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ISSUE 36 - MARCH 2014

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WELCOME TO YOUR MARCH SHEPSHED COMMUNITY EYE MAGAZINE! As the frosty mornings are slowly giving way to brighter more sunny starts, the spring bulbs in my garden have finally made it through the thick mud and pools of water from the terrible weather we have had. Let’s hope that this is the start of Spring and the worst of the rain is behind us now. Helping you to get your garden ready for Spring is Bel, our garden expert who is helping us to get our boarders ready for planting.

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Judy from Acacia Blind is also on hand to help if the weather doesn’t improve soon as she has tips on how to use floral and garden fabrics to bring the garden in doors. Our magazine is growing thanks to our lovely advertisers, this enables us to put even more community related articles and interesting pieces in for you to enjoy. If you know of any businesses small or large who might like to advertise please let me know. We are also looking for companies to sponsor some of our pages to help us to bring you even more. I hope you enjoy your magazine and look forward to bringing you your Easter magazine next month.

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LUFFIELD SALES TEAM TRIUMPH AGAIN AT NATIONAL EXCELLENCE AWARDS The Sales Team at Luffield Cars have again won the title of Sales Team of the Year for the Central Region at the National Citroen Dealer Excellence Awards. Having secured the title in 2011 and 2012 the Citroen Dealership located on Belton Road in Loughborough strived throughout the year to try and make it three in a row. The Excellence Awards programme recognises and rewards the most successful individuals and dealerships within the Citroen Dealer Network. The success is primarily based on the Customer Satisfaction Score achieved by the dealership over the previous twelve months, but other key measurements are also included to help work out who is the best of the best.

“Although we were able to see the monthly results, the final scoring was kept secret until the award evening” said Dealer Principle, Paul McNeil. “We knew that we were one of the finalists, but with such a high standard achieved by other dealers in the network, we couldn’t be sure we had won until it was announced”. The awards were hosted by comedian and ventriloquist, Nina Conti, at a glittering Gala dinner held at the exclusive Grove Hotel in Hertfordshire. The Circus themed evening included displays by acrobats and jugglers and culminated in a breath taking fire routine.

Luffield Sales Team

The award was presented to the Luffield Sales Team by Bek Hassan, Citroen UK Sales Director, who described Luffield’s outstanding performance as exceptional.

Left To Right: Paul McNeil Dealer Principal, Russ Claxton Sales Executive, Ian Tattersall Sales Manager, Leslie Hayden Sales Executive

FREE ADULT CYCLING COURSES IN LEICESTERSHIRE Free Adult Cycling Courses are taking place across Leicestershire. The courses are taking place around the county and aim to help anybody over the age of 16 feel more confident on two wheels and make more journeys by bike. The courses, which take place for two hours a week for five weeks, are ideal for people who have never been on a bike before, riders who want to improve their confidence and people who haven't cycled for years. Cycling is a great way to stay in shape, save money on the costs of running a car and an ideal way to explore the county. Courses running in the Charnwood area include: Loughborough College, Radmoor Road on Saturdays 10am – 12noon 19th, 26th April & 3rd, 10th, 17th May 2014. Course are also running in July/August and October/ November Quorn, St Bartholomew Primary School on Thursdays from 6-8pm 15th, 22nd, 29th May & 5th, 12th June Syston, Watermead park, King Lear's Lake car park on Saturdays from 10am – 12 noon 29th March & 5th,12th,19th,26th April. Course are also running in July/August and September/October For a full list of the adult cycling courses visit www.leics.gov.uk/cyclecourses. To book your free place call us on 0116 305 3179 or e-mail oisin.walker@leics.gov.uk

THE PUB WORLD MOVES ON For a number of years now public houses have been closing across the country. We are given to understand that this is due in no small part to the cheap alcohol available from supermarkets and the pubs customers have found it a lot cheaper to drink at home.

One of the casualties has been the Ox Lea on Anson Road. A planning application to turn it into a retail outlet is currently with Charnwood Borough Council. Another more recent casualty had been the Jolly Farmers on Iveshead Road, but this has just undergone a complete refurbishment and change of ownership and reopened on 28th February as a traditional public house, one of the new owners aims is to establish a dart’s and dominoes teams. The pub was originally a farm but in 1851 was opened as a public house run by William Kirkland until 1867 when it was taken over by John Kirkland a presumably a son. A book about the history of the pub is held behind the bar should you wish to take a look. This was largely compiled by Michael Wortley. I am sure if any residents have any further photos or information the new landlord will be willing to incorporate them. The White Horse public house on Ashby Road West is currently undergoing a major refurbishment even a name change, it is now known as The Horse and it is hoped that it will re-open in time for Easter. I understand that it will be serving hot meals. With its situation on the main A512 this may attract passing trade as well as local business.

