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The National Space Centre Comes To Coalville Library! Want to do something different with the kids this Easter holiday? Then why not join us on Monday 26th March, 10.30-11.30am when The National Space Centre will be running a ‘Build a Rocket’ workshop at Coalville Library. This exciting event is open to 5-11 year olds at a cost of £2.50 per ticket. Each child will be given the chance to design, make and launch their very own rocket which they will then be able to take home with them. Pre-booking is essential for this event and we anticipate that tickets will sell out fast. Make sure you book your place soon before it’s too late! Don’t miss out on future events happening in Coalville library. Keep up to date and check out the following:


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Leicestershire A Heritage At Risk A 1970 CPRE Film And Talk By Tony Stott Monday 19th March 2018 Woodhouse Eaves Village Hall at 7.30pm. In 1970 the CPRE (Council for the Preservation of Rural England) produced a film highlighting the concerns for the countryside, loss of hedgerows, new houses, loss of village identities, new roads etc. Most of the issues raised, some 48 years ago, are almost the same today. The delightful aspect of this film is that it brings back memories of a quieter pace of life in rural Leicestershire and Charnwood Forest, but do the pubs look the same. After the film Tony Stott, acting Chair CPRE East Midlands, will look at the issues today and the impact of the current

Thousands Of Fabulous Plants Coming To A Garden Near You! Plant Hunters' Fair at Donington Le Heath Manor House, Manor Road, Donington Le Heath, Coalville, Leicestershire, LE67 2FW Saturday 5th May 2018 10am - 4pm 01530 831259 Entry to Gardens & Plant Fair only £1.00 (Fund Raising Event for the Manor) Plant Hunters’ Fairs will be returning to Donington Le Heath 1620’s House and Garden on the Saturday of the Early May Bank Holiday (5th May) with their Spring plant fair. Now in its fourth year the plant fair has quickly gained a reputation as the place to come to find all that is best in garden plants with nurseries coming from near and far and a line-up carefully planned to give the best range and diversity of plants possible. This year 18 nurseries from 13 different counties are booked to attend offering an unrivalled choice of plants. The plants are lovingly grown by these small specialist nurseries and these enthusiastic plants people are on hand to give honest, straightforward advice on choosing and growing the right plants for your garden. At this time of year, the nurseries will come laden with flowering bulbs and shrubs to provide instant colour, but also lots of later flowering plants to get planted now for colour into the summer and beyond. Now’s the time to think ahead and plan that dream border for your garden. Entry to the plant fair and gardens is just £1.00 with the entrance fee going directly for the benefit of the house and garden. The Old Barn Tea Room will be open and serving refreshments. Entry to the Manor House is optional at normal rates. The plant fair runs from 10am-4pm on Saturday 5th May. For full details of nurseries attending please see

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Monday 23rd April 2018. “A Soldier’s Journey; from Headley Court to Stanford Hall” will be a talk by Luke Wigman of his own experiences of success over adversity. Luke is an ex paratrooper and an ambassador for the Defence National Rehabilitation Centre (DNRC) which is due to open at Stanford inspirational speaker, has been in great demand all over the UK and overseas and we are fortunate that he can come and talk to us on the eve of the opening of Stanford Hall. Woodhouse Eaves Village Hall 7.30pm. For further information contact Dick Howard or look at our website - Visitors welcome £3 on the door.

Unbelievably kitten season is already well underway. We have been very busy recently with our fundraising but as we all know, money doesn’t last long when the bills start coming in. At the moment our major ongoing item of expense is kitten food (sachets) and kitten biscuits. As at today we have lots of young kittens and some young (and older) cats – girls and boys – all beautiful and all with fabulous characters. Then the springtime kittens will probably start coming in! They will all grow up fast, and are already making demands on our feed-room stores. If you are able to donate some sachets of kitten (and cat) food, or donate money for us to purchase food – we would be hugely grateful. We are also very pleased to receive your gifts of towels and cotton sheets and bags of cat litter (wood-based). We recycle fabrics at Redgate, and when towels and sheets can no longer be used for bedding they are cut up and used as cleaning cloths.

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Kats Antiques Vintage & Collectables A local family run centre, with over 40 years experience. The centre opened in 2015 after many years standing at and running antique fairs. Kats Antiques pride themselves on customer service and have many customers as friends. They pay the highest prices in the area for gold and silver including scrap and all coins and medals. Also they buy antiques, vintage items and collectables and give free valuations and home visits. Maire is now the area stockist for the “Frenchic” furniture paint range, please look on the Kats Antiques Vintage and Collectables page on Facebook for more details or pop into the shop. They have appeared on Celebrity Antiques Road Trip with Jimmy Osmond and Tony Christe with experts Margie Cooper and Kathryn Southern which was a fantastic day and were all very nice.

