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ISSUE 16 - June 2013

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Local Charity Appeals for New Home for Big Blue Playbus! MRC Community Action, based at The Marlene Reid Centre in Coalville is appealing for a new home for the Big Blue Playbus. The double decker, which is used to support local families in Coalville and the surrounding area, needs a secure parking place within a five mile radius of The Marlene Reid Centre on Belvoir Road. Lesley Massey, Children & Families Service Manager said “Our Big Blue Playbus plays an important part in providing support to local families by providing access to many different services in this area” Lesley added “We have been providing services to the local community for more than thirty years and really hope someone can offer us a secure space to park the bus”. The Big Blue Playbus is a converted double decker with the lower deck offering a child friendly play environment, whilst adults can access training on the upper deck. Children under five years of age, with their parents or carers, can access the Playbus free of charge. Toys and equipment can also be loaned through the Playbus for up to four weeks at a time. Additional services include confidential Employment Advice and information on the services that MRC Community Action can offer. If you have a space which you could offer to MRC Community Action please call Lesley on 01530 510515 or email lmassey@mrc.uk.net. A secure parking space is needed as soon as possible for the bus.

40 Local Businesses and Partners Discover the Benefits of Sustainable Travel Business Travel Network for Coalville programme launched 40 local businesses and partners from North West Leicestershire discovered the benefits of sustainable travel at a launch event for the new Business Travel Network for Coalville. Organisations including ATI Stellram, DHL and Intraining discovered how they can reduce Robin Pointon of Go Travel Solutions and John Merison their costs and grow of North West Leicestershire Chamber of Commerce business benefits through sustainable travel at the event, held at Stephenson College on 1 May 2013. Membership of the Business Travel Network for Coalville offers benefits including free business support, a unique range of travel offers and discounts from organisations such as Arriva and Centrebus and access to £5,000 Smarter Travel Grants. To find out more about getting involved in Business Travel Network programmes, go to www.business-travel-networks.com or contact info@business-travel-networks.com John Merison, President of North West Leicestershire Chamber of Commerce and Managing Director at John Merison said: “The time and expense of business travel and commuting are key issues for businesses in North West Leicestershire. Programmes such as the Business Travel Network for Coalville offer benefits for staff, reduce costs and enhance corporate reputation. We would encourage local businesses to get involved and see how they can benefit.” The initiative is part of the Choose How You Move Smarter Travel for Business project which is part funded by the Department for Transport and led by Leicestershire County Council. Business Travel Networks are co-ordinated by Go Travel Solutions. Robin Pointon, Managing Director of Go Travel Solutions, added: “The feedback from the Launch has been excellent. It has reflected the growing appreciation by businesses that taking a sustainable approach to travel makes total business sense, be it for commuting or on business.”

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Green Footprints Community Network The next meeting of the Green Footprints Community Network is being held at Hicks Lodge in the heart of The National Forest on Thursday 13th June 2013, 6pm. Alan Leather of The National Forest Company will be talking about a new and exciting initiative in the forest ‘Black to Green’. Additionally we are pleased to announce that Jerry Tseng, the architect for Hicks Lodge, Conkers and The National Forest Youth Hostel will also be attending the meeting, I have been informed that it is a real treat to have Jerry at our meeting, and it will be very interesting to hear from someone that has been involved in the development of landmark buildings in The National Forest. At the end of the meeting there will be an opportunity to try out the family cycle trail, so let’s hope for good weather! If you would like to join us on the bike ride and will not be bringing your own cycle please let us know and we will ensure there is a cycle available to you. Also the car park at Hicks Lodge is pay and display, you will not need to do this for the meeting, we have made alternative arrangements. If you would like to attend the meeting, please confirm your attendance and cycle requirements by emailing daphne.robinson@nwleicestershire.gov.uk or 01530 454704.

Century Theatre, Coalville: What’s On – June/July 2013 The Martin Harley Band - 14th June, 7.30pm Martin Harley is a phenomenally talented guitarist, singer and songwriter who fronts the highly praised UK-based acoustic trio; The Martin Harley Band. Tickets: £10 Advance, £12 on the door. (book online) Hyde Park on Hudson (12A) Friday 21st June 2013 @ 7.30pm The story of the love affair between FDR and his distant cousin Margaret "Daisy" Suckley, centered around the weekend in 1939 when the King and Queen of the United Kingdom visited upstate New York. Starring Bill Murray, Laura Linney and Samuel West. £3.50 On the Door The Golden Age of Bert Weedon Saturday 22nd June 2013 @ 7.30pm Following on from his highly acclaimed ‘Golden Age Of The Electric Guitar’ show, John Williams and his band present a night dedicated to the music of ‘MR GUITAR’ Bert Weedon as well as the music of those he inspired which included all 3 Beatle guitarists, Hank Marvin, Brian May, Keith Richards, Clapton and Paige. Tickets: £10 Advance, £12 On The Door

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No evictions bedroom tax campaign. The local campaign against the bedroom tax continues in Coalville. A public meeting was held on Saturday 18th May at Agar Nook Community Centre to debate the issue. At the meeting, which was well attended it was unanimously agreed that the campaign will focus on demanding social housing landlords adopt a “no eviction” policies when rent arrears are related to bedroom tax. Over 200 people have already signed the petition asking for “no evictions” which was launched by Councillor Nick Clarke and the Labour Group at NWLeics District Council a few weeks ago. Recent tragic events reported in the national media where Stephanie Bottrill, a Grandmother from Solihull deliberately stepped into the path of a lorry on the M6 and was killed instantly, because of worries about the bedroom tax have kept the controversial policy high on the national agenda. Councillor Nick Clarke, who is leading the local campaign said at the meeting; “Anyone who says why bother campaigning against the unfair bedroom tax or anyone who says we can’t change anything, I say it is our duty to try. We must try for the sake of people like Stephanie Bottrill, if nothing else.” At the meeting there was some lively debate where residents shared their stories and opinions, there was also advice given about benefits. It was learnt that a number of decisions have been reversed where tenant’s housing benefit had originally been reduced due to the bedroom tax. Councillor Dave De Lacy, who chaired the meeting said; “I believe original rulings for some tenants on the bedroom tax that have been overturned is as a direct result of our campaign.” Anyone who is affected by the bedroom tax and would like to get involved in the campaign should contact Councillor Nick Clarke on 07891073391, email nobedroomtax@gmail.com or visit the facebook page – Facebook/Coalville against the bedroom tax The “no evictions” petition can be signed on line at http://minutes.nwleics.gov.uk:81/elps/home

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Community Orchard taking shape at last. Chairman of the broom leys allotment society Cllr Michael Wyatt was joined by some local children to help plant the first fruit tree in the new community fruit and nut orchard on the Jubilee allotment site off Bradgate Drive in Greenhill. Michael Wyatt said, "this is another great step we have taken in making the allotment site a real community facility. Having a fruit and nut orchard near to the allotments will help to not only provide local fruit and nuts but also give us an opportunity to provide for our next project which is to produce our very own local honey". If anyone would like an allotment or more information about Broom Leys Allotment Society, please contact Tim Sporne, Secretary of the Allotment Society on 01530 832971.

FREE health checks – your health matters! There will be FREE health checks at a Well Families Clinic in Coalville on Tuesday 9th July 2013. Organised by the Council, the clinics can help you make positive changes to your lifestyle and include free cholesterol, blood pressure and body mass index screenings. The Coalville clinic will be held on Tuesday 9th July at Greenhill Community Church, Charnborough Road, Coalville between 2pm and 6.00pm. No appointment is required just come along and have a look round the different stations during the afternoon. As well as the free health screenings, these successful clinics offer a range of health and well-being advice, including the new Posture Analysis screening, advice on how to stop smoking, diet and nutrition, back to basics cookery and much more. There are fun exercise challenges with prizes for all ages and fruit juices to try during the afternoon as well as a free pedometer to count your daily steps. We hope that by offering this service, people will come along and get their free checks and find out how they can improve their health and well-being. For further information contact Julie Summerton 01530 454541 or e:mail julie.summerton@nwleicestershire.gov.uk

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Local Street Lighting The long summer evenings encourage us out for a pleasant stroll. We leave our windows open to let in the air. We stop worrying about the dark streets and the burglars who might be loitering in the shadows. The fear of crime is not always logical. Opportunistic thieves love a nice warm afternoon when they can sneak in through an open window. The County Council’s ‘part-night’ street lighting scheme caused alarm among many residents when, over the winter, the lights went out after midnight. The engineers came out to explain the evidence at a Highways Forum in Coalville. They said there shouldn’t be any increase in crime. Not everyone was impressed. Dr Terri Eynon, Coalville’s new County Councillor, says ‘People won’t be comfortable about this change until they have proof that it is safe. We know from previous studies that extra street lighting doesn’t actually reduce crime – all it does is reduce people’s fear.’ Where can people find the real facts about crime in their area? Have a look on www.police.uk. Enter your postcode, town or street name to get street-level maps and data about policing, and details of your local policing team and beat meetings. The Coalville neighbourhood policing team tell us that there were 108 crimes reported in February 2012. That was before the street-lighting change took place. In February 2013, after the lights went out, the crime rate actually went down to 80 crimes. We need to keep an eye on the detail but, so far the experiment seems to be working. If you are still concerned about street lighting or any other Highways issue, get in touch with customerservices@leics.gov.uk

Touch Rugby Comes to Coalville Coalville has been named as a regional centre for a new RFU Touch Rugby initiative. Organised by Coalville RFC and held at King Edward VII Science and Sports College, the O2 sponsored Touch Rugby sessions will be held weekly and are aimed at adults who are not actively involved in rugby. Coalville is one of only three O2 TouchBases in Leicestershire and is the only one in North West Leicestershire. Touch Rugby originated in Australia as a training game but has then grown into a worldwide sport. It is most popular in New Zealand, Australia and South Africa but is quickly growing in the UK and provides a great opportunity for women and men to have fun playing a non-contact version of rugby. The sessions will take place throughout the year on astroturf on a ‘turn up and play’ basis and are open to women and men aged 18 and over who want to keep fit in a sociable environment. No rugby experience is necessary as each session will be run by a Touch Rugby qualified coach and referee who will provide an introduction to the sport. The O2 Touch Rugby will cost £3 per session and will run every Tuesday from 2 July, 7-8pm. For further details contact Bonnie 07837 880594 or Paul 07817 356541 or see the Coalville RFC website.

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Council’s Activ8 Scheme offers FREE activities for young people Three primary schools, Griffydam Primary, Moira Primary and Swannington Primary, have joined the District’ Council’s “Club Activ8” scheme bringing the total number of schools involved to 28. The scheme, which is aimed at young people and schools, works by awarding points, as a reward, for participating in physical education at school. These points can then be redeemed against a number of activities taking place at the District’s Leisure Centres including, Swimming and football. One of the schools, already benefiting from the scheme is Broom Leys Primary School. Their Headteacher, Robert Prior, spoke about the benefits the school was getting from being a member of the Club Activ8 Scheme. Robert said: “By being able to participate in a range of sporting activities at local leisure centres free of charge provides excellent value for money. Already, we are seeing large numbers of pupils using their Club Activ8 Points on a weekly basis and others saving up their points for holiday activities. This has led to greater participation in sport outside school hours and has increased levels of physical activity.” Councillor Alison Smith, North West Leicestershire District Council’s Deputy Leader and Portfolio Holder for Community Services, said, “We know, from NHS statistics, that many children are in danger of becoming overweight or obese*. To help reduce these numbers across our District, we are working in partnership with North West Leicestershire Local Sports Alliance to ensure children at school have the opportunity to increase their levels of physical activity and well-being. By joining our “Club Activ8” scheme, young people can participate in a wide range of FREE activities which will benefit their health and enable them to become more physically active.” Young people who are involved in the scheme can spend their points at Hood Park, Hermitage and Measham Leisure Centres. All activities are provided free of charge by North West Leicestershire District Council. The District Council is inviting other schools to take part in the scheme. Further details can be obtained by contacting Gail Rushton on 01530 454735 for further details.

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Thringstone’s Community Scarecrow Eevent Taking Shape Thringstone Methodist Chapel celebrate their 150th anniversary on Saturday 6th July with a full day of activities in the village. Starting at 10am with Andrew Bridgen MP opening the event at Thringstone Methodist Church, The Green, there will be games, stalls, displays, refreshments and slide shows, plus the village's scarecrow event organised by Friends of Thringstone. A spokesperson for the group said 'We have all been very busy trying to deliver straw to people to build their scarecrows and have heard of some dramatic suggestions including one family working on either Richard 3rd on horseback or the full range of The Muppets. For the first time, Grace Dieu Cricket Club (whose 150th anniversary is also this year) are taking part in building a scarecrow which will go on their pitch. They are promising to open their bar on the day and there will also be non-alcoholic refreshments, cakes etc. all day at the Methodist Chapel. We look forward to seeing as many people from the area as possible coming to the village to enjoy the festivities.'

Coalville Motorfest Saturday 29th June 2013

Coalville Town Team along with the district council and Snibston Discovery Park have come together and will be putting on Coalville Motorfest show on Saturday 29th June 2013. The whole idea of the event is to bring something to our town that will be enjoyed by the whole family, be talked about for weeks to come and finally, something we can grow in the years ahead!! Best of all....... All this will be put on for FREE!! The car show will be laid out around Coalville Town Centre and also Snibston Discovery Park with a FREE train ride linking the 2 elements together. The FREE train will be running regular shuttles all day. We have a mixture of manufacturers and local car clubs taking part. So far the list involved is;

Mercedes Benz - Ford Vauxhall - Lotus - Triumph Fleet Auction Group Police Service - Fire Service Subaru Owners Club - BMW Owners Club - VW Golf Owners Club Vipers Model Car Club The list isn't complete and we hope to add more over the next few days. On the day there will also be the Ford Rally Simulator, Ford Mobility Road Show, children's balloon modellers & face painters and much much more!! A raffle will be drawn on the day with the chance of winning a new car for a week!! There will also be many other fantastic prizes!! A school photo competition will be taking place on the day for the most eye catching snap. Not only with there be a school prize but also an individual prize one for the lucky winner!! So come along, get hands on and involved and lets really put Coalville on the motoring map!!

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Local Councillors keep up pressure on decent homes contractors. Greenhill Labour Councillors Ron Adams and Nick Clarke met with Council Officers and Councillor Roger Bayliss (Conservative portfolio holder for housing) recently. The meeting was arranged to help address some recent issues with contractors carrying out improvements to Council homes. It was agreed that it is vital that Council tenants in Greenhill and the rest of North West Leicestershire get the improvements to their homes done efficiently and to an excellent standard. Some problems with the standard of work and the customer service of the contractor were highlighted and reassurances were given by Council Officers that problems are being dealt with, and the vast majority of work has been done without issue. Councillor Adams said; “We are pleased that Council Officers have taken action to address the problems highlighted. The improvements to tenant’s homes is vital in order to bring homes up to the decent homes standard, and this work needs to be done to the highest standard with as little inconvenience to tenants as possible.” The decent homes work programme is now entering its second year and it is planned that the amount of homes to be improved will dramatically increase. Councillor Adams continued; “We will continue to closely monitor the situation as the programme of works is ramped up. Tenants should not be discouraged from allowing improvement works to be done, this is a great opportunity to see their homes improved.” Councillor Clarke added; “I would like to thank the Officers and Councillor Bayliss for meeting with us. It is important that we have cross party support and a consistent approach if tenants are to get the home improvements they deserve. I would encourage all tenants to contact their Resident Liaison Manager if they encounter any problems or their local Councillor if they are not satisfied with the response. I feel reassured that Officers are putting every effort in to rectify some initial problems.”

Prince's Trust 12 week personal development programme Unemployed young people aged between 16 and 21 started The Prince’s Trust Team programme at the Marlene Reid Centre, Belvoir Road, Coalville on Monday 20 May. They will take part in a challenging programme which begins with team-building activities, including a week at a residential activity centre, and includes team-work on real projects in the local community as well as individual work placements. Team aims to increase confidence, motivation and skills and as a result enable unemployed Team members to move into employment or education/training. It provides nationally recognised qualifications and other certificates for the skills development achieved. It will culminate in each Team presenting its achievements on Wednesday 7 August at 2.30 pm at Snibston Discovery Park where Team members will receive their certificates. The Prince’s Trust Team programme is run and managed locally by partner organisations, referred to as Delivery Partners. In Leicester and Leics it is Leicestershire Fire & Rescue Service. For further information, please contact Sally McNaughton on 07966 111207.

