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Escape! Leicester In Aid Of The Fire Fighters Charity Article by Laura Challis

The Fire Fighters Charity is holding an Escape Room tournament at Escape Leicester on Saturday, 2nd November 2019 from 8am throughout the day. This event will raise funds to support the Fire & Rescue community and their dependants with mental, physical and social wellbeing. “Fire Service personnel and their families are always there to look after us and fundraising for their Charity is just one of the ways we can give something back” says Events Fundraiser Laura Challis. “Join us to see if you’re able to escape the room within an hour and to see if you’re able to beat other teams in escaping first.” It costs just £12.50 per person to take part which is half the usual price! This price includes entry in to the tournament where there are trophies to be won for those teams beating all the others to escape the room the fastest. “This is a great opportunity for anyone to come down and enjoy entertainment in aid of an extremely worthwhile cause, The Fire Fighters Charity.” says Service Co-Ordinator, Station Manager Karl Anderson. “Many Leicestershire Firefighters, colleagues and their families have been supported by all the Services the charity has to offer, and this is an ideal and fun way to generate the much-needed funds to allow this service to continue.” There will be drinks and snacks available to purchase and also the opportunity to purchase raffle tickets to win some wonderful prizes raising further funds for The Fire Fighters Charity. Huge thanks to Lands End, Oakham who have contributed to our raffle. To book your places visit: uk/events-categories/escape-leicester If you have any questions about the event, don’t hesitate to contact Laura Challis at or on 07798 725560. By supporting our Charity you’ll be helping people like Zoe and Jamie from Leicestershire: uk/case_study/zoe-and-jamie

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Article by NW Leicestershire District Council Gym goers in Ashby-de-la-Zouch are benefitting from a newly refurbished gym as part of a £1.2 million investment. The completion of the first phase of Hood Park Leisure Centre’s extensive refurbishment was today celebrated by representatives from North West Leicestershire District Council (NWLDC), and sports and leisure operator Everyone Active. Members at Hood Park Leisure Centre can now enjoy a newly refurbished 75-station gym. It is has doubled in size and boasts a new layout, as well as the latest Technogym cardio and resistance equipment. A larger free weight area and functional area has also been added which includes a Technogym OMNIA machine, amongst other state-of-the-art equipment, and a new exercise studio has also been introduced. The remainder of the renovation work at Hood Park is on schedule and the dedicated group cycling studio, new reception foyer and wet and dry-side changing rooms are all due to be completed by the end of the year. Update On Coalville Leisure Centre The planning application for the new £23 million Coalville Leisure Centre, which will be built on land off Stephenson Way, was submitted in July. The plans, which show a top-of-the-range centre in a parkland setting, were discussed by NWLDC’s planning committee at a special meeting on Tuesday 15th October. | 3

Whitwick & District U3A Article by Sue Calcutt

Whitwick and District U3A will hold its next General Meeting on Friday 18th October. If you are retired and looking for activities which are engaging and sociable for the cooler months, the U3A may be what you need. With a large membership of local people and over forty varied Interest Groups, keeping busy and making new acquaintances is readily achievable. Group Leaders and enthusiastic members will be on hand at the General Meeting to pass on information and answer any questions about the opportunities on offer. The guest speaker at the October meeting will be Maria Hanson MBE with the topic “Me & Dee Charity”. This is a Derby-based charity which was set up in 2006. It provides low cost holidays at the British seaside for people with a life threatening, life shortening or terminal condition. The aim of the charity is to give families a chance to make memories together when time is very precious. To listen to Maria and find out more about Whitwick and District U3A, come along to St David’s Church Hall, Broom Leys, Coalville LE67 4RL. Please arrive at 1.45 for a 2.00pm start. The U3A is a non-religious and non-political organisation: everyone is welcome. Alternatively, please visit where full details of our thriving U3A can be found.

