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Exhibition In The Local Libraries The Shepshed Charnwood Rotary Club’s annual Young Artists competition has once again been a great success. With entries from Shepshed St. Winefride’s, Newcroft, Kegworth and Belton primary students the high standards made selection of the winners very difficult.

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Shepshed History Society A highly entertaining and amazing talk was enjoyed by the Shepshed History Society on March 14th when Mrs Julie Ede gave an in depth talk on the life and times of the twice divorced Wallis Simpson. Not only was the Society regaled with the antics of this notorious woman but Mrs Ede also gave an insight into the behaviour of the then King Edward 8th, which as history relates, his bizarre carrying’s on didn’t do him or the establishment any favours. Known for his devious sex exploits and indiscreet liasons with other woman all at the same time, Edward certainly was not cut out to be a respectable leader of the nation. Fortunately though as history now records much to his credit he did abdicate in favour of his brother George as time went on. Rumour has it though that the risque couple did go onto lead a long and supposably happy marriage and much to Wallis’ credit she did leave a vast amount of her extensive jewellery collection to French charities. The speaker on April 11th will be Mel Wilson and her topic will be Bathing Beauties and Bathing Machines. Please feel to join us.

Macmillan Mammoth Quiz 2017 On Friday 24th February 2017 the Inner Wheel Club of Shepshed joined the World's Largest Simultaneous Quiz to help raise vital funds for people affected by cancer. There were 449 venues registered this year. The Macmillan Mammoth Quiz organised by the Macmillan Oundle Committee first trialled in 2009 when nine quizzes were held in the Northamptonshire and Peterborough area, raising £6,400 for Macmillan Cancer Support. From this success it was decided to try to grow the event year on year building up to a Guinness Book of Records attempt in 2012, our Olympic year, for the world’s largest multi-venue simultaneous quiz. The Macmillan Mammoth Quiz has been incredibly successful and Macmillan are delighted to say that the total raised since the quiz began in 2009 is an amazing £262,914.86! The Inner Wheel Club of Shepshed had 56 people attending the Quiz, held at the Kegworth Village Hall with 9 helpers. This was our 8th year of holding this event. During the break a Ploughman’s Supper was served along with cakes and coffee. A very enjoyable evening was had by all and we raised this year £554. Thank you to everyone who helped to raise this amount.

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See The Amazing Transformation Of Hough Mill Restoration In 1994 Swannington Heritage Trust purchased the derelict shell of Hough Mill. After meticulous planning a restoration programme in 1999 repaired the structure and added doors, windows, floors, a cap and some machinery. The mill opened to the public in 2000 and the restoration has continued, including a fantail, brakewheel and wallower. The volunteers in the Trust’s Mill Team are currently making and installing a sack hoist. Summer Opening Our 200 year old windmill will open 2-5pm on Sundays from the 2nd April to the 24th September. We also open for community groups and schools by arrangement. Vehicle access is from St George’s Hill, Swannington, LE67 8QW. A unique feature of the mill is its location next to the Gorse Field with its visible history of bell pit and gin pit coal mining. In the adjacent Califat Spinney there are ongoing excavations of the 1850’s coal mine and miners’ cottages. Easter At The Mill Our family heritage events continue with Easter at the Mill on Monday 17th April. The event is free, but advance booking is required as we would hate to run out of chocolate eggs for the Easter egg hunt. Other events include: The Coleorton Railway and Jessop’s Tramway guided walk on Sunday 14th May. Ancient Mines to New Woodland guided walk on Sunday 17th May. Take Teddy to the Mill on Sunday 21st May. Charity Trustees Needed We would like to strengthen our management by recruiting three new trustees. Trustees attend about six meetings a year and support the Trust’s activities. In particular we are looking for people with expertise in at least one of the following: business management, education, fund raising, heritage, law, marketing and nature. Our Volunteer Recruitment Day for potential new trustees and other prospective volunteers (such as mill guides, publicity, administration and historical research) on Sunday 7th May, will provide an informal opportunity to visit our sites and chat with current trustees and volunteers. For more information about Hough Mill, events and volunteer opportunities, have a look on our www.swannington-heritage.co.uk website, see our Hough Mill Facebook page or ring 01530 222 833.