MRC Launches Community Exchange For anyone looking to increase their employability or simply wishing to share their skills and experience with others the brand new MRC Community Exchange could be the opportunity you were looking for! As the local agent for timebanking in Leicestershire MRC plans to aim the new initiative at the unemployed looking for new opportunities, those on a low income who need access to local services and employed individuals wishing to develop their own skills and knowledge. MRC Community Action, based at The Marlene Reid Centre in Coalville have maintained a first class reputation providing services to Coalville and the surrounding areas for more than thirty years. This new service will enable a network of local people to offer and receive a wide range of services on a reciprocal basis – whatever time you give you will get back! There will be a wide range of options available from learning new skills such as cooking or painting or simply brushing up on existing ones. Maybe you are looking for extra help with computers or want to find out more about web design, MRC Commex might be just what you are looking for. For those who enjoy being outside the new community gardening project could offer you the opportunity to share your skills, meet new people and enjoy being part of a team – it’s all about making the most of the communities skills and resources. Sarah Phoenix, Community Exchange Development Officer said “It’s exciting times at MRC Community Action, the Community Exchange provides local people a fantastic opportunity to either try something completely new or improve their existing skills” Sarah added “Those giving time to the exchange will receive time credits and these can then be used for whatever they like”. If you are interested in joining the Community Garden Team or want to find out more about MRC Commex call Sarah at The Marlene Reid Centre on 01530 510515 or email commex@mrc.uk.net. More information can also be found at www.mrc.uk.net.

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County’s Outdoor Pool Now Open One of the last remaining outdoor pools in the UK will open in North West Leicestershire this month and will include extended opening hours on a Tuesday evening. The pool, which is located at Hood Park Leisure Centre in Ashby will open on Saturday 25th May at 11am. Rafts and floats will be available in the pool from 11am and a poolside barbeque will open from 12 noon. Following customer requests, swimmers will also be able to enjoy an evening dip on Tuesday evenings during the school holidays from 6 – 8 pm. Councillor Alison Smith, North West Leicestershire District Council’s Deputy Leader and Portfolio Holder for Community Services said, “The outdoor pool is a highlight of the summer for many of our customers, and with our extended opening hours on a Tuesday during the school holidays, even more people can enjoy the benefits of swimming.” To celebrate the start of the outdoor pool season, all users will be able to gain admittance for just £1-00 on the opening day. Members of the Council’s Activ8 scheme can use their points to pay. The outdoor pool is also available for private hire parties. To view the swimming pool programme or for more information on party prices, please log on to www.nwleics.gov.uk/pages/swimming

New Chairman Takes Office Councillor Geraint Jones is the new Chairman of North West Leicestershire District Council after being elected at the Annual Council Meeting on Tuesday 21 May. The new Vice-Chairman of the Council is Councillor Graham Allman, member for the Ashby Holywell ward who will assist Councillor Jones during his term. Councillor Geraint Jones is a District Councillor for the Ashby Ivanhoe ward and has lived in the North West Leicestershire for over 42 years. He has been a District Councillor since 2007 and was a County Councillor between June 2009 and May 2013. Councillor Jones’ hobbies include country music and American presidential history. Following his election, the new Chairman of North West Leicestershire District Council, Councillor Geraint Jones, said: “It is a great honour and privilege to be appointed Chairman of North West Leicestershire District Council and I will endeavour to serve the people of the North West Leicestershire to the very best of my abilities during my time in office.” The Chairman also announced that during his year in office, he will be raising money for the Burton Breast Care Unit Scanner Appeal. If you would like the Chairman to attend an event you are organising, or visit a group or organisation you are part of, please get in touch. The Chairman is keen to meet as many community groups from around the area as possible. To contact the Chairman’s office, please call the Judith Peace, on 01530 454 723 or email judith.peace@nwleicestershire.gov.uk.

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MRC Appealing for Helping Hands with Time to Spare Enjoy working with and helping local people? Free time on your hands? If the answer to both these questions is yes then MRC Community Action in Coalville needs you! Volunteer Drivers are in desperate need to drive mini buses for shopping trips and social outings as well as car drivers taking those without access to transport to important health related appointments.