Plans Submitted For Newmarket In Coalville Article by NW Leicestershire District Council

The planning application showing how an old pub in Coalville will be transformed into an indoor market has been submitted. Subject to planning permission, the former Litten Tree on Marlborough Square will be turned into a modern market hall, with traditional market stalls and food vendors, as well as flexible space for entertainment and events. The front entrance of the market, which will be named Newmarket to reflect the historic name of the square, will be reconfigured to return some of the heritage features of the building. With extra glazing and a reinstated half-moon window above the door, the new front will be a welcome change from the currently empty and derelict pub building. Once inside, visitors to Newmarket will be greeted by four food vendors and a shared seating area, with traditional market stalls selling a range of wares. Stallholders from the current indoor market have been offered space within the Newmarket or on the outdoor market in the redesigned Marlborough Square once this is complete. Others are being supported to move into alternative premises in the town centre. The plans are the latest step in North West Leicestershire District Council’s (NWLDC) work to regenerate Coalville town centre, with other schemes including a redesign of Marlborough Square, a frontage grant scheme for businesses and a wide-ranging events programme. Councillor Andrew Woodman, Portfolio Holder for Community Services at NWLDC, said: “One of our main priorities is the regeneration of Coalville and we are quietly plugging away at a number of projects that will support this. The new indoor market is a key part of our plans – moving away from a failing building in the wrong place to a modern space in the heart of the town. We’re very excited to get to planning permission stage and hope to receive approval from the committee so we can get on with the transformation of the former pub.” Paul Sanders, Head of Community Services at NWLDC added: “We are grateful to the market traders who are coming with us on this journey and those who are taking our support to move their businesses into other premises in the town centre. They all have a part to play in the success of the town and I would encourage everyone to support them in the current market hall as we go through the build process and look forward to Newmarket opening next year.” The planning application will be considered by NWLDC’s Planning Committee. The council is hoping to secure planning permission this year. Should planning permission be granted, work will start immediately, with completion in the first half of 2020. The planning application is available to view online at Reference number: 19/01837/FUL

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Prostate Enlargement, A Pressing Matter Article by Gary Trickett

Prostate disorders affect over 50% of men over the age of fifty and almost all men over the age of eighty. The prostate is a walnut-sized gland located below the bladder. It surrounds the urethra which drains the bladder. As men get older the prostate gland starts to enlarge, slowly squashing the urethra and reducing the amount of space available for urine to pass through. Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH) occurs when the prostate grows to an unhealthy size, causing difficulty and discomfort for men when urinating. Symptoms can also be confused with prostatitis, a simpler inflammation of the prostate, often caused by bacteria. The main symptoms of BPH are urinating frequently, difficulty in getting a urine stream going and feeling as if you are unable to empty your bladder properly. Although not life-threatening, it’s not much fun. However before you think about treatment you do need an official diagnosis from your doctor so as to rule out a more serious condition. Once prostate enlargement has been confirmed you may wish to try a Saw Palmetto supplement. Prostasan Saw Palmetto capsules from A. Vogel can help to relieve urinary symptoms associated with an enlarged prostate. Men taking prescribed medicines for Benign Prostate Hyperplasia (BPH) or other hormonal imbalances should consult their GP before taking Saw Palmetto. Zinc is also important. Zinc is more abundant in the prostate than anywhere else in the body and deficiency is common in men with prostate problems. Supplementing with zinc or topping up on foods rich in zinc (these include black pepper, oysters, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds and flax seeds) can help to ensure you get an adequate supply. For further advice, visit Gary and his team at Healthy Route, 18 Silver Street, Leicester.

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Little Acorns Pre-School Now Open In Thringstone Article by Gemma Patel

On 2nd September 2019, a brand new pre-school opened in Thringstone in the former Sure Start Children's Centre next to Thringstone Primary School. Many children are already experiencing what Little Acorns PreSchool has to offer and numbers are continually increasing. Open during term time only, Little Acorns is open from 8.45am3.30pm, with morning, afternoon or full day sessions available. The pre-school accepts 15 hours FEEE funding for eligible 2 year olds and 15 or 30 hours funding for 3 & 4 year olds. It is ideal that the pre-school shares the school grounds, as children are able to use the school’s facilities including the MUGA (multi-use games area), the field and the trim trail. Fresh hot dinners can also be provided from the school kitchen for those children who stay for lunch, although parents can send a packed lunch if preferred. The building has been transformed from the previous Sure Start Children's Centre, to make it a purpose-built pre-school suitable for little learners. With two large rooms for separate age groups and a smaller room that is set to become a sensory room, the space is perfect for 2-4 year olds to have a variety of experiences to prepare them for school and to encourage independent learning. Following the EYFS curriculum, children learn letters, sounds & maths daily through fun activities and play and the staff select topics based on children’s interests and work in small groups, so learning is age and ability appropriate. The pre-school also has a secure outdoor area with grass, sand, soil and outdoor resources. It leads off one of the main rooms so learning can naturally flow through from indoors to outdoors. Staff are also forest schools trained and a dedicated forest schools area for the pre-school is being developed in the next few weeks. For more information about Little Acorns Pre-School, please contact Manager, Lisa Hickman on 01530 222489.

