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Lion Bob Lilley, Coordinator for the Shepshed Lions Club Community First Responder Scheme has been trying to raise funds for equipment for the scheme and its volunteers. He has written to many companies and organisations to try and raise funds to develop the scheme and set up another scheme in nearby Loughborough. However, a source closer to home has been considering how she can support the project. This source is Bob’s Grandaughter, Jessica Docherty, aged 6 years. In a conversation with her mother, Nicola, Jessica asked “ Mummy, I know that Santa Claus sends some presents for me, and other people send me presents, but could you ask Santa to bring me one less present and give the money to Grandad for his heart people? Jessica’s mother said “ It is a bit too late as you have already sent your letter to Santa.” Jessica said, “OK mummy. So can I please give Grandad all the pennies out of my money box for his heart people?’ Jessica’s mother said “Grandad wouldn’t want you to take your pennies out of your money box”. Jessica then said, “Can you help me make something to sell to get some pennies for Grandads heart people”. Jessica’s mother said, “I don’t think we can make anything to sell”. Jessica was clearly disappointed so Nicola thought about what she could do to help Jessica achieve her goal to help Grandads heart people so Nicola contacted the Head Teacher at Jessica’s school, St Winefrides’ Voluntary Academy in Shepshed and he agreed to allow all of the children to have an “own clothes day” on the last day of term where each child donates £1 to the scheme for wearing their own clothes. When Jessica was asked why she wanted to donate to the scheme she said, “ I know how important it is to Grandad and his heart people. Grandad and his heart people are trying to help people who are poorly, so I want to help Grandad.” Jessica raised a total of £120 for the funds that will be used to purchase equipment for the team.


Shepshed Lions Club members are delighted to announce that the Santa Sleigh Collection undertaken by Santa Claus and Lions Members raised a substantial amount of money to be used for charitable causes. Santa was delighted with the response by all of the children and the parents he met. This year the club raised more than in previous years and Lion Bob Lilley said “ It never ceases to amaze us in the Lions Club how generous and supportive the public of Shepshed are. These are very difficult times for many people but this does not deter the public in supporting us.”


On Monday 16th December 2013 Shepshed Lions Club President Dave Jackson, together with his wife Lion Lynn, presented a cheque for £650 to Captain Anita Perkuss of the Salvation Army. The presentation was made in response to the request for funds to get homeless people in Charnwood off the streets for Christmas. The Salvation Army provides temporary accommodation, medical and health checks, food and support for homeless people. During the Festive Season.


COMMUNITY FIRST RESPONDERS In an effort to raise awareness and raise some funds, members of the newly formed Shepshed Lions Club Community First Responder Scheme attended the beer festival held at the Crown Hotel in Shepshed on Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th December 2013. The team gave demonstrations on basic life support and use of the defibrillator to customers attending the event. A total of £94 was generously donated to the scheme by customers in the pub, and two local businessmen, Tom Wilkinson and Harry Singh donated £75 each to enable the team to purchase two sets of defibrillator pads. Lion Bob Lilley, who is coordinator for the scheme said” This event was important for us as we are trying to raise awareness of what the scheme involves and what we are trying to achieve. The funds raised will be used to purchase new equipment and uniform for the team. Two potential new members for the scheme were also identified and this will enable us to provide more cover and support for the community and East Midlands Ambulance Service. We would like to thank Linda and John Savage for allowing us to attend this event.” If anyone is interested in volunteering or in sponsoring the scheme can contact Bob Lilley on 01509 508265 or by e-mail at

Santa Claus came to the assistance of Lion President Dave Jackson of Shepshed Lions Club in presenting £1000 worth of festive food to the Carpenters Arms at Loughborough. Lion Susan Lilley, who is a member of the welfare committee of the club, discovered that many families from Shepshed benefit from food parcels from the project. Following some enquiries and a discussion by the committee it was decided to boost the Christmas Parcels given out by the Carpenters Arms staff. The food was delivered on Wednesday 11th December 2013. Santa can be seen with Lions Club President Dave, Lion Susan Lilley and staff from the Carpenters Arms. The photograph was taken by Lion Lynn Jackson who also helped with the delivery of the foodstuffs,. A spokesman for the Carpenters Arms Project said, “This is a fantastic and generous donation from Shepshed Lions Club which will make a big difference to many families and individuals this Christmas”.

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library on October 14th for two Articles, News & Taekwondo on August 24th. The following students were ago Ray went to Africa (Malaw After an excellent meal, and a few words from the Club Chairman, project to build a maternity clin successful and were promoted to the next grade: Advertising: Peter Harvey, the Assistant Competition Secretary Alan Blood group of people who worked for in photo from left: EmmaPress Peace, Sally Sarson, Jacob Norwood proceeded to read out the overall results of the Competition the time. Peace, Ben JamieInd.Wilson, Unit 1,Rowell, South Leicester Estate League for 2013.Leicestershire, The Open subject class produced a three way Ellistown, LE67 1EU Danielle Lefort, Euan Small. Peter tie for first place between Harvey, Sue Hutton and Phil Tapp They were there for about 3 not in photo: Craig Foulds, Contact on subject class outright. whilst Phil also won theOffice Themed returned some of the sites and Michael Smith. spurred him on to paint pictures, Phil scored points inBen both classes added together to win canvasses of African pictures. Well done toenough all, especially or Miriam Bentley on

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learnt a great deal and was able to ask all the (non-health related) questions I would love to ask when I visit my GP but it isn’t really appropriate to do so!

I certainly enjoyed visiting the many Christmas events held locally, including the Christmas Tree Festival at St Botolph’s and the Victorian Fair held in the Church Hall. I also had my strangest assignment in Shepshed that day when the Rev Cynthia Hebden and I had to cut the hair of Richard III (aka David Whittington) in aid of charity. I certainly think I have no future in hair dressing and I hope David’s haircut hasn’t led to too many strange comments!

If the thought of running seems a bit daunting, then how about joining a friendly running group organised by Run England? Why not find out more here: www.lrsport. org/sports/running. And there is a great opportunity to test your new fitness levels by taking part in the Loughborough Half Marathon in aid of Loughborough-based charity, Living Without Abuse, in March. You can sign up here www.loughboroughhalf. - and I will see you at the start line!

Last month I spent a fascinating morning shadowing Dr Badiani at the Forest House Surgery in Shepshed. Thank you to him, his patients and all his staff for allowing me to sit in on the reception and in his surgery. I

Or perhaps your resolution is to get more involved in your local community. Well, an excellent opportunity will be presenting itself soon as plans for the 2014 Shepshed Show kick off with a launch event on

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Monday 17 February at Shepshed High School from 7pm. I think everyone who attended the 2013 show will agree that it was a fabulous event and I look forward to supporting this year’s show. Finally, I know Shepshed residents have been concerned about the future of services provided at Loughborough’s Community Hospital. In December the Health Minister, Dr Daniel Poulter, and I met the West Leicestershire Clinical Commissioning Group who commission those services when we visited the Urgent Care Centre. Both the Minister and I pressed the CCG Management hard on their plans for the hospital. The CCG made it clear to the Minister that the hospital has an important role to play in ensuring a full range of services are delivered closer to home. As Dr Nick Pulman, Chair of the West Leicestershire CCG said in our joint press release, “I hope this will help to reassure the local community that we are firmly committed to Loughborough Community hospital.”



Leicestershire County Council has pledged to continue its mortgage support scheme into the New Year, alongside the Government’s Help to Buy initiative. Council leader Nick Rushton wants local people to continue using the scheme, as there are still outstanding funds available with Lloyds Bank.

Almost £55 million will be ploughed into creating new school places across Leicestershire over the next three years. The money, announced by the government last week, will enable Leicestershire County Council to build new classrooms and construct new schools.

Last year, the county council agreed to lend Lloyds Bank £10 million, enabling it to offer low-cost mortgages to up to 400 first time buyers. Under the scheme, buyers have to find a deposit of just five per cent. So far, £6.7 million of the council’s deposit with Lloyds has been used to underwrite Local Lend a Hand mortgages, which has resulted in 312 mortgages being approved and 236 purchases completed. Recently, the Government has also launched its own scheme, known as Help to Buy, which gives people another option when it comes to taking out a mortgage. Nick Rushton said: “The council’s Local Lend a Hand scheme has been a massive success within Leicestershire and we want it to continue for as long as there is demand for it. It’s allowed many first-time buyers to enter the housing market with much lower deposits than would otherwise have been required, for mortgages of £142,500 or less.”

It can be used to develop new school places in circumstances where there might be increased births forecast, or families moving to a particular school’s catchment area. It’s been allocated in response to a three-year school place plan submitted by the council. Ivan Ould, Leicestershire County Council cabinet member for children and young peple, said: “This is excellent news and shows that the government has recognised the need for investment in our schools. “We are beginning to experience significant demand for school places, especially in the primary sector, but this money means we can ensure there are sufficient spaces available for children. We’re awaiting further information from the government and this will enable us to work with schools and other partners to work up a detailed plan early in the new year.” • PC, Laptop and Tablet repairs. • Networking, Wireless and Security. • XP/Vista upgrade to Windows 7 or 8.


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CHRISTINE RADFORD | BOROUGH COUNCILLOR’S COLUMN TEL: 01509 502974 - MOB: 07796 544817 - EMAIL: My role as a Borough Councillor can be very varied and interesting, dealing with housing problems, neighbour problems or planning issues. Would you like to remain living an independent life in your home, but are a little worried about having a fall or becoming ill in your home or garden? Lifeline is a Charnwood Borough Council facility available to anyone over 60, or those who are vulnerable or disabled in any way and would benefit from the added support of this device. It is available for any type of home, including privately owned.

The service runs 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Connected to an already existing phone line in your home, the device comes with a pendant to keep around the neck. Should you need assistance, just press the button on the pendant and the Lifeline Team will be able to talk to you. They can then take the appropriate action which could include calling your designated contact, coming to see you or calling the emergency services. The cost is a £30 one off charge to install the equipment and £50 per quarter for the service. This may be reduced if you are on benefits. To find out more details, call Charnwood Borough Council on 01509 643970.

GRANTS AVAILABLE Do you have a son or daughter who will be leaving school or college, July 2014, to go onto further education such as University, college or into an apprenticeship? I sit on a Charity (Thomas Harley’s Charities) which gives out grants to students whose family income is less than £35,000 per year. Grants can go towards equipment, (as in hairdressing, carpenter, car mechanic), books or towards accommodation. They will need a letter of support from their tutor to support their application. Our next meeting to discuss grants for the next financial year is in March 2014. For more information please contact me, Christine Radford on: 01509 502974.

FOOTPATH K62 CLOSED Footpath K62, which runs from Banbury Drive to Tickow Lane, will be closed from 6th January for 6 weeks to enable Wm Davis to carry out work on it. There is not a alternative footpath.

I am pleased to report that I have now received a copy of the Tree Preservation Order for land off Anson Road/Tickow Lane, which was dated 8th November, 2013. This is for 21 trees together with 6 groups of trees. I have given the Clerk to Shepshed Town Council a copy and I also have a copy should anybody wish to take a look. I will be keeping an eye on these trees together with monitoring the building works when residents contact me regarding any concerns they may have. I continue to hold a monthly surgery in the Town Council offices with other Conservative Councillors from 10-11am on the last Saturday of every month except December.

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Leicestershire County Council are hosting a Flood Fair to raise awareness of flood risk in Charnwood, on 30th January 2.00 7.00pm in Loughborough Town Hall. For further information contact the Flood Risk Management Team by email: or phone 0116 305 0001

ENERGY SAVING NETWORK I have just heard about a new initiative being run. I would like to take a few minutes of your time to tell you about BIG ENERGY SAVING NETWORK (BESN), a Department of Energy and Climate Change funded initiative to help vulnerable households reduce their energy cost through ‘assisted action’ on tariffs, switching and take up of energy efficiency offers. Free, impartial advice about sessions are being run, and for further information about 4 Ways to Warmth please call 01509 634937 or email


TEL: 01509 502974 - MOB: 07796 544817 - EMAIL: As your County Councillor, I am always on hand to try and deal, with any concerns you may have about services provided by Leicestershire County Council. (LCC). I am pleased that Shepshed Town Council has written to Leicestershire County Council stating their concerns regarding the proposed Waste Transfer, Treatment and Recycling facility on Ingleberry Road. LE12 9DE. (LCC No. 2013/CM/0347/LCC. As County Councillor I have asked that this application goes before a Committee to be discussed. I shall speak at this Committee and Shepshed Town Council has asked that a representative speaks. Residents can also ask to speak and raise any concerns they may have. The Clerk to Shepshed Town Council has organised for a representative from A. E. Burgess, the applicants for this facility to talk to and answer questions at a meeting of the Town

Council on 8th January. If you would like any points raising, please contact your local Town Councillor to get the matter raised. The County has organised a Jobs and Skills Fair to be held in Loughborough Town Hall on Thursday 16th January between 11am and 3pm. 36 exhibitors have already been confirmed so this is a great opportunity for people looking for work, training, and guidance in finding a job or setting up their own business. Anyone is welcome to attend if you would like further information please get in touch with Sarah Rudkin call 0116 3057023 or email: I have been approached by a number of residents regarding the grit bins having not yet been filled. I have chased these up, if you are concerned about a grit bin near to you not yet having been filled with salt/grit please get in touch. It is too late this year to have a grit bin placed near to you. If you request one, properties near to the proposed site have to agree to its

location and in some cases approval is not forthcoming. Please remember this grit/ salt is for use only on public footpaths and dangerous junctions, not for private drives. The Local Authority Mortgage Scheme for Leicestershire which commenced in September 2012 has been lent £7.4 million by the County Council. To date 312 mortgages have been approved, and of these 236 have already been completed. The total value of mortgages that have been agreed is £35m. The County Council’s scheme has undoubtedly been a success within Leicestershire and has allowed many first time buyers to enter the housing market with much lower deposits than would otherwise have been required. I hold a monthly surgery at the Council Offices in Shepshed between 10-11am on the last Saturday of every month (except December).

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DO YOU KNOW AN INSPIRING YOUNGSTER? The Lord-Lieutenant’s Award for Young People 2014 aims to identify, celebrate and reward the very best examples of achievement by young people in Leicester and Leicestershire. The award is open to 13 to 19 year olds, and individuals can be nominated by other young people, their school, parent/carer, or any other agency or individual.

COLOURED BELT GRADING At the grading held at Shepshed Taekwondo in November the following 11 students were successful:

Five categories are available: Young Braveheart Young Volunteer Young Voice Young Most Improved Sports Player Young Artist The closing date for entries for the 2014 awards is 31 January 2014. To find out more about the awards and to nominate a young person please visit

DRAW A POSTER PROMOTING FOOD COMPOSTING Two events are to be held at Snibston Discovery Museum to launch the UK completion to design and draw a poster promoting composting. The events held on 23rd and 25th January provide schools the opportunity to participate in the launch of the competition and a chance for children to enjoy an extra activity during half-term. The free UK wide poster competition is being organised as part of 2014 International Compost Awareness Week by Leicestershire Master Composters to promote composting and encourage individuals, schools, colleges and businesses to reduce and compost their organic waste. The subject of this year’s event is Food Waste and the poster should promote composting as a means of reducing the amount of food waste sent to landfill sites across the country.

Back row: Euan Small, Ben Rowell, Tim Revill, Danielle Lefort. Middle row: Eddie Small, Has Somerset, Michael Smith, Jamie Wilson. Front: Elinor Overton. Not in photo: Sally Sarson, Craig Foulds The examiner, Mr Jamie Cameron from Derby, commented on the high standard achieved overall and awarded ‘A’ passes to Ben Rowell, Danielle Lefort and 6 year old Elinor Overton. Well done to all. Find out more visit: Left: Elinor receiving her certificate from her instructor, Mr Pat Shawcroft.


The poster can illustrate any aspect of composting relating to food waste and could show: • • • • • •

The types of food that can be composted. Environmental benefits of food composting. Composting of kitchen waste and leftover cooked food in Bokashi bin or food digester. Composting of uncooked kitchen vegetable and garden waste using a compost heap, bin or wormery. Hot composting of uncooked and cooked food in an Hot composting system. Larger scale composting of food waste in a school, pub or cafe.

The closing date for those unable to attend the launch is 1st May 2014. Schools are invited to submit photos of their students working on their posters for display on our website. Posters entered for the competition will be displayed on the web and at Snibston Discovery Museum, Coalville, Leicestershire during Compost Awareness Week. Donations for prizes are currently being sought. Some of the 2013 entries are may be seen at and may be freely reproduced. Further details are available at Entries other than those from the launch events should be emailed as Jpeg images to

On the Tuesday night before Christmas Shepshed Taekwondo held their Christmas Training Session. Students trained in fancy dress and the fun on the night included team ‘mop hockey’, and blindfold patterns followed by well earned snacks and drinks provided by the club and members. The fancy dress was won by an amazing ‘Mr T’, later identified as Tim Revill!

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Shoppers making the most of the new year sales are reminded that "Keep Safe Places" have been established in busy retail areas across Leicester and Leicestershire. With town and city centres bustling with people keen to bag a bargain, the venues are available for anyone who feels vulnerable, upset, scared or distressed.

On Saturday January 25th the Loughborough Orchestra will present its Winter concert in Trinity Methodist Church Centre, Loughborough at 7.30pm. Included in the programme are some very well known pieces of music; the most popular of these being the Haydn Trumpet concerto in Eb.

Set up in libraries and shops, including Age UK shops and businesses, staff can offer immediate reassurance to anyone that needs it. Staff can offer basic support, including a place to sit down and contacting friends or relatives if necessary, or the emergency services if required. The initiative has been developed by the county council in partnership with the police, city and district / borough councils, local community partnerships and Age UK Leicester Shire & Rutland. Joe Orson, Leicestershire County Council cabinet member for community safety, said: “Shopping areas are traditionally very busy at this time of year with people clamouring to bag a new year bargain. "We want people to know there are ‘safe havens’ they can go to if they are feeling upset, scared or distressed." Changes to the scheme mean that users now also have the option of being referred to First Contact, a multi-agency initiative that checks if people would benefit from a host of services and advice such as getting the right benefits, smoke alarms, help with their finances or support for carers. Venues that are Keep Safe Places display special stickers. Details of where Keep Safe Places are located can be found, including photos of the venues, can be found at:

CHERA VOCE’S Chera Voce’s programme of performances finished 2013 with a variety of concerts in Shepshed and Birstall in aid of local charities, along with a selection of Christmas carols and seasonal favourites for charity in Loughborough’s Carillon Court. Chera Voce is a group of singers who share a love of harmony singing. They are based in Shepshed, getting together once a month to rehearse. Their repertoire covers a wide variety of vocal harmony from classical music to modern day musicals. New members are always welcome and no previous singing experience is necessary. Contact details for further information are 01509 505648 or 01509 561458.