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NICKY MORGAN | AN UPDATE FROM YOUR LOCAL MP Tel: 01509 262723 - Email: nicky.morgan.mp@parliament.uk On Friday 28th March I organised a Business Budget Breakfast at Livio’s restaurant. The event was open to all businesses in Shepshed and gave everyone an opportunity to share their thoughts on the Chancellor’s 2014 Budget. We were joined by TaxAssist Accountants who gave their views on the announcements made. As regular readers will know I have worked with Shepshed County Councillor, Christine Radford, to set up a Shepshed Business Forum and it is hoped that this can, in time, become the Shepshed Chamber of Trade. This would really give Shepshed businesses, large or small, a unified voice on local policies and development affecting them and the town. If you are interested in helping with this please do contact me or Christine.

I was delighted to attend the launch night of the Shepshed Show 2014. It has been my pleasure to support the Shepshed Show Committee members from early 2013 and this year’s show looks as if it will be even bigger and better. The boxing display by members of the Shepshed Boxing Club was terrific and left me feeling exhausted! Good luck to everyone involved in organising the 2014 Show which is to be held on Saturday 21 June. And, as we said at the launch night, this is Shepshed’s Show so please do get involved and lend a hand. Thank you to all residents who have contacted me about continuing planning matters, particularly with queries related to flooding. Whilst we are all grateful that, so far, we have escaped the terrible flooding elsewhere in the UK there is no doubt that we cannot be complacent. I mentioned in last month’s column that I had been in touch with the Department for Environment,

Food and Rural Affairs about the legislation which covers the maintenance of drainage measures installed in new developments. I have now sent an update on that to the Town Council. I am also due to meet the Environment Agency soon to discuss concerns about flooding across my constituency. Finally I am looking forward to visiting the Shepshed Dynamo FC ground on Saturday 1st March. Shepshed Dynamo Youth and Junior FC will be celebrating the creation of two new youth teams – thanks to a £5,000 grant from the Football Foundation, the country’s largest sports charity – by staging a match which will give me the chance to meet the young new footballers and the volunteers who give their time to the club every week.

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NICKY MORGAN MP MEETS SHEPSHED’S FAMILIES AT LOCAL ASDA STORE Nicky Morgan MP visited Asda Shepshed yesterday, where she met customers and heard first-hand about how they are juggling household budgets and their aspirations for 2014.

Customers discussed a variety of topics with Nicky and provided insights into how they feel about the cost of living, the economy and household finances, as well as Government policies and social issues. Asda arranged the visit as part of its ongoing Community Life scheme, which has seen the supermarket take steps to place its stores at the heart of their local communities, including opening up their doors for use by community groups and fundraising for local good causes. Nicky commented “Yesterday’s listening event was a great opportunity to continue the conversations with local families I have on a regular basis and I am grateful to Asda for setting this event up. The cost of living is a topic that Shepshed residents regularly raise with me. As a Government we are working to ensure that the economic recovery benefits everyone, so it was particularly useful to see and hear first-hand how families are managing their household finances and their level of optimism for the future.”

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SHEPSHED LIONS CLUB

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Members of Shepshed Lions Club and their partners celebrated the 27th Annual Charter Dinner at the Carillon Rooms, Loughborough on the evening of Saturday 8th February 2014. Eight guests who are members of the Lions Club of Domont, France, joined the members of the Shepshed Club. The two clubs have been twinned together for 20years. Other local Lions Clubs were also represented at the annual dinner, Entertainment was provided by Andy Walker. The Shepshed Lions Club Community First Responders have been very busy during February giving up their time to support the Community and East Midlands Ambulance Service. They have together provided emergency cover and attended incidents in Shepshed, Coalville, Loughborough and Belton. The team covered 76 hours duty and attended a number of incidents. If anyone is interested in joining the scheme, or wish to make a donation or provide sponsorship to the scheme please contact the scheme coordinator Lion Bob Lilley on 01509 508265 or by e-mail at thelilleys15@gmail.com. Two members of the scheme went to a meeting at East Midlands Ambulance Service HQ in Nottingham and were successful in confirming that the scheme will take possession of a fully liveried Skoda Fabia car for use by the volunteers. The car will be delivered to the team in mid to late April. A further press release will be issued when the vehicle arrives.

It’s almost time for the next Speedwatch event in Shepshed. New volunteers are always welcome, given training and issued with high vision clothing to ensure that they can be seen and are safe. If you would like to help please ring Tel: 01509 506842. Drive and cycle safely.

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With Easter now on the horizon Shepshed Lions Club will be conducting their annual Easter Egg Raffle in the town. Keep an eye out for the giant Easter Eggs in the local public houses and some business premises. Every penny raised goes to charitable good causes.

SHEPSHED LOROS SUPPORT GROUP Thank you to all those who made the launch event of the Shepshed Town Team in January such a successful evening. Our next meeting will take a closer look at Heritage, establishing Town Trails, the protection of important buildings, the impact of shop fronts, linking with the National Forest, cycle trails and enhanced signage. Please join us at Shepshed High School at 6.00pm on Monday 17th March for light refreshments and networking, informative speakers and a chance to discuss the aspects and decide on priorities.