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Heritage Groups Welcomes Listing Of Historic Snibston Colliery Buildings The Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, the Rt. Hon. Matt Hancock MP, on advice from Historic England, has listed three buildings at the historic Snibston Colliery site. The buildings were listed this month and include the office block, lamp room, control room and medical centre which are located in the building on Ashby Road and opened by Lord Robens, Chairman of the National Coal Board, in November 1967; the 1830s/40s locomotive shed and the 1960s powder magazine where explosives were issued to the shot-firers. They are all listed Grade II which means that permission has to be granted by Historic England for any demolition or alterations to the inside or outside of the buildings. The buildings are now protected alongside the pit top buildings and headstocks that were designated Scheduled Ancient Monuments in 1999 and which puts the colliery on par with other ancient monuments around the county, such as Stonehenge. Historic England’s reason for the listing is “the buildings form one of the best and most complete surviving examples of a mining complex dating from the British coal industry’s period of peak production”, which was during the 1960s and 1970s. Stuart Warburton, Chairman of the Snibston and Coalville Preservation Group, hopes that Snibston Colliery has now turned the corner after three years of uncertainty. He said “the whole of Coalville and the museum world was devastated when the museum was demolished and subsequently new housing has begun to encroach on the historic coalmine site but with this news I feel the importance of the Snibston Colliery has been fully realised”. He continued “We understand that the County Council, who own the site, have difficult financial decisions to make and that they have a commitment to open up the site for the public, subject to a recent planning application, which the Snibston and Coalville Preservation Group support in principle, but we would like to see the whole site accessible by the public; the pit tops, control room, lamp room, medical centre and powder magazine. This doesn’t have to be staffed by the County Council but by volunteers working in partnership with the County Council. There are still retired miners in the community who would welcome giving guided tours to school groups and visitors as they did when the museum was open. There is added importance as these ex-miners are getting older and there is a need to train non-miners in the mining history so the story can continue into the future”. Steve Duckworth Chairman of the Coalville Heritage Society agreed with these views and added that “Coalville needs a heritage centre that can tell the story not just of the mines but the whole of the town and the surrounding villages and the historic mine buildings at Snibston would be an ideal location for this. The Coalville Heritage Society has a collection of over 2,500 photographs and documents and working with the County Council we could help to develop a heritage centre that would bring together the museum collections and our collections for the benefit of local residents and visitors to the area. The centre will also give a focal point for the heritage of Coalville like other successful centres around the country”. He continued “we also understand the pressures on the County Council but by working in partnership the local societies and retired miners’ the centre could be staffed by volunteers who would share their wealth of knowledge and enthusiasm with everyone”. Local heritage groups hope that an outcome of the recent planning application and Historic England’s listing, and earlier scheduling, that a Snibston local community partnership group can be established with local residents, heritage groups, retried miners’ groups and the County Council to create a unified and engaged approach to the future of historic and iconic Snibston Colliery site. For further information regarding Historic England’s recent listing go to and enter the following list entry numbers; 1434410 (Offices, Lamp Room and Medical Centre), 1434407 (Locomotive Shed), 1434408 (Powder Magazine) and 1018472 (Snibston Colliery Ancient Scheduled Monument status). For further information about the Coalville Heritage Society go to

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Council Tax Fraudster Didn’t Reveal Relationship With ‘Ex-Husband’ A 39-year-old woman will complete 100 hours of unpaid work after pleading guilty to stealing more than £2,000 of tax payers’ money. Louanne Tranter, of Hall Lane, Whitwick, appeared at Leicester Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday 7 February after North West Leicestershire District Council (NWLDC) alleged she had claimed £2,205.38 in benefits that were not owed to her. Tranter confessed that since 1 April 2013 she had been claiming benefits based on being a single person, when in fact her ‘exhusband’ was still living with her. In her defence, Tranter stated the original claim had been genuine and that her relationship with the man had been on/off. However, magistrates concluded that the fraud involved significant planning and that there were aggravating features in the case. Tranter was handed 100 hours of unpaid work, and ordered to pay £700 costs and an £85 victim surcharge. NWLDC will also reclaim the £2,205 of benefits that were claimed illegally. Councillor Nick Rushton, Corporate Portfolio Holder at NWLDC, said: “This case sends out a clear message that it is not acceptable to simply keep claiming tax payers’ money when your circumstances change. The district council will fight in court when necessary to expose cases of fraud and reclaim money that can now be redirected to where there is a real need for it. If residents in the district are unsure about the benefits they claim or when they should notify the council of changes in circumstance, visit www.nwleics. or call us on 01530 454551.” A change in circumstance can also be reported online by visiting circumstances

