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Coalville Heritage Society Vow To Fight To Save The Historic Red House The Coalville Heritage Society are appalled at the Central England Co-operative Ltd. proposal to demolish the Red House and replace it with a poorly designed convenience store which they feel looks like a ‘shed’. The Red House is the oldest building in Coalville and dates from the 18th century. Research by Society members Denis Baker, Professor Jeff Knight and Stuart Warburton have revealed a history of the building that goes back to the middle of the 1700s. The earliest documentary evidence discovered to date is from 1774 when the Red House, it has always been known as the Red House, was a farm house and is featured on maps from 1777 and 1815 as well as the very first Ordnance Survey map of 1835. The Red House has always stood at the centre of the town, even when the area was called Long Lane, and has been a focal point of the area for over 250 years. It was also the starting point for Samuel Fishers reminiscence of Coalville in 1832 as he stood with his back to the Red House and described the fledgling town and its four lanes. By 1799 it had become a public house and the scene of an attempted murder when the landlord William Wisdom was shot and wounded answering a knock at the door. The suspect was arrested in Thringstone, found guilty and hanged but some years later a man arrested for horse stealing at Copt Oak confessed to the crime. During the 1800s the Red House was also known as the ‘Cradle and Coffin’ as legend has it the landlord was left with a baby when his wife ran away with a customer, allegedly he starved the baby to death and then buried it in its wooden cradle in the back yard of the public house. An interesting name and story but no evidence can be found to this gruesome murder. From the 1870s it was surrounded by Coalville Market and at the rear was the livestock market and with the increase trade and links to the markets probably encouraged either landlord Robert Shepherd (1887 – 1901) or Arthur Tyler (1905 – 1911) to build the large red brick extension at the rear of the building and make the public house a hotel with stable and servants. The Coalville Heritage Society have been keeping a watching brief on the building because of its historic importance and that it could be under threat and at risk of demolition when Admiral Taverns, the previous owner, sold it at the end of last year. The Red House stands in the Coalville Conservation Area and therefore the new owners, Central England Co-operative Ltd, have had to apply for permission to demolish. The Coalville Conservation Area Character Appraisal and Management Plan published by NWLDC in 2014 states that the Red House ‘makes a positive contribution to the character and appearance of the conservation area’ and goes on to say that any building that makes a positive contribution applications to demolish will normally be rejected and if approved the replacement building should offer the same level quality and character worthy of the conservation area. The Coalville Heritage Society believes the proposed redevelopment offer neither a quality replacement or adds to the character of the conservation area. Steve Duckworth, Chairman of the Coalville Heritage Society commented that “The proposed convenience store is of extremely poor design and resembles a ‘shed’. It offers nothing in the way of quality development to the town and if a building of such poor design quality is approved then we will not only have lost an important historic building but replaced it with a new building that adds insult to injury”. Steve Duckworth added “The Coalville Heritage Society hopes that all the parties involved, Central England Co-operative Ltd, their agents Marrons Planning and North West Leicestershire District Council can work together to come up with a scheme that allows the new owners to develop a convenience store which reuse and sympathetically adapts the existing historic building. This is not rocket science and there are many examples of historic buildings being converted to convenience stores and retail outlets around the country, let’s learn from these other towns and get the best for Coalville”. The Coalville Heritage Society urge anyone with an interest in the future, as well as the past, of the town to write to express their concerns and objection to this detrimental proposal. The Society has posted a ‘The Red House. An Historical and Architectural Significance Appraisal’ on their website which outlines the history and architectural significance of the building.



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Were you a pupil at King Ed's? You are invited to a reunion of scholars and staff to be held at the old school premises on Forest Road Coalville (Now Newbridge High School) Date: Saturday October 13th 2018 Time: 1pm onwards Cost £4 pay in advance or at the door. If you would like a ploughman's snack (provided by the school) you can do so by pre-ordering by October 1st this will cost £6. All enquires to Geoff Haynes, Tel: 0116 2546591 or email There is plenty of parking at the school. Do come and enjoy meeting friends. We have plenty of old photographs to make you smile and bring back memories of school. Hope to see you there.

