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ISSUE 19 - September 2013

Coalville Community C ommuniity


FREE Monthly News and Information Magazine for Coalville

Lucy’s Day Saturday 21st September

Lucy Rawlings is an amazingly beautiful strong young lady. On June the 25th at just 10yrs old lucy was diagnosed with metastatic rhabdomyosarcoma which has progressed into her bonemarrow. This is a stage 4 rare aggressive cancer. Lucy is a local girl from Hugglescote. We are holding an event at the West End on Ashby Road in Coalville on the 21st September between 12 and 4pm. There will be a Raffle, tombola, bouncy days, face painting, game stalls, hand made jewellery, book stall, cake stall, bunting stall, and lots more. All money raised goes to ‘Lucys Bluebird Trust’ which is here to make Lucy smile through this very difficult time.

Police in North West Leicestershire launch “Don’t be a zigzag shark” schools parking campaign As local schools return after the summer break, the police in North West Leicestershire are embarking on a campaign of education and enforcement to reduce problems caused by inconsiderate parking near to school entrances. The first stage of the campaign will be to warn and advise parents of their bad parking, and as a reminder they will be given an air freshener containing the campaign slogan, ‘Don’t be a zigzag shark.’ This will be followed where necessary, by enforcement in conjunction with officers from North West Leicestershire District Council where drivers who fail to heed the advice will be issued with fixed penalty notices or prosecuted. In cases of obstruction this could result in their vehicle being towed away. In parallel with the ongoing campaign of education and enforcement, pupils at two schools in Whitwick: Holy Cross Catholic Primary School, and St John the Baptist Church of England Primary School, will be participating in a road safety poster competition, with prizes donated by the Leicestershire Police Road Safety team. PCSO 6580 Cheryl Moore from the Bardon Hill Safer Neighbourhood Team said: “Inconsiderate and illegal parking near to school entrances places children at risk. We would urge parents to park safely and legally, even if it means having to walk a few minutes to the school.

PCSO Cheryl Moore outside St John the Baptist Church of England Primary School

“We are hopeful that our campaign will strike a chord with parents and that they will think carefully about where they park when dropping their children off at school.” Christine Killip, Headteacher of St John the Baptist Church of England Primary School said: “We are introducing several initiatives to encourage parents to consider the safety of the children when travelling to school especially by car. Our School Council has been proactive in seeking improvements to the traffic problems by meeting with a local councillor and traffic officer and they are promoting the values of a positive community to which we hope parents will respond.” Anyone wanting further information about parking issues can contact North West Leicestershire District Council by ringing 01530 454598, or by email - PCSO Cheryl Moore of North West Leicestershire Local Policing Unit can be contacted by ringing 101. Follow the instructions to leave a message for an officer and when prompted key in her identification number 6580.


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Coalville Community Eye is a monthly compilation of articles, press releases, events, general items of interest and news items submitted to us by local residents, groups, associations, sports clubs and local authorities. The opinions expressed by contributors are not necessarily those of the Coalville Community Eye Production Team. The inclusion of any group or organisation in this publication does not necessarily imply a recommendation of its aims, methods or policies. Coalville Community Eye cannot be held responsible for the information disclosed by advertisements, all of which are accepted in good faith. Every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of information in this magazine, but no liability can be accepted for loss or inconvenience caused as a result of error or omission. Coalville Community Eye reserves the right to amend, shorten or refuse to publish articles and/or advertisements submitted for publication.

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Richard III - Leicestershire County Council statement on e-petition Leicestershire County Council leader Nick Rushton is calling on all residents to support the online petition backing Richard III's remains staying in Leicester. The campaign on the Government's e-petitions site has been set up by Roy Shakespeare, of Hinckley. Nick Rushton said: "We need to get the numbers up as a rival campaign in York has around 30,000 signatures and we have just under 16,000. There's also only about six weeks left to support the e-petition. "Richard III died at Bosworth and was taken to Leicester to be buried and that's a compelling enough reason why his remains should be interred in Leicester." The link to the site 'Keep Richard III remains in Leicester' is at:

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Prince's Trust 12 week personal development programme for u/e 16-25 year olds. Starting at the Marlene Reid Centre, Coalville, on Monday 23 September. An Open Day is being held on Wednesday 18 September between 10.30 am and 2.30 pm. What's the programme all about? •

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Teams of about 12-15 unemployed young people aged between 16 and 25 take part in a challenging programme which begins with team-building activities, including a week at a residential activity centre, and includes team-work on real projects in the local community as well as individual work placements. It culminates in each Team presenting its achievements to an invited audience at an event where Team members receive their certificates. Team aims to increase confidence, motivation and skills and as a result enable unemployed Team members to move into employment or education/training. It provides nationally recognised qualifications and other certificates for the skills development achieved. The Prince’s Trust key target groups are those who are unemployed, in and leaving care, young offenders/ex-offenders and educational under-achievers. The Prince’s Trust Team programme is run and managed locally by partner organisations, referred to as Delivery Partners. In Leicester and Leics it is Leicestershire Fire & Rescue Service. For further information, please contact Sally McNaughton on 07966 111207 or e-mail her on

Boy Band Stages Gig in School Hall The school hall at Ibstock Community College was transformed into a concert venue for a surprise gig by up-and-coming boy band Reconnected.

Thank you all so much for the warm welcome you’ve given me since I took over from Carla. Many of you have already spoken to me on the phone to renew advertisement bookings, whilst others have met me when I’ve popped in to chat about the magazine. I am thoroughly looking forward to getting to meet more of you especially those of you who run community clubs and events. Advertising in the Community Eye magazines couldn’t be simpler, prices start from just £20 +VAT and that not only includes free design if needed, but also delivery to 7000 homes! If you would like to advertise as a one off or regularly (for which we have discounted rates) please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me, there is no contract and no hard sale! I would also love to hear from more community groups so I can ensure your events/clubs are featured in our magazine, if we get enough content we can start a What’s On guide. If you have a special event planned and would like me to pop along and cover the event for our next issue please call the office. Having only lived in Coalville for a year (though a local girl born and bred) I’m still finding my way round and whilst being out and about I discovered an absolute treasure which I will feature in next months issue. If you have a favourite place in the Coalville area that you think I should discover, please let me know, it may even get its own article!

The trio, who were finalists on Britain’s Got Talent and are signed to Duncan Bannatyne’s record label, performed to an excited audience of about 300 students. The gig was organised as a reward for the college’s best behaved students. Vice Principal Lee Sheldon said: “We like to do something to reward those students who have not picked up a single bad behaviour point during the year. “The band put on a brilliant show and stayed around afterwards to sign autographs and have their photographs taken with the students. Everyone had a great time!”


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St Peter’s Church, Bardon Hill St Peter’s Church, Bardon Hill held a Flower Festival & Craft Fayre over the August Bank Holiday weekend. The church was filled with flower displays covering a variety of subjects including ‘Mary, Mary quite contrary’, ’famous artists’ and ‘Joseph’s coat of many colours’ hence the theme ‘Anything Goes!’. Throughout the weekend around 20 stallholders attended the festival each day selling an excellent range of crafts and gifts in the marquee next to the church. Everyone worked really hard to put the festival on which was well attended and attracted visitors from all over the county. Thank you to everyone who supported the festival in any way. Pictures of the church’s flower displays can be found on St Peter’s website:

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What are “planning grounds”? ‘I can remember when all of this was green fields,’ they sigh. ‘Why do we have to have all these new houses here?’ Like daffodils in spring, each new planning application brings out a new Residents Action Group trying to challenge unwanted development. Discovering their campaign has failed on ‘planning grounds’ just adds to the feeling that no-one is listening. So what are ‘planning grounds’ and how can residents get their voices heard?

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First of all, don’t be late in coming forward. It is no use waiting for the JCBs to arrive and lying in front of them. You need to keep a lookout for planning applications and get your concerns registered in time. North West Leicestershire District Council is the ‘planning authority’ and lists every planning application on its website You can use their online map to search for plans near you. If your area is ‘parished’ like Ravenstone or Hugglescote, then your Parish Council will usually discuss any local planning applications at its monthly meeting. If you have a concern, then you need to ‘object’ and make sure that you have ‘material considerations’ for your objection. It may seem unfair, but you can’t complain that you have lost that lovely view over green fields. Neither can you point out that these new houses will affect the value of your home. Things you can express your concerns about include:•

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Don’t go it alone. Planning matters are complicated – but there is always help available. Your District and County Councillors are there to represent you and should be able to explain how the system works. Come and have your say at Coalville Library Saturday 10:00-12:00 with Coalville County Councillor, Dr Terri Eynon and District Councillors John Legrys, Russ Johnson, Gus Geary and Pam Clayfield.

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Plates Honour Young Artist Winners of Coalville Twenty13 The winners of our Coalville Twenty13 competition – and their proud families – were the honoured guests of Council Chairman Geraint Jones on Wednesday. Back in June we held a competition that saw 100 local youngsters create designs to celebrate Coalville Twenty13 – with a promise that the three winners would have their designs turned into special plates. We put on a small celebration for the families to say thank you to Dylan, Lauren and Jessica, after their designs came out on top – despite some very strong competition.

Coming soon: Big changes to bookings at local leisure centres From October you’ll have even less excuse for missing that exercise class or gym session – because you’ll be able to book from your bed if you want! We’re introducing a new system which will make it much easier to book on the phone, in person and on the web. The changes at Hermitage and Hood Park Leisure centres start on Wednesday 2nd October. To sign up visit connect/mrmlogin.aspx Cllr Alison Smith MBE, deputy leader and portfolio holder for community services, said: “Customers will soon be able to book courts, fitness classes and health suite sessions 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 7 days in advance over the internet.

Lauren (left), Dylan (centre) and Jessica (right) with Council Chairman Geraint Jones and their winning plates Cllr Jones told them: “I am pleased to say that Dylan, Lauren and Jessica, were chosen as the three winners and your designs have been transferred onto china plates for you to keep – or to eat your dinner from! “Dylan – I liked your plate because the picture looked a bit like Coalville park, with the tree and the grass. And I thought the butterfly and bee looked really good flying in the sky. “Lauren – This one stood out as being a really simple but effective design with a dragonfly on it, which is an insect that is around but we don’t notice them very much. The colours and the quality of the colouring is really good. “Jessica – This one is a blaze of colour and has lots of insects on. I particularly liked the snail and the smiley face on the bee. It must have taken a long time to colour it in.” A big thank you to all the children who took part in the competiton!

“If you still prefer to ring up to book then you’ll also be able to book all fitness classes from 8am – instead of having one booking time for morning classes and another for evening classes. “And with more people booking online, it means smaller queues at our leisure centres – so we can serve you faster in person too.” For the first time, people booking fitness classes, courts and health suite sessions will pay when they book – instead of afterwards as they do now. If you need to cancel with more than 24 hours notice you’ll be able to move to another time, or get a credit to use at any time in the following three months. For more information, visit:

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Local Help For Chernobyl Children A group of Belarusian children who are in the county for a month long respite holiday have been able to enjoy a fun-packed programme of activities and some great days out thanks to two local organisations who have sponsored their travel.

The trustees of a little known Charity, based in Coalville, wish to aquaint readers of its existence. The charity fund, known as Coalville & District Relief in Sickness, is a registered charity and aims to financially assist residents of the old "Coalville Urban District" who face financial problems brought about by their medical condition or illness. Day to day living expenses are outside the scope of the Charity but assistance in the purchase of medical equipment or daily living aids are considered, each case on its own merits. If you or someone you know are facing financial difficulties in the purchase of items which are medically required, please contact Coalville Eye in the first instance.

Roberts Travel Group have provided return airport coach transfers for the youngsters who arrived in Leicestershire on Saturday 3rd August and Ashby and Coalville Lions Club have sponsored a minibus for the children for the duration of their stay. John Buckby of the charity Friends of Chernobyl’s Children (West Leicestershire) who organizes the recuperative holidays for the children said “Apart from air fares, transporting the kids whilst they are here is one of our biggest expenses, so we are extremely grateful to both organisations for their support. With their help we have been able to significantly reduce our costs and manage the logistics of transporting the group around the county much more easily. This has been a tremendous help to our small charity which is run entirely by volunteers.� An Open Day showcasing the work the charity does will be held on Thursday 22nd August (1pm to 4pm) at The Scout Hut, Main Street, Markfield. This informal drop-in session is open to anyone who is interested in learning more about the charity and the work they do with children affected by the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. For further details about the charity, visit or contact John Buckby on 01455 285799. E-mail

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60 plus divorce trend set to grow claims leading Coalville lawyers An increase in over 60s divorcing is a trend likely to continue claims one of the region’s most eminent family lawyers. A survey just released by the Office for National Statistics showed the number of over-60s in England and Wales has been on the increase since the 1990s, contrasting with falling divorce rates in the rest of the population.

Council Tax Support Scheme 2014-15 - Have Your Say Council Tax helps to finance many vital local services. It pays for about 20% of the cost of running local public services – including refuse collection, adult social care, environmental health and education. The rest is raised from various charges (like at leisure centres) and grants from the Government. On 1st April 2013, the Government abolished Council Tax Benefit. Instead, all councils – including North West Leicestershire District Council – were required to develop a local Council Tax support scheme. Because the Government reduced funding, nearly everyone who used to receive Council Tax Benefit (except pensioners) now has to pay something towards their Council Tax. We told you how much you had to pay when we sent out Council Tax bills in March 2013. We were able to keep the amount you had to pay down last year thanks to some ‘transition’ funding from the Government – but we don’t have that this year. So we must now look again at our Council Tax Support Scheme. We want to hear from you before deciding our plans for 2014-15. How can I tell you my views? Have your say by completing our online questionnaire at How long have I got to give you my views? You have until Friday, 11 October 2013 to tell us what you think

Kathryn Hicklin, a partner at QualitySolicitors Mander Cruickshank said part of the explanation was because of an ageing population there are more over-60s than there were. “We are living longer and because of this 60 is the new 50,” said Ms Hicklin, whose firm have offices in both Coalville and Hinckley. “However, less stigma over being divorced, and more financial independence for women is also part of the reason for this change,” she added In 1991, there were 1.6 divorces per 1,000 married men over 60, figures released by the ONS showed, but by 2011, the latest year for which figures are available, this had risen to 2.3. There were 1.2 divorces per 1,000 married women over 60 in 1991, rising to 1.6 in 2011. However, overall divorce rates for all married men fell from 13.6 per 1,000 to 10.8 over the same period, and the trend was similar for women. Ms Hicklin said in general, women are now more able to support themselves outside of marriage than in the past” “It is sad but simply not uncommon in this era to see couples drift apart as a result of 'empty nest syndrome', when their children have grown up and moved out of the family home. "This can be a catalyst between a couple and bring about issues which may have been suppressed by their responsibilities to their children. "Also people are living longer lives and simply wish to have other relationships whereby in the past couples may have felt compelled to stay together in old age. She added that QualitySolicitors Mander Cruickshank are acutely aware of the sensitivities surrounding such splits. “The issues involved can be quite different, but as very experienced family law specialists we are aware of the turmoil involved and can help bring about a solution best for all parties,” she added.