PLANS TO OPEN UP NEW CO-OP STORE AT FORMER OX LEA PUB A thank you tea was once again held at Shepshed Bowls Club on Sat February 15th, where the group handed over a cheque for £375000 to Loros. We have been fund raising for 28 years and as ever are thanks go to the people of Shepshed for their continued support.

The former Ox Lea pub on Anson Road which could become Shepshed’s second Co-op store. There has been a planning application submitted by Paragon Property Developments to Charnwood Borough Council to change the use of the pub into a convenience store and a first floor residential unit. The store could create up to 23 new jobs.

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SERVICES AT ST BOTOLPH’S CHURCH, SHEPSHED Sunday 2 March 8.00am​​ 9.30am​​ 10.45am 6.00pm

Holy Communion Family Service Holy Communion BCP Evensong

Sunday 9 March 8.00am ​​Holy Communion 9.30am​​ Family Service 11.00am Holy Communion 6.00pm ​​BCP Evensong Sunday 16 March 8.00am Holy Communion 9.30am Family Service 11.00am Holy Communion Sunday 23 March 8.00am Holy Communion 9.30am Family Service 11.00am Holy Communion Sunday 30 March 8.00am Holy Communion 9.30am Family Service 11.00am Holy Communion 6.00pm Healing Service Wednesday Morning 10.00am, Holy Communion At St Botolph’s, Shepshed Ash Wednesday Services 10.00am & 7.30pm, 5th March At St Botolph’s, Shepshed SERVICES AT ST JAMES’ CHURCH, OAKS IN CHARNWOOD Sunday 2 March​ 8.30am​​ Holy Communion 11.15am Holy Communion 4.00pm BCP Evensong Sunday 9 March 8.30am ​​BCP Holy Communion 4.00pm BCP Evensong Sunday 16 February 8.30am Holy Communion 11.15am Family Service 4.00pm Holy Communion Sunday 23 March 8.30am​​ Holy Communion 4.00pm​​ BCP Evensong Sunday 30 March Mothering Sunday 8.30am Holy Communion 4.00pm Mothering Sunday

SHEPSHED RAMBLERS 16 MARCH 2014

Walkers to meet at Shepshed Market Place at 09.25 for a 09.30 departure for Breezy Burton on the Wolds. The walk is about six miles in length and walkers will need to take a coffee break and lunch. If anyone would like further information please contact Margaret on 01509 600510 or Bernie on 01059 828328.

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HALLCROFT OPTICIANS - EYEWEAR CONSULTATIONS Our eyewear consultations are free of charge and are available to existing clients, new clients booking an eye examination or clients bringing prescriptions from elsewhere. Whether you’re looking for an everyday pair of glasses or eyewear for your next holiday, we can help. What is an eyewear consultation?

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In simple terms, an eyewear consultation is an analysis of your prescription, lifestyle and personality to determine the best possible eyewear solution/ style for you. Providing the best possible eye care has been our business for over 30 years. Eyewear plays a vital role in getting the most from your eye care. We understand that choosing the perfect eyewear can often be confusing, but at Hallcroft Opticians our eyewear consultations are designed to ensure that choosing glasses is not only effortless, but also lots of fun!

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We are truly passionate about finding you the perfect solution and giving you the best possible vision for the demands of your lifestyle whilst complimenting your individual style and personality. Our eyewear consultations consist of 2 elements: 1) Prescription analysis/lens advice tailored to your lifestyle. 2) Frame selection/advice, tailored to your personal style/ lifestyle. Prescription analysis: We will assess your spectacle prescription and consider, When will the glasses be worn? e.g. all day, reading, golf, sewing, computer work or sport. The cosmetic appearance of the lenses, e.g. lens thickness, reflections, tints. The weight & comfort of the lens. e.g. higher prescriptions can cause heavy lenses. Your budget – we will always aim to find the best solution whilst respecting your budget. We will then recommend the ideal lens, or combination of lenses specifically tailored to your lifestyle and budget. We will also discuss the option of contact lenses where appropriate. Frame selection: The second element of the consultation focuses on the frame choice. With such a wide choice, selecting the perfect frames without advice can seem like quite an undertaking. Our trained dispensing opticians are passionate about finding frames that you love. We understand that we are all unique and ‘one size fits all’ simply does not apply to eyewear. Frames vary from minimalist to bold and daring. We will consider: The comfort & fit of the glasses. Your colouring/ face shape. Your personality e.g bold and daring, minimalist and conservative. Many clients are looking for just one pair of glasses to suit many needs, others prefer to select a wardrobe of glasses for different occasions/ activities. Whatever your preference, our consultations are all about you. Offering a personalised service for each individual, we thoroughly enjoy eyewear consulting aiming to make every consultation as unique as you are. Would you like an eyewear consultation? Call us on 01509 650666 Bonita Irish - FBDO Hallcroft Opticians

LIBERAL DEMOCRATS ADVICE SURGERY Shepshed Liberal Democrat Councillors’ advice surgery is held on the first Saturday of every month at Shepshed Town Council, Charnwood Rd, Shepshed, from 10am to 11am. Appointments are not necessary, for more information, Tel 01509 561458.