Local Business Helps Raise Vital Funds For Rainbow Hospice Charity Event! After raising several funds for a children’s charity last year, a Northwest Leicestershire based manufacturer, of insulation and beverage dispense equipment, jumped at the chance to take part in Rainbows Children’s Hospice 10th Anniversary challenge. K-Flex, a manufacturer and distributor of insulation products and beverage dispensing equipment based in Coalville have been raising money for Rainbows since 2013. This year, staff members rallied round as the ‘K-Flex River Pythons’ to battle against 28 teams taking to the water on Nottingham's River Trent on Sunday 5th August. Steve Yearsley, K-Flex Operations Manager and Team Captain commented, “Great fun was had at the Rainbows Annual event as the team battled their way through the hot weather, achieving a personal best time of 62.58 seconds and raising over £600 to support young people and their families across the East Midlands, to add to their ongoing charity donation.“ Tom Stanyard, Corporate Partnership Fundraiser at Rainbows said: “We’re delighted that so many companies from across the East Midlands came out to support us. With little guaranteed funding each year, it’s the generosity of individuals and businesses, like those who took part in the Dragon Boat, that mean we’re able to continue providing vital care to the region’s most seriously ill children, young people and their families.”

Coalville Library Mega Book & DVD Sale! Head over to Coalville library on High Street and bag yourself a bargain! Our sale includes both adult and childrens’ stock and will be held from Saturday 1st September until Saturday 29th September. Stock up your book shelves with popular authors and recent best sellers and check out our ex-rental DVDs and talking books too. All items are very reasonably priced - don’t miss our bargain book sale! For more information call the library on: 0116 3053565 or email:

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5 Great Finishing Touches For Your Wedding By Timmy Hey folks, Timmy from here, This month I wanted to share a few simple ideas to add some great finishing decorative touches to a wedding. Weddings are all about personal touches and themes and it is the personal touches that make a big day just perfect for you. They can also be expensive, so I wanted to put together some great value personal touches to tie in with your occasion and budget! There are loads of things you could do and we would be happy to help, but here are a few of my favourites. 1) Bubble Balloons: Nothing says wow factor more than one of our Bubble Balloons. Great for personalising and theming your wedding to the right colour. We are often asked to fill bubble balloons with a message balloon, confetti and even feathers. Our Bubble Balloons are perfect for ceremony rooms, down the aisle, top tables and as a centrepiece. They will certainly have your guests marvelling at them!

2) Balloon Centrepieces the perfect arrangement of balloons make a great table centrepiece. Being up in the air they mean your guests can freely communicate and chat across the table without any obstructions! I love balloon bouquets and tailoring them to our customers wedding colour scheme or theme. They look stunning when co-ordinated with your venue type and other decorations. 3) Puff and Honeycomb Decorations are the perfect to elegantly decorate your venue in your colour scheme. They add depth and structure and link all of our décor together. Pastel colours, whites and silvers are perfect, but there are loads of colours to suit your theme if you are looking for something more vibrant! Choose from puff balls, honeycomb diamonds and chandeliers, fan decorations, lanterns and pom poms.

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Top Right Photo: U3A Chair, Pete Johnson, and Lynne Cox, Chair in 2008, cutting the Celebration Cake during the Afternoon Tea. Bottom Left Photo: The U3A Fun Choir performing during the Open Morning. Bottom Right Photo: Visitors and some of the Interest Group stands at the Open Morning.