Thanks to your excellent monthly publication which supported me throughout 2015 for the epic trans-Alpine cycling challenge from Geneva to Milan, I managed to raise nearly £15000 for Hope Against Cancer that raises funds for research into all cancers and is based in University Hospitals of Leicester. As a result I not only helped to raise cancer awareness in terms of prevention, early detection and cure but also generated enough enthusiasm in the local community to form the Shepshed Cycling Club which is now well established and offers a useful biweekly community activity. Last year was lean only from fund raising point of view but I carried on cycling and got two epic climbs under my belt - firstly Mont Ventoux in South of France and secondly Sa Calobra in Mallorca. The former as a result of a dare by fellow retired GP Dr Trevor Hall. I was looking to do take on a new challenge for this year and one came along in the form of three climbs up Mont Ventoux in one day. Riders who can manage this by climbing all the three routes up this mountain get an entry into the coveted Club des Cinglés du Mont Ventoux. I have always wanted to take on this challenge but thought the logistics might be impossible. My thanks to Leicestershire Air Ambulance Service who are organising the challenge and will also be taking care of logistics. When I did this climb last year I went up the easier route from Salte and even that was quite an achievement. To do the ride once is a feat and twice a challenge, but to do it three times, especially at my age, in a single day is insane. Roland Barthes, French philosopher described it as “a testing place for heroes, something like a higher hell. Ventoux is a god of Evil to which sacrifices must be made”. I feel privileged to get this opportunity to raise funds for this very worthwhile cause. To motivate myself I am resurrecting my “Singh of The Mountains” blog on wordpress.com and will also do regular update through Shepshed Community Eye. For all donations to the Air Ambulance go to www.justgiving. com/fundraising/Guru-Singh4


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Shepshed Labour Councillor Surgeries Are held on the second Saturday of each month at Shepshed Town Council offices in Charnwood Road from 11am until 12 noon. Labour Councillors would love to meet you and help you deal with any issues that you may have. All Shepshed residents are welcome. PHOTO: Left to Right, Robert Hall, Keith Cuff, Diane Melton, Owen Lingard, Georgia Neal, Olivia Marsh, Joshua Rutt, Glenys Stevenson, June Lee

Hind Leys Interact Raises £228.64 For LOROS Everyone at Hind Leys Interact is very proud to have raised £228.64 for LOROS, following a quiz at Shepshed High School last year. The quiz was well attended and a good time was had by all. Interact is extremely thankful to all who attended, especially representatives from the Shepshed Rotary Club, without whom it would not have been possible. We would also like to thank all those who contributed prizes to the raffle and took the time to make food for the interval bake sale. This success is set to continue with another quiz, in aid of Rainbows, planned for Friday March 24th (starts at 19:30, entry £2 for children, and £4 for adults) again at Shepshed High School - we hope you can attend!

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The President welcomed members and guests to the March meeting of The Probus Club of Shepshed. This was the 42nd A.G.M.of the club and after apologies for absence were given and the general notices given by the Secretary new members were enrolled after visiting as guests for a month or two. Lunch and the raffle draw followed after which the minutes of the 2016 A.G.M.were read and approved. The Treasurer reported a healthy financial position and the audited accounts were approved.

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The outgoing President Philip Moore in a closing address said this had been an enjoyable year for him following in his fathers footsteps and wished the club well in the future. The chain of office was then passed over to the new President Pat Harris who will serve for one year. He thanked the outgoing President for his term in office and was looking forward to a successful year with the support of the committee. The committee for the coming year was duly elected and the meeting closed at 2.30pm. The next meeting is on Monday 6th April when Tim Oaten will give a talk entitled “Modern Day Piracy”.New members are welcome,contact the Secretary on 01509-769802.

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Craft Market At Shepshed St Botolph’s Church is again holding a Craft Market. The first was in April last year when over 200 people attended, and, judging by the comments made, and the complementary e-mails received, they really enjoyed the event. The Market is actually held inside the ancient church which has been very expertly and tastefully reordered, thus enabling it to host a wider variety of events. This year’s Craft Market is to be held from 10.00am until 3.00pm on Saturday the 8th April, refreshments will be available, including lunches. Entrance is £1.00 per person, and there is free car-parking. There promises to be a wide variety of crafts on display, and to buy, including original paintings in a variety of media, glassware, cards, needlecraft, knitting, cakedecorating, sweets and preserves. Do come along, browse, socialise over a ‘cuppa’, and hopefully ‘buy’! All proceeds are for church funds. St Botolph’s is a lively parish and funds are always needed.