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Sharon Recognised For ‘GoldStandard Support’ At VIP Anniversary Celebration Article by Sharon Dawson

Coalville Mum Wins Top Photography Award For A Second Time! A local Mum who set up her photography business SR Portraits after the birth of her first child, has won the accolade ‘East Midlands Newborn Photographer of the Year’ from the Master Photographers Association. She says: “I’ve spent seven years specializing in the newborn field, training and evolving my natural rustic style. The print competition by the MPA is one of the toughest competitions in the industry as the standard of entries is so high. I was absolutely over the moon to win it in 2019 as I had previously won in 2017 and hadn’t expected to be so lucky twice! I feel so privileged to be able to do a job I love every day and awards like this are the cherry on top” The print awards were judged by Simon John FMPA, FBIPP, FSWPP an exceptional photographer and president of the MPA. “To win such a prestigious award against such a quality entry level is testament to Sandra’s standing as the best Newborn Photographer in the Midlands and with her understanding of the Health & Safety requirements of Newborn photography, she is the person to trust with your baby” said the President. To find out more about her newborn photography visit srportraits., call 07564 101507 or email for a brochure.

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We have completed a couple more challenges since our last update, the first being an open water night swim at Rutland Water, where we donned our wetsuits and swam the 600m course under the stars. It was a beautiful night and amazing experience On 20th September at 8.31pm the Robins and Rainbows Team set off on a 75km walk in the Peak District. Our mission to complete it within 24 hours! We took a steady pace through the night with the help of a mountain leader to guide the way in the darkness. There was some tough terrain with steep hills to negotiate but by daybreak the team had made good progress covering over half of the mileage and in good spirits despite the lack of sleep! It was a beautiful sunny day and now we had the light with us, we continued to make our way through the stunning Peak District with the cows and sheep cheering us on. At this point we were self-navigating so lots of mulling over the map but we were still making good time. As the day wore on, we were getting more and more tired, we’d been walking for hours with no sleep and were feeling a little like the great unwashed! It became very much a mind over matter mission, legs and feet were wanting to give up but we were all determined to finish it. And at 7.36pm we passed the finish line feeling extremely accomplished. 23 hours of walking, 75km, a few blisters, a bit of blood, a lot of sweat and the odd tear accompanied by lots of laughs, dubious singing and random hallucinations but we did it! A fantastic team effort by all. Thank you to everyone who supported us on the walk and continue to do so throughout the year. Our current fundraising total is now a fantastic £2322! This all goes to Together Against Cancer in memory of Kim Pye. Our next event is a Fashion Show on Friday 15th November at The Royal Oak, Kirby Muxloe, followed by The Rutland 10k night run. If you would like further information on Robins and Rainbows, you can view our Facebook page, Robins & Rainbows or email

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Thursday 14th - Sunday 17th November 2019 The biggest and most lively indoor Christmas shopping fair in the Midlands is back! With so much choice, fabulous bargains and great musical entertainment. This ever popular 4-day November Fair is a cracking start to the Christmas season for those in the know! From the moment you arrive, you’ll be caught up in the fabulous atmosphere, anticipation rising as you browse 300+ stalls overflowing with thousands upon thousands of unusual gifts, stocking fillers, decorations and artisan food & drink at prices worth celebrating! It’s an Aladdin’s cave of sparkling stalls offering more choice, more variety and more fun than the High Street, and it’s all under one roof. The run up to Christmas Day involves a lot of planning and most of us have so much to do and so little time to do it! Take the pressure out of Christmas shopping and find all the presents you want at the one-stop shop Festive Gift Fair. When your bags are full, just drop them off at the Present Creche and continue to shop some more! No other Christmas fair in the UK has as much entertainment in one hall to get you straight into the Christmas spirit. • • • • • • •

The Grinch will be up to his usual menacing antics! Father Christmas will be mingling. The Stilt Jazz Band will be legging it up the aisles! The UK’s largest snowman will be amazing the children. The outrageous Panto Dame will be causing havoc around the hall The fabulous CHRISTMAS BAND will be performing throughout the day. THE BASETONES will have you toe-tapping as you shop, with their Motown-style Christmas harmonies.

Christmas is all about family, friendships and... food! Make a beeline for the FOODIE stalls, where you will discover mouth-watering treats from cheese to chutneys, spices to spirits, puddings to preserves, chocolates to Champagne, beer to brownies, popcorn to Prosecco and hampers to hog roasts! Back by demand are many favourite stallholders including Magical Story, The Perfume Shop, the Cheshire Cheese Company, Condessa Welsh Liqueurs and East 2 Eden. In addition, this year’s Festive Gift Fair will be welcoming over 100 NEW stallholders,

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Bonfire & Fireworks Events Abbey Park Bonfire & Firework Display Saturday 2nd November Abbey Park Be dazzled by Leicester's biggest bonfire & firework display at the city's official celebration. The lighting of the bonfire and main display is always a spectacular sight - with a quieter fireworks show perfect for the younger audience. Watch the skies light up at this annual family event, with a programme of live entertainment, funfair and plenty of warming food stalls. Tickets will be available from the Visit Leicester (Gallowtree Gate), De Montfort Hall Box office or you can book online. Advance Tickets ​​​​​Adult £6 Concessions and Under 16’s £4 Family £16 (2 adults, 2 children) Under 4's FREE On The Gate Tickets Adults £8 * Concessions and Under 16’s £6 (No family tickets available on the gate) The UK's Biggest 360 Degree Fireworks Display Saturday 2nd November 2019 Cattows Farm Gates Open at 4pm. Fireworks Start between 7.30pm & 8pm. Please arrive early. • Live Bands Stage • Spectacular Fireworks Display • Fairground Rides • Licensed Bar • Various Food Stalls • Fresh Coffee & Tea • Free Parking • Children Under 6 Free Advanced Tickets Adult £15 + booking fee Child £10 + booking fee Family £48 + booking fee On The Gate Tickets Adult: £20 Child £15 Leicestershire County Cricket Club Saturday 2nd November Leicester We are excited to announce that one of the biggest Fireworks Displays in Leicester will be coming to the Fischer County Ground on Saturday 2 November 2019. This won’t be your standard fireworks display, it’s going to be a spectacular fireworks, light and laser show! It is so much more than just fireworks; with fairground rides and attractions, face painting and activities in the indoor cricket centre, there will be plenty to keep the whole family entertained. Plus, for added ease, they'll be food and drinks available to purchase from a range of catering outlets.

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Glebe Garden Centre Saturday 2nd November Countesthorpe For one of the best family bonfire nights around, why not join us on Saturday 2nd November at Glebe Garden Centre by Cherry Lane in Leicestershire! With a massive bonfire, tasty refreshments, music and of course – fantastic fireworks, come and join us whilst we help to raise funds to support our local Countesthorpe Scout Group.

On The Gate Tickets Adult £10 Child £5 Family £25 (2 adults & 3 under 16's) Twinlakes Huge Ma-Ha-Sive Fireworks Saturday 2nd November Melton Mowbray Join us for our famous annual fireworks day. A full day of theme park fun ended with a magical firework display. This year themed to ‘The Greatest Showman’ – It’s our first ever musical synced firework display with music, fireworks, flames and more. 1 price for all day! What’s included:

• Park open 10am – 8pm • Tiny toddlers firework display (small and pretty display) - 6.45pm • Main firework display – 7.15pm • Circus here all day with shows at:

12noon, 2pm, 4pm, 6pm, 8pm (times tbc. and subject to change) • All theme park rides and attractions • Farm park with activities (please note our farm closes early so we can put our animals to bed and ensure they are safe before the firework shows) It’s a sell out event so book early to avoid disappointment (This includes day ticket and annual pass holders). Conkers Saturday 2nd November Sunday 3rd November Moira The best fireworks display and laser show in The National Forest! Doors will open at 5.30pm and the show starts at 7.30pm. In addition to the spectacular fireworks show, there will be: • A Laser Show Disco • Fairground Amusements • Sparkler Sales & Safety Zone • Face Painting • Balloon Modelling • Tombola • Craft activities for children! • Street food stalls, cafes and licensed bars will be open throughout the evening serving your food and drink favourites. Card payments are accepted indoors (There is not a cash machine on site)

This year, gates will open at 5.30pm and the garden centre will stay open until 6.30pm, so why not arrive early, have a look around and grab a coffee and cake in the café. You’ll find there’s plenty to do, with fair rides for toddlers, fab food such as burger, chips and proper bonfire night treats of candy floss from the vans on site; why not sing along with the DJ while you get ready for the countdown to light the fire at 6.30pm. With over 3,500 attending last year, Glebe Garden Centre by Cherry Lane is the place to be to watch over 20 minutes of amazing fireworks in a safe, family friendly environment. Rockets will be launched at 7.00pm! We are also pleased to be able to offer a disabled viewing area on our easy to access patio, next to the café, although we’re sorry but we’ll have to restrict numbers in the area for safety reasons. Please contact the garden centre on 0116 277 1570 to arrange use of this space. Advanced Tickets Under 5’s FREE Single £6 (Anyone over the age of 5) Family £17 (2 adults and 3 children) On The Gate Tickets Under 5’s FREE Single £7 (Anyone over the age of 5) Family £20 (2 adults and 3 children) Rainbows Firework Spectacular Saturday 2nd November Oadby Remember, remember…the second of November, as this is when Rainbows will be hosting their annual family-friendly Fireworks Spectacular at Leicester Racecourse. Perfect for all the family, our Fireworks Spectacular promises to be filled with fun, laughter, enjoyment and amazing fireworks. During the evening, you will also get to enjoy a brilliant bonfire which is certain to keep you toasty as night

falls. The family-friendly firework spectacular will also host an exciting funfair for thrill seekers to enjoy between 5.30pm and 10pm, while there will be a number of stalls, bars and food for you to enjoy. At the event: • Funfair until 10pm • Food • Bars & stalls • Bonfire • 2 x firework displays • Programme of events* • 5:30pm Gates open and funfair open • 7pm Children’s firework display • 7:30pm Lighting the bonfire • 8pm Main firework display Advanced Tickets Under 4's FREE Individual £7 Family £25** On The Gate Tickets Under 4's FREE Individual £11 Family £35** (2 adults and 3 children aged 5-15) Wicked Hathern Fireworks & Bonfire Saturday 2nd November Hathern Wicked Hathern Fireworks & Bonfire is back for it's 9th Year! Come and join us as we present: • Charnwoods Biggest Bonfire! • TWO huge displays • Childrens No-Noise Fireworks • The Greatest Showman Fireworks Spectacular! • Our huge 200ft marquee! • Food & Drink And stay late into the evening as we present live music from Hathernfest favourites The Zufflers! Gates Open at 5.30pm. Advanced Tickets Adults £7 + booking fee Child (4-12) £5 + booking fee Tickets are now on sale at Hathern Esso, with no booking fees! Great Central Railway Bonfire Night Tuesday 5th November Quorn and Woodhouse Station We've a fantastic fire, a huge firework display, refreshments and children’s rides. It’s a magical night out for all the family. It’s one of the biggest and best shows in Leicestershire so come along and join in the fun. You can arrive at the gate - or even better, travel in heritage style by train from Loughborough, Rothley or Leicester North stations. Combine the magic of a train ride at night with a sensational fire work display - see you there! Pricing and further details available nearer the time.

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Remembrance Service And Parade Article by NW Leicestershire District Council

North West Leicestershire will remember and reflect on the sacrifices of fallen soldiers at a Remembrance Day service and parade on Sunday 10th November. The Coalville event is organised by North West Leicestershire District Council (NWLDC) in conjunction with the Whitwick branch of the Royal British Legion. The parade leaves Christ Church at 10.35am passing along Hotel Street and High Street, culminating in a wreath laying ceremony at the War Memorial in Memorial Square, which is always well supported by the members of the public. During the two minutes silence poppy petals will be released from the top of the Memorial Clock Tower in memory of the fallen. On Sunday 10th November a parade will leave Hermitage Leisure Centre at 2.15pm followed by a service St John the Baptist Church at 2.30pm. Everyone is also welcome to attend the Armistice Day Service at the War Memorial in Coalville on Monday 11th November at 11am. The Chairman of North West Leicestershire District Council, Councillor John Bridges will also be launching this year’s appeal on Saturday 26th October at the War Memorial Coalville at 11.30am. He encourages as many of you to come along and dig deep for this worthy cause. The council’s dedicated Armed Forces Champion is Councillor Tony Gillard. He said: “Remembrance Day is a chance to reflect and remember those we have lost, and to show our gratitude to those that are serving in conflicts around the world. Our Remembrance parade is always supported brilliantly by the public and I have no doubt we will see that again this year.” A number of other parades and services are to be held in North West Leicestershire over the weekend with information available from parish councils or local churches. If any groups wish to take part in the parade, please contact Angela Bexton on 01530 454603 or email

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The first meeting of the Friends this season took place on Thursday 26th September at the Woodhouse Eaves village hall, where we were to have heard a talk on ‘Visitors to Charnwood forest’ by David Robinson. Unfortunately this talk had to be postponed for medical reasons, so Marilyn Palmer gave a talk on ‘The Making of the Industrial Landscape in Leicestershire’. ‘Landscape’ is perhaps best connected with Leicestershire through the work of W G Hoskins, late professor of local history at Leicester University. What people may not realise is that he came to dislike Leicestershire, and particularly its industrial landscape, and he retreated to Devon as soon as he was able. So what were the industries that contributed to this landscape? The talk covered the rise, and in some cases the fall, of these industries, from knitting and the boot and shoe industry to iron founding and engineering, and the bricks which made St Pancras station. Weaving was, of course, a very ancient occupation. At first sheep were shorn, the wool either combed or carded, then spun and knitted, all by hand. The first knitting machines may well have orginated in Nottinghamshire, and certainly by the mid 18th century the highest concentrations were in the Nottingham, Leicester and Derby shires. These evolved into power-driven machines which by the 1870’s formed the basis for a factory culture. Here the talk touched on the subject of the role of women in the growth of this industry. Meanwhile boots and shoes were being manufactured chiefly in Northamptonshire, but the industry spread north in the 1860’s, examples being the Wheatsheaf Works and the British United Shoe Machinery Co, both in Leicester city. Charles Bennion, the CEO of British United, was responsible for the presentation of Bradgate Park to the people of Leicester and its shire. Iron works arose at this time; Gimson’s works being a very good example. Its products may still be viewed at the Abbey Pumping station, which originally was designed to pump sewage to Beaumont Leys but is now a museum. To make things involves a source of energy, anything from man or horse power to the introduction of steam, the product of heating water using a coal fire. The next topic in the talk was, logically, about the coal industry. In the north western part of the county the coal measures have a fairly thin overburden and are easily mined. Unfortunately, between them and their city lies the Charnwood Forest, which makes transport both difficult and expensive. This led on to transport, which is necessary for industrial growth in any case – the bigger the market, the more prosperous the industry. The coming of the canalisation of the river Soar between the Trent and Leicester allowed cheap coal from Derbyshire to flood into Leicester, depriving the Leicestershire coalfield of its market. Its first attempt at retrieving the situation was the Charnwood Forest canal – a disaster in the making. Then came the Leicester and Swannington Railway, well known as the Stephenson line that had to create both the steam whistle and the Glenfield tunnel. The age of steam has come to an end. Factories which once produced enough to give Leicester the title of the richest city in Europe are now blocks of flats, either by conversion or destruction. Smoke no longer hangs over the city. Would Hoskins have approved? We shall never know... The next meeting of the Friends will be at the same venue on 14th October when Martyn Speight will give a talk on ‘The Storey of the Charnwood Water Supply over the last 150 years’.

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Free Tree Opportunity For North West Leicestershire Residents Article by NW Leicestershire District Council

A scheme that has helped to plant more than 100,000 trees in North West Leicestershire is back for its 11th year. North West Leicestershire District Council (NWLDC) works in partnership with The National Forest and HK Wentworth Ltd to make thousands of free trees available to all residents and community groups in the district every year. The Free Tree Scheme has been running annually since 2008 and has given out 103,000 trees over the years since. More than 28,000 of those were given to residents and groups in its 10th anniversary year in 2018. Four different types of trees are available this year: • Dogwood • Field Maple • Holly • Hazel The trees are approximately 60cm – 90cm (two to three feet high) when they are collected and come with a guide on how to look after them properly. Households can apply for up to two trees while community organisations such as environmental groups, allotment societies and wildlife groups can access a larger number of trees. Running at the same time is the council’s Hedge Fund where residents, landowners, groups and schools can plant new hedges. The offer includes up to 30 metres of a mix of hawthorn and hazel hedging, with field maples every 10 metres. Applications for free trees open on Monday 30th September and will close on Friday 25th October. People can find more information and submit their applications online at freetreescheme2019 Residents that apply for a free tree must be available for collection on Sunday 17th November.

Christmas Tree Festival Christchurch G&S Ready To Hit The Stage Article by Rachel Fitzpatrick

Last year it was 1920s Japan for their black and white setting of The Mikado, this year it’s a more familiar setting of Cornwall for Christchurch G&S Society as they prepare to bring Gilbert and Sullivan’s comic operetta Ruddigore to the stage this November. Full of Sullivan’s satirical wit and observations of British society (which still hold true all these years on) and set to Gilbert’s sparkling score, Ruddigore is something of a hidden gem among Gilbert and Sullivan’s numerous works. From the dramatic When the night wind howls, to the comic I once was a very abandoned person, the beautiful duet There grew a little flower and the wonderful harmonies of choral numbers like When the buds are blossoming, Ruddigore shows Gilbert at his very best. The action takes place in a fictional Cornish village, where the professional corps of bridesmaids – the only village to have such a thing – are bemoaning their lengthy wait for a wedding; all because the village’s men are too shy to approach the prettiest maiden, Rose Maybud. Amongst the men’s number is Robin Oakapple. With the arrival of Robin’s foster brother, the sailor Richard Dauntless, love eventually blossoms for Robin and Rose only for Sir Despard to unveil Robin as the rightful heir to the cursed title of the Baronet of Ruddigore! As such Robin – or Sir Ruthven Murgatroyd – must perform a crime every day or die. Rose is left heartbroken…but not for long as she decides to wed Richard instead! As Sir Ruthven adjusts to his new wicked lifestyle his ancient ancestors, in ghostly form, ensure that his behaviour is bad enough to escape their wrath and save him from death…but can he find a way to free himself of the curse and get his bride back? Father and daughter duo Richard Perkins and Cheryl Hammersley are sharing the Director’s chair for this production with support from Musical Director Kate King. Allister Jordan tackles the dual role of Robin Oakapple/Sir Ruthven Murgatroyd with Richard Tomlinson as his foster brother Richard Dauntless and Rachel Fitzpatrick caught in the middle of the love triangle as Rose Maybud. They are ably supported by Matthew Hammersley and Alison Matthews as the unlikely and humorous pairing of Sir Despard and Mad Margaret, Adrian Dobson as the ancestor Sir Roderic Murgatroyd, Sue Smith as Dame Hannah and Roger Muggleton as Sir Ruthven’s faithful servant Old Adam. Other roles are played by Lisa Grant, Rachel Cousen, Sam Baguley, Valerie Hart, Eddie Atkins, Mike Jones and John Cousen. Ruddigore is at Iveshead School Theatre, Shepshed (formerly Hind Leys College), from Wednesday 6th to Saturday 9th November. Performances are at 7.30pm Wednesday to Friday with a Saturday matinee only at 2.30pm. Tickets are £12 (£6 for children) and are available through society members or by calling Margaret on 01509 504376.

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Good Grief & Climate Cafe Article by Alan Chapman

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Time To Choose October 31st, Hallowe’en, is the deadline and parents have a scary decision if they have a child in their last year at primary school. Where do they want their child to go next? Secondary schools in Coalville are changing their age range from September 2020. Newbridge will become an 11-16 school and King Edward VII will merge with Castle Rock (as part of the Apollo Academy) to become an 11-18 school. Academies now make these decisions, in consultation with parents. I do think they have made the right call. Staying in the same school reduces disruptive transitions and makes it easier for staff to get to know a child properly. Changing the age-range will also solve another irritating problem. When a new estate is built the Council can ask the developer to contribute to building more school places, but only if the Council can prove that the local schools will be overfilled. Stephenson’s Studio school only takes about 80 pupils a year, age 14-18, but is registered for hundreds more. These unfilled ‘places’ have been preventing LCC from claiming s106 developer contributions for King Edward VII who take the majority of our children in this age range. Under the new arrangements, money should now trickle in from the 3500 houses being built around SE Coalville. Play The System – To Win! Parents who feel strongly about getting their child into a particular school sometimes ignore the bit on the application form that asks them to name three preferred schools. Officers have assured me that, due to the way the system works, putting three schools down does NOT reduce your child’s chance of getting their first choice. What it does do is massively increase the risk of your child being one of the handful with no place to go at the beginning of term. With so much new development, Hugglescote School is one of the most popular schools in the District and was oversubscribed by 60 applications this time round. I am pleased to report that developer contributions (s106 agreements) have been signed for two new schools in SE Coalville, expected in 2023 and 2025. Transporting children with disabilities, sometimes very long distances, to a school that can meet their needs is time-consuming and costly. Ten additional places for children who have difficulties in communication and interaction (including autistic spectrum disorders) are planned for Hugglescote Primary School and a new block (twelve places) is to be built at Forest Way Special School. It is now compulsory for all children age 16-18 to remain in some form of education or training. Children with special needs usually have an Education Health and Care Plan that continues until they are 25. But the rules for special needs transport have not kept up. Councils have no statutory responsibility or funding to provide SEN transport post-16. Close The Loop In an attempt to cut SEN transport costs, the County Council proposed giving parents and carers Personal Transport Budgets (PTBs) and letting them make their own arrangements. The real costs of arranging private school transport for a child with disabilities can be eyewatering amounts of money. Alternatives, such as doing the roundtrip yourself, can make it impossible to hold down the job that pays for the car you need to do it. A judgement in the High Court has delayed PTBs until next September but, being judged quite legal, this has only put the problem off. I am pleased to say that all Leicestershire’s Councillors voted at September’s Full Council to support the ‘Close the Loop’ campaign and will be now be working with the parents and carers to lobby the Government to change the rules and give Councils the funding post-16 children with SEN need.

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Hospice Hope Announces Winners From Summer Poetry Competition Article by Liz Waters

Hospice Hope are thrilled to be able to announce the winners from the Summer Poetry Competition for primary school children in North West Leicestershire. The competition standard was very high, and the judges were all impressed by the range and depth of ideas. The theme of “hope” clearly inspired local children to explore words, rhythms and rhymes in a variety of new and creative ways. The first prize, which is a Fire 8 HD kids edition, has been awarded to Dexter Mackie - aged 9 for his poem on climate change and hope. The judges were impressed with his powerful message with head judge Ben Norris commenting: “a fierce and unapologetic poem that is at once damning us and inspiring us to do better”. Dexter Mackie – Aged 9 Congerstone Primary School S.T.S (Stop. Think. Save) Think of the beautiful sea side Would you feel sad if the fish died By time it is twenty fifty They’ll be more rubbish than fish in the sea Think of the United Kingdom How would you feel if there was none? We put so much dirt in the air The ice caps are melting, it’s so unfair Think of the beautiful sea side How would you feel if it survived You can help undo the damage Recycle more or we will all vanish Think of the tropical jungles What if there were no animals Stop poaching it is cruel and mean Carry on these creatures won’t be seen Stop think and save could change our lives And then the earth we be revived Start thinking wisely, it makes great sense We don’t want our planet to be past tense. Runners up prizes are as follows: Second prize, a family membership to Conkers, awarded to Eleanor Nkiru Morse – aged 11 Third prize, a family ticket to the National Space Centre, awarded to Amelia Miller – aged 7 As part of National Poetry Day celebrations, the top three poems will be read out by actors at Century Theatre, Coalville on 3rd October and all shortlisted poems will go on display at Coalville Library until 31st October. Well done to all our entrants for entertaining our wonderful judges with such beautiful, thoughtful poetry. Thanks also to the panel of judges: Ben Norris, Victoria Barton, Susan Browne, Gregory Heath and Rad Gregory.

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Pedestrian Crossing Needed On Ashby Road

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I have asked the County Highway Officers to look at installing a pedestrian crossing to help improve safety for the children who go to local Primary school. It’s astonishing that in this day and age there is no safety measures outside the local school on Ashby Road in Coalville. Everyone knows that there is going to be more traffic along this stretch of road fairly soon due to future housing in the local area, so it’s important that proper safety measures are included in any new development along Ashby Road. Traffic growth is a major problem and it will become ever increasingly dangerous, so the last thing anyone wants to see is a child being hurt or killed due to poor planning decisions made by councillors and planners.

Wyatt Calls For Action Over Dangerous Increase In Pollution On Bardon Road Area For a number of years I have been very concerned over the ever increasing dust problem along Bardon Road, and especially at the Bardon Road Island which pedestrians and motorists use on a daily basis, also high volumes of traffic and local quarry dust is a major contributor which is adding to the dangerous concoction of toxins that may be affecting many local residents health, especially those who suffer from breathing problems. I have taken steps to gain information from Bardon Aggregate so we can see if there as been an increase in dust particles in the local atmosphere over the past decade. I have also asked a number of other organisations to see if we can gain our own independent dust and pollution measurements so we can have confidence in the findings. I understand the district and county authorities have pollution measurements but I like many no longer trust these authorities to provide truly independent and accurate information relating to pollution levels. I, along with the new Bardon Ward Councillor Angela Black will be pushing hard for action to help reduce by whatever measures possible to reduce high pollution levels in the local area.

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