uk

Secondary • Welland Park Academy, Welland Park Rd. Tel 464795. www.wellandparkacademy.co.uk

• Robert Smyth Academy Burnmill Rd. Tel 440770. www.robertsmyth.tgacademy.org.uk

Independent • Brooke House College, Leicester Rd, LE16 7AF. Tel 462452. www.brookehousecollege.co.uk

Further/adult • For information about adult learning courses search for 'GoLearn' at: www.leicestershire.gov.uk

www.harboroughchamber.co.uk

Leicester & Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership Promotes regeneration and economic growth across Leicestershire. Tel 0116 454 2917 admin@llep.org.uk www.llep.org.uk

Harborough Innovation Centre Wellington Way, Airfield Business Park. Serviced space for new and growing businesses. Tel 414200 www.harborough-ic.co.uk

Dog Warden service To report a stray dog contact Harborough District Council, tel 828282. Market Harborough and District Canine Society Obedience training. Meets Tue, 7pm (beginners) & 8pm (other levels) at Hayfields Guide Headquarters, Northampton Rd. secretary@mhdcs.org www.mhdcs.org

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Community information Welland Valley Archers For ages 8+, meets at Symingtons Rec, St. Mary’s Rd. Tel 07702 381879 wva.secretary@googlemail.com www.wellandvalleyarchers.com Harborough Athletics Club Meets various times and venues. Tel David Ward (Sec) dave@harboroughac.co.uk www.harboroughac.co.uk Market Harborough Basketball Club Trains at Harborough Leisure Centre, Northampton Rd. Tel 410115 mhbcgeneral@outlook.com www.harboroughbasketballcom Cricket • Market Harborough Cricket & Squash Club, Fairfield Rd. Tel Tel 07754 665 900. www.harboroughcsc.co.uk • Great Bowden Cricket Club www.bowdencc.hitssportscom Market Harborough Golf Club Great Oxendon Rd. 18-hole course. Contact 463684 proshop@mhgolf.co.uk www.mhgolf.co.uk Cycling/Biking • Welland Valley Cycling Club - Club Run Sun 9.30am. secretary@wellandvalleycc.co.uk www.wellandvalleycc.co.uk • CATS Mountain Bike Club. catsmbc@talktalk.net www.catsmbc.com MH Gymnastics Club For ages 5-16. meets Tue, Thu & Sat at various time at Meadowdale Primary School, Meadowdale Rd. rosedarnbrough@yahoo.com Market Harborough Hockey Club Welland Park Academy, Welland Park Rd. Tel 07443 475965 wyn@sleemanuk.org www.mhhockey.co.uk MH Youth Netball Meet at Leisure Centre. www.marketharboroughnetballleague.com Mkt Harborough & District Ladies Rounders League Mon-Thu eve (May-Aug) at Leisure Centre. mhdlrl@aol.com www.mhdlrl.blogspot.com Market Harborough Rugby Club Northampton Rd. Tel 464210. www.mhrufc.co.uk Swimming Club Meets every evening except Sat at Leisure Centre, Northampton Rd. Tel 410115. www.marketharboroughswimclub.org MH Lawn Tennis Club Station Rd, G. Bowden. Tel 01604 781402 joan@joanbarrett.plus.com www.harboroughtennis.co.uk

Badminton • Feathers Badminton Club: Fri 7.30-9.30pm (Sep-May) at Welland Park Academy, Welland Park Rd. Tel 07709 699466 jafannon@hotmail.com www.harborough-feathers.co.uk • Harborough Valley Badminton Club: Wed 7.30pm at Robert Smyth Academy, Burnmill Rd. Tel Christopher Morris (sec) 07501 773091 harboroughvalleybadclub@gmail.com www.harboroughvb.co.uk

Sports: Bowling Little Bowden Bowling Club Kettering Rd. Open day Sat. Clubhouse & bar open Fri evening. Junior sessions Fri 6.30pm, including free coaching. Tel 419565 info@littlebowdenbc.org www.littlebowdenbc.org

Market Harborough Conservative Bowls Club Conservative Club, Fairfield Road. New members always welcome. Tel 465103 mhconnyclub@gmail.com www.mhconsclub.co.uk

Welland Park Bowls Club All levels welcome. Wed 1.45pm in the season “roll-up” sessions for members and non-members. Tel 0845 474 0787 info@ WellandParkBowlsClub.org www.wellandparkbowlsclub.org

Harborough District Indoor Bowls Club Plays at Leisure Centre, Northampton Rd. All ages and abilities, adapted wheelchairs available for disabled users. Tel 410115. www.harboroughleisure.co.uk

Keeping fit Market Harborough Rambling Club Meets for walks (around 6 miles) Sun 9.30am and Wed 7pm during the summer (4-5 miles). Contact via website. www.mh-ramblers.btck.co.uk

Nordic Walk It! Nordic walking club for the Market Harborough, Rutland and Stamford areas. Tel Jo Douglas: 0794 93 92 018 igniteability@icloud.com www.nordicwalkit.co.uk

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Community information Flower Club 2nd Wed in month 7.30pm at Congregational Church. fcmhsecretary@yahoo.co.uk www.nafas.org.uk/clubs/

St Nicholas Flower Guild 4th Thu in month 7.30pm at St Nicholas Church Hall, Little Bowden. Tel 01327 340 041 christinewatts46@gmail.com www.nafas.org.uk/clubs/

Gardening Club Meets last Wed 7.30pm in Conservative Club. Tel 468153. Allotments • Council allotments: Douglass Drive, Leicester Lane, Scotland Rd, Welland Park Rd. www.harborough.gov.uk

Charity oriented social groups Market Harborough Twenty 12 Lions Club Raises money for good causes. Meets 3rd Tue, 8pm at the Angel Hotel, High St. Tel Michael Thomas on 07966 516768 info@pioneeringnetworks.com www.e-clubhouse.org/sites/ markethblc/

M Harborough Round Table For men aged between 18-45. Meets 1st & 3rd (and 5th if there is one) Thu 8pm at the Angel, High St. hq@roundtable. org.uk marketharborough.roundtable.co.uk

• Market Harborough & Bowdens Charity allotments: Northampton Rd, Stevens St, Logan St. www.mhbcharity.co.uk

M Harborough Rotary Club Raises money and works for the community.

Social groups

Market Harborough Roteract Club Part of the Rotary International family, members are aged 18-30. Usually meets 2nd & 4th Thu 7.30pm at Louisa’s Place, 4 St Mary’s Rd. marketharboroughrotaract@ gmail.com

SOLO For single people, including bereaved. Meets Mon 10am St Nicholas Church, Little Bowden. Tel John Sparks 468797. Market Harborough U3A Classes, groups and activities primarily for the retired. Monthly meeting 2nd Tue of the month at Congregational Church, 10.15am. membsec. mhu3a@gmail.com www.mhu3a.org.uk

South Leicestershire U3A Meets 2nd Mon 10am-12noon at Congregational Church. slu3amembsec@gmail.com www.slu3a.org.uk

Welcome Club For over-60s. Games and outings. Meets Thu 2pm at Our Lady of Victories, Fairfield Rd. Tel Pauline Williams 467681.

www.rotary-ribi.org/clubs/homepage. php?ClubID=427

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Cube youth centre Symington Rec, St Mary’s Rd. Tel 419278. thecubeyouth.org.uk

• Friday Night Drop-in: Fri 7-9pm at The Cube, Symington Rec, St Mary’s Rd. • Wednesday Night Drop-in: for young people in school years 7/8. Takes place Wed 6-8pm at The Cube, Symington Rec, St Mary’s Rd.

Places of worship Anglican Team Churches • St Dionysius, High Street. • St Hugh, Northampton Rd. • St Nicholas, Little Bowden. • St Peter & St Paul, Gt Bowden. Team Office: Church Square. Tel 469330 / 07977 878094. www.harborough-anglican.org.uk

Baptist Church Coventry Rd. Tel 410693. Congregational Church Bowden Lane. Tel 462376.

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Harborough Community Church 121 Bath St. Tel 434906 www.hec.org.uk

Methodist Church Northampton Rd. Tel 462889 harboroughmethodistcircuit.org.uk

Roman Catholic Our Lady of Victories, Fairfield Rd. Tel 462359 www.olvic.com Jehovah’s Witnesses Springfield St. jw.org

Dance Scottish Country Dance Society For ages 16+. Instruction given. Meets Tue 7.30-10pm in term time at M Harborough CofE Academy. Tel Kevin & Janet Marchand 01536 515087 mhscds@marchand.me.uk Harborough Academy of Performing Arts 80 St Mary’s Rd. Tel 0116 279 2194 www.harboroughacademy.co.uk Miss Amy’s Academy of Dance Meets at St John Ambulance Hall, Abbey Street. Tel 07922 527667 www.maad.dance Little Bowden School of Dancing Meets Sat at St Joseph’s Academy, Coventry Rd & Scout Hall, Coventry Rd; Fri at Scout Hall. Tel 461316. https://lbsdancing.wixsite.com/missanne

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Charles Kimbell Specialist Letting Agents

Property management and letting agents - estd 1991 Covering: Market Harborough/Lutterworth South Leicestershire Also Rugby and Northampton 9 Church Street, Market Harborough, LE16 7AA

01858 434838 Email: charleskimbell@btconnect.com Free, no obligation, specialist advice in regard to recent legislation: • Right to Rent (new section 21 Form 6A legislation) • Smoke alarms/CO detector (FFHHH (20/3/19) - HHSRS regs) • Legionella checks - Custodial deposit scheme modern tenancy agreements For property to rent and full services visit www.charleskimbell.co.uk


Community information Annual events in Market Harborough

History/environment

Somewhere Fest Music festival in autumn on Symington Rec. thecubeyouth.org.uk

Lectures in winter and spring, visits during rest of year. Tel Dr Len Holden (Sec) 446067.

Foxton Locks Festival Two days of festival fun in June. www.foxtonlocksfestival.co.uk Arts Fresco An outdoor street theatre festival, usually takes place in September. Harborough Collective Concerts Throughout the year. www.harboroughconcerts.co.uk Harborough by the Sea Family festival usually held the end of July throughout the town. Market Harborough Big Weekend Takes place on a weekend at the end of February as part of Leicester Comedy Festival. Tel 0116 261 6812. www.comedy-festival.co.uk Market Harborough Summer Fayre Usually held at Welland Park Academy on a Sunday at the end of July. www.facebook.com/marketharboroughsummerfayre

Market Harborough Carnival 2nd Sat of June. Parade, floats, entertainment throughout the town centre. facebook.com/marketharboroughcarnival Great Bowden Music Fest Takes place in early July. www.greatbowdenmusicfest.co.uk GBRT Junior X Factor Talent competition for young people, takes place in Great Bowden Village Hall and Market Harborough Congregational Church in March. gbrt@gbrecitaltrust.co.uk www.gbrecitaltrust.co.uk Christmas Fayre Town centre, early December

Women's groups Women's Institute • M Harborough - meets 4th Wed of month 7.30-9.30pm at Congregational Church. Sub-groups for allotments (allotment at Stevens St), walking (various times and locations), 'Book Angels' (usually 3rd Mon 8pm at Angel Hotel), craft (7pm 1st Thu at Congregational Church), Bake Club (various times). Tel 07547 890 756 marketharboroughwi@gmail.com www.marketharboroughwi.org.uk • Great Bowden WI - meets 1st Wednesday in the month 7.30pm in the Village Hall, Great Bowden. tinaransome@btinternet.com • Little Bowden Women’s Institute - meets 2nd Wed of month 8-10pm at Bowling Club, Kettering Rd. www.littlebowdenwi.co.uk Market Harborough Ladies Luncheon Club 2nd Wed in month 12-2pm at The Angel Hotel. Currently no vacancies for membership. Tel 0116 286 2552 sandra_blackbourn@yahoo.co.uk

www.marketharboroughhistorical society.org

Gt Bowden Historical Society Guest speakers, annual summer outing. Meets usually first Mon of month 7.30pm (Sep-Jun) in the Village Hall. Tel 462720 limesatbowden@btinternet.com www.greatbowdenhistoricalsociety. btck.co.uk

Great Bowden Village Trust Promotes preservation of the environment and buildings. Tel Paul Taylor 462230 paul.claxtongb@btinternet.com Gt Bowden Heritage & Archeology Carries out fieldwork and research into local history. greatbowdenheritage@ virginmedia.com www.greatbowdenheritage.btck.co.uk

Harborough Railway Association Meets 1st Wed 7.30pm (not Jul & Aug) at the Conservative Club, Fairfield Rd. Tel Phil Baildon 446300. harbail@ntlworld.com Leicestershire & Rutland Family History Society Meets monthly, Thu at Roman Way Day Centre, 36 Roman Way. harborough@lrfhs.org.uk www.lrfhs.org.uk

Little Bowden Society Meets 3rd Wed 7.30pm in St Nicholas Church Hall, Tel Anthony Cherington 07730 797658 awcherrington@gmail. com www.michael-milsom.org.uk/ litboweb/start.htm

Friends of St Dionysius Raises money to help maintain the fabric of St Dionysius Church. comments@ friendsofstdionysius.co.uk www.friendsofstdionysius.co.uk

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Market Harborough Festival of Cycling Takes place in March or April. raceharborough.co.uk

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Caring organisations

Church groups

Age Concern Luncheon Club Meets Tue 12 noon at Harborough Theatre. Tel Jackie Johnson 0116 222 0572 jackie.johnson@ageukleics.org.uk www.ageuk.org.uk/leics

Churches Together in Harborough Organises joint projects between Harborough’s churches. Tel Revd Stephen Haward (Chair) 467378

Alternative Choices Recreational and social group for adults with physical or sensory disability. Meets Thu 10am-2pm at Harborough Community Church, 121 Bath St. Tel Fiona 433232. choices.harborough@gmail.com Different Strokes Helps younger stroke survivors and their families to reclaim their lives. Tel Nick Roberts 07401 561500 nicktheroberts@gmail.com HFT Leicestershire 2 St Mary’s Rd. Charity supporting individuals with learning disabilities. Tel 419145 HftLeicestershire@htf.org.uk www.hft.org.uk Swimming Club for the Disabled For disabled people of all ages. Meets Mon 8-9pm (ex Bank Hols) at Leisure Centre, Northampton Rd. nigel.adkins@btinternet.com Young Carers Activity Group (YCC) Supports young carers (ages 12-17). Meets fortnightly. Tel 07845 789782 youngcarers@vasl.org.uk www.vasl.org.uk The Good Old Days Free monthly social event for the over 65s. Tea dance, bingo & refreshments. Last Thu of month 2-4pm at Congregational Church Hall, Bowden Lane. www.vasl.org.uk Diabetes UK Help and support to people living with diabetes in the Market Harborough area. Holds regular meetings. Tel 0345 123 2399 marketharborough.diabetesukgroup.org

Home Start 121 Coventry Rd. Organisation providing friendship and support to parents with young children. Open Mon-Fri, 9am-4pm. Tel 467982 info@home-startsouthleics.org.uk www.home-startsouthleics.org.uk Royal Air Forces Association Helps ex-RAF personnel and their dependents. Meets last Mon of month 12noon at The Angel, 37 High St. www.rafa.org.uk Royal British Legion Helps ex-service personnel and dependents. Prior service in the Forces not a membership requirement. Meets 2nd Wed 7.30pm at Conservative Club. Branch lunch 2nd Tue in month at Angel Hotel. Tel 0808 802 8080 tashmore@ukvet.net Royal Naval Association Helps ex-naval personnel and dependents. Social events, dances, annual dinner. Meets 1st Sun of month 7.15pm at The Angel Hotel, High St. Tel Patricia Middleton 445827. www.royal-naval-association.co.uk St John Ambulance First aid cover for public events. Classes at St John Ambulance HQ, Abbey St. Tel 08700 104950 www.sja.org.uk

chair@harboroughchurches.org.uk www.harboroughchurches.org.uk

Harborough Christian Counselling Service Available to all, irrespective of race, disability, sex, class, religion or culture. Counsels on marriage breakdown, bereavement, post-abortion, etc. Held at Bower House, 32 Coventry Rd. Open Mon-Fri 9am-5.30pm, other times by appointment. Tel 469257. www.harboroughchurches.org.uk

Church Bell Ringing • St Dionysius Church, Church Sq, takes place Mon 7.30pm. Tel 469330. • St Peter & St Paul, Dingley Rd, Great Bowden, takes place Tue 7.30pm. Tel 469330. SNUGS Church group for pre-school babies and their carers. Meets Tue 9.30-10.30 (term-time) at St Nicholas Church, Rectory Lane, Little Bowden. Tel. 469330. Di’s Ducklings Church group for toddlers & their carers. Meets Thu 9.45-11am (term-time) at St Dionysius Church, Church Sq. Tel 469330. Coffee Heaven Drop-in café held Wed 10.30am12.30 at Great Bowden Church, Dingley Rd, Great Bowden. Tel 469330. Thought for the Day Social meeting Sat 10-11.30am with refreshments, with a thought for the day delivered around 11am, at St Dionysius Church, Church Sq. Tel 469330.


Community information Music

Theatre

Market Harborough Choral Society Audition not required. Rehearses Tue 7.30-9.30pm in Methodist Church, Northampton Rd. chair@harboroughchoral.org www.harboroughchoral.org

Woodcock Theatre Arts Woodcock House, 12 Compass Point Business Park. Tel 07837 475442 dance.wta@outlook.com

Harborough Jazz Club Sessions take place second Sunday 12.30-3pm at the Angel Hotel, High St. leonard.holden@ntlworld.com harboroughjazz.com Harborough Singers New members are required to take a short audition. Rehearses monthly on a Fri and Sat. Tel 07976 757352 www.harboroughsingers.com Great Bowden Recital Trust Maintains a variety of music groups, awards grants to young musicians to help with tuition. gbrt@gbrecitaltrust.co.uk. www.gbrecitaltrust.co.uk GBRT Adult Vocal Choir Usually meets 2nd and 4th Sun of month term time 7-9pm at the Village Hall, the Green, Great Bowden. adultvocalchoir@gbrecitaltrust.co.uk GBRT Carnival Drums Meets 1st, 3rd, 5th Tue of month, term-time, 7.30-9.30pm at the Church Hall, Great Bowden. carnivaldrumsevents.gbrt@gmail.com GBRT Orchestra Meets 2nd and 4th Tue of month, term-time, 7.30-9.30pm at Meadowdale Primary School, Meadowdale Rd. orchestra@gbrecitaltrust.co.uk GBRT Sax Choir Rehearses 2nd, 4th and occasionally 5th Sun of month, term-time, 10am12pm at the Village Hall, Great Bowden. saxchoir@gbrecitaltrust.co.uk GBRT Youth Choir Juniors For singers aged 5-9. Rehearses Wed 3.45-4.45pm at Meadowdale Primary School Meadowdale Rd. There is currently a waiting list to join. gbrt@ gbrecitaltrust.co.uk www.gbrecitaltrust.co.uk GBRT Youth Ensemble For school-age instrumentalists. Rehearses 2nd & 4th Mon of month 6-7.30pm at the Village Hall, the Green, Great Bowden. gbrt@gbrecitaltrust.co.uk www.gbrecitaltrust.co.uk

M Harborough Youth Theatre Woodcock House, 12 Compass Point Business Park. For young people aged 5-24 years. Performs 2 shows a year. Meets Sun afternoon in run up to shows. www.theyouththeatre.co.uk

M Harborough Drama Society Amateur dramatic society which owns Harborough Theatre in Church Square and produces a full season of plays. Welcomes as members anyone with an interest in drama including acting, directing, sets, props, costume, sound and light, stewarding and all the activities of a lively theatre venue. Membership secretary: tel 408004 or through the website www.harboroughtheatre.com

Parsnips Youth Drama For ages 8-18. Rehearsals for different age groups Mon-Fri at Harborough Theatre. Tel 07950 468887 parsnip27@hotmail.com http://parsnip27.wixsite.com/ parsnipsyouththeatre

Video & film M Harborough Movie Makers Amateur video films. Usually meet twice a month at Naseby Square Community Centre. Visitors & new members welcome. Tel Peter Wilford (Sec) 525372 ptwilford@btinternet.com www. harboroughmoviemakers.org

Octagon Films Shows films (mainly on Fridays) and live broadcasts at Harborough Theatre. Tel Peter Mitchell 466234 info@octagonfilms.org.uk www. octagon films.org.uk

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Harborough Band Senior Band Tue 8-9.30pm/Thu 7.45-9.15pm, Training Band Tue 7-8pm, at Welland Park College. Tel 07775 913342 tonylucas7.wixsite.com/harboroughband

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Visual arts

Hobbies

Market Harborough Art Club Last Fri of month 7.30pm at Congregational Church. Tel 463321. admin@ marketharboroughartclub.co.uk www.marketharboroughartclub.co.uk

Bridge Club Friendly duplicate bridge club, EBU affiliated. Meets Mon 7pm for 7.15pm at the Angel Hotel, High St. Open to all but experience essential. See website for contact details: www.

Great Bowden Arts Club Organises monthly visits to theatres and other venues for plays, concerts, opera and ballet. Tel 465793 www.facebook.com/GreatBowdenArtsClub

Community centres • Old Grammar School, Church Square. Tel 419128. www.mhbcharity.co.uk • St Dionysius Community Hall, Coventry Rd. Tel 469330. www.harborough-anglican.org.uk

• Naseby Square Community Centre, Stuart Rd. Tel 431472. • Great Bowden Community Pavilion, Recreation Ground, Station Rd, Great Bowden. Tel Richard Henwood 07912 854442 pavilion@ greatbowdenparishcouncil.org. uk www.greatbowdenparishcouncil. org.uk

• Great Bowden Village Hall, The Green. Tel 466234. • St Peter & St Paul Church Hall, Dingley Rd, Great Bowden. Tel 288562. www.harborough-anglican.org.uk

• Roman Way Community Centre, Roman Way. Tel 433221. • St Nicholas Church Hall, Little Bowden. Tel Vivien Window 467896.

Youth groups St John Ambulance Activities and first aid training for various ages. Meets in Ambulance Hall, Abbey St. Tel 08700 104950 www.sja.org.uk Air Cadets For ages 13-20. Meets Mon & Wed 7.15-9.15pm at ATC Headquarters, Northampton Rd. 1084@aircadets.org www.1084sqn.org

Army Cadets For ages 13-18. Meet Thu 7.30pm at Army Cadet Force HQ, Yeomanry Court, Coventry Rd. Tel 0116 277 9701. armycadets.com/county/ leicestershire-northamptonshireand-rutland-acf/

Meet at Guide HQ, Northampton Rd. Rainbows, Brownies, Guides, Seniors & Trefoil Guild. www.harboroughguides.org.uk

Scouts

www.harborough-anglican.org.uk

www.harboroughscouts.org.uk

• St Hugh’s Church Hall, Granville St. Tel 01858 446933.

• 1st Market Harborough: 31 Coventry Rd, 1stmh@ harboroughscouts.org.uk • 3rd Market Harborough: Scout HQ, Farndon Rd. 3rdmh@ harboroughscouts.org.uk • 1st Bowden: The Green, Little Bowden. 1stbowdens@ harboroughscouts.org.uk General enquiries: Debbie Billington dc@ harboroughscouts.org.uk

www.harborough-anglican.org.uk

• The Cube Youth and Community Centre, Symington’s Rec. Tel 419278. www.thecubeyouth.org.uk • St John Ambulance Hall, Abbey St. Tel 0844 770 4800. • MH Conservative Club, The Lilacs, 6 Fairfield Rd. Tel 465103. www.mhconsclub.co.uk

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Chess Club Open to all. Meets Thu 7.30pm at the Catholic Club, 40 Coventry Rd. Tel 432065 www.leicestershirechess.org/clubs/ mkt_harborough/

Embroiderers’ Guild Workshops, visits, exhibitions. Meets 4th Thu (not Dec) 7.15pm for 7.30pm at Roman Way Day Centre, Roman Way. sec.harborougheg@gmail.com www.emreg.org.uk/branches/marketharborough

Fernie Hunt Held Wed & Sat during season in the Market Harborough area. secretary@ ferniehuntsupporters.co.uk www.ferniehuntsupporters.co.uk

Model Aero Club For ages 10yrs upwards. Indoor flying at Leisure Centre & all year round at flying field in Great Bowden. www.mhmac.org Photographic Society Lectures, competition evenings etc. Annual exhibition in Nov. Usually meets Tue 7.30-9.45pm (term time) at Symington Rec, St Marys Rd.n www.mhps.uk Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information in this section, the publishers and promoters cannot be held responsible for any unintentional errors or omissions. You are advised to check details directly with the organisations concerned. Organisations are listed in this section in good faith, but inclusion within this section does not imply any endorsement, nor can we be held responsible for any organisation’s failure to comply with legal or professional requirements.

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Great Bowden Visual Arts Organises open art show in Oct. Tel 464216 jandkcarpenter@btinternet.com

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page 43 Market Harborough North map: pages 44-45 Market Harborough South map: pages 46-47 Abbey Street...................................... 4c Adam & Eve Street..........................5d Adamswood Close............................ 5a Adcock Rd............................................6f Advent Walk......................................6b Airfield Business Park...................... 1a Albany Road.......................................4d Albert Road........................................4d Althorp Close......................................5f Alvington Way.................................. 3c Andrew Macdonald Close..............4d Angel Street....................................... 4c Angell Drive....................................... 6a Arden Close........................................ 3e Arden Way..........................................3d Argyle Park......................................... 7c Ashfield Road....................................4d Ashley Way.................................4f / 5f Astley Close.......................................6b Audley Close.......................................5f Auriga Street.....................................6d Austins Close.....................................4b Back Lane........................................... 8a Back Way............................................6d Balfour Gardens................................7b Bamburgh Close................................5f Bankfield Drive.................................. 3c Bantry Close...................................... 6a Barley Way......................................... 5a Barnard Gardens...............................7b Bates Close......................................... 2c Bath Street.........................................6d Bellfields Lane................................... 5e Bellfields Street................................ 5e Berry Close......................................... 3e Birch Tree Gardens...........................3d Birtley Coppice.................................. 3c Bishop Close...................................... 7c Blenheim Way................................... 3c Bowden Chase................................... 3e Bowden Lane..................................... 4c Bowden Ridge................................... 3e Braybrooke Road.............................. 6e Bridegroom Street............................6b Brington Close..................................6b Britannia Walk..................................5d Broadway, The...................................4d Brookfield Road................................ 5a Brooklands Gardens......................... 5c Brulow Close......................................6b

Burford Close.....................................6b Burghley Close.................................. 5c Burnmill Road.......................... 2d / 3c Burton Street.....................................6b Butler Gardens..................................7b Caxton Street....................................6d Charles Street....................................5b Charley Close..................................... 6a Chater Close...................................... 1e Chatsworth Drive............................. 5e Cheviot Close.....................................6b Chiltern Close....................................3d Church Square.................................. 5c Church Street.................................... 4c Claremont Drive................................ 5e Clarence Street.................................4d Clarke Street......................................5b Clipston Street..................................6d Coales Gardens.................................2b Coleridge Way....................................6f Compass Point Business Pk...........8d Connaught Road...............................4d Corn Street......................................... 5a Countryman Mews.......................... 2e Courtyard Workshops...................... 6c Coventry Road...................................5b Crescent, The ....................................4d Crescent Close...................................3d Cromwell Crescent...........................7b Crosby Road.......................................6d Cross Street........................................6d Dairy Yard........................................... 4c Dallison Close.................................... 7c Deacon Close.....................................3b Deene Close....................................... 5e Delisle Close.......................................6b De Quincey Rd....................................6f Dingley Road......................................2f Dingley Terrace.................................4d Doddridge Road................................ 4c Douglass Drive..................................3d Dunmore Road.................................. 6e Dunslade Close...................................5f Dunslade Grove................................. 5e Dunslade Road.................................. 5e Eady Drive.......................................... 7e East Street.......................................... 5c Edinburgh Close................................4d Edna Bowley Court..........................5d Edward Road..................................... 3c Edwin Court.......................................5d Elm Drive............................................5b Essex Gardens...................................6b Euro Business Park............................3f Factory Lane......................................5d Fairfax Road....................................... 6c

Fairfield Road.................................... 4c Fairway................................................4b Farndale View.................................... 5a Farndon Business Centre...............6b Farndon Road....................................6b Fernfield Close...................................4f Fernie Road........................................4d Fernley Close......................................5f Fieldhead Cl....................................... 4a Fir Tree Walk...................................... 4c Firs, The...............................................5b Flaxland Close....................................5f Fleetwood Close...............................6b Fleetwood Gardens..........................7b Fothergill Close..................................5f Freshman Way.................................. 6a Furlongs, The......................................4f Furrow, The......................................... 4a Gardiner Street.................................5b Gerrard Gardens...............................7b Gilbert Close.......................................5f Gladstone Street...............................6d Glebe Road......................................... 5e Goodwood Close................................4f Gores Lane.......................................... 5e Goward Street................................... 5c Graceland Park..................................6b Granary Close....................................2d Granville Street.................................6d Great Bowden Road........................ 4e Great Oxenden Road.......................8d Green, The (Great Bowden)........... 2e Green, The (Little Bowden)............ 5e Green Acres Park.............................. 2a Green Lane......................................... 7c Grenville Gardens............................. 6c Gunnsbrook Close............................ 2e Haddonian Road...............................7d Hagley Close.......................................5f Hammond Way................................. 3c Harborough Road (East Farndon)................................... 7a Harborough Road (Lubenham).... 5a Harcourt Street.................................5b Harrison Close...................................7b Harrod Drive......................................4d Hartland Drive................................... 5e Harvest Road..................................... 5a Headlands, The..................................4d Hearth Street..................................... 4c Heights, The........................................6f Heygate Street.................................. 4c High Street......................................... 4c Highcross Street...............................4b Highfield Street................................5b Hill Gardens....................................... 5a


Index of streets Marston Road.................................... 8a Maurice Road....................................7b Meadow Street................................. 4c Meadowdale Road............................4f Medora Close....................................6b Medway Close................................... 5e Measham Close................................. 6a Middlebrook Green..........................4d Middledale Road.............................. 5e Mill Hill Road....................................5d Millers Gardens................................. 5a Millers Yard........................................ 4c Monroe Close.................................... 2c Montrose Close.................................6b Morley Street....................................5b Moseley Avenue............................... 7e Naseby Close..................................... 6c Naseby Square.................................. 6e Nelson Street..................................... 5c Nether Green......................................1f Newcombe Street............................6d Nithsdale Avenue.............................6d Nithsdale Crescent...........................5d Norbury Close....................................4b Northampton Road..........................5d Northbank.......................................... 5c Northfield Avenue............................ 1e Northfield Close................................ 1e Northleigh Grove..............................4b Nunneley Way...................................3d Nursery End.......................................5b Oak Close............................................3d Oaklands Park....................................5d Oakley Mews.....................................5b Old School Mews............................. 4c Orchard Street................................... 4c Oval, The............................................. 3c Overdale Close.................................. 5e Overfield Avenue..............................3d Paddock Court................................... 4c Page Road........................................... 6e Park Drive........................................... 3c Pastures, The...................................... 5a Patrick Street.....................................6d Pear Tree Gardens............................ 6c Perkins Close......................................4d Petworth Drive...................................5f Picks Close.................................... off 5f Pines, The............................................ 1e Pochin Drive.......................................3d Point Business Pk, The.....................3f Poplars, The........................................ 4c Poplars Court..................................... 3c Pride Place.......................................... 6c Quakers Yard.....................................5d Queen Street..................................... 6e

Rainsborough Gardens...................7b Rectory Lane...................................... 5e Rhodes Close..................................... 5a Ridgeway, The...................................3d Ridgeway West................................. 3c Riley Close.......................................... 5a Ripley Close........................................5f Ritchie Park........................................ 7c Riverside............................................. 4e Riverside Ind Est............................... 3c Rochester Gardens........................... 7c Rockingham Ind Est..........................4f Rockingham Road............................ 4e Rolleston Close................................. 5e Roman Gardens................................4d Roman Way........................................ 4c Rookwell Drive..................................6d Rosemoor Close................................ 5e Roundhill Close..................................5f Rowan Avenue.................................. 7c Rugby Close.......................................6b Rupert Road....................................... 7c Russet Close.......................................3d Ryelands Close...................................4f Sandringham Way.............................5f Saxon Close.......................................4d School Lane........................................ 5c Scotland Road................................... 6e Scott Close......................................... 3c Selby Close......................................... 7c Shelland Close....................................5f Sherrard Road...................................3d Shrewsbury Avenue..........................6f Shropshire Place............................... 4c Shrubbery Court...............................5d Simborough Way...............................5f Skippon Close....................................6b Smyth Close....................................... 2c Southey Cl...........................................6f Southleigh Grove..............................4b Southwold Close...............................7b Spencer Street...................................4b Spinney Close.................................... 5a Springfield Court..............................5d Springfield Street.............................5d Springhill Gardens........................... 5a Square, The........................................ 5c St Mary's Court.................................5d St Mary's Mews................................5d St Mary’s Place.................................5d St Mary’s Road..................................5d St Nicholas Close.............................5d St Nicholas Way...............................5d Stablegate Way................................ 5e Stamford Close.................................5d Continued overleaf 41

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Hillcrest Avenue...............................3b Hillside Road......................................4d Hill Top Close..................................... 5a Holdenby Close..................................5f Holly Close......................................... 4c Hops Close.......................................... 5a Hopton Fields.................................... 7c Horsefair Close..................................4b Horseshoe Lane................................. 2e Howard Way...................................... 7c Huntingdon Gardens....................... 6c Hurlingham Road.............................6d Ireton Road........................................ 6c Jack Cumberland Road................... 6e Jackson Close.................................... 7c Jerwood Way.....................................5d Jordan Close...................................... 5e Justin Park..........................................8d Kestian Close.....................................3b Kettering Road.................................. 5e Kildare Close......................................6b Kings Head Place.............................. 4c Kings Head Road.............................. 4c Kings Road......................................... 4c Kingston Way.................................... 2c Knights End Road..............................2f Knoll Street........................................4b Langton Court................................... 4c Langton Road.................................... 1e Lathkill Street....................................6d Latimer Crescent..............................5d Launde Park....................................... 6e Lealand, The....................................... 7a Leicester Lane....................................1d Leicester Road................................... 4c Lenthall Square................................. 6c Lime Tree Close..................................1f Limner Street..................................... 6a Lincoln Court.....................................3d Lindsey Gardens................................ 7e Little Bowden Way..........................5d Logan Court.......................................4b Logan Crescent.................................4b Logan Street......................................4b Long Brimley Close...........................5f Longlands, The...................................5f Longleat Close....................................5f Lubenham Hill................................... 5a Madeline Close................................. 2e Main Road.......................................... 8a Main Street (E Farndon)................. 8a Main Street (Gr Bowden)............... 2e Manor Road....................................... 1e Manor Walk....................................... 5c Marlborough Way............................3d Marmion Close.................................. 7a


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Index of advertisers 48 | Market Harborough Town Guide

Accommodation

Angel Hotel & Restaurant............................................... p2

Accountancy

Cheyettes............................................................................p32

Architects

JED Design..........................................................................p16

Art & antiques

Gildings...............................................................................p16 Wingates Gallery................................................................ p4

Investment Redmayne Bentley................................. Inside back cover

Jewellery

T J Thornton.......................................................................p24

Manufacturing

Harboro Rubber Co............................................................ p5

Market

Harborough Market.........................................................p12

Batteries

Mobility aids

Business accommodation

Opticians

Battery Store....................................................................... p6 Airfield Business Park......................................................p24

Clothing & footwear

Jacks....................................................................................... p6 Rieker...................................................... Outside back cover

Cycling

Geo. Halls Cycle Centre..................................................p18 Mega Bike UK....................................................................p38

Mobility Your Way.................................Inside front cover Respectacle Company.....................................................p32

Property

Andrew Granger & Co..................................................... p10 Charles Kimbell.................................................................p34 Mulberry Homes...............................................................p26 Shire Surveyors.................................................................p20 Redrow................................................................................p14 William Davis....................................................................p30

Dance

Retirement accommodation

Eating out

Schools

AFB Dance Academy.......................................................p32

Attic Restaurant..................................... Inside back cover

Entertainment

Harborough Theatre........................................................p22 Octagon Films...................................................................p22

Food

Hambleton Bakery...........................................................p32 Waterloo Cottage Farm Shop.......................................p38

Churchill Retirement Living..........................................p18 MHA....................................................................................... p7 Leicester Grammar School............................................... p3 Leicester High School.....................................................p20 Market Harborough Montessori Nursery..................p20 Stoneygate School............................................................. p3

Social

Market Harborough Conservative Club.....................p24

Solicitors

Golf

Edward Hands & Lewis...................................................p18

Health

Gibbs & Dandy........................................ Inside back cover

Market Harborough Golf Club........................................ p8 The Injury Clinic................................................................p16 The Pilates Rehab Studio...............................................p38

Insurance

NFU Mutual......................................................................... p6

Interiors

Bagel & Griff.....................................................................p34 On the Edge.......................................................................p34

Timber

Tourism

Foxton Canal Museum....................................................p18

Travel agency

Millington Travel................................................................ p1

Tree care Dan Fordham Tree Care........................ Inside back cover

Vets

Ash Tree Vets.....................................................................p28


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