NWLDC Freezes Council Tax For Ninth Year & Creates Self-Sufficiency Fund North West Leicestershire District Council (NWLDC) has frozen council tax for the ninth year running. At its full council meeting on Tuesday 27 February 2018 councillors also approved the creation of a new self-sufficiency fund using £2.76 million from current reserves. This fund will be used over the next five years to establish ways of generating income and improve the way the council works in the face of government funding changes and future financial challenges. Central Government is yet to confirm how funding will be provided to local authorities over the coming years, but is it likely that NWLDC will see a reduction in the amount it receives from its share of business rates and the New Homes Bonus. The self-sufficiency fund will allow the council to prepare for reduced budgets. Any future budget surpluses will be paid into this fund. The agreed budget allows NWLDC to continue its record of freezing its part of the council tax bill whilst investing in a range of capital projects, including: Building a new leisure centre for the district The council has begun the process of finding an external provider to design, build, operate and maintain a new leisure centre in Coalville, and run and invest in Hood Park Leisure Centre in Ashby. The new centre will cost around £20 million, with the council funding around two thirds of this from its reserves and the remainder from external borrowing. A redesign of Marlborough Square in Coalville This £1.1 million project will see the square transformed into a pedestrian-friendly space, with fewer vehicles and more events. The redesign has been done in consultation with businesses and users of the square, and is set to be complete by winter 2018. Repair work to the Memorial Tower in Coalville The council is currently bidding for external funding to carry out necessary repairs to the Memorial Tower in Coalville. The council has set aside £120,000 for this work in case the bids are not successful or the amounts awarded do not cover the full work needed. Building new council homes in Coalville and Ashby NWLDC started building its first new council homes for three decades in 2017. The 24 houses and bungalows being built on Linford Crescent and Verdon Crescent in Coalville and on the Willesley Estate in Ashby, plus 12 additional homes planned on the former Cocked Hat pub site in Coalville and other sites under negotiation, sees an investment of £7.8 million over three years ending in 2019/20. Continued maintenance and improvement of council tenants’ homes The council’s Decent Homes Programme brought all tenant homes up to the Government’s ‘decent’ standard in 2015. The ongoing Home Improvement Programme keeps homes at this national quality standard, with £2.8 million being invested in 2018/19. Councillor Nick Rushton, Corporate Portfolio Holder for NWLDC, said: “We have been in a strong financial position over the past years. Whilst other councils have had to make significant cuts, our hard work on securing business rates, planning fees and New Homes Bonus has meant we have had healthy budgets, whilst maintaining our freeze on council tax. We know that future changes to Government funding of local authorities have the potential to reduce our income, so we’re planning now and getting new income streams in place so that we can maintain this good position. This will secure good quality services for local people into the future.” For more information on the NWLDC budget, visit

Compost Safari At Coalville Library Go on a Compost Safari searching for worms and small creatures that live in your compost bin turning plant and food waste into compost. This event is for children 4-11 years and costs £1 per child. Spaces must be pre-booked. Children and grown-ups may also take photos of the creatures using their smart phone using one of our phone microscope attachments. Friday 6th April, 10.30 am– 11.30am. Coalville Library. For more information or to book your space, ring the library on: 0116 305 3565 or email:

LRWT North West Group We are a friendly local group which meets monthly for talks, visits, conservation work and social events. All talks are at the social centre of Ashby Methodist Chapel, Burton Road, Ashby and begin at 7:30, admission £3.00 each. For more information about the group please ring: David Maltby on 01530 222934 Margaret Mabey on 01530 412410 Our work parties are on Fridays from September to April and take place at a variety of local reserves. Please ring David Maltby for further details. April 20th Jools Partridge Wildlife Officer Leics County Council describes how wildlife affects his work on the bridges and structures of the built environment. May 6th Ben Devine leads a butterfly foray at Donisthorpe Woodland Park, Church Street,Donisthorpe, DE12 7PX grid ref SK 317142. Help to survey the local population of the dingy skipper. Meet 2.00pm at main car park. May 13th Cloud Wood in spring. See, listen and smell the delights of spring in this wonderful woodland. Meet at 9-.0 am in the layby at grid ref 417214 on the Griffydam-Tonge road.



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Coalville Rugby Club

01530 812090 Memorial Ground, Hall Lane, Coalville, LE67 5PF ---------------------------------------------------

Coalville Town Hockey Club

Matt Howells - 07980449524 King Edward VII Science & Sports College, Warren Hills Road, Coalville, LE67 4UW ---------------------------------------------------

Coalville Town Football Club

Owen Street Sports Ground Owen Street, Coalville, LE67 3DA ---------------------------------------------------

Coalville Heritage Society 01530 833521

c/o The Secretary, Grace Villas, 48 James Street, Coalville, LE67 3BW ---------------------------------------------------

‘Old 'N' Bold Club’

01530 814718 Classic - Vintage Car and motorcycle meeting every Friday morning 10am till 2pm aimed at retired people and shift workers. The Victoria Bikers Pub, Whitwick Road, Coalville, LE67 3FA ---------------------------------------------------

Whitwick & District U3A

Richard Collier - 01530 249377 (Membership Secretary)

For postal address details or email, please visit our website. ---------------------------------------------------

1188 (Coalville) Squadron

We meet at the headquarters on Forest Road in Coalville on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 7.15pm until 9.30pm. ---------------------------------------------------

Coalville Army Cadets

ACF Hut, Waterworks Road, Coalville, LE67 4HZ Meet Wednesdays at 19:00 - 21:30 ---------------------------------------------------

Hermitage Harriers RC

01530 811215 We meet at the Leisure Centre at 6.45pm for a 7pm run on both Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Hermitage Leisure Centre, Silver Street, Whitwick, Coalville, LE67 5EU ---------------------------------------------------

The Rotary Club Of Coalville David Beaumont (Membership)

We meet at 7pm on Mondays. Please check to make sure a meeting is taking place, as sometimes we are visiting elsewhere. The Hermitage Park Hotel, Whitwick Road, Coalville, LE67 3FA ---------------------------------------------------

The Inner Wheel Club Of Coalville Janice

We meet on the third Tuesday of the month (except July and August) at 7:00pm at Hermitage Hotel. ---------------------------------------------------

Coalville Gymnastics Club 01530 811001

Unit 8 Snibston Drive. Off Ravenstone Road, Coalville, LE67 3NQ ---------------------------------------------------

Coalville Ramblers

Robert - 07510 512446

where our programme of walks is available to view. You can also join online by following the link. ---------------------------------------------------

Whitwick Methodist Church Drop In Cafe

Deacon Barbara Crockett 07881 408488 We meet every 2nd and 4th Monday of every month for refreshments and a chat, from 10.00 until 12.00 at the Whitwick Methodist Church, The Market Place, Whitwick (bottom end of Hall Lane). Everyone will be made especially welcome for coffee or tea, with home made cakes and good company. ---------------------------------------------------

Alternative Book Club Coalville Helena Lomax

We meet on the first Tuesday of the month at 7.30pm at The Hermitage Hotel Coalville. Membership is free! Books are chosen by members plus we have a couple of months where we all read and review a book of our choice. We also have a very popular book swap/share at the end of each meeting. We also have a Facebook page. ---------------------------------------------------

Coalville Male Voice Choir

Coalville Male Voice Choir will be pleased to welcome singers any Thursday evenings 7.00pm at Hall Lane, Methodist Church our practice venue. ---------------------------------------------------

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We meet every other Monday at 7.30pm at the Marlene Reid Centre, Coalville. All levels are welcome, please visit our website for more details and for the programme of meetings. ---------------------------------------------------

Whitwick Retired People Fellowship

Secretary - Mrs B King 01530 835981 We meet at Whitwick Methodist Church, Hall Lane, Whitwick, every Tuesday 1:30 to 4pm. It is an independent group which meets for social interaction, tea and biscuits, cost £1, first visit free. Outings, which are often subsidised, are arranged at intervals throughout the year and a Christmas lunch is held for the members in December. A mini bus can be organised for attendance with the Marlene Reid Centre, if required, this needs to be booked direct with Marlene Reid the previous day. ---------------------------------------------------

North West Leicestershire Model Engineers

07922692076 We are a model engineering club and run steam trains on our track at hermitage recreation ground. You do not have to own a loco to join as the club have there own engines which members can use. We steam on 3rd Sunday and also on other days why not come and join us. -----------------------------------------------

Whitwick Netball Club

We are a friendly bunch of ladies of varying ages and fitness who meet for training on Wednesday evenings 6.30pm-8.00pm at Castle Rock High School Sports Hall. For further details please contact Abby Chambers via our Facebook page, search for Whitwick Netball Club or pop along. -----------------------------------------------

Broom Leys Choral Society

Musical Theatre School (MTS)

We meet at Newbridge High School, Coalville, LE67 3SJ. A family friendly club and would welcome new players and sponsors. Training 7-8 every Wednesday at Newbridge and play on a Sunday morning in Hinckley & District football league. -----------------------------------------------

Elspeth Myles - 07788235573

Meet on Tuesday evenings from 7pm to 9pm in Whitwick Methodist Church, Hall Lane. We are a mixed choir and would welcome new members especially tenors and basses. ----------------------------------------------07969688215

Singing, Dancing and Drama every Tuesday at Marlborough Square Church for ages 4 years up to adults. Timetable can be found on the website and contact Steph for further information. -----------------------------------------------

Christ Church

London Road, Coalville. Every Thursday morning the church will be open from 9:30 to 12. Tea/coffee, a snack and chat will be available in the meeting room. Please join us, bring a friend. We look forward to seeing you. -----------------------------------------------

Hugglescote & Donington-leHeath Heritage Society

We meet on the 2nd Thursday of the month, 7:30pm-9:00pm at Hugglescote Community Centre, Grange Road, Hugglescote, LE67 2BR We are actively seeking new members to help run our programme of events, and record the history of the villages. -----------------------------------------------

Scotlands Bowling Club

Sue - 01530 810026 Steve on 01530 224128 We are a small friendly club we would welcome new players or anyone wishing to have a try at playing bowls. Our new season will begin at the end of April at Scotlands playing fields Forest Road. Our club nights are Tuesdays and Fridays 5-7pm. -----------------------------------------------

Coalville OAP & Friends Fishing Club

Mr Bancroft - 01530 832740 We meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout the season. -----------------------------------------------

Bardon Hill Juniors Football Club 07983134033

Bardon Road, Coalville. Opposite The Shell Garage. Kids train every Saturday, either at Bardon Road or at Newbridge on the Astro turf. Give us a call or visit our Facebook page to get in touch. -----------------------------------------------

Broom Leys Chinese Wand & Tai Chi Club

Les & Sue - 01530 836941 We meet on Wednesdays 7pm to 9pm at Broom Leys School. All ages and abilities over 16 welcome. We meet through school holidays where possible. Give Les or Sue a call. Exercises and movements are adaptable for individual limitations. -----------------------------------------------

The Coalville Adult School Drama Group

07772 224 552 We meet at Bridge Road, Coalville, LE67 3PW -----------------------------------------------

Coalville Miners Football Club

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Marlborough Square Methodist Church

Every Thursday morning 11am12noon we run a seated aerobics class led by Danny from Hermitage Leisure Centre. The class is open to anyone who is looking for exercise to increase their strength, stability and flexibility for everyday living. It is fun and friendly. Cost is £3.50. Access from the back of the building on Owen Street. -----------------------------------------------

Table Tennis

Sue - 01530-587919 Local club invites new members, 50 years plus, for Monday session 2.00pm till 4.00pm at Swannington Village Hall commencing May. Cost £2.00 per session. -----------------------------------------------

Ashby & Coalville Lions Club

Lynda - 07735 407 637 We are group of men and women who meet at the Royal Hotel, Ashby on the 2nd Monday of the month at 7.30pm. There is also a social meeting towards the end of every month, when we meet together as friends. We raise funds through various events, and support a variety of charitable causes. Our biggest annual event takes place on a Monday morning in September, when we invite about 600 children from Special Schools to the Ashby Statutes Fair. If you are interested in helping your community, why not get in touch or come along to find out what we get up to? -----------------------------------------------

Coalville Swimming Club We are one of Leicestershire and Rutland's leading competitive swimming clubs. We are based in North West Leicestershire and currently train at five venues across the region. The club is aimed at swimmers from 7 years and above, if you would like to come along for a trial please contact us via our website. -----------------------------------------------

Coleorton and New Lount Volunteer Group

John Macdonald - Chairman 01530 223456 - 077670294818 The group has been going for over seven years now and it focuses its efforts on carrying out conservation work at both Coleorton Wood and New Lount Nature Reserve We meet 4 times a month, with two sessions on Tuesdays and two sessions on Saturdays. We meet at 10.00am in the car park and the sessions usually last until around 2.00pm. On a Tuesday we ask each volunteer to bring their own refreshments, but on Saturdays the group supplies both food and hot drinks. ----------------------------------------------Bardon Hill Sports Club Answer Service - 01530-815569 We are a family friendly venue. BT Sports available. Available to Hire just call the above number and leave a message. Ideal location, great facilities, ample parking. Perfect for birthdays, celebrations & childrens parties.



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Many of the culinary herbs we use come from warmer climes so they need some loving care if they are going to survive and thrive in our cooler and wetter environment. Most like a sunny spot with free draining soil. I added some horticultural grit to my clay-loam soil when I first prepared the patch to help rain water drain through and avoid root rot. Growing in terracotta pots can also be very

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Coleorton And New Lount Volunteer Group Review Of 2017

Coalville’s ‘Revolting Children’ One of Coalville’s most prestigious dance school’s, Gracedieu Academy of Dance put on their annual show last month, ‘Revolting Children’ was commented as ‘the best show yet’. Children of all ages, from every part of Coalville and further came together to put on this breathtaking performance. With a mixture of dance and theater there was plenty of talent to see on the stage. From kids flying in the air doing flips and jumps to emotional and gripping performances captivating you and making you smile Musicals from Matilda, Little Shop of Horrors and Blood Brothers were just some of the many musicals the children performed to. Also songs by Cyndi Lauper, Millie Small and Little Mix were used, so there was something for everyone.

Miss Alison choreographed all of the amazing dances from the performances along with her crew, who helped put the whole show together. There was a great reception in the audience who cheered and clapped along with the dances. Awards were given out at the end of each night to recognize one student who put on the best show. Although overall, each pupil at the academy put in 100% effort including the tiny tap and ballet pre school dancers who weren’t afraid to get on stage and enjoy themselves. All of the pupils stood out to the audience, one member of the audience said: "All [of] these kids could be on the West End", many agreed and are looking forward to watching their next show. These children’s reputation is definitely not revolting, but a talented bunch who make Coalville proud. By Chloe Thompson Harvey

Thringstone WI News Thringstone WI invite you to join us for two events in April: Life In The Swinging Sixties Our speaker for the evening is Felicity Austin who will take us on a nostalgic tour down memory lane to recall the rapid changes that affected all our lives during the 1960's. Fashions in clothes and hairstyles changed to reflect the new freedom, thanks to designers like Mary Quant. The local dance hall become a disco as we embraced Beatlemania and television kept us up to date every week with the latest music via Top of The Pops. The meeting will be held at the Thringstone Methodist Hall at 7.30pm on Tuesday 17th April, and new vistors will be very welcome to share the evenings entertainment. Entry is £5.00 which covers a raffle ticket and refreshments. S.O.S Fashions Show With the Spring and forthcoming summer holidays in mind, this event offers the opportunity to buy good quality ladies clothes at heavily discounted prices. Models will show a range of both leisure wear and more formal attire to suit all ages. The show will be held at the Miners Welfare Football Club, Homestead Road, Thringstone on Friday 20th April, at 7.30pm. Everybody welcome. Entry £5.00. For further information regarding these events, or you wish to become a WI member, please email us at

This is now the 7th year the group has been in existence and we have made fantastic progress over that period of time. 2017 has been a really great year when, with the help from other organisations, we have been able to achieve the greatest ever number of volunteer hours. We have been ably assisted by the Rangers; Dave has been making good progress with his time management, and we are grateful for all the help the rangers contribute to the group. Coleorton Parish Council has also been very supportive of the group and the work we have been carrying out at Coleorton Wood. So let us look at what has been achieved across the two sites in 2017.

New Lount Nature Reserve

Most of our habitat management at New Lount has focused on the thinning of the woodland areas around the top of the pit bank and we have almost completed this enormous task. We have created a large number of windrows, had numerable fires, with the assistance of “Mick the Flame”, and created many stacks of cut timber. We have also been very active with the strimmers and brushcutters clearing both the open grassland areas as well as the edges to pathways throughout the site. This work is now showing benefits with a much greater number of plant species in the open grassland areas, particularly the growth of orchids. We have again spent time during the summer removing Ragwort from the open grassland areas at the top of the pit bank. This work is proving successful with a much decreased quantity each year. Another big event in 2017 has been the installation of the sand martin wall, which has been manufactured by the Wednesday workshop group. Unfortunately we were unable to get this fully installed until May which means the sand martins had already found accommodation for this year’s season. This project has created a lot of interest from other local organizations, who are looking at installing their own sand martin banks. We have our fingers crossed that the wall will attract sand martins in 2018. The other large project in 2017 was the installation of the New Lount Colliery Heritage Trail with Newbold Heritage Group. The volunteer group has spent time clearing the old colliery features that are included in the trail, and has also carried out the on-site installation of the seven interpretation boards. The Colliery Heritage Trail was opened in May with large numbers attending, together with most of the local dignitaries. This trail has created additional interest in the site and we anticipate an increase in the number of visitors.




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Dr Terri Eynon

T: 01530 832622 E: Doing Less With More Both of your Councils, at North

West Leicestershire and at County, set their budgets last month.

Central government support has

shrivelled away. You will be paying 5.99% more for County Council

services. Your Councils have been told to become more “businesslike”, “customer-focused” and “self-sufficient”. Sounds good doesn’t it? But what does it actually mean?


public assets to make up the

shortfall. Councils cannot spend money designated as “capital”

on day-to-day expenses known as “revenue”. What they can

do instead is invest this money prudently so that it brings in

an income. So, what are your Councils doing?

The County Council is building up a £200 million capital asset investment fund. It is buying

properties in Lichfield and empty

Private businesses need to cherish

office blocks in Nottingham.

sweet. If we do not get a good

are still waiting for for purpose-

free to go to another. The term

so that frail elderly people do not

their customers and keep them

Meanwhile people in Leicestershire

deal from one supplier, we are

built residential and care facilities

“customer”, when used about

have to end their days in badly

local government, can give a false impression. Can I choose not to

use Council services? Can I take my business elsewhere? If I am unhappy with the service can I refuse to pay? It is possible to

avoid using some Council services, such as museums and libraries.

Without a personal helicopter, it is difficult to avoid using public footpaths and public roads.

converted Victorian buildings.

North West Leicestershire District Council has made money from

waiting on the housing list for

somewhere suitable to live. With

£29 million in reserves, the District

Council is saving up for a rainy day


a nodding acquaintance with our

servants to invest money in

rather not find out that, due to our

in our town centre. Instead the

“public service”. We may only have

You might want your public

elderly neighbour, but we would

solving the parking problems

neglect, she had died alone of

business-like and customer-

the good of all. Most of your

County Council spending goes to maintain public services for the

poor, the frail and the vulnerable. As your elected Councillor, it is

my job to monitor the work of the public servants that you employ through your council tax. How

have your Councils responded to

demands to become more like the

focused County Council is hoping to raise £600,000 from charging you to park on street.

With County Highways laying down the yellow lines, and the District

Council handing out the parking

tickets and the Police responsible for dealing with obstruction,

residents all too often find their

parking problem passed from pillar

private sector?

to post. Surely it is about time we


Leicestershire and a genuinely

had a single unitary authority for

As income from central

representative Town Council so that

Councils are not allowed to sell

stand up for Coalville.

government falls away, your

Coleorton Wood

reserve. There are 800 people

not always help us to understand

we choose to work together for

The feedback which we are receiving from visitors to the site is all very positive – “you are doing a wonderful job”, “the whole site is much improved”, etc. This feedback makes doing the work that much more rewarding.

million sat in its capital receipts

in an “self-sufficiency” fund.

hypothermia. In a civilised society,

We have also worked with two local organisations throughout the year, namely staff from Loughborough University early on in the year, and staff from Ashfield Healthcare, Ashby in November. This is part of encouraging local businesses to get involved with the group as part of their Community Volunteering Schemes.

selling council houses. It has £5.2

The term “customer” is a perfect fit for private business. It does

Throughout the year the group has been carrying out a great deal of site maintenance work. This has included repairing broken fences; maintaining the two picnic areas and clearing pathways of fallen trees and other obstructions. We are part way through covering the top boardwalk with wire mesh to improve the situation of slippery boards when it is wet. We will be looking at the large boardwalk to improve the situation there as well.

people from this community can

The Group has been working to the work schedule as required by the management plan, which has included the coppicing and clearing of the shrub areas that surround each of the planted areas of woodland. We have completed both of the areas required over the two calendar years. During the year the group purchased a Stihl Clearing Saw, which attaches to the Stihl strimmer, and has significantly speeded up the clearing of some of the smaller shrubs in these areas. We have had to spend a lot of time throughout the year clearing and making safe fallen trees and trees that have become “hung-up”. Storm “Doris” subsequently created a large number of fallen trees, mainly in the Post Office Field, and there were other “casualties” throughout the year. This work requires skills and a very cautious approach and the group has now become very skilled in making these trees safe.