Proud Day For Whitwick & District U3A Last month, Whitwick and District U3A held an Open Morning to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the group’s foundation. Ten years ago, in 2008, a very small number of people had the determination to establish a U3A Group for Whitwick, Coalville and the surrounding area. That local U3A has thrived and now has a membership of over 300 retired and semi-retired people. A spokesperson said. “The team behind the organisation of the Open Morning were delighted with the response: attendance exceeded our expectations and there was a lively buzz and positive atmosphere throughout the morning. Seeing so many of our numerous and diverse Interest Groups together in one venue was amazing and gratifying.” Group Leaders had worked enthusiastically to show visitors and fellow members what their Interest Groups do by putting on attractive displays. There were photographs, slide shows and short films as well as examples of items made by the Art, Discovering Dishes, Needles & Pins and Papercraft Groups. Amongst the stalls, the popular Groups for Walking, Gardening, Juke Box Jury and Eating Out were represented along with French, Spanish and Computing. Members demonstrated skills and were eager to talk about their hobbies and the benefits they had gained from the U3A. The Fun Choir performed twice to much acclaim. During the morning members of the public were joined by representatives from Whitwick Parish Council, Councillor Barker and Chloe Mabey, the MP for North West Leicestershire, Andrew Bridgen, and Jane Pavier, the U3A Regional Trustee. The event was followed by a special Afternoon Tea for members only, including some who had joined in 2008. First-class entertainment was provided by local singer Natalie Nightingale and later a splendid celebratory cake was cut. As everyone relaxed, there was unanimous agreement that the whole day had been a very enjoyable way to mark the first ten years of Whitwick and District U3A. Proposing a toast, the Chairman declared, “You are the “U” in U3A!” The next General Meeting will be on Friday 21st September when the speaker will be Dr Wendy Frear with a presentation entitled “Ann Hely, a Crimean War Nurse”. Dr Frear leads the work of Pudding Bag Productions, a community group which uses film and other media to present historical information in an accessible way. Ann Hely of Ravenstone volunteered to become a nurse in the Crimean War. As always, the General Meeting will be held at St. David’s Church Hall, Broom Leys, Coalville LE67 4RL at 2.00pm. To find out more about Whitwick and District U3A and details of the September Meeting, please search on line for


King Edward VII Science And Sport College Is Celebrating After Another Set Of Successful A Level Results The cohort of 103 students achieved a fantastic overall pass rate of 97%, with 65% of students gaining A*- C, 43% A*- B and 15% A*- A. This achievement is all the more impressive given the exceptional personal difficulties several of our students have experienced whilst studying for their A levels. Amongst many outstanding performers at the college is Oliver Bennett who passed an amazing five A levels at grades A* and A; he has accepted a place at Durham University to read maths and physics. We are also delighted that Harriet Wilton has just had her place confirmed at Cambridge University after securing a brilliant A* and 2 As. Other top students include Alex Reid (A*, A, B, C), and Alex Greenfield and Nathan Turner (both achieved 3 A grades). Within this exceptional Year 13 cohort, we also have two prospective medics, Eden Page and Chloe Knight, who will be reading medicine at Leeds and Exeter next year. The vast majority of students are looking forward to taking up their places at their first choice universities next year. The Principal Jenny Byrne said: "We are delighted with the achievements of our students. Once again, they have demonstrated their commitment to being the best they can be. Despite the ever increased challenge and rigour of the new reformed A levels, they have shown strong levels of resilience and determination to succeed and their efforts have been rewarded. I am always as ever grateful to the staff who have been relentless in their efforts to support the students. Never complacent, will strive to be better than yesterday to ensure the best outcomes for the young people of Coalville and the surrounding villages."




Coalville Community Clubs & Groups 1188 (Coalville) Squadron - We meet at the headquarters on Forest Road in Coalville on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 7.15pm-9.30pm. 4th Coalville Scout Group - Steve Farmer 07887808800 - 4thcoalville@ - We welcome children between the ages 6 of 14 as we run Beaver, Cub and Scout sections. Our HQ is on Ashby Road, Coalville opposite the Snibston Mine. Find us on Facebook: 4th coalville scout group Alternative Book Club Coalville Helena Lomax - helenalomax@btconnect. com - 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. Ashby & Coalville Lions Club - Lynda 07735407637 - We are group of men and women who meet at the The White Hart, Market Street, 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? Bardon Hill Juniors Football Club - 07983134033 - www. - 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. 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. Broom Leys Chinese Wand & Tai Chi Club - Les & Sue 01530 836941 - We meet on Wednesdays 7.00pm-9.00pm 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.

Coalville Army Cadets - ACF Hut, Waterworks Road, Coalville, LE67 4HZ. Meet Wednesdays at 7:00pm-9:30pm. Coalville Gymnastics Club - 01530 811001 - coalville.gymnastics@ - Unit 8 Snibston Drive, Off Ravenstone Road, Coalville, LE67 3NQ. Coalville Heritage Society - 01530 833521- - - c/o The Secretary, Grace Villas, 48 James Street, Coalville, LE67 3BW. Coalville Male Voice Choir - www. - Coalville Male Voice Choir will be pleased to welcome singers any Thursday evenings 7.00pm at Hall Lane, Methodist Church our practice venue. Coalville Miners Football Club - Text - 07989320725 - martyn.sharpe@yahoo. - We meet at Newbridge High School, Coalville, LE67 3SJ. A family friendly club and would welcome new players and sponsors. Training 7.00pm8.00pm every Wednesday at Newbridge and play on a Sunday morning in Hinckley & District football league. Coalville OAP & Friends Fishing Club - Phil Bancroft 07505462898 We meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout the season. Coalville Ramblers - Robert 07510512446 - publicity@ - www. - where our programme of walks is available to view. You can also join online by following the link. Coalville Rugby Club - 01530 812090 - Memorial Ground, Hall Lane, Coalville, LE67 5PF. Coalville Swimming Club - www. - 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. Coalville Town Football Club - www. - Owen Street Sports Ground Owen Street, Coalville, LE67 3DA. Coalville Town Hockey Club - Matt Howells 07980449524 - King Edward VII Science & Sports College, Warren Hills Road, Coalville, LE67 4UW.

Coleorton & New Lount Volunteer Group - John Macdonald 01530 223456 - 077670294818 - http://cnlvg.weebly. Broom Leys Choral Society - Meet com - The group has been going for on Tuesday evenings from 7pm to 9pm over seven years now and it focuses in Whitwick Methodist Church, Hall its efforts on carrying out conservation Lane. We are a mixed choir and would work at both Coleorton Wood and New welcome new members - especially Lount Nature Reserve We meet 4 times tenors and basses. a month, with two sessions on Tuesdays and two sessions on Saturdays. We Christ Church - London Road, Coalville. meet at 10.00am in the car park and the Every Thursday morning the church will sessions usually last until around 2.00pm. be open from 9.30am-12pm. Tea/coffee, On a Tuesday we ask each volunteer to a snack and chat will be available in the bring their own refreshments, but on meeting room. Please join us, bring a Saturdays the group supplies both food friend. We look forward to seeing you. and hot drinks. Coalville & District Photographic Society - coalvilleanddistrictcameraclub - 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.

Hermitage Harriers RC - 01530 811215 - We meet at the Leisure Centre at 6.45pm for a 7.00pm run on both Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Hermitage Leisure Centre, Silver Street, Whitwick, Coalville, LE67 5EU. Hugglescote & Doningtonle-Heath Heritage Society -

hugglescotedoningtonheritage@gmail. com - - 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.

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Kids For Christ - Barbara Crockett 07881408488 - Kids for Christ is a free after school club, which meets every Thursday during term time, between 3.30pm and 4.45pm. We play games, listen to stories, made crafty things and devise puppet plays at Whitwick Methodist Church (Bottom of the Hill) Hall Lane, Whitwick. The club is open to all children aged 7-11 years. For more information give us a call or come along on a Thursday after school.

The Rotary Club Of Coalville - David Beaumont - davidbeaumont57@hotmail. com - We meet at 7.00pm 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.

Whitwick Branch Of The Royal British Legion - Lou Miller 01530 811041 - We meet every 1st and 3rd Monday of Marlborough Square Methodist the month, except on bank holidays, at Church - Elspeth Myles 07788235573 The Charles Booth Centre, Thringstone - - Every House, The Green, Thringstone, LE67 Wednesday morning 11am-12pm. We run a seated aerobics class led by Danny 8NR. We hold social events and get from Hermitage Leisure Centre. The togethers throughout the year. We are class is open to anyone who is looking a friendly group of men and women of for exercise to increase their strength, all ages, who have either served in the stability and flexibility for everyday living. It is fun and friendly. Cost is £3.50. Armed Services, have a relative who Access from the back of the building on has, or people who just want to support the Legion for the help they give to Owen Street. our ex-service personnel and families. Musical Theatre School (MTS) - Steph We welcome everyone, young, old or 07969688215 - musicaltheatreschl@ inbetween. Get in touch or turn up at - www.musicaltheatreschl. 19:45hrs on the day. We look forward to - Singing, Dancing and Drama seeing you. every Tuesday at Marlborough Square Church for ages 4 years up to adults. Timetable can be found on the website. Whitwick & District U3A - Richard Collier 01530 249377 - mem_sec@ North West Leicestershire Model - For postal address Engineers - 07922692076 - We are details or email, please visit our website. a model engineering club and run steam trains on our track at hermitage Whitwick Methodist Church Drop recreation ground. You do not have to own a loco to join as the club have there In Cafe - Deacon Barbara Crockett 07881408488 - We meet every 2nd own engines which members can use. and 4th Monday of every month for We steam on 3rd Sunday and also on refreshments and a chat, from 10.00amother days why not come and join us. 12.00pm at the Whitwick Methodist Oddfellows Friendly Society Group Church, The Market Place, Whitwick - David 01530 224492 - davgill097@ (bottom end of Hall Lane). Everyone - If like us you enjoy a will be made especially welcome for friendly get together why not join us on coffee or tea, with home made cakes every 3rd Thursday of the month at the and good company. Methodist Chapel on Melbourne Road for our traditional Fish & Chips Lunch. In addition we enjoy a raffle and games Whitwick Netball Club - We are a of bingo after lunch with tea/coffee. friendly bunch of ladies of varying ages Everyone is most welcome. If interested and fitness who meet for training on please contact the above. Wednesday evenings 6.30pm-8.00pm at Castle Rock High School Sports Hall. Scotlands Bowling Club - Sue 01530 For further details please contact Abby 810026 - Steve 01530 224128 - We Chambers via our Facebook page, search are a small friendly club we would welcome new players or anyone wishing for Whitwick Netball Club or pop along. to have a try at playing bowls. Our new season will begin at the end of Whitwick Retired People April at Scotlands playing fields Forest Fellowship - Mrs B King 01530 Road. Our club nights are Tuesdays and 835981 - We meet at Whitwick Fridays 5.00pm-7.00pm. Methodist Church, Hall Lane, Whitwick, every Tuesday 1:30pm-4pm. It is an Table Tennis - Sue 01530 587919 Local club invites new members, 50 years independent group which meets for plus, for Monday session 2.00pm-4.00pm social interaction, tea and biscuits, at Swannington Village Hall commencing cost £1, first visit free. Outings, which May. Cost £2.00 per session. are often subsidised, are arranged at intervals throughout the year and The Coalville Adult School Drama a Christmas lunch is held for the Group - 07772224552 - members in December. A mini bus can - We meet at Bridge Road, be organised for attendance with the Coalville, LE67 3PW. Marlene Reid Centre, if required, this needs to be booked direct with Marlene The Ex-military Girls Group - Lou Miller 01530 811041 - exmilitarygirls@ Reid the previous day. - We meet the 1st Saturday of the month in Coalville Library at Old 'N' Bold Club - 01530 814718 10:30hrs and the 1st Tuesday of the - Classic Vintage Car and motorcycle month at 10:00hrs in the Hermitage meeting every Friday morning 10.00amFM Cafe, Coalville. Any ex-serving or serving member of the women’s armed 2.00pm aimed at retired people and forces are welcome. We meet to support shift workers. The Victoria Bikers Pub, each other and have a natter over a Whitwick Road, Coalville, LE67 3FA.


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T: 01530 832622 E: One of the jobs County Councillors do for you, as taxpayers, is scrutinise the way other public bodies, such as local hospitals, spend your money. My Councillor colleagues often complain that the NHS makes too many

decisions behind closed doors. I have to admit that finding my way to the Commissioning Collaborative Board meeting last month, on the 8th floor of St John’s House in Leicester, did involve getting stuck for a while on the wrong side of a locked door that, absurdly, said ‘Welcome’. Measuring The Quality Of Healthcare It is a public meeting and anyone can go and watch how the doctors,

nurses and managers on the the three Clinical Commissioning Groups

(CCGs) make high level decisions about the way Healthcare is organised locally. There has been an updated study of deaths in hospital or soon after discharge. Entitled ‘Learning Lessons to Improve Care’, it revisits

the issues of poor care raised in a controversial Mortality Review back

in 2014. Some things are better. Some are not. I needed to see how the leaders of Leicestershire’s three CCGs would respond.

I was surprised that the only other spectators were a local journalist and

a Labour colleague from Loughborough, Stuart Brady, who I had invited myself. The new report states that, in those cases reviewed, care was

adequate or better in 84%, with 51% of care being good or excellent. Board members were concerned that 16% of patients still received

poor or very poor care. More worryingly for me, as a GP and County

Councillor, the report states that at least half of these admissions at the

end of life could have been avoided through better joined up care in the

Party Held For Mary Hoult At Charles Booth Centre In 1974, Mary Hoult started teaching youth sewing at Thringstone House Community Centre, as it then was called. On 15 August this was acknowledged with a party thrown in her honour at Charles Booth Centre, where the centre’s trustees, Mary’s family and friends made through her sewing classes assembled to say thank you to her for her work. Mary always thought she started her sessions in 1975, but thanks archive copies kept of the centre adverts, this was proven to be wrong as in one of the 1974 folders was an advert for the centre’s classes, which mention Mary. Now in her 80s, Mary says she has no intentions of ever retiring from teaching her afternoon sewing class and was overcome with the amount of people from both the present class and those of the past who turned out to say thanks. ‘Over the years I have seen lots of changes. When I started at the centre, it was to do a class called youth sewing. I had a class full of young girls, all of whom seemed to come with the transistor radios, and it was a bit hectic to put it mildly. David Fitt who was the warden there at the time, and actually lived at the centre, asked me to put on a fashion show to showcase the successes the girls had had, and from that, the idea was born to start a panto society. I was then asked to do a dressmaking class, and that has always been really successful – in fact some of the employees at the centre over the years have come to that. We have had a lot of fun, with trips out and so on for members of the classes. People coming to my classes have become my friends. Whilst I have given up my evening class, but there is no way that I will stop my afternoon class because I love it so much.’ EARAXXX- 08/2018

community. A fifth of families expressed their difficulties in coping with caring for their relatives at home.

We Know What We Should Be Doing The Board’s extensive Action Plan states that, by October 2018, the

CCGs will ‘examine admission avoidance schemes to establish whether

criteria are suitable for very elderly and end of life patients including care coordination, hospice at home, management of acute illness and support to nursing homes.’ When challenged regarding the tight timescales, the ‘reassuring’ reply was ‘This is do-able because it is building on actions already in place’. If only that comment made sense.

The reality is we know what we should be doing. We have been

discussing Proactive, Co-ordinated Advanced and Better Care Planning (to amalgamate some of the many titles used) for the last 6 years or more. Why aren’t we doing it? Improvements at the ‘front door’ of

University Hospitals Leicester (UHL) have happened. We are also seeing

better escalation of care in rapidly deteriorating hospital patients. Cuts to social care mean that families cannot trust in community services to keep

their loved one safe at home. Improvements in secondary care only serve to pull more frail older patients into hospital. Higher barriers to social care funding make it harder to get them out again. Why Aren’t We Doing It?