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It’s been a crazy few months for Cloudy2Clear Windows. The company which specialises in repairing windows which are steamed up, broken or damaged by replacing the panes – not the frames has grown rapidly as homeowners take advantage of their services. Managing Director Michael Parr feels that it’s all about service. ‘Our product is simple. If your double glazing is misted up we can replace

the glass at a fraction of the cost of a new window, in any type of frame, and with a new 5 year guarantee. But it’s not just about saving people money, although that obviously helps. Many tradespeople have struggled since last year and I honestly feel that during the good times a minority perhaps didn’t focus on customer care as much as they should have done. We make sure we turn up when we say we will, do the job the customer

requires and leave their house as clean as a whistle. I often get comments back from customers on how they really didn’t expect that sort of service which, in a way, is very sad for the service industry as a whole.’ Cloudy2Clear service Shepshed & the surrounding area and Michael is finding that his approach is a major factor in his success. ‘The truth is that it’s not just the personal satisfaction that I

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

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BRING THE GARDEN INDOORS It’s easy to create a fresh new look by bringing a touch of floral elegance to your home with the new collections from Prestigious Textiles. The ' Italian Garden' range of fabrics combine delicate flower prints with watercolour stripes brought right up to date with zesty colour ways. Or, why not consider the 'Wild Garden' range from Clarke and Clarke. Inspired by the countryside you can have delicate embroidered foxgloves and cowslips on soft linens or a contemporary block printed fern design as a complete contrast. Colours range from fresh lime green to soft grey blue. All of these fabrics are perfect as curtains, blinds and cushions and we can supply a range of matching tiebacks, trimmings and poles for that finishing touch. They are also suitable for upholstery and can be ordered by the metre. Simply call us for a no obligation quotation in the comfort of your own home and let Acacia bring a fresh new look to your windows this Spring. Acacia Curtains and Blinds Tel 01509 650832

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GREEN THUMB - LAWN TREATMENT SERVICE Martin and Michelle Williams have been running their award winning GreenThumb Lawn Service franchise for over 14 years. They now have over 6000 satisfied customers whose lawns they visit on a regular basis to apply seasonal treatments. Prices start from only £15 per treatment. This means that many of GreenThumb’s customers who have an annual programme of treatments, pay only £5 per month. The British weather will remain unpredictable, but what we can say for sure is that many lawns will be ready for some TLC come the Spring. After one of the wettest Winters on record, lawns will soon start to look yellow, sparse and very mossy. GreenThumb’s treatments will give you the lush, green, weed-free lawn that you have always wanted. SPRING TOP TIPS LAWN CARE Here are some tips for Spring lawn care – courtesy of Martin and Michelle: • Make sure that your mower has been serviced and that the blades are sharp. • When you give your lawn the first cut of the season – aim to remove only the top third of growth. Remove too much all in one go and the grass will look very yellow. • When the grass growing season is properly underway, mow the lawn at least once and week. • NEVER cut the grass shorter than one inch. • Apply a Spring blend, nitrogen rich feed to the lawns. • Spray weeds with a product which is recommended for use on grass some weedkillers will get rid of everything including your lawn! If you would like GreenThumb to take care of the feeding, weeding and moss control for you, then why not contact them for a noobligation, FREE lawn analysis and quote: Phone: ​0116 269 4019 Freephone​: 0800 0111 222 Email:​ leicswest@greenthumb.co.uk Facebook: ​ Greenthumb Leicestershire West Website: www.greenthumb.co.uk

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pring is on its way and hopefully the rain will abate soon, giving us all a chance to get out into our gardens. My mission for the spring is to create new planting areas in my own garden and reinvigorate the tired borders in my client’s gardens. I took on my current garden a year ago when we bought an old house in need of renovation. It’s very traditional - long and narrow with a lawn, gravelled areas and a veg patch, flanked by neat Privet hedges. The formal layout is practical but it lacks style and is crying out for a vibrant injection of colour. Skinny little borders rarely offer enough space for a good range of plants, there fine if all you want is a lavender hedge but to create a dramatic planting scheme I recommend a minimum depth of 1.2m. They don’t have to be long & straight, curved island borders work well too. Mine will be contemporary geometric blocks to work with the existing layout of the paths. Whether I’m creating new borders or reinvigorating an existing one, I dig over the soil adding plenty of compost and fertiliser (such as Growmore) to loosen up the compacted ground, improve

What to Look out for in your local Nursery, Garden Centre & Florist in Feb/March For the structural plants look for shrubs like; Topiary Box Balls; Viburnum ‘Eve Price’ a low maintenance winter flowerer; Choisya; Hebes; Phormium; Escallonia or for acidic soils try Skimmia, Pieris, Rhododendrons & Azaleas. There are bright and cheery pots of spring bulbs, ideal for adding early season colour amongst the shrubs or in pots. Look for Narcissus, Muscari, Iris, Crocus and Tulips.

drainage and feed the soil. It must be weed free too, otherwise within a season or two the border will be a tangled mess. A systemic weed killer (containing Glyphosate) can be used to kill persistent weeds like bind weed and brambles. In low maintenance gardens, I discourage future weed growth by laying membrane on the soil surface. A mulch of gravel or bark covers the unsightly membrane when complete. With the hard work done I’ll progress to the exciting bit – choosing the plants. Perennials and grasses are my passion. I’ve been collecting and growing unusual varieties for years. I’m always tempted by something when I visit a nursery and working as a professional grower, producing tens of thousands of plants each year, I’m constantly tempted to add to my collection! I’m not unique; many of us are seduced by plants that are looking at their best, generally in the spring and summer. The down side of this is that the garden can be devoid of colour for the other 6 months of the year! It can also create a very messy patchwork of colour and shape with lots of mismatched individual plants all muddled up together. Visiting

a garden centre or nursery regularly and purchasing a few at a time will help to build up a good year-round palette of plants. Whilst planting in blocks of 3-5 of the same plant will give a more cohesive and stylish look. So with that in mind, which plants to choose? Well to start off with, all borders need some structural planting to act as the backbone of the border. I do this by selecting key shrubs like Viburnum ‘Eve Price’, Choisya ‘White Dazzler’ or Box balls (see more examples below). These are evergreen so will look good even in the depths of winter. Once these are in I add the vibrant colour by Inter-planting with bulbs, perennials, flowering shrubs and ornamental grasses. You can find examples of planting schemes on at www.belgrierson.co.uk/inspiration If your garden is lacking colour and drama follow my lead and try refreshing an existing border or create a new one. Get the labour intensive work done on a sunny spring day then visit your local garden centre or nursery to select a few structural shrubs. Next month I’ll be looking at the perennials, shrubs and grasses you can add for spring & early summer colour.

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On Friday 14th February Andy from Open Box Promotions did a sponsored walk from Leicester Forest East to Coalville to raise much needed funds for Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance service. As you are aware Open Box Promotions, home of Your Local and Community Eye magazines, have been taking part in the Big Business Challenge and was competing against other business’ to try and raise as much money as possible for DLR Air Ambulance in just a few weeks! In addition to our ‘Wear it Yellow’ day, Andy dressed up as a duck to help us to raise even more money. You can still support us by donating either online at www.justgiving.com/ openboxpromotions or by texting OPEN64 and the amount to wish to donate (eg £2, £5 etc) to 70070.

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SHEPSHED & DISTRICT CAMERA CLUB

The members of Shepshed and District Camera Club enjoyed two major meetings just before the February mid-term break, the first a lecture by a local photographer and the other an annual in-club competition.

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Bill Allsopp, a well known Leicestershire based landscape photographer, gave the Club a talk entitled “Digital Monochrome Methods” and during the first part of the evening displayed a very good selection of his own monochrome images, backed up by a very entertaining commentary.

St Botolph’s Mothers Union - SBCH 12 March - 11.15am Speaker: Emily Sharman - Passion Tel: Rose Marie Manning 01509 563001 St James’ Mothers Union - OSH 17 March - 2.30pm Holy Communion followed by Bring and Buy Tel: Janet Quenby 01509 506154

Later on Bill used just a few of his own images to demonstrate various ways of enhancing and improving images using various different types of software. He has an excellent website where many of the pictures the club saw can be seen at www.billallsopp.co.uk The following week 15 of the Club’s members took part in the “4 New Images Competition” in which each entrant entered four digital images that had not been seen in any club competitions before. Judge Hazel Manning entertained the members with an excellent appraisal of each image and awarded each a mark out of 20. When the scores were added up Club Secretary Brian Negus turned out to be the winner, for the second year running, with a score of 72 points, Alan Harris took second place with 71 and Alan Blood third place with 68.

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The award for best image overall also went to Brian Negus with “Dusk At Coalport.” Shown above. The Club’s meetings at the Council Offices, Charnwood Road recommence on Tuesday, 11th. March and go on until late May. More details are available on the Club’s website at www.shepshedcameraclub.co.uk

TENANTS CHOOSE THEIR FINISHING TOUCHES Tenants of Charnwood Borough Council are being invited to have their say on the finishing touches for their new kitchens and bathrooms.

Antiques Valuation and Talk 20 March - 7.30pm At St. Botolph’s Church, Shepshed. £5 per item brought for evaluation (incl a glass of wine). Everyone welcome, with or without an item to value. You can come along just to listen to the talk. Fold Group for people with Learning Difficulties - SBCH 21 March - 7.00pm-9.00pm Tel: Kathy Cole 01509 506119 Pipes and Bells in Concert 22 March - 7.30pm at St. Botolph’s Church. FREE entry - collection will be taken in aid of the appeal. Featuring the organists and bellringers of St. Botolph’s Church and Hathern in aid of the organ and bells essential maintenance work appeal. Super Soup Lunch 28 March 12:00pm-2:00pm St. Botolph’s Church Hall £3 for Soup, a roll and tea or coffee. All proceeds to Christian Aid.

Wates was appointed in January 2014 following a rigorous tender process for the five year contract worth around £5m per year. They will deliver the improvements as part of the Charnwood Standard a fiveyear plan to improve our properties.

Shepshed Men’s’ Fellowship All welcome. Further enquiries please call Parish Office Tel. 01509 502255, or email: sbotandsj@btinternet.com

The Council will exceed the Decent Homes standard of a modern kitchen or bathroom by replacing all kitchens over 20 years old and bathrooms over 30 years old. Tenants in properties which are due for a new kitchen or bathroom have been invited to the event to look at tiles, cupboard doors and handles, and bathroom suites and choose their preferred option.

the programme is off to a positive start, keeping tenants involved right from the beginning.”

Staff from Wates Living Space will be on hand for tenants to meet and ask any questions about the improvement works. Councillor Jane Hunt, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Housing and Regulatory Services, said: “The Council aims to involve tenants as much as possible in decisions about landlord services and this is a great example of how they are able to have their say on what happens in their homes. Wates Living Space is our new partner for this improvement work and we are pleased

Joanne Jamieson, Regional Managing Director for Wates Living Space, said: “We make it a priority to listen to tenants’ views and concerns and keep them fully informed of the work taking place across their community. Nobody knows their home better than the tenant so their feedback on our planned improvement work is invaluable. We’re looking forward to introducing our team in Charnwood at this event and commencing a programme of engagement with local people.”

Other groups meeting within the 2 Parishes are as follows: Oaks Seniors - Every other Tuesday in Oaks Storer Hall. Please call Sheila Bass 01509 502813. At St James’ Church. Meeting Point - Every other Tuesday in Oaks Meeting Room. Please call Lesley Bates 01509 502853. At St James’ Church. SBCH = St. Botolph’s Church Hall, OSH = Oaks Storer Hall.

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Shepshed residents are invited to discuss any local policing concerns at a public meeting to be held in March. The next Police and Community Together (PACT) meeting will be held at Shepshed High School on Thursday March 13th. It starts at 6.30pm.

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CHRISTINE RADFORD | COUNTY COUNCILLOR’S COLUMN TEL: 01509 502974 - MOB: 07796 544817 - EMAIL: christine_radford@hotmail.com My role as a Borough Councillor can be very varied and interesting, dealing with housing problems, neighbour problems or planning issues.

in 2013 totalled 123,000 a 24% increase on 2012 after slumping during the financial crisis. The Labour party have made a promise that under the next Labour government (if they win the 2015 election) Britain will be building 200,000 homes a year by 2020.

I am given to understand that the 3 large new housing applications, one between Tickow Lane and Conway Drive, one on Tickow Lane behind Westroyd and one on Hallamford Road (the road leading to Belton) are all coming before the Charnwood Planning Committee for decision on the evening of March 27th, I shall as a ward Councillor speak at the planning committee.

A planning application P/14/0249/2 has been submitted for the Ox Lea Public House site. This application is for a new Co-op store, not sure yet what will happen with the current store in the centre. Watch this space.

As you will all be aware, this winter has been quite a wet one so far. Interestingly, the only flooded areas of any note in Shepshed have been in areas proposed for house building in the Blackbrook/Hallamford Road area. Nicky Morgan MP and I have written to the Environment Agency making them aware of these issues. Even where planning applications have already been approved such as the 66 dwellings off Iveshead Road, details of the water runoff and pipe sizes has still not been cleared by the Environment Agency much to the concern of local residents. Attention has been drawn to the nationwide issue of responsibility for maintenance of balancing tanks which are being proposed on new developments and who will assume responsibility for their maintenance once developers have left the site. I fear that whichever Government is in power the pressure for housing is uppermost on their agenda. Housing starts

Barrow-upon-Soar Parish Council failed in its High Court challenge to stop a developer from building 300 homes in the village. The judge ruled that the Secretary of State was entitled to approve the development. Traffic Wardens have been out in Shepshed during the early mornings and evenings, recently due to the number of cars parking on yellow lines. I understand a number of parking violation tickets have been issued for parking on yellow lines. Loughborough Town Hall has been chosen for the initial hearing into Charnwood’s future development. Charnwood Borough Council sent its Core Strategy, which sets out how the Borough will meet future growth, including thousands of homes planned next to Garendon Park, for inspection last December. In January, the authority received a letter from Planning Inspector Kevin Ward, who has been appointed by the Planning Inspectorate, saying he has “identified significant issues in relation to the duty of co-operation and soundness in terms of the overall provision for housing” and would like to hold early hearing sessions on these matters.

These hearings will take place on Wednesday and Thursday, March 19th and 20th, and will be open to members of the public. Both sessions will start at 9.30am and are scheduled to last all day. Mr Ward will use these initial hearings to focus on the council’s Duty to Co-operate and overall provision for housing. For more information about the hearings, please visit http://localplan.charnwood.gov.uk I was pleased to attend the launch of the Shepshed Show, which is to be held on 21st June. The theme this year is Sport, one of the clubs at the launch was the Boxing Club. I was pleased to hear how they have thrived, as when the club was being formed in 2008/9 their Planning Application was refused. I helped and supported them with their appeal and we were successful in getting that decision reversed. I look forward to another enjoyable day in June and hope the weather is kinder this year. I am pleased that Shepshed Town Council has set their Precept with no increase again for this year, and the Borough Council at their meeting on 24th February have also set their Precept, for the 4th year running with no increase. Shepshed has also been allocated a £50,000 to improve the shopping experience in Shepshed. Detail on this will be available later. A grant of £8,731 has been earmarked for Shepshed Volunteer Centre. 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.

Christine Radford

GIRLGUIDING SHEPSHED URGES MORE PEOPLE TO VOLUNTEER Girlguiding Shepshed is calling on residents of the Shepshed area to give some time to allow local girls and young women to enjoy a wide range of exciting activities, as well as acquire new skills and experiences themselves. Girlguiding Shepshed needs volunteers to give time to support their local groups. There are a huge number of opportunities to get involved in addition to working directly with groups in Shepshed. Girlguiding has an ongoing campaign to seek out more adult members. The organisation is hugely popular, with more than half a million members and volunteers around the UK. Louise is a Brownie Leader in Shepshed. She said ” Volunteering with Girlguiding gives me a huge sense of achievement when I think of how much the girls in my unit have grown in confidence in the time I’ve known them. I have also become more confident and the skills and experiences I have gained through guiding really influenced my decision to retrain as a primary school teacher.” Girlguiding offers a range of flexible volunteering opportunities to enable girls and young women to grow in confidence and discover their full potential in a safe, girl-only space. For further information call 0800 1 69 59 01 or visit www.girlguiding.org.uk

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CHRISTINE RADFORD | BOROUGH COUNCILLOR’S COLUMN TEL: 01509 502974 - MOB: 07796 544817 - EMAIL: christine_radford@hotmail.com My role as a Borough Councillor can be very varied and interesting, dealing with housing problems, neighbour problems or planning issues. I am given to understand that the 3 large new housing applications, one between Tickow Lane and Conway Drive, one on Tickow Lane behind Westroyd and one on Hallamford Road (the road leading to Belton) are all coming before the Charnwood Planning Committee for decision on the evening of March 27th, I shall as a ward Councillor speak at the planning committee. As you will all be aware, this winter has been quite a wet one so far. Interestingly, the only flooded areas of any note in Shepshed have been in areas proposed for house building in the Blackbrook/Hallamford Road area. Nicky Morgan MP and I have written to the Environment Agency making them aware of these issues. Even where planning applications have already been approved such as the 66 dwellings off Iveshead Road, details of the water runoff and pipe sizes has still not been cleared by the Environment Agency much to the concern of local residents. Attention has been drawn to the nationwide issue of responsibility for maintenance of balancing tanks which are being proposed on new developments and who will assume responsibility for their maintenance once developers have left the site. I fear that whichever Government is in power the pressure for housing is uppermost on their agenda. Housing starts in 2013 totalled 123,000 a 24% increase on 2012 after slumping during the financial crisis. The Labour party have made a promise that under the next Labour government (if they win the 2015 election) Britain will be building 200,000 homes a year by 2020. A planning application P/14/0249/2 has been submitted for the Ox Lea Public House site. This application is for a new Co-op store, not sure yet what will happen with the current store in the centre. Watch this space. Barrow-upon-Soar Parish Council failed in its High Court challenge to stop a developer from building 300 homes in the village. The judge ruled that the Secretary of State was entitled to approve the development. Traffic Wardens have been out in Shepshed during the early mornings and evenings,

recently due to the number of cars parking on yellow lines. I understand a number of parking violation tickets have been issued for parking on yellow lines. Loughborough Town Hall has been chosen for the initial hearing into Charnwood’s future development. Charnwood Borough Council sent its Core Strategy – which sets out how the Borough will meet future growth, including thousands of homes planned next to Garendon Park – for inspection last December. In January, the authority received a letter from Planning Inspector Kevin Ward, who has been appointed by the Planning Inspectorate, saying he has “identified significant issues in relation to the duty of co-operation and soundness in terms of the overall provision for housing” and would like to hold early hearing sessions on these matters. These hearings will take place on Wednesday and Thursday, March 19th and 20th, and will be open to members of the public. Both sessions will start at 9.30am and are scheduled to last all day. Mr Ward will use these initial hearings to focus on the council’s Duty to Co-operate and overall provision for housing. For more information about the hearings, please visit http://localplan.charnwood.gov.uk I was pleased to attend the launch of the Shepshed Show, which is to be held on 21st June. The theme this year is Sport, one of the clubs at the launch was the Boxing Club. I was pleased to hear how they have thrived, as when the club was being formed in 2008/9 their Planning Application was refused. I helped and supported them with their appeal and we were successful in getting that decision reversed. I look forward to another enjoyable day in June and hope the weather is kinder this year.

Images above - Top: Hallamford Road, Middle: Blackbrook Third: land behind Oakley road playing fields

DOG MESS I am repeatedly asked, ‘What are you doing about dog mess’. Over the years a number of pleas issued by Shepshed Town Council and myself for dog owners to clean up after their dogs has gone unheeded.

The Borough Council at their meeting on 24th February set their Precept, for the 4th year running with no increase. Shepshed has also been allocated a £50,000 to improve the shopping experience in Shepshed. Detail on this will be available later. A grant of £8,731 has been earmarked for Shepshed Volunteer Centre.

The majority of dog owners are responsible; it is the minority that spoil it. It is the law for dog owners to clean up. Please put your dog’s mess in a plastic bag and take it home with you. Do not leave it hanging on branches or in hedges. It is not allowed for you to put it into black bins left out for collection at the road side. There are dog bins around the town, some say not enough, but you are allowed to put it in to any litter bin, as long as it is properly bagged.

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. Or I can be contacted at any time on 01509 502974 or 07796 544817 or e mail christine_radford@hotmail.com

It can be dangerous if it comes into contact with your or your children’s eyes and could lead to blindness. This is especially important on areas such as Glenmore Park and Little Haw Lane Playing fields. Let’s keep Shepshed safe, clean and be respectful of others.

Christine Radford

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SHEPSHED CARERS - 20 YEARS ON Back in 1994, two Shepshed girls, Sarah Pollard and Pauline Graves set up what has become to be known as Shepshed Carers. Just the two of them won a contract, and from small acorns a large oak tree grew. This has not been a quick fix, but a gradual build-up of the business. There are now 135 employees working as a Workers Co-operative, looking after 400+ people, some have 4 or more visits per day, which in some cases needs 2 carers. This could total over 4500 visits to clients.

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The area they cover is S h e p s h e d / L o u g h b o ro u g h / Ibstock/Coalville/Hathern and surrounding villages. They have contracts for the Local Authorities and Private work. They took over the running of the Shepshed Stroke Club at the beginning of 2013 which is now known as Club 2013. They have extended the remit to a club for people with disabilities. They meet at the Town Council offices every Thursday for a hot meal, activities and days out. For more information about what they can offer either at Club 2013 or if you are in need of a carer please telephone 505243.

A determined council worker is aiming to become a world record fundraiser by becoming the first person to conquer the Three Peaks Challenge unaided in a wheelchair. Will Blanche, a senior active recreation officer at Charnwood Borough Council,

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is taking on the mountainous challenge to raise money for a charity close to his heart the Jessica Hope Foundation which aims to raise awareness of brain cancer. Will, 40, has had a special wheelchair developed and built to help in his world record attempt to tackle three of the highest peaks in England, Wales and Scotland. Will said: “I have done fundraising challenges in the past including half-marathons but The Three Peaks is considered a real challenge by many able-bodied fundraisers. By attempting it in a wheelchair this will hopefully inspire other disabled people and able-bodied people to push themselves and show that anything is possible.” Will is taking on the challenge to raise money and awareness of the Jessica Hope Foundation which was set up in 2013 after the death of 16-year-old Jessica from an aggressive form of brain cancer, Anaplastic Astrocytoma.

Will added: “Jess was an extremely close family friend oto see a 16-year-old girl suffer and ultimately lose her battle has affected everyone who was close to her greatly. As a result, I wanted to set myself a challenge to raise money for an incredibly important cause. Jess was an inspirational young woman and by doing this challenge I want to spread the message that a disability or illness should not prevent you from doing the things you love and enjoy.” Will’s support team includes colleagues Kevin Stanley, Chris Cary and Karl Harrison along with friends and family. Councillor David Snartt, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Neighbourhood Services, said: “We’re all very proud of Will for attempting this gruelling challenge and we are very happy to support him.” To sponsor Will during his endurance test, please visit: https://mydonate.bt.com/ events/3peaks3wheels/3days/

CRASH ON THE A512 Yet again there has been another crash on the A512 between Tickow Lane and Swannymote Road. This section of road is regularly closed due to accidents on this section of road. The latest accident happened on Wednesday 26th February resulting in tail backs in both directions. Police were called at 6.59am to the incident which involved one vehicle. An ambulance and the fire brigade attended the scene as it appeared the driver was trapped inside the vehicle. The driver was taken to the Queen’s Medical Centre to be checked over and the road reopened at 8.35am. As County Councillor for Shepshed I will be asking the County Highways department, if they are looking at improving this section of highway due to the number of accidents.

Christine Radford INCINERATOR A number of people have asked me recently about what is happening with the Incinerator. I have checked with the Planning department at County and they say Biffa has not advised of any imminent plans to proceed with this development. If there is any change to this situation, I will give an update.

Christine Radford CHARNWOOD ROAD BAPTIST CHURCH Sundays in March 11.45am - Morning worship & Sunday Club 6.00pm​- Evening worship and Praise Sunday 30th March 11.45am - Mothering Sunday 7.00pm - Cafe Church with our own Band IGnight Regular Events Monday - FreeDA (Open to general public) Debt Advice Service Tuesday​- Bible Study House Groups Wednesday - Ladies Fellowship Friday - Girls Brigade

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