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County Councillor

Michael Wyatt

We have also spent time strimming the path edges, which we do on a rotational programme; leaving some areas to develop seeds before they are strimmed. We have also had to survey the site on a number of times to clear the paths of vegetation which was obstructing access around the site.

Former Cocked Hat Site News

The pond has required quite a lot of attention over the year with a number of changes to the inflow & outflow in an effort to retain a reasonable level in the pond over the summer period; unfortunately we did not achieve this. We will be looking at how this situation can be improved. We have however been successful in maintaining a clear area in front of the pond.

M: 07773 341531 E:

Wyatt welcomes councils move to purchase derelict site in Greenhill.

Cllr Michael Wyatt has been

campaigning for over a decade for the former Cocked Hat Site

in Greenhill to be purchased by the Council so additional social housing could be provided. Recently the Council have

indicated that initial plans have

been drawn up to purchased the land for social housing.

Cllr Michael Wyatt said, “If the plans come to fruition I, along with the

local residents will be absolutely delighted to see this site finally utilised

We have been maintaining the picnic area and in particular the lower level which had additional strimming to control the non-grass plants. We also transferred wood chippings from New Lount Reserve to complete the areas underneath the picnic tables and the adjacent bench seat. For the first time we had to remove an infestation of Ragwort on the Coleorton Wood site. We will need to keep a careful eye on the area affected. The car park has also been maintained through the year and one work session focused on strimming and clearing the car park edges, significantly improving the area. With the exception of the work required for hedge management we have completed the management plan which ended in 2017. We will be asking the Parish Council for a new management plan for the period 2018 – 2023.


for additional social housing. I’ve have been pushing very hard for action,

and had many meetings with officers over the past decade to get this site reused. Sites like this must be our number one priority. I am delighted to

see the council agree with me that sites like this must be utilised, which in

turn takes pressure of our greenfield sites which are currently under attack from development.”

The small workshop group has been particularly busy throughout the year with the first task to complete the manufacture of the sand martin wall. This interesting project has created interest around the local area with other groups looking to produce their own sand martin walls. The group spent time finishing off wooden mushrooms that had been sold at the previous year’s plant sale. These proved to be an excellent way of generating funds, but they also proved difficult to fit in with all the other work. LCC asked the group to manufacture some bench seats and rest benches for the proposed development of Snibston Country Park. The group has now manufactured six rest benches utilising large Larch logs obtained from Coleorton Wood and has also completed the six bench seats requested. Christmas saw the manufacture of reindeer, again utilising wood from New Lount Reserve. These were particularly successful and generated a level of demand that could not be achieved. We will look at producing these for Christmas 2018. The group has also recently purchased a milling attachment for the group’s Stihl chainsaws, which will allow us to produce posts and planks of wood from timber that has been cut across the two sites. This has been purchased with the assistance of both The National Forest and Coleorton Parish Council. Coleorton Parish Council has asked the group to manufacture a memorial bench seat for Coleorton War Memorial and this will be a major project for 2018.




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Group Managing Director Marcus McGee believes that Which? have endorsed Cloudy2Clear’s long standing company policy of delivering the highest standards possible at all times. ‘Our service is simple. If your double glazing has misted up we can replace the glass at a fraction of the cost of a new window, in any type of frame, and with a new 25 year guarantee. But it’s not just about saving people money, although that

obviously helps. Whilst a number of tradespeople perhaps don’t focus on customer care as much as they should do, we make sure we turn up when we say we will, do the job the customer requires and leave their house as clean as a whistle. Locally Cloudy2Clear service the Coalville & Hugglescote areas and manager Martyn Kemp agrees that this approach is a major factor in his success. ‘The truth is that it’s not just the personal satisfaction that I

get from doing a good job but also it makes good business sense. I get a huge amount of business from friends and family of people I’ve done work for, which just goes to show how much a little bit of effort is appreciated as both my customers and, obviously a body as nationally important as Which? now recognise.’ So, if your windows are steamed up, broken or damaged give Martyn a call for a free quotation on 0800 61 21 118 and he’ll be happy to help!