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Institutional and funding barriers, dating back to Margaret Thatcher’s

monetarist ‘purchaser-provider’ split, continue to prevent NHS and Social

Care systems from working together. We know what we should be doing. We need a national framework that makes it possible to do the right

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Relocation Of Coalville Market On The Cards Liberal Democrat Councillor Michael Wyatt has welcomed the decision by the Council to finally address the future of the Market Hall in Coalville. Cllr Wyatt said, “Since 2003 I have constantly been pushing the District Council to introduce an outdoor market, and to get rid of the loss making market hall which is costing thousands of taxpayers money to run. The taxpayers cannot and should not be expect to continue to see their money wasted on something which hardly anyone supports and making a yearly loss which could be spent else where in Coalville." "The current proposal of moving the market down to the Marlborough Square area is a massive step forward, and should be welcomed by everyone. We cannot afford to allow a few who clearly don’t like change hold back any regeneration project that will help to stop our Town from dying. I am 100% behind the Leader on this issue, and l will be continuing to push very hard for more investment and regeneration in our Town. We need far more investment to help kick start our local economy. Hopefully with continued pressure from myself and others who are passionate about our Town, we will see the Council invest even more of our taxpayers money and further private funding into local regeneration projects.”

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M: 01530 417736 E: Due to the efforts of the Conservative Government, and the hard work of the British People, the jobs market has been transformed since 2010 - The national unemployment rate has fallen to a 43 year low, down from 4.2% to 4.0%, whilst the employment rate remains high at 75.6%. The number of people in employment has increased by over 3.3 million since 2010, with almost 75% of this rise in employment is in permanent, full-time jobs, and 104,000 fewer people are on zero hours contracts. On average, over 1,000 more people are moving into employment each and every day since 2010, getting into work and gaining the dignity of providing for themselves rather than relying on benefits, which shows how the steps this Government has taken are literally “working” for people from all backgrounds and from every part of the UK. I am pleased to inform you that the unemployment rate in North West Leicestershire is only a fraction of the 4% national figure.

Our welfare reforms are also working and linked with our modern industrial strategy we are continuing to support more people into work and deliver more well-paid jobs across the country. A report out recently indicated that the bill for HS2 is heading towards £100 billion with the associated infrastructure needed to gain economic benefits being estimated at a further £43bn I have opposed HS2 for many years, voted against it at every opportunity in the Commons and was laughed at when I initially suggested the cost would be £100 billion. It is looking like that figure might actually be an underestimate. I am presently engaged with HS2 in trying to save the regeneration project in Measham which would see The Measham Wharf created, the development of 450 houses and another section of Ashby Canal reopened which would be a major regeneration project for the village and surrounding area. Whilst there is no “good” route through North West Leicestershire , the one which HS2 have come up with

A few Remain supporting celebrities are calling for a second EU referendum, ironically a trick historically employed by the EU when they get a democratic decision they don’t like. I have been asked about the subject in the media and I believe that when a decision of constitutional significance is made, it is important that democratic processes are followed. That is why Parliament gave the British people the final say on the UK’s membership of the EU and why the result must be respected as the ballot paper presented voters with an unambiguous choice to remain in the EU or to leave. In spite of this, Project Fear continues to rumble on. I’ve already spoken about unemployment and further to this our economy is continuing to grow and businesses are investing in the UK. Indeed although it has hardly reported, figures show the U.K. economy grew in the last quarter faster than the Eurozone economies and this despite all the Brexit “doom and gloom” in the media. Terms such as “crashing out” and “cliff edges”continue to be used. Take the borders issue for instance, there is the idea that if we go to the WTO model, our borders will immediately be congested with lorry drivers in queues waiting for a staff member at the border to carry out an inspection and calculate the tax or tariffs due. The truth is most of the work is done away from the border by computer exchanges. Our border with the rest of the EU is already in their terms a complex border. Goods passing need to be charged VAT, Excise needs to be levied on various items, the currency changes, and various UK domestic rules on health, safety and migrants have to imposed. Any issues with borders appear to be on the EU side ,we won’t put up a physical border in Ireland, it will be up the EU to decide if they want to and if they do then the Republic of Ireland need to take up this issue with their EU masters. The goods we export and import to the EU will be made to the same standards and be just as high quality the week after we leave, as they were the week before. Why would we put up unnecessary barriers to damage our own trade? And equally given we import more than £100bn more in goods from the EU than we sell to them, why would they?

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