Rebecca Robertson is to be the guest soloist for this performance. Rebecca graduated with Honours from the Royal Northern College of Music in 2010 before spending two years at the Conservatoire regionale Rayonneent de Jean Philippe Rameau at Dijon. She has also been a member of the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain for 4 years. Her guest spot with the Loughborough Orchestra completes a circle of trumpet playing! Rebecca’s father was one of the first pupils of Trevor Lax, conductor of the Loughborough Orchestra. The evening also includes the “Prelude to Hänsel and Gretel” by Humperdinck and “Night on a Bald Mountain” by Mussorgsky, arranged by Rimsky Korsakov. This spooky piece featured in the Disney film “Fantasia”, giving it a much wider audience. The final orchestral piece is Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony, with its memorable melodies. Parts of the Symphony have been used for a variety of different musical uses including film music and advertising for Australian TV, besides inspiring other themes and songs.

SMOKERS URGED TO QUIT THIS NEW YEAR Give up smoking this year, or you’ll do untold damage to your body. That’s the hard-hitting message from a new national campaign, backed by Leicestershire County Council, to encourage smokers to quit. Public Health England has launched TV advertising which shows how smoking puts toxins into a smoker’s bloodstream, which are then pumped around the body and into the brain. Ernie White, Leicestershire County Council’s cabinet member for health, said: “The New Year offers a new start for the two-thirds of smokers who are trying to quit. The risks of smoking are clear but there is lots of practical help and support on offer to help people to give up.” More than 2,600 Leicestershire smokers gave up cigarettes during October’s Stoptober campaign in Leicestershire which makes them five times more likely to quit, permanently. Benefits of quitting include: • An extra week of life, for every month you quit • Savings of £150 per month, or almost £2,000 per year Here are the key facts about stopping smoking: • After 20 minutes, your blood pressure and pulse return to normal • After 24 hours, your lungs start to clear • After two days, your body is nicotine-free and your sense of taste and smell improve • After three days, you can breathe more easily, and your energy increases • After two to 12 weeks, your circulation improves • After three to nine months coughs, wheezing and breathing improves • After one year, your heart attack risk is half that of a smoker • After 10 years, your lung cancer risk is half that of a smoker The county council funds work in Leicestershire by the stopsmoking service, STOP! Other work includes: • Working with schools, the Youth Offending Service and others to help change perceptions and reduce the number of young people using tobacco • Step Right Out, a smoke-free homes and cars campaign • Home fire safety inspections and fire alarms, through the fire service • Work by Trading Standards to clamp down on under-age and illegal sales of tobacco products For further information see or call 0845 045 2828

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A THANK YOU FROM SHEPSHED FOODBANK All those involved with working with Carpenters’ Arms in Loughborough to bring food parcels to the Shepshed clients would like to thank all the volunteers who regularly give their time to ensure there is a regular service. We should also like to thank all those who have contributed tinned and dry goods to the collection points at St Botolph’s Church, St Winefrides’s Church, the Glenmore Centre, BOAL Aluminium and ASDA. It is not easy for Churches to set aside space for a collection point and not every business is able to encourage its staff and customers to donate. Without these regular collections the foodbank would not be able to ensure a parcel service for those families and individuals in need. We wish all our donors, volunteers and clients a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year and we shall work to continue the service in 2014 with the support of the generous residents and businesses of Shepshed.

CHRISTMAS DAY LUNCH PROJECT Yet again we have had another successful Christmas Day lunch at the Glenmore Centre for people who would otherwise have been spending probably quite a lonely day on their own. A big thank you must go to all the volunteers who have given up their time to help, thus ensuring the day was a huge success, without them the day would not have taken place. The local community has also been very generous with donations, raffle prizes, Christmas crackers and hampers. Guests enjoyed the day so much they are already talking about next Christmas!


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RAVENSTONE YOUTH CLUB Ravenstone Youth Club Second Reunion at Ravenstone Institute on Saturday 22nd February 2014 from 8pm until 11.45pm Featuring live group ‘The Revivals’. Relive the sounds of the 60s and meet up with old friends. Bring your old teenage photos! Licensed bar, bring your own nibbles. To find out more contact Tom or Janet on 01530 415196 for information.

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