Member Of Parliament

Social & Fundraising

Andrew Bridgen

M: 01530 417736 E: There are hundreds of quotes about economists and most of them are derogatory, for example, ask five economists and you’ll get 5 different answers, 6 if one went to Harvard. So please forgive my scepticism about the recent leaked growth predictions which have leaked from the Department for Exiting the EU. These are growth predictions by the same unnamed economists (despite my written questions asking for them to be named), who said a vote to leave would lead to an immediate recession and the loss of 800,000 jobs. In the event, the opposite occurred, indeed if it was said immediately prior to the vote in 2016, that in the next 18 months, the economy overall would grow by 2.8%, that employment would be up by 400,000, that manufacturing would be up by 4%, that exports would surge and that public borrowing would fall it its lowest level for 10 years, if those of us who were campaigning for a Leave Vote has predicted this before the referendum it would have been dismissed as fanciful Leave propaganda. When we hear constant revisions for annual economic growth throughout the year, the idea that you can forecast over a 15 year period is laughable. Think back 15 years to 2003 and who would have forecast the credit crunch, great recession and the rise of social media and mobile technology. The previous 15 years saw the emergence of the internet, the big bang and the fall of communism. None of which could have been predicted with any degree of certainty. Indeed only last week this year’s GDP growth predicted was increased again to 1.8% up from an original 1.4% which indicates that the original Treasury forecast was underestimating this year’s economic growth by almost 30%. On the subject of 10-15 year forecasting however, the European Commission itself has estimated that 90% of global growth over this time will be outside the European continent. With that in mind, one has to ask ,where is all this economic growth within the single market that we are going to be missing out on over the next decade and a half? In fact there is some considerable debate about the actual positive effect the single market has had on UK growth. In the 2 decades before we joined the EEC, the UK economy grew by two thirds and then only grew by a half in the two decades after we joined. The EU enthusiasts often cite is was joining the EU that saved the UK from being the

sick man of Europe however I believe it was the reforms of the then Thatcher Government that delivered that prosperity, something we are still enjoying today with unemployment rates approximately half of the EU average. The UK has contributed hundreds of billions to the EU budget over the past 4 decades, money the UK has had to borrow and pay interest on. This for the privilege of buying more from EU Countries than we sell to them. Europe is the only part of the world we buy more from than we sell to. Have we really been getting value for money for our membership? This week the Prime Minister has been to China where UK exports have risen by 25% in the past year. There is no question of the UK paying China for the privilege of selling our goods to them. The Treasury analysis did not consider the possibility of a bespoke deal. To reiterate, we buy more from the EU than we sell them, have agreed payments of billions of pounds as part of the divorce arrangement and we are the 3rd biggest Country in Europe with 3 million EU citizens living here. We are not Norway or Canada so it is in everyone’s interest that we work out a free trade deal and quickly. The longer it is left through transition, the less leverage we have for the negotiation. There is no point in paying the EU lots of money for a worse deal than trading under World Trade Organisation terms. I would also point out that Europe relies on the British military and our intelligence services for its security and defence , something we provide in our own interest and theirs, without sending them a bill for it. I believe there is a negativity within the civil service and the establishment in general surrounding Brexit which is evidenced by their pre referendum analysis, and if those same economists, who the Treasury refused to name, are those continuing to develop forecasts, then in my view they are more than likely to view future scenarios which are open to interpretation, in a negative rather than a positive way. The Prime Minister must stick to the terms she set out in her Lancaster House speech if we are to achieve the full benefits of Brexit and treat with caution those who have wrongly forecast disaster in the past and whom have spent a career taking a lead from the EU.

The major fundraising event for the year was the two plant sales held at both sites during the month of May. Despite the fact that we were not favoured with good weather for both these sales they were both very successful with over £900 being raised and both being well supported by local residents. Plants were grown by members of the group and also donated from local businesses. As well as selling plants on the day some were also successfully sold outside member’s houses, thus contributing additional income. In November the group had a joint social evening with Newbold Heritage group at a skittles evening, which was held at The Odd House, Snarestone and very well attended by both groups. The group also had its annual Christmas dinner at Snibston canteen, our thanks to James and Vera for ensuring we were all well fed. Eating has been a strong feature throughout the year with the supply of food and drinks for the Saturday work sessions; this also give the volunteers an opportunity to socialise. This is just a taste of the activities of the group throughout the year; a year which has been both busy and very successful. The two sites continue to receive very positive feedback on the changes that have, and are being made, which does give motivation to the volunteers. I am sure 2018 will be just as busy!

Conservation Volunteers Coleorton and New Lount Volunteer group has been going for over seven years now and it focuses its efforts on carrying out conservation work at both Coleorton Wood and New Lount Nature Reserve. We meet 4 times a month, with two sessions on Tuesdays and two sessions on Saturdays. The group has made substantial progress at both sites, with some both interesting and important projects completed. We meet at 10.00am in the car park and the sessions usually last until around 2.00p.m. On a Tuesday we ask each volunteer to bring their own refreshments, but on Saturdays the group supplies both food and hot drinks. We always have a break around 12noon - 12.30pm, which gives more of a chance for individuals to socialise as well as take a break; we make every effort to ensure our volunteers enjoy the experience. The work is mainly practical conservation work, as well as general maintenance work across the two sites. The work at New Lount, which is owned by LCC, is usually supervised by the Country Park Rangers and the work at Coleorton Wood, which is owned by Coleorton Parish Council, is supervised by the group. Training is given in all of the work we do, which for the majority of volunteers is mainly carried out with hand tools, although we now have a number of volunteers trained on a range of power tools. Volunteers need to be suitably dressed in old clothes and a pair of strong boots - both sites can get very muddy in wet weather. The group also has a number of social and fundraising events throughout the year. It is worth taking a look at the group's website: We are also on Facebook and the Parish Website also has pages on the Volunteer Group at:


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