Shepshed WI Members of Shepshed WI met in March for a meeting with a difference. President Janice Smith brought along all that was needed to make a rag wreath which entailed tying pieces of fabric to a circular frame. It was a relatively simple exercise which kept everyone busy during the evening but enabled them to have a natter at the same time. Several meetings and outings were discussed - a visit to the cinema was planned and on 30th March some members would be going on a group coach trip to Alexandra Palace for the WI Fair. On 5th May a cake stall outside the Library in Shepshed had been planned when cakes and crafts would be on sale. There were also plans afoot for a boat trip in the summer and preparations for entry into the County darts competition. Several members attended the annual group meeting which was held at Long Whatton when there was a chance to catch up with members of other local institutes, listen to a speaker and enjoy a supper. The next monthly meeting will take place at Christchurch Methodist Church, Field Street, Shepshed at 7.30 pm. on Thursday 6th April, when Chocolate Alchemy from Loughborough will be coming along to speak about chocolate from around the world. Visitors will be made very welcome.

Join Us And Paint For Pleasure Charnwood Drawing and Painting Club are on the lookout for new and budding artists to strengthen our membership and inject new ideas. We are a diverse group of men and women who live in Charnwood and share a common interest in painting and drawing for pleasure. We seek new members of all ages and abilities, from complete novices to accomplished artists. We offer an exciting and varied programme of demonstrations, painting sessions with outdoor opportunities and regular exhibitions throughout the year. The Club meets at 7pm on the fourth Tuesday of each month at Woodbrook Vale High School, Loughborough, when we host art demonstration evenings by leading artists. Club nights are open to Members and guests who come along to socialise and enjoy the friendly atmosphere. Every week we hold painting sessions. On Monday mornings these are in Barrow-on-soar, and on Tuesday mornings in Woodhouse Eaves. We also have regular ‘walk and draw/paint’ sessions for members. We walk anywhere (rural or urban) in Charnwood stopping to sit, paint and sketch along the way. Everyone is welcome – see www.charnwooddrawingpaintingclub.co.uk. Members also get the chance to exhibit their art throughout the year. Our most popular events have been at Loughborough Museum, Great Central Railway, Loughborough Hospital, Newtown Linford, and Woodhouse Eaves Village Hall. If that’s not enough we hold tutored workshops lead by a variety of professional artists skilled in different media– water colour, pastels, oils and acrylics. Want to know more? Then call David Chaplin 01509 230366 or pop along to one of our club nights for a chat. Membership runs from 1st January to 31st December and is only £25. For contact details see our entry in this magazine’s ‘Clubs and Groups’ section.

Shepshed Town Bowls Club Members of Shepshed Town Bowls Club are looking forward to the start of a new season in midApril and would warmly welcome new bowlers to the Club. Experienced bowlers or novices are equally appreciated, if you are looking for a friendly and sociable atmosphere, outdoor exercise and activity why not consider bowling at Shepshed; our green and clubhouse are located on Charnwood Road, opposite Asda. We can offer competitive matches if that is your forte; for the less competitive, friendly games can be organised with like-minded people. Free coaching is on offer to all members throughout the season and a full programme of activities continues throughout the winter months, in our recently refurbished and extended Clubhouse. If you like the idea of trying something different why not give us a call. You can find out more about us at www.shepshedtownbowls.co.ok, alternatively contact our Secretary on 01509 505648 or email on enquiries.stbc@outlook.com

Shepshed Open Gardens 2017 Shepshed Open Gardens will be held on Sat July 1st and Sunday 2nd 2017 and we are looking for garden to open at the event.

Shepshed Barn Dance A Great Success! Shepshed Volunteer Centre hosted it’s 4th Barn Dance at St Botolphs Hall on Saturday 18th March. The sold out event was a great success with over £1000 being raised for the centre. Tenpenny Bit were rousing as always, and had everyone on their feet promenading and circle dancing! Old and new enjoyed the event with adults and children all dancing together. Everyone then enjoyed a lovely ploughmans supper. A good night was had by all! Shepshed Volunteer Centre would like to thank everyone who attended the event, helped out or donated items for the raffle. See you next year!

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Dandelion

Groundsel - Produces seeds all year round. It is characterised by small clusters of yellow blooms on short plants which produce fluffy seeds, easily spread in the wind or my animals. Although hoeing and hand picking seedlings is effective, be sure to pick up all material from the surface of the ground as Groundsel will very easily re-root. Mulching the surface can help reduce weed germination. Hairy bittercress –becoming more prevalent in gardens, Bittercress

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germinates, flowers and sets seed very rapidly – in a matter of weeks! Short flower stems flick seed around the surrounding soil. Hoe or hand weeding at first sight before flowering will help to avoid colonisation of the ground. Bittercress is also a problem in containers where it can go un-noticed and fill the compost surface with seeds. Perennial weeds Perennial weeds are those which have a life-cycle longer than one year. They will germinate/ spread from a mother plant and continue to grow, develop , flower, set seed or proliferate by other means continually until they are eradicated. A few perennial weeds I most often find in my clients gardens are: Willowherb - A weed common in the wild and in gardens, the seed is spread by the wind. With attractive foliage and flowers it can easily be missed when weeding. It is shallow rooted which makes it easy to hoe or hand weed but ensure every piece is taken as it can easily re-root. Small glossy leaved plant-lets can over-winter in borders, pots and nooks & crannies. Remove them in early spring before the plant can grow larger. Bindweed - such a problem in the garden environment, it’s twining stems can swamp flowers and shrubs in borders. Untangling the stems from wanted plants and applying a weedkiller such as Glyphosate is the most effective way if treating this thug, but do belgriersondesign info@belgrierson.co.uk

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can be found here: www.engage.england.nhs.uk/ consultation/chd and advice from Leicester Hospitals on completing the consultation can be found here: www.eastmidlandscongenitalheart. nhs.uk/consultation Some time ago a number of residents contacted me about attacks on their dogs by other dogs. I have been doing some work on how significant a problem this is elsewhere and the number of such attacks across the country. If this has happened to you and you would be willing to share your story please let me know. Earlier this month the Chancellor, Philip Hammond, unveiled the Spring Budget. I sent out a newsletter to local businesses about the main points in the Budget. If you are not on my mailing list but would like your name to be added then please let me know. As well as confirming that the personal allowance for taxpayers will rise to £11,500 from next month there was also an extra £2billion for social care and support for new vocational T-level qualifications. I know that some local businesses and retailers are also concerned about changes to their business rates. The Chancellor did announce a package of support for those who are seeing their bills going up. If this affects you please do let me know. I met the Chancellor recently to discuss this and can do so again about particular cases.

Shepshed Rotary Club’s 1940’S Night In Aid Of Motor Neurone Disease The Rotary Club of Shepshed held a 1940’s Night in aid of the Leicestershire and Rutland Motor Neurone Disease Association. 2016 was our 70th Charter Year. Richard Minifie, our late Club Secretary, would have turned 70 years old in this year, but died of this dreadful disease, for which at present, there is no cure. The evening event had a 1940’s band, we served 1940’s food by a ticketed Ration Book, and the 1940’s costumes were magnificent. The Rotary Club was delighted to hand over a Cheque for £1000.00 and wish to thank everyone who helped us raise this amount.

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elcome to this new column. I hope that you will find this to be informative, interesting and a column that you will look forward to reading each month. My name is Ruth Lane. I have been a Trustee since 1991 and I am the current Chairman for Woodside Animal Centre. This is the name of the RSPCA Leicestershire Branch home. The Leicestershire Branch of the RSPCA (Charity number: 222621) is an independently registered branch of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. To set the scene, I’ll briefly outline the history of the National Society and then tell you how Woodside fits into the bigger picture.

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The RSPCA was originally founded in 1824. It developed out of the first anti-cruelty bill, which was introduced by Richard Martin MP, who would later earn the nickname of 'Humanity Dick'. The group also included William Wilberforce MP (already famous for his efforts to abolish slavery in the British Empire) and the Reverend Arthur Broome. The Act was passed in Parliament on 22 July 1822 and was against cruelty to farm animals, particularly cattle. The group assembled at the "Old Slaughters" Coffee House in London to create a society with the will and authority to enforce the new law. The SPCA, the first animal welfare society to be set up in the world, was founded on 16 June 1824, and was subsequently granted its royal status by Queen Victoria in 1840. The RSPCA is a trusted and wellknown charity and the branches support the National Society on a local level. As a branch we are responsible for the operational running and financing of this local charity and it costs us approximately £19,000 each week. The branch moved to the site on Scