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CONTENTS Welcome to Harborough........................................................5 Going to market / Hall for Harborough..................................7 Market moves / Liberty building / Fox country.......................9 Church matters / Minding the Grammar..............................11 The inn town / Royalist forces call by...................................15 Map of Market Harborough............................................16-17 Town centre map.................................................................19 Index of streets...............................................................22-23 Of boats and trains / Manufacturing story...........................25 Local services: local & national government; emergency numbers; general public services; health; animals; civic bodies; regular events; community amenities; information services; public transport; recycling & waste; post offices & banks; education; media; places of worship............................................................................26-29

Clubs & societies: arts; caring groups; historical; hobbies; social; sport; women's groups; youth..............................................29-32 The Market Harborough Town Guide has been published on behalf of Market Harborough Civic Society by Heritage Guides. We are grateful to the Harborough Museum for the picture of the Liberty Bodice on page 9 and the Roman helmet on page 27. We gratefully acknowledge the help of members of the Civic Society for their comments on the proofs and the logistical support of James Briggs of Harboro Rubber Co. 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. Š2015 Heritage Guides. This publication is copyright and may not be 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. Market Harborough Civic Society Hon. Sec: Caroline Mortiboys E: cc.mortiboys@btinternet.com T: 01858 463468 A: 45 The Green, Great Bowden LE16 7EU Heritage Guides 7 Romilly Road, Barry, Vale of Glamorgan CF62 6AZ T: 01446 405298 E: info@heritage-guides.com

Welcome to Market Harborough! Harboro Rubber Co contributing to the town’s prosperity since 1894. www.harboro.co.uk

Riverside, Market Harborough LE16 7PZ


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WELCOME TO HARBOROUGH

The former Symington factory, now District Council offices and businesses with St Dionysius' church in the background.

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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 Harborough, Great and Little Bowden) 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 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

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Market Harborough shopmobility and wheelchair hire... Promoting the welfare and independence of people with impaired mobility in Market Harborough

Serving the people of Market Harborough & District for over sixty years. 21 The Point Rockingham Road Market Harborough Leicestershire LE16 7NU Tel: 01858 464400 Fax: 01858 434167

• Mobility scooter hire • Powerchair hire • Wheelchair hire Available for: • Short or long term • For home use • Days or weekends away and holidays Come and see us at: Settling Rooms Sainsburys Car Park Springfield Street Market Harborough LE16 7DR t: 01858 410864 e: info@haboroughshopmobility.org Tue-Thur 9.30-3.30 / Fri 9.30-3pm

Joules Yard & eating house

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10-12 Northampton Rd Market Harborough

Homemade Food • Licensed Premises Quiz nights • Open Mic Acoustics Nights Summer BBQ & Band Nights Live music Saturday & Sunday Also… Antiques & Artefacts Chimney sweeping • Wood burner fires Garden Furniture & Giftware

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GOING TO MARKET

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Mural at St Mary's Place commemorating the former livestock market.

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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’être 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 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. n

HALL FOR HARBOROUGH

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he 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


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Harborough Market Including an antiques/vintage market on a Wednesday & Sunday and a craft market on Thursday

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MARKET MOVES T he 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

FOX COUNTRY

L LIBERTY BUILDING T 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 (pictured).

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. Across the road from the offices is a mock 17th century building, now the Harborough Theatre, originally erected in 1935 by Symingtons’ as a shed for workers’ bicycles. It seems the management wanted to ensure a picturesque view from its offices. n

eicestershire remained 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 John Whyte-Melville (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


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CHURCH MATTERS

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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 a ‘chapel of ease’ to save locals the journey to the 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 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 church has no surrounding yard. After the Dissolution of the Monasteries under Henry VIII in the

St Dionysius' Church and the Old Grammar School in Church Square.

A 'broach' spire design, as at St Dionysius

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

MINDING THE GRAMMAR he old Grammar School is

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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 bargeboards and pargetting with quotations from the Bible. The school moved out of the building in 1892 and it is now used for public and church meetings. It has recently undergone extensive renovations. n


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THE INN TOWN

The Angel Hotel, one of Harborough's four remaining historic coaching inns.

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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’ (now ‘Wildwood Restaurant’), and ‘The Peacock’ (now Pizza Express). n

ROYALISTS FORCES CALL BY

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arket Harborough features at key points during the Civil Wars of the 17th

century. The Royalists under Charles’ 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 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 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 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’ forces. Following Naseby, Oliver Cromwell, at that time General of Horse, moved into Harborough and wrote to Parliament from here. He used St Dionysius’ Church to hold Royalist prisoners. n

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(coordinates refer to both whole town map and town centre map.) Abbey Street...............................3b Adam & Eve Street......................3b Adamswood Close......................3a Adcock Rd...................................4d Advent Walk................................5a Albany Road............................... 3c Albert Road................................. 3c Althorp Close..............................4d Alvington Way.............................2b Andrew Macdonald Close........... 3c Angel Street................................3b Angell Drive................................5a Arden Close................................ 3c Arden Way.................................. 2c Argyle Park..................................6b Ashfield Road..............................3b Ashley Way....................... 3d/off 4d Astley Close................................5a Audley Close...............................4d Auriga Street............................... 4c Austins Close..............................3a Back Way.................................... 4c Balfour Gardens..........................5a Bamburgh Close..........................4d Bankfield Drive............................2d Bantry Close................................5a Barnard Gardens.........................5a Bates Close.................................2b Bath Street..................................5b Bellfields Lane............................. 4c Bellfields Street...........................4d Berry Close..................................2d Birch Tree Gardens...................... 3c Birtley Coppice............................3b Bishop Close...............................5b Blenheim Way.............................2b Bowden Lane..............................3b Bowden Ridge............................. 2c Braybrooke Road......................... 5c Bridegroom Street.......................5a Britannia Walk............................. 4c Broadway, The............................. 3c Brookfield Road..........................4a Brooklands Gardens....................4b Burford Close..............................5b Burghley Close............................4d Burnmill Road.............................3b Burton Street...............................5a Butler Gardens............................5a Caxton Street.............................. 5c Charles Street..............................4a Charley Close..............................5a Chater Close...............................1d Chatsworth Drive........................4d Chiltern Close.............................. 2c Church Square.............................4b

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Church Street..............................3b Claremont Drive..........................4d Clarence Street............................ 3c Clarke Street...............................4a Clipston Street............................ 5c Coales Gardens...........................2b Compass Point Business Pk......... 6c Connaught Road......................... 3c Copper Trees..........................off 4a Countryman Mews......................2d Courtyard Workshops..................5b Coventry Road............................4a Crescent, The . ............................ 3c Crescent Close............................ 2c Cromwell Crescent......................5a Crosby Road................................ 5c Cross Street................................. 4c Dairy Yard....................................3b Dallison Close.............................6b Deacon Close..............................2a Deene Close................................4d Delisle Close................................5a Dingley Road...............................1d Dingley Terrace............................ 3c Doddridge Road..........................3b Douglass Drive............................ 2c Dunmore Road............................ 5c Dunslade Close...........................4d Dunslade Grove..........................4d Dunslade Road............................4d Eady Drive................................... 5c East Street...................................3b Edinburgh Close.......................... 3c Edna Bowley Court..................... 4c Edward Road...............................2b Edwin Court................................ 4c Elm Drive....................................4a Essex Gardens.............................5a Euro Business Park......................3d Factory Lane................................4b Fairfax Road................................5b Fairfield Road..............................4b Fairway.......................................3a Farndale View.............................4a Farndon Business Centre.............5a Farndon Road.........................4a/5a Fernfield Close............................3d Fernie Road................................. 3c Fernley Close...............................4d Fir Tree Walk................................3b Firs, The.......................................4a Flaxland Close.............................4d Fleetwood Close.........................5a Fleetwood Gardens.....................5a Fothergill Close...........................4d Freshman Way.............................5a Furlongs, The...............................3d Gardiner Street............................4a Gerrard Gardens.........................5a Gilbert Close...............................4d

Gladstone Street......................... 4c Glebe Road.................................4d Goodwood Close........................3d Gores Lane..................................4d Goward Street.............................3b Graceland Park............................5a Granary Close............................. 1c Granville Street...........................5b Great Bowden Road.................... 3c Great Oxenden Road................... 6c Green, The...................................1d Green Lane..................................5b Grenville Gardens.......................5b Gunnsbrook Close.......................1d Haddonian Road.........................5b Hagley Close...............................4d Hammond Way............................2b Harcourt Street............................3a Harrison Close.............................5a Harrod Drive................................ 3c Hartland Drive.............................3d Headlands, The............................ 3c Hearth Street...............................3b Heights, The.................................4d Heygate Street............................3b High Street..................................3b Highcross Street..........................3a Highfield Street...........................4a Hill Gardens................................4a Hillcrest Avenue..........................2a Hillside Road............................... 3c Holdenby Close...........................3d Holly Close..................................3b Hopton Fields..............................5b Horsefair Close............................3a Horseshoe Lane...........................2d Howard Way................................5b Huntingdon Gardens...................5b Hurlingham Road........................5b Ireton Road.................................5b Jack Cumberland Road................4d Jackson Close..............................5b Jerwood Way............................... 4c Jordan Close............................... 4c Justin Park................................... 6c Kestian Close..............................2a Kettering Road....................... 4c/4d Kings Head Place........................3b Kings Head Road.........................3b Kings Road..................................3b Kingston Way..............................2b Knights End Road........................1d Knoll Street.................................3a Langton Court.............................3b Langton Road..............................1d Lathkill Street.............................. 5c Latimer Crescent......................... 4c Launde Park................................ 4c Lealand, The...........................off 6a Leicester Lane............................. 1c


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Leicester Road.............................3b Lenthall Square...........................5b Limner Street...............................5a Lincoln Court............................... 2c Lindsey Gardens..........................5b Little Bowden Rise......................4d Little Bowden Way...................... 4c Logan Court................................3a Logan Crescent...........................3a Logan Street................................3a Long Brimley Close.....................4d Longlands, The............................4d Longleat Close............................4d Lubenham Hill.............................4a Madeline Close...........................2d Main Street (E Farndon)..............6a Main Street (Gr Bowden)............ 1c Manor Road................................1d Manor Walk................................4b Marlborough Way.......................2b Marmion Close............................5a Maurice Road..............................5a Meadow Street...........................3b Meadowdale Road......................3d Medora Close..............................5a Medway Close............................4d Menham Close............................5a Middlebrook Green..................... 3c Middledale Road.........................4d Mill Hill Road.............................. 3c Millers Gardens..................... off 4A Millers Yard.................................2b Monroe Close..............................2b Montrose Close...........................5a Morley Street..............................3a Moseley Avenue.......................... 5c Naseby Close..............................5b Naseby Square............................4b Nelson Street..............................4b Nether Green..............................1d Newcombe Street........................4b Nithsdale Avenue........................4b Nithsdale Crescent...................... 4c Norbury Close.............................3a Northampton Road..................... 4c Northbank...................................4b Northleigh Grove........................3a Nunneley Way............................. 2c Nursery End................................4a Oak Close.................................... 2c Oaklands Park............................. 4c Oakley Mews..............................4a Old School Mews........................3b Orchard Street.............................3b Oval, The.....................................2b Overdale Close............................4d Overfield Avenue......................... 2c Paddock Court.............................3b Page Road...................................4d Park Drive....................................3b

Pastures, The...............................4a Patrick Street............................... 4c Pear Tree Gardens.......................4b Perkins Close............................... 3c Petworth Drive............................4d Picks Close............................ off 3d Pines, The.................................... 1c Pochin Drive................................2b Point Business Pk, The........... off 2d Poplars, The.................................3b Poplars Court..............................3b Pride Place..................................4b Quakers Yard...............................3b Queen Street............................... 4c Rainsborough Gardens................5a Rectory Lane............................... 4c Rhodes Close..............................4a Ridgeway, The............................. 2c Ridgeway West............................2b Riley Close.............................off 4a Ritchie Park.................................5b Riverside.....................................3d Riverside Ind Est..........................3d Rochester Gardens......................5b Rockingham Ind Est....................3d Rockingham Road.......................3d Rolleston Close........................... 4c Roman Gardens..........................3b Roman Way.................................3b Rookwell Drive............................ 5c Rosemoor Close..........................4d Roundhill Close..................... off 4d Rowan Avenue............................5b Rugby Close................................4a Rupert Road................................5b Russet Close................................ 2c Ryelands Close............................3d Sandringham Way.......................4d Saxon Close................................ 3c School Lane.................................4b Scotland Road............................. 5c Scott Close..................................2b Selby Close..................................5b Shelland Close...................... off 4d Sherrard Road.............................2b Shrewsbury Avenue.....................4d Shropshire Place..........................3b Shrubbery Court.......................... 4c Simborough Way................... off 3d Skippon Close.............................4b Smyth Close................................2b Southleigh Grove........................3a Southwold Close.........................5a Spencer Street.............................3a Springfield Court......................... 4c Springfield Street........................ 4c Springhill Gardens..................off 4a Square, The..................................4b St Mary's Court........................... 4c St Mary's Mews.......................... 4c

St Mary’s Place............................ 4c St Mary’s Road............................ 4c St Nicholas Close........................ 4c St Nicholas Way.......................... 4c Stablegate Way...........................4d Stamford Close............................4b Stanway Close.............................4d Station Road...............................2d Stevens Street.............................3a Stinford Leys......................... off 4d Stockwell Close...........................3d Stratton Close.............................5a Stuart Road.................................4b Sulleys Yard.................................3b Summerhill Place........................5a Summers Way.............................4a Sutton Court...............................5b Sutton Road................................1d Symington Way...........................3b Thatchmeadow Drive..................3d Thornborough Close....................4d Timson Close...............................2b Top Yard Farm............................. 1c Torch Way.................................... 6c Tungstone Way............................5b Turnpike Close.............................2b Tymecrosse Gardens...................2a Union Wharf................................3a Upper Green Place...................... 1c Valley Way...................................3d Vaughan Close............................6b Victoria Avenue...........................2b Vislok Close.................................5b Walcot Road................................4b Wartnaby Street..........................4a Warwick Close............................ 2c Watson Avenue...........................5a Welham Lane..............................1d Welham Road.............................1d Welland Business Park................3d Welland Court.............................3d Welland Park Road......................4b Welland Place............................. 3c West Court.................................. 5c Western Avenue..........................5b Westfield Close...........................4a Whites Crescent..........................4d WIllow Court............................... 4c Willow Crescent..........................4a Willson Close..............................3d Windsor Court.............................2b Woburn Close.............................3d Woodbreach Drive......................3d Woodgate Close..........................4d Woodlands, The......................2a/3a Yeomanry Close..........................4b Yews, The....................................5d York Street.................................. 3c

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MARKET HARBOROUGH TOWN GUIDE 2015-16 Foxton Locks and (below) the railway station, Market Harborough.

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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 northsouth 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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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, now occupied by Harborough District Council, bringing the manufacturing ethos literally into the centre of the town. Much industrial development

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

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The dialling code for telephone numbers is 01858 unless otherwise indicated. LOCAL & NATIONAL GOVERNMENT Harborough District Council Council Offices, The Symington Building, Adam & Eve St, Market Harborough, LE16 7AG. Open: Mon-Fri 8.45am-5pm (Wed from 9.30am). Tel: 828282. www.harborough.gov.uk Responsible for: economic development, building regulations, local planning, environmental health, housing, leisure, minor roads, local tourism and waste collection. Leicestershire County Council County Hall, Glenfield, Leicester, LE3 8RA. Tel: 0116 232 3232. www.leics.gov.uk Open Mon-Thu 8.30am-5pm, Fri 8.30am4.30pm, except public holidays. Responsible for education, fire and rescue, libraries, roads, social services, strategic planning, trading standards, transport and waste management. District Councillors • Great Bowden & Arden Ward: Dr Sarah Hill (LibDem) 431993, Barbara Johnson (LibDem) 446294, Phil Knowles (LibDem) 07710 026392. • Little Bowden Ward: Derek Evans (Con) 434795, Francesca McHugo 07756 767354; • Logan Ward: Peter Callis (LibDem) 467330, Dr Paul Bremner (Con) 07980 298359;

MARKET HARBOROUGH TOWN GUIDE 2015-16 • Welland Ward: Roger Dunton (LibDem) 465269, Julie Simpson (LibDem) 432762, Jo Brodrick (Con) 07917 684340. County Councillors • Market Harborough East Division: Dr Sarah Hill (LibDem) 431993. • Market Harborough West & Foxton Division: Blake Pain (Con) 411021. Member of Parliament - Harborough Constituency • Sir Edward Garnier MP (Con), 24 Nelson St, Market Harborough, LE16 9AY. Contact 464146. www.edwardgarnier.co.uk EMERGENCY NUMBERS • Fire, police, ambulance 999. • Childline 0800 1111. • Child Protection 0808 800 5000. • Samaritans 0845 790 9090. • EON (Electricity) 0800 328 1111. • Gas 0800 111 999. • Floodline 0845 988 1188. GENERAL SERVICES Courts • Magistrates: 15 Pocklington’s Walk, Leicester, LE1 6BT. Contact 0116 255 3666. • County: 90 Wellington St, Leicester, LE1 6HG. Contact 0116 222 5700. Police Station Fairfield Rd. Re-opens in early 2015 Mon-Fri 8am-4pm. 0116 222 2222 / 101. Register Office The Symington Building, Adam & Eve St. Tue & Fri 10am-4.30pm, Wed 1-4pm, Thu 10am-1pm, Sat ceremonies only. Contact 0116 305 6565.

HEALTH • NHS medical advice over the phone in non life threatening situations: 111 GPs • Market Harborough Medical Centre, 67 Coventry Rd., LE16 9BX. Contact 464242. • Two Shires Surgery, Torch Way, LE16 9HL. Contact 434523. www. doctorkilpatrickandpartners.co.uk Hospitals • Market Harborough & District Hospital, 58 Coventry Rd, LE16 9DD. Clinics, & minor injuries. Contact 410500. • St Luke’s Hospital, 33 Leicester Rd, LE16 7BN. Contact 410300. Stroke ward rehabilitation, palliative & end of life care. • Kettering General Hospital (24 hour A&E), Rothwell Rd, Kettering, NN16 8UZ. Contact 01536 492 000. ANIMALS Dog Warden service If you wish to report a stray dog or complain about dog nuisance, contact Harborough District Council on 828282. • Owners should note that from 6th April 2016 all dogs in England will have to be microchipped. All dogs will need to be microchipped and registered on one of the authorised commercial databases, register the details of any new owner before they sell or give the dog away, and keep their contact details up-to-date on the databases. Your local veterinary centre will be able to give you more information.

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MARKET HARBOROUGH TOWN GUIDE 2015-16 CIVIC BODIES Market Harborough Civic Society Secretary: Caroline Mortiboys, 45 The Green, Great Bowden, Market Harborough LE16 7EU. Tel 463468. A voluntary society open to anyone devoted to promoting high standards of development in the town and ensuring the sympathetic preservation and protection of the town’s heritage. Often, in the absence of a town council, the Civic Society is asked for, and provides comments on planning applications. Provides opportunities for residents to hear and discuss local, non-political issues. Meetings (open to the public) take place 4th Wed of month (Sep-Apr, except Dec) 7.30pm at Roman Way Community Centre. Great Bowden Parish Council Clerk: Martin Ellingworth. Contact 464808. greatbowden. leicestershireparishcouncils.org Chamber of Trade & Commerce Membership includes 150 businesses. Co-operates to help make the town a welcoming place to work in, shop and visit. Meets last Wed, 6.30pm at Angel Hotel, High St. Contact Ian Joule (Pres) 463250. www.market-harborough.biz Market Harborough & The Bowdens Charity 10 Fairfield Rd. Owns a range of assets including the Old Grammar School and allotments. The charity is a generous contributor to local causes. Includes representatives from the District Council, Great Bowden Parish Council, the Church and co-opted private individuals. Contact Jim Jacobs 419128. www.mhbcharity.co.uk Churches Together in Harborough Organises joint projects between Harborough’s churches. Meets 4 times a year. Contact Revd James Shakespeare (Chair) 469109. www.harboroughchuches.org.uk Neighbourhood Watch Group Liaises between police and Neighbourhood Watch schemes. Meets monthly at Police Station, Fairfield Rd. Contact Marion Lewis (Vice Chair) 0116 248 3871. Harborough Twinning Association Harborough District is twinned with Le Pays Fertois in France. Contact Steven Pointer (Chair) 828282.

REGULAR EVENTS Rock on the Rec A free Youth Music Festival by young people for young people which began in 2010. Organised by Enable Youth Project among others. www.enableyouth.org.uk/ rock-on-the-rec Foxton Locks Festival 2 days of festival fun in June. Organised by Foxton Inclined Plane Trust. Contact Ann 07710 795057. www.foxtonlocksfestival.co.uk Arts Fresco An outdoor street theatre festival taking place in Market Harborough each September. www.artsfresco.com Harborough Collective Concerts Begun by leading violinist and Harborough resident David Le Page Including coffee concerts and cabaret nights. For more information see www.harboroughconcerts.co.uk or call 07903 020101. Fernie Hunt Held Wed & Sat during season in the Market Harborough area. Contact Natalie Painter (Sec) 01536 330339. Markets • General Market, Market Hall, Northampton Rd, Tues – Sat 8am-5pm, Sun 9am-3pm • Vintage, Retro & Antiques Market, Market Hall, Northampton Rd, Wed 9am – 5pm • Craft Market, Market Hall, Northampton Rd, Thurs 9am – 5pm • Antiques Market, Market Hall, Northampton Rd, Sun 9am-3pm • Farmers Market, The Square, 1st & 3rd Thurs 8am – 2pm For all of the above, contact Sairah Butt 465206. www.harboroughmarket.co.uk COMMUNITY AMENITIES Shopmobility The Settling Rooms, Springfield St. Open Tue, Thu, Fri 9.30am-3pm. Contact 410864. www.harboroughshopmobility.org Allotments • Harborough District Council allotments on Douglass Drive, Leicester Lane, Scotland Rd, Welland Park Rd - Contact John Kemp or Diane Peacock 821132. • Market Harborough & Bowdens Charity allotments on Northampton Rd and Stevens St, off Logan St. Contact via website: www.mhbccharity.co.uk

Harborough Leisure Centre Northampton Rd. Contact 410115. harboroughleisurecentre.co.uk Harborough Theatre Church Square. Tickets from TicketSource (Mon-Fri 9am-8pm) 0333 666 3366. www.harboroughtheatre.com Harborough Museum The Symington Building, Adam and Eve Street LE16 7AG. Harborough Museum was refurbished in 2014 and holds a number of collections, most notably the Hallaton Treasure. Finds discovered in the village of Hallaton in 2000 include a ceremonial Roman helmet of a type of which only four exist in Europe, over 5,000 Celtic and Roman coins and a unique silver bowl and other artefacts. Tel 0116 3053627. Email: harboroughmuseum@leics.gov.uk www.leics.gov.uk/harboroughmuseum Community Centres • The Settling Rooms, St Mary’s Place. Contact HDC 828282 or VASL 433232. • Old Grammar School, Church Square. Contact JG Jacobs (Steward) 419128. • St Dionysius Community Centre, Coventry Rd. Contact Ken Hook 467570. • Naseby Square Community Centre, Stuart Rd. Contact 431472. • Great Bowden Village Hall, The Green, Great Bowden. Contact Christine Mitchell 466234. • St Peter & St Paul Church Hall, Dingley Rd, Great Bowden. Contact Annette Oakley 445366. • Community Pavilion, Recreation Ground, Station Rd, Great Bowden. Contact Paul Claxton 07709 337324. • Roman Way Community Centre, Roman Way. Contact 433221. • St Nicholas Church Hall, Little Bowden. Contact Vivien Window 467896. • St Hugh’s Church Hall, Northampton Rd. Contact Jenny Hawke 466193. • Market Harborough Young People’s Centre, Coventry Rd. Contact Lee Kramer 0116 305 0990. • The Cube, Symington’s Rec (off St Mary’s Rd). Contact Gary Brown 07740 266020. www.thecubeyouth.org.uk INFORMATION SERVICES Leicester & Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership City Hall, Charles St, Leicester. Formed to promote economic growth across Leicestershire. Contact 0116 454 2917. www.llep.org.uk

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Citizens’ Advice Bureau The Symington Building, Adam & Eve St. Drop-in advice: Tue & Thu 10am-3pm; Phone service: Mon-Fri 9am-4pm. Contact 0300 330 1025. Debtline 0844 248 0040. www.leicscab.org.uk Library Pen Lloyd Library, Adam & Eve St. Free broadband internet for members. Mobile library visits local villages (inc. Great Bowden alternate Tue 3-345pm). Contact 0116 305 3627. 24-hour renewals line 0845 602 2815. www.leics.gov.uk PUBLIC TRANSPORT Buses & Trains Regular bus services connect with all nearby towns. Mainline trains to London, Derby, Nottingham & Sheffield. For local & national bus & rail services Contact Traveline 0870 200 2233. RECYCLING & WASTE Refuse/Recycling Facilities • Market Harborough Waste Site at Riverside Industrial Estate. Open in winter 5 days a week: 9am-4pm (OctMar); open daily in summer 9am-7pm (Apr-Sep). Recycling of wood, plastics, cardboard, glass, metal, cans, clothes, green waste, white goods. www.leics. gov.uk • There are recycling banks for a variety of materials at the Leisure Centre, Northampton Rd (glass & textiles) & Sainsbury’s, Springfield St (glass, paper, textiles, books, cans, drinks cartons). • Harborough District Council provides all households with 3 wheeled bins: black, green, blue for alternate weekly refuse collection. For further information on refuse and recycling contact Customer Services on 828282 www.harborough.gov.uk/recycling Freecycle Market Harborough A voluntary not for profit movement aimed at keeping useful things out of tips and landfill. www. freecyclemarketharborough.com POST OFFICES, BANKS, ETC Post Offices • 12-13 St Mary’s Place, 463254. • 19-21 Connaught Rd, 462016. • 45-47 Western Avenue ,467030. • 28 The Green, Great Bowden, 465433. Building societies • Market Harborough Building Society, 15-17 The Square, 463244. www.mhbs.cu.uk • Nationwide, 8 High St, 0845 266 1073.

MARKET HARBOROUGH TOWN GUIDE 2015-16 Banks • Natwest, St Mary’s Rd, 0845 7888444. • Santander, 4 High St, 0845 765 4321. • Barclays, 20 High St, 0845 755 5555. • HSBC, 15 High St, 0845 740 4404. • Lloyds, 40 The Square, 0845 300 0000. EDUCATION Pre-School • For complete information about childcare provision, Contact Leicestershire Family Information Service 0116 305 6545. www.leicester.gov.uk/family Primary • Market Harborough CofE Academy, Fairfield Rd, LE16 9QH. Contact 464112. www.marketharboroughcofe.co.uk • Farndon Fields Primary School, Argyle Park, LE16 9JH. Contact 464744. www.farndonfields.org • Great Bowden (CofE) Academy, Gunnsbrook Close, LE!6 7HZ Contact 463216. www.greatbowden.leics.sch.uk •Little Bowden Primary School, Scotland Rd, Little Bowden, LE16 8AY. Contact 462528. www.littlebowden.leics.sch.uk • Meadowdale Primary School, Meadowdale Rd, LE16 7XQ. Contact 465479. www.meadowdale.info • Ridgeway Primary Academy, The Ridgeway, LE16 7HQ. Contact 465800. www.ridgewayprimary.org.uk • St Joseph’s Catholic Voluntary Academy, Coventry Rd, LE16 9BZ. Contact 465359. www.stjosephs.leics.sch.uk Middle (11-14) • Welland Park Academy, Welland Park Rd. Contact 464795. www.wellandparkacademy.co.uk Upper (14-19) • Robert Smyth Academy Burnmill Rd, LE16 7JG. Contact 440770. www.rsacademy.co.uk Independent Upper • Brooke House, Leicester Rd, LE16 7AF. Contact 462452. www.brookehouse.com Further/Adult • For information about adult learning courses contact Louise Robinson 0800 988 0308. www.leics.gov.uk MEDIA Broadcast • BBC Radio Leicester 9 St Nicholas Place, Leicester. Contact 0116 251 1049. www.bbc.co.uk/radioleicester

• Harborough FM Radio, Fernie House, Fernie Rd. Contact 464666. www.harboroughfm.co.uk Print • Harborough Mail, Newspaper House, Ise Park, Rothwell Rd, Kettering. Contact 01536506100. www.harboroughmail.co.uk • Leicester Mercury, St George’s St, Leicester. Contact 0116 2512512. www.leicestermercury.co.uk • Great Bowden Village Newsletter appears 1st week Dec, Mar, Jun, Sept; copy deadline 7th of previous month. Contact Jacqueline Endersby (Editor) 467228. Back copies can be viewed online at www.greatbowden.org/ GreatBowdenNewsletters.php PLACES OF WORSHIP Anglican Team Churches • St Dionysius, High Street. • St Hugh, Northampton Rd. • St Nicholas, Rectory Lane, Little Bowden. • St Peter & St Paul, Dingley Rd, Great Bowden. Team Office: St Dionysius Church, Church Square. For general inquiries contact Team Coordinators Chris Etherington 467649 / 07778 120039 or Sue MacDonald 464774 / 07977 878094. For service times see website: www.harborough-anglican.org.uk Baptist Church Coventry Rd. Services: 10am & 6pm. Minister: Revd Nicholas Cook 462480 (Home) / 410693 (Church). www. harborough-baptist.org.uk Congregational Church Bowden Lane. Services: Sun 10.30am; also 1st Sun 3.30pm. Minister to be appointed. Contact Church Office (MonFri 10-12am) 462376. Harborough Evangelical Church 121 Bath St. Services: Sun 9.30am & 11.15am. Minister: Revd Tristan Styles 434906. www.hec.org.uk Harborough Community Church Meetings: Sun 10.30 in individuals’ homes; 2nd Sun 3pm at Methodist Church; Wed fortnightly celebration nights & monthly family gatherings. Senior Elder: Giles Parker 433669. Methodist Church Northampton Rd. Services: Sun 10.45am; 1st Sun 6pm. Minister: Revd Brian Kennard 462889. harboroughmethodistcircuit.org.uk


MARKET HARBOROUGH TOWN GUIDE 2015-16 Roman Catholic Our Lady of Victories, Fairfield Rd. Mass: Sun 10am. Further service times on website. Priest: Father Owen O’Neill 462359. www.olvic.com The Salvation Army Church Worship: Sun 10.30am at The Quarters, 1 Springhill Gardens. Contact Michael & Margaret Bowers 0115 983 5000. www.salvationarmy.org.uk/ market-harborough Jehovah’s Witnesses Kingdom Hall, Springfield St. Meetings: Sun 10am, Thu 7pm. Contact: 433939.

CLUBS & SOCIETIES The dialling code for telephone numbers is 01858 unless otherwise indicated.

ARTS Market Harborough Art Club Holds lectures and workshops on last Fri of month (ex Aug & Dec) 7.30pm in Langton Room of Congregational Church Centre, Bowden Lane. All welcome. Contact Michael Edwards (Chair) 463321. marketharboroughartclub.co.uk Great Bowden Arts Club Monthly visits to national theatres for plays, concerts, opera and ballet. Contact Muriel Bibby 465793. Scottish Country Dance Society For all aged 16+. Instruction given. Meets Tue 7.30-10pm in term time at Market Harborough CofE Academy, Fairfield Rd. Contact Janet Marchand 01536 515087. Harborough Academy of Performing Arts Ballet, tap, modern, street jazz, gymnastics dance, musical theatre singing. Contact 0116 279 2194 or via website www.harboroughacademy.co.uk Miss Amy’s Academy of Dance Contact 446670 or 07922 527667. Woodcock Theatre Arts Woodcock House, Compass Point Business Park, Northampton Rd. Classes in ballet, tap, jazz, theatre craft, zumba etc. Contact Olivia- Jayne Drew (Principal) 467637. www. woodcocktheatrearts.co.uk

Market Harborough Youth Theatre For young people aged 5-24 years. Performs 2 shows a year. Meets Sun afternoon in run up to shows at Woodcock Theatre Arts Studio. Contact Beaty Tyrrell 432571. www.theyouththeatre.org.uk Little Bowden School of Dancing Classes in ballet, tap and theatre craft. Classes for 21/2yrs up Sat 9am-2pm; aged 10yrs up Thu 6-9pm, at St Joseph’s School, Coventry Rd. Contact Anne Swinfield 461316. Market Harborough Choral Society All voices welcome. 4 concerts a year and other events. Rehearses Tue 7.30-9.30pm in Methodist Church, Northampton Rd. Contact Stephen Pointer (Chair) 433299. www.harboroughchoral.co.uk Market Harborough Drama Society Owns and runs the Harborough Theatre in Church Square. Puts on 6 plays a year. Contact Viv Crowther (Mem Sec) 01536 771922 or via website. For tickets contact TicketSource 0333 666 3366. www.harboroughtheatre.com Harborough Band Brass band, plays in contests and for entertainment. New players welcome. Meets Tue 8-9.30pm & Thu 7.45-9.15pm in the music room at Welland Park College, Welland Park Rd. Training Band meets Tue 7-8pm. Contact William Borman (Sec) 0116 319 0479. www.harborough-band.co.uk Harborough Jazz Club Local, national and international performers. Sessions take place second Sunday 12.30-3pm at the Angel Hotel, High St. Contact Rob de Borde Barker 466737.

Parsnips Youth Drama Training in acting and stagecraft for ages 8-18 at various times and locations. Contact Claire Parsons 07950 468887 or see website for details. www.parsnipsyouththeatre.co.uk Market Harborough Movie Makers Make amateur video films. Meet twice a month at Naseby Square Community Centre. Visitors & new members welcome. Contact Peter Wilford (Sec) 525372 or see website for timetable. www.harboroughmoviemakers.org Octagon Films During the year Octagon shows around 30 films (mainly on Fridays) and around 30 live broadcasts from the National Theatre, The Bolshoi Ballet, The Royal Opera House and The Royal Shakespeare Company. The venue for all showings is the Harborough Theatre, Church Square. Contact Peter Mitchell 466234. www.octagon films.org.uk CARING ORGANISATIONS / VOLUNTEERING Voluntary Action South Leicestershire (VASL) The Settling Rooms, St Mary’s Place. Provides services and support for community groups and carers. Information about opportunities in the voluntary sector. Contact 433232. www.vasl.org.uk Age Concern Luncheon Club Meets Tue 12 noon at Harborough Theatre. Contact Mrs Bond 465529. Alternative Choices Recreational and social group for adults with physical or sensory disability. Meets Thu 10am-2pm at Harborough Evangelical Church, 121 Bath St. Contact Tony Colley 680194.

Harborough Singers Rehearses monthly, Fri 8-10pm at Little Bowden Church Hall, Sat 10-1pm & 2.15-4.15pm at Baptist Church Hall, Coventry Rd. Contact Tim Blades (Chair) 432858 or via website: www.harboroughsingers.com

Anchor Staying Put Agency which helps to adapt and improve homes of those over 60, disabled and on a low income. St Mary’s House, 1-5 St Mary’s Rd. Open Mon-Fri 9am-5pm. Contact 469076. www.anchor.org.uk

Market Harborough Musical Theatre For all aged over 15. Puts on two shows a year. Rehearses Wed 7.30-9.45pm at Welland Park Academy, Welland Park Rd. Contact mhmt-secretary@hotmail.co.uk. www.mhmusicaltheatre.co.uk

Vista Local charity offering help & support to the visually impaired. Contact 0116 249 8839 or see website for a variety of courses and events. www.vistablind.org.uk

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Swimming Club for the Disabled Informal swimming for disabled people of all ages. Meets Mon 8-9pm (ex Bank Hols) at Leisure Centre, Northampton Rd. Contact Mrs L Foxton 465724. Young Carers Activity Group (YCC) Supports young carers aged 12-17 living in the Harborough district. Meets fortnightly on Wed 7-9pm at Satellite Centre, Coventry Rd. www.vasl.org.uk The Good Old Days Free monthly social event for the over 65s. Tea dance, bingo & refreshments. Last Thu of month 2-4.30pm at Congregational Church Hall, Bowden Lane. Contact 464666. www.vasl.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. Contact 469257. www.harboroughchurches.org.uk Diabetes UK Meets 1st Thu (except Jan & Aug) 7.30pm at Roman Way Day Centre, 36 Roman way. Contact Jim Knights 464676. Home Start 121 Coventry Rd. For young families. Open Mon-Fri, 9am-4pm. Contact Karen Hulett 467982. www.home-startsouthleics.org.uk

MARKET HARBOROUGH TOWN GUIDE 2015-16 Royal British Legion Helps ex-service personnel and dependents. Social evenings, fundraising events, welfare advice. New members welcome - prior service in the Forces not a requirement. Meets 2nd Wed 7.30pm at Conservative Club, Fairfield Rd. Contact Betty Ramsay (Sec) 434923. http://branches.britishlegion.org.uk/ branches/market-harborough 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. Contact Patricia Middleton (Sec) 445827. Salvation Army Over Sixties Friendship Group Concerts, invited speakers, bring and buy sales, confidential counselling, cup of tea and a chat. Meets Tue 2.30pm (except July) and after a bank holiday at Methodist Church Youth Wing, Northampton Rd. Contact Majors Margaret & Mike Bowers 0115 983 5000. www.salvationarmy.org.uk/ market-harborough St John Ambulance First aid cover for public events. Classes at St John Ambulance HQ, Abbey St, as follows: Badgers (6-10yrs) Tue 6.307.45pm; Cadets (11-18yrs) Thur 6.307.30pm; adults Thur 7.30-9pm. Contact 463675 (HQ). www.sja.org.uk

Friends of Mkt Harborough Hospital Registered charity which raises money to improve facilities for patients at hospital. Contact John Gilding 410414.

Young Parents Group Meets weekly at Market Harborough Children’s Centre. Contact Amelia Day 07508 015404. parentsunder20.co.uk/MH.html

Market Harborough Counselling Practice Fathers House, 4 Lubenham Hill. Counselling for relationship problems, bereavement, trauma, sexual abuse, etc. Contact 465859. www. mhcounsellingpractice.org.uk

Prospects Helps young people access employment & training. Drop in sessions at Satellite Youth Centre Youth Club alternate Fri 1-3.30pm; Job club every Wed 2-4pm. Contact 01455 632719. parentsunder20.co.uk/MH.html

Mental Health & Good Companions Respite service for mental health carers & befriending service to those over 65 who live alone or are or isolated. The Settling Rooms, St Mary’s Place. Contact 433232. www.vasl.org.uk Royal Air Forces Association Helps ex-RAF personnel and their dependents. Meets last Mon. Contact Keith Shiers (Sec) for venue and times. 432753 / 07814 419322.

HISTORICAL Market Harborough Historical Society The society’s collection of artefacts and photographs form the basis of the Harborough Museum, opened 1983. Lectures in Winter and Spring, visits during rest of year. Contact Dr Len Holden (Sec) 446067. marketharboroughhistorical society.org

Friends of St Dionysius Church Promotes the preservation of the church structure by holding varied events including concerts, book sales & quizzes. Contact John Gilding (Chair) 410414. www.friendsofstdionysius.co.uk Friends of St Nicholas Church, Little Bowden Contact Revd Andrew Quigley 410253. Great Bowden Historical Society Guest speakers and excursions in summer. Meets usually first Mon of month 7.30pm (Sep-Jun) at the Village Hall, The Green. Contact Paul Bennett (Chair) 462720. www. greatbowdenhistoricalsociety. btck.co.uk Great Bowden Village Trust Promotes preservation of the environment and buildings of Great Bowden. Contact Paul Taylor 462230. Great Bowden Heritage & Archeology Contact Liz Thomas 468836 or via website. www.greatbowdenheritage. btck.co.uk Harborough Railway Association Talks, films, slides, trips etc. Meets 1st Wed 7.45 for 8pm (not Jul & Aug) at the Conservative Club, Fairfield Rd. Contact Phil Baildon 446300. Leicestershire & Rutland Family History Society Meets monthly at Roman Way Day Centre, 36 Roman Way. Contact via website. www.lrfhs.org.uk Little Bowden Society Promotes interest in and preservation of the natural and built environment of Little Bowden. Guest speakers, annual walk in July. Meets 3rd Wed 7.30pm in St Nicholas Church Hall, Rectory Lane. Contact Mrs Bobby Jarvis (Vice Chair) 433241. www.michael-milsom.org.uk HOBBIES Market Harborough Bridge Club Non-smoking, friendly, duplicate bridge club. Meets Mon 7.15pm for 7.30pm at the Angel Hotel, High St. Open to all but experience is essential. Further information from Ann Roberts (Treasurer) 461493. Chess Club Open to all. Meets Thu 7.30pm at the Catholic Club, Coventry Rd. Contact Mr Romilly Ilersic 432065.


MARKET HARBOROUGH TOWN GUIDE 2015-16 Flower Club of Market Harborough Flower appreciation and arranging. Meets 2nd Wed 7.30pm at Jubilee Memorial Hall, Bowden Lane. Contact Vicki Tuffen 01536 763992. St Nicholas Flower Guild Furthering the art of flower arranging. Meets 4th Thu, 7.30pm in Little Bowden Village Hall, Rectory Lane. Contact Diana Sanderson 410390. Gardening Club (Harborough) Holds annual show on Sat after August Bank Holiday Mon. Meets last Wed 7.30pm for 7.45pm in Conservative Club, Fairfield Rd. Contact Kath Outram (Show Sec) 468153. Great Bowden & District Garden Society Meets 2nd Tue (Feb-Nov) 7.30pm in Great Bowden Village Hall. Show in Aug. Contact Christine Mitchell (Mem Sec) 466234 or Ann Brown 466323. Embroiderers’ Guild Workshops, demonstrations, talks, visits, exhibitions. Meets 4th Thu (not Dec) 7.15pm for 7.30pm at Roman Way Day Centre, Roman Way. Contact Sarah Showers (Chair) sjtreen@gmail.com Fernie Hunt Supporters Association Fund raising and social events. Contact Julia King (Chair) 545233. www.ferniehuntsupporters.co.uk Market Harborough and District Canine Society Obedience training. Meets Tue, 7pm (beginners) & 8pm (other levels) at Hayfields Guide Headquarters, Northampton Rd. Ring Craft meets at Tue, 8pm at Wilbarston Village Hall. Contact Sue Milne (Sec) 461534. www.mhdcs.org Model Aero Club (Harborough) For ages 10yrs upwards. Indoor flying at Sports Hall, Leisure Centre & all year round at special flying field in Great Bowden. Contact Dave Ginns (Sec) 446804. www.mhmac.org Market Harborough Photographic Society Practical and social meetings, lectures, demonstrations, competition evenings. Annual exhibition in Nov. Meets Tue 7.30-9.45pm (term time) in library at Welland Park Academy, Welland Park Rd. Contact Paul Brown (Sec) 571046. www.mhps.co.uk

Market Harborough Rambling Club Meets for walks (around 6 miles) Sun 9.30am and Wed 7pm during the summer (4-5 miles). Contact Secretary 432886. www.mh-ramblers.btck.co.uk

Harborough Athletics Club Meets various times and venues. See website for training times or contact David Oram (Seniors) 01536 712505 or Traci Edwards (Juniors) 07807 125185. www.harboroughac.co.uk

Nordic Walking Contact Uta Putt 467092 / 07709 316050.

Harborough Feathers Badminton Club Meets Fri 7.30-9.30pm (Sep-May) at Welland Park Academy, Welland Park Rd. Contact Helen Barnett (Sec) 465699. www.harborough-feathers.co.uk

SOCIAL GROUPS Market Harborough Twenty 12 Lions Club Raises money for good causes. Meets 3rd Tue, 8pm at the Angel Hotel, High St. Contact Martin Hill 431993. Market Harborough Round Table Meets 1st & 3rd Thu 8pm at the Angel, High St. Contact David Price 461339. marketharboroughroundtable.co.uk Market Harborough Rotary Club Meets Mon 6pm for 6.15pm (except Bank Holidays) at the Waterfront Restaurant, Union Wharf. Contact Bronwen Biswas (Sec) 0116 259 2993. www.rotarymarketharborough.org.uk Stroke Club Social club for those who have experienced a stroke. Meets 2nd & 4th Thu 9.30am-1.30pm in Baptist Church Hall, Coventry Rd. Contact Sheila Taylor 464545. U3A (University of the Third Age) Classes, groups and activities on a wide range of interests. Primarily for retired or semi-retired. • Market Harborough & District U3A - meets 2nd Thurs 10.30am-12noon at Congregational Church Centre, Bowden Lane. Contact Jill Wright (Sec) 565856. www.mhu3a.org.uk • South Leicestershire U3A - meets 2nd Mon 10am-12noon at Jubilee Hall, Congregational Church Centre, Bowden Lane. Contact David Kyle 463545. www.slu3a.org.uk Welcome Club For over-60s. Whist, bingo, raffle, tea and dominoes. Outings and holidays. Meets Thu 2pm in Our Lady of Victories Church Hall, Fairfield Rd Contact Pauline Williams 467681. SPORT Welland Valley Archers Target archery. For ages 8 upwards. Meets at various times at Symingtons Sports Ground, St. Mary’s Rd. Contact Anna Roberts (Sec) 07702 381879. www.wellandvalleyarchers.com

Welland Park Badminton Club All standards. New members welcome. Meets Mon 7-9pm at Welland Park Academy Sports Hall, Welland Park Rd. Contact Gary Eastwood 434294. Market Harborough Basketball Club Plays all year round. Seniors train Sun & Thu, Juniors on Wed. See website for latest times and venues. www.harboroughbasketballcom Little Bowden Bowling Club Green: Kettering Rd. Plays Wed, Thu, Sat & Sun in season. Clubhouse & bar open Fri evening. Contact 410988. www.littlebowdenbc.org Market Harborough Conservative Bowls Club Conservative Club, Fairfield Road. New members always welcome. Contact John Westwood (Sec) 433270. Welland Park Bowls Club Welland Park. Wed 1.45pm in the season “roll-up” for members and nonmembers. Matches on Sat. Contact Mrs M Cooper 462740. www.wellandparkbowlsclub.org Harborough District Indoor Bowls Club Plays at Leisure Centre, Northampton Rd. All ages and abilities, adapted wheelchairs available for disabled users. Contact centre 410115. Market Harborough Squash & Racketball Club Fairfield Rd. Men’s, women’s & junior teams. Contact Alison Avil (Sec) 07754 665900. www.harboroughcsc.co.uk Market Harborough Cricket Club Plays at Fairfield Rd. 2 Senior & junior teams. Contact Contact Alison Avil 07754 665900. www.harboroughcsc.co.uk

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Great Bowden Cricket Club Plays at Great Bowden Rec. Senior & Junior teams. Contact via website. www.bowdencc.hitssportscom Harborough South Cricket Club Plays at Little Bowden Rec. Contact Graham Cowie (Chair) 467352 / 07703 503563. www.harboroughcsc.co.uk Market Harborough Golf Club Great Oxendon Rd. Contact 463684. www.mhgolf.co.uk CATS Mountain Bike Club Riding and racing mountain bikes. Activity weekends. Meets Tue, Wed & Sun. See website for times and venues or contact Neil Holman 440261. www.catsmbc.com Welland Valley Cycling Club Club Run Sun 9.30am from The Square (Nov-Mar) & weekly leisure rides in summer from various venues. Contact Stuart Dawkins (Sec) 0116 212 8572 or via website. www.wellandvalleycc.co.uk Harborough Swords Fencing Club All ages welcome. Meets Thu 7.309.30pm at The New Gym, Robert Smyth School, Burnmill Road. Contact Leslie Wellings 466159 / 07917 108215. Market Harborough Gymnastics Club For ages 5-16. Meets Welland Park Academy, Welland Park Rd at various times. Also trampolining sessions. Contact Rose Darnbrough (Chair) 463582. Market Harborough Hockey Club Plays on all-weather pitch at Welland Park Academy, Welland Park Rd. For ages 14yrs up. Training Wed: Juniors 5.30pm, Mixed & Ladies 6.30pm, Mens 8pm, (Aug-Apr). Matches Sat. Contact Ian Holland (Sec) 07817 374291. www.mhhockey.co.uk Youth Netball Club For girls aged 10-14. Meets Tue 6-8pm at Robert Smyth School, Burnmill Rd. Contact Caroline Johnson 545245. Mkt Harborough & District Ladies Rounders League 15 teams meet Mon-Thu eves (May-end Aug) at Leisure Centre, Northampton Rd. Charity tournaments on Sun. Contact Marilyn Curtis 0116 279 3169. www.mhdlrl.blogspot.com

MARKET HARBOROUGH TOWN GUIDE 2015-16 Market Harborough Rugby Club Plays at Northampton Rd. Mini & junior teams, 5 senior teams, women’s team. Contact Club 464210 or Peter Rowbottom 07712 120231. www.mhrufc.co.uk

Army Cadets For ages 13-18. Meet Thu 7.30pm at Army Cadet Force HQ, Yeomanry Court, Coventry Rd. Contact Steve Callaghan 0116 277 9701. www.eastmidlandsrfca.co.uk

Swimming Club Meets every evening except Sat at Leisure Centre, Northampton Rd. Contact Valerie Dunton (Sec) 465269. www.marketharboroughswimclub.org

Guiding UK Rainbows, Brownies, Guides, Seniors & Trefoil Guild. Contact 0116 254 5290 or via website: www.leicestershireguides.org

Lawn Tennis Club Tennis all year round. Courts: Rec, Station Rd, Great Bowden. Coaching sessions, matches and tournaments. Contact Joan Barrett 01604 781402. www.harboroughtennis.co.uk WOMEN’S GROUPS Co-op Women’s Group Outings, quizzes, guest speakers. Meets alternate Mon 8pm at Day Centre, Brooklands Gardens, Walcot Rd. Contact Mrs S Thacker (Sec) 463821. Inner Wheel Club For wives of Rotarians. Meets 1st Tue, 7pm for 7.30pm at the Angel, High St. Contact Sheila Fox (Sec) 464496. Women’s Institute • Market Harborough, meets 4th Wed 7.30-9.30pm at Congregtional Church, High St. • Great Bowden, meets 1st Wed 7.30pm in Village Hall. Contact Carmen Wilson (Vice Pres) 07547 890756. www.marketharboroughw1.org.uk Market Harborough Ladies Luncheon Club Promotes women in business and the professions. Monthly lunch meetings with speakers. Meets 2nd Wed 12-2pm at The Angel Hotel, High St. Contact Sandra Blackbourn (Chair) 0116 286 2552. YOUTH GROUPS St John Ambulance Activities and first aid training. Meets in Ambulance Hall, Abbey St. St John Badger Sett (6-10yrs) meets Tues 6.307.45pm, Cadets (11-18yrs) Thurs 6.307.30pm, Adults Thurs 7.30pm. Contact Helena Chapman 464670. www.sja.org.uk Air Training Corps For ages 13-20. Meets Mon & Wed 7.15-9.15pm at ATC Headquarters, Northampton Rd. Contact Darrren Hill 07779 168294.

Scouts Contact Debbie Billington (District Commissioner) 0845 463 3474. www.harboroughscouts.org.uk Connexions Information, advice and guidance service for ages 13-19. Located at 2 St Mary’s Rd. Open: Mon & Thur 2-4.30pm, Tue & Wed 9.30am-4.30pm, Fri 9.30am-4pm. Contact 462309. www.connexions-leics.org/centres/ marketharb.asp Market Harborough Young People’s Centre Coventry Rd. Drop-in: Mon & Thu 9-5pm. Harborough Job Club, Diversity (ages 11-13), Travellers group (over 13 yrs): Harborough Girls Group, (Harborough Young Parents. Detached teams work throughout the town Mon 7.30-9.30pm and Fri 6-8pm. Contact Lee Kramer 0116 305 0990. www.thejitty.com The Cube Symington’s Rec (off St Mary’s Rd). Variety of activities and groups for young people. Contact Gary Brown 07740 266020 or see website. www. thecubeyouth.org.uk Whilst 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 and groups concerned. Organisations are included in the above categories for ease of reference. Inclusion within one category or another does not imply incompatibility with any of the categories listed. Organisations are listed in this section in good faith, but inclusion within this section does not imply any endorsement by Market Harborough Civic Society or Heritage Guides, nor can either of these bodies be held responsible for any organisation’s failure to comply with legal or professional requirements.


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Market Harborough Town Guide 2015  

The essential guide to living, working and visiting Market Harborough, an historic town on the Leicestershire/Northamptonshire border.

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