May’s meeting of Hugglescote and Coalville W.I. saw us welcome the new County chairman Anne Allison. Ann came to talk to us about the annual ‘W.I. Resolution’ this year the resolution is ‘The Decline of Our High Streets and Town Centres’

Helping hands are also needed for The Attic charity shop on Belvoir Road which directly supports local people by raising funds to supply services to the local community. Sorting donations and helping in the shop are amongst a few of the jobs which need doingif you have any free time! Being a volunteer offers lots of flexibility – anyone can volunteer as much or as little time as they want, work on a regular basis or be as flexible as they need to be; any time on any day of the week would be very much appreciated. A volunteer driver working with The Marlene Reid Centre explained “I love knowing I am helping someone and it makes me realise that I might need some help one day – each time I volunteer I go home thinking I did something good and that makes is really worthwhile. The people we help are so appreciative and would be lost without this service”. Bev Cowley, Sales & Marketing Officer at The Marlene Reid Centre said “The Marlene Reid Centre always has a wide range of volunteering opportunities available to suit everyone’s skills, if there are people out there with time to spare we could really do with their help. Bev added “We are desperately short of volunteer drivers at the moment and the Community Transport services we provide are as busy as ever”. If you would like to find out more about the volunteering opportunities available at The Marlene Reid Centre, call 01530 510515, alternatively email info@mrc.uk.net or pop into reception. More information is also available at www.mrc.uk.net

Coalville Twenty13 Coalville Rotary Club will again be in the Coalville Park, London Road for Coalville Twenty13. This event is organized by North West Leicestershire Council and will be held on Sunday 23 June start time 12 noon. We will have 2 major attractions to tempt you. Come and test your skills by kicking footballs as fast as possible against the measurement of a radar gun!! There will be separate categories for various age groups and a prize for the winner in each. We will again be using the tennis court for the contest - COME ALONG AND HAVE A GO. When you need to boost your energy levels afterwards, pop over to our tea and cake stall and refresh yourself. WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU.

We learnt that in 2012, more high street chains fell into insolvency than ever before. The net number of store closures in 2012 totalled 1779, a tenfold climb from 174 in 2011. The high street is often a community hub, and provides much more than merely a place to shop. Many older people and those without cars rely on the high street for their daily and weekly shop. When high street shops close, individuals are forced to travel to out of town shopping centres. The decrease in footfall leads to a vicious cycle of falling numbers of shoppers and shop closures. Most recently, a high profile review from retail expert Mary Portas looked at ways to reinvigorate high streets and generate investment. The retail industry as a whole is worth tens of billions of pounds; it generates direct and indirect employment opportunities, and attracts investment. Shopping on the high street and in town centres directs this investment in a beneficial way for the local community that high streets serve. After a short but lively debate the group unanimously voted to support the W.I. resolution to call on decision-makers to work collectively, at all levels, to help bring an end to the decline of our high streets and to ensure that high streets flourish and provide a focal point for local communities. This result will be taken by our representative to the AGM to be held in Cardiff on Saturday 1st June. Our next meeting is on Tuesday 18th June at the Methodist Church Hall on Station Hill in Hugglescote. The meeting starts at 7.30 and there will be a talk and display on Fair Trade Goods. Visitors are always welcome.

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Supporting the community to save lives Thousands of pounds have been invested by East Midlands Ambulance Service to purchase and install life-saving machines in the community to help save lives. In Coalville, North West Leicestershire District Council has agreed to have an Automated External Defibrillator (AEDs) available on their premises, making it accessible to local people. AEDs are used when someone has gone into cardiac arrest i.e. when the heart stops pumping blood around the body. The defibrillator gives the heart an electric shock to allow effective cardiac rhythm to be reestablished. The best conditions for defibrillation are present for only one to two minutes of someone going into cardiac arrest, with success rates decreasing from then at up to 20% per minute of delay.

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“We’re delighted that North West Leicestershire District Council, along with other organisations across the East Midlands, has agreed to be part of our new programme by allowing us to install the defibrillators at their properties.

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“The defibrillators are stored in bright yellow cabinets which clearly state that the emergency equipment is available there. They are registered with our Emergency Operations Centre so when we receive a 999 call reporting a cardiac arrest we can tell the caller where the defibrillator is located. The life-saving machines can be used by anyone who witnesses an arrest as the machine gives clear instructions on what to do.” Councillor Alison Smith, North West Leicestershire District Council’s Deputy Leader and Portfolio Holder for Community Services said “We are delighted that East Midlands Ambulance Service has chosen to install this vital piece of life-saving equipment at the Council offices. This now means that vital, emergency treatment can be administered straight away if needed which will save more lives.” EMAS is investing £120,000 and installing 127 defibrillators in strategic places across the East Midlands. AEDs are most useful in rural communities with poor road networks or areas with traffic congestion, and places where large crowds gather such as sporting venues. The service is also planning to increase the number of Community First Responder (CFR) groups by ten per cent every year for the next three years. CFRs are trained by EMAS and sent to 999 calls at the same time as our ambulances and as they are based in their communities they can begin essential treatment such as CPR until EMAS’ clinicians arrive (see http://www.emas.nhs.uk/get-involved/cfr/ for details). In addition to the AED investment, EMAS is providing free Emergency Life Saving Skills courses to its local community, enabling people to know what to do in an emergency such as cardiac arrest, choking and severe bleeding. Information on future dates and venues including Leicestershire and details on how to book a place can be found on the EMAS website at http://www.emas.nhs.uk/get-involved/upcoming-events/

Coalville Rotary Club - Kids Day Out On Wednesday 12th June, approximately 130 children from Forest Way School in Coalville, will enjoy KIDS DAY OUT, a day at Drayton Manor Park along with 4,500 other children from Special schools around the Midlands. The event for the school is organised by Tony Norwell, a long standing Coalville Rotarian & Governor at the school. He has organised this event for quite a few years now. Lunch will be provided for the children & helpers by the Rotary Clubs of Ashby.

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Coalville & District Relief in Sickness Fund.

North West Leicestershire District Council’s new Cabinet Members were announced at the authority’s Annual Council meeting on 21 May 2013. The full list of Portfolio Holders within the Cabinet is below:-

The fund came about as a result of fund raising made in the Coalville area between the two world wars. The aim of the fund raising was to build a hospital in Coalville. This of course never came about immediately and the fund was forgotten about for many years. Interest in the fund surfaced about 30 years ago and the Charity Commission declared that the fund must remain intact and the income from it used to help residents of Coalville who were facing financial problems brought about through sickness. I must stress that our ability to assist is limited to finance the purchase of special equipment or sundries related to their illness and not for the payment of household bills or debts. It was further stipulated that the recipients must live in the old Coalville Urban District, where the money was raised, and not the new North West Leicestershire district.

Leader of the Council: Councillor Richard Blunt Deputy Leader and Portfolio Holder for Community Services: Councillor Alison Smith Portfolio Holder for Corporate Services: Councillor Nicholas Rushton Portfolio Holder for Housing: Councillor Roger Bayliss Portfolio Holder for Regeneration and Planning: Councillor Trevor Pendleton Portfolio Holder for Business: Councillor Tony Gillard Councillor Richard Blunt, Leader of North West Leicestershire District Council, said: “In recognition of the importance of the business community, which has been one of the Council’s priorities over the past three years, I am delighted to have Councillor Tony Gillard join my Cabinet as Portfolio Holder for Business. His experience and new ideas will stand this authority in good stead as we continue to deliver the best we can to the residents of North West Leicestershire”. Councillor Tony Gillard has represented the Whitwick ward since May 2007. Councillor Tony Gillard, Portfolio Holder for Business said: “I will be responsible for engaging with local businesses with an emphasis on bringing investment into the District and I look forward to the challenges and the opportunities that will come with this appointment”. For more information about your local Councillors visit www.nwleics.gov.uk

Ibstock Community College Kayaking, gorge walking and mountain climbing were just some of the challenges facing Year 9 students from Ibstock Community College on a five-day visit to Aberglaslyn Hall in Wales. Forty students made the journey, where they walked for miles through scenic Welsh countryside, cooked their own meals over a camp fire and even slept in a forest shelter. Student Sam Wheeler said: "I found Aberglaslyn a fantastic experience. I really hope that students in future years get the chance to visit this beautiful area of Snowdonia, the hall itself, and to take part in some brilliant activities. It is an experience I would gladly repeat."

The amount of income is quite small and we are not allowed to make donations to national charities, for example Cancer Relief. Normally we do not fund the whole amount that the claimant needs, we usually ask for a donation from the individual or other charities who contribute to the total cost. Unfortunatley we do not reach the people who could benefit from our fund through word of mouth alone. In the past we have contacted local doctors surgeries to advise them of our fund but contacts get lost as people change career paths. We are aware that publicity may backfire! we could end up receiving more requests than we can support and that some requests will fall outside of our remit. Many thanks and kind regards Stuart Johnson, Chairman, Coalville & District Relief in Sickness Fund.

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North West Leicestershire District Council Presents

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