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A DATE FOR YOUR DIARY! MRC Community Action: AGM Thursday 3rd October 5pm for 5.30pm - 7pm This years AGM has a health & well being theme. All members and friends of MRC are invited to come along and find out about how we're doing and our future plans as well as: • Our achievement of the Social Enterprise Mark • Potential for VCS to work with the public sector - presentations from public health & West Leicestershire Clinical Commisioning Group • Meet some of our partners delivering health and wellbeing activities • Find out more about the LCC Innovation Partnership including our Community Exchange/time banking project Interested? Come and network with like minded people, support us, work with us and be part of the MRC Community! Book your space by visiting A copy of our Annual Review 2013 is available at A creche can be available for those who express an interest by 20th September 2013. (Please email seperately if you would like further information) MRC Community Action at The Marlene Reid Centre, 85 Belvoir Road, Coalville, Leicestershire, LE67 3PH

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Grant funding for Community groups and organisations The North West Leicestershire District Council ‘One Off’ grant fund is open to community organisations and groups within the district to apply for a maximum of £450 to fund either a particular project or initiative. Applicants will need to demonstrate that they are able to meet one or more of the Councils Strategic Aims. Future deadlines for the 2013/14 are: 30th September 2013 and 31st December 2013. For 2012/13 a total of thirty two ‘One Off’ grant applications were approved by the Council’s Grants Review Working Party. Amongst the successful applicants were community group Friends of Westfields to run a new Mums and Tots group and organize their summer fete; Ravenstone Local History Group received funding towards production of a leaflet illustrating historical walks; The Palace Community Centre received funding towards their Christmas Festival in Ibstock; Ellistown Allotment & Gardens received funding towards the purchase of alarmed padlocks and Crimestoppers marking kit. Grants of up to £250 are also available from the Coalville Special Expenses Community Chest grant fund for Community groups and organisations within the Coalville Special Expenses Area (Coalville, Bardon, Snibston, Thringstone, and Greenhill) If you know of a community group or organisation that could benefit from receiving our funding, please take a look at the Application Form and Guidance Notes on the Council’s internet site –

Tenants’ Scrutiny Panel - Looking for New Members Are you a great listener, who can take a common sense approach, and who loves to solve problems? An exciting opportunity has arisen for three enthusiastic tenants or leaseholders of North West Leicestershire District Council to sit on the new Tenants’ Scrutiny Panel. The Panel’s remit is to scrutinise the housing service and look at ways of improving services, whilst also working to ensure the Council achieves value for money for tenants and leaseholders.

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North West Leicestershire District Council is working with the National Forest Company again this year on several offers of free trees in North West Leicestershire. Fancy a tree for FREE. Our overwhelmingly popular Free Tree Scheme is back again for 2013 – and this year we are branching out... The scheme has already seen local people plant thousands of trees all across the district – all part of our ‘Green Footprints’ commitment to make us all feel prouder of our district. As well as the free trees (Cherry Plum, Hazel, Rowan and Wild Pear) this year we have a new Hedge Fund. We have a limited amount of packs available – containing mostly hawthorns and a smaller number of other suitable hedge trees. You can apply on-line Orchards in your Community. Up to 20 trees per community are available; if you or a group in your community is interested in this scheme, please contact with the following information: Group Name, Contact Name, Contact Number, Position in the group:, Location of the proposed site/s, Who owns the site/s: North West Leicestershire District Council will supply and delivery the trees, stakes and tree ties; you will be required to plant the trees and commit to the longer term maintenance and management of the trees. We have a limited number of schemes that we can support this year, so if you are interested please contact us immediately. Grow a Tree from Seed. The acorn collecting season is almost here, so it’s an ideal time to think about growing trees for the future and a great way to get people together and involved in a project! For details on the National Forest Company’s Grow a Tree from Seed scheme and a pledge form please go to or contact Beverley Fairbrother at or 01283 551211.

Panel Members need to be objective, friendly, approachable, and treat everyone with respect. No formal qualifications are required to be a Tenants’ Scrutiny Panel Member. Full training is provided Transport can be provided if required Reasonable expenses are paid A contribution toward childcare costs can be paid If you are a tenant or leaseholder of North West Leicestershire District Council and want more information about becoming a Tenant Scrutiny Panel Member, please contact Peter Oliver on 01530 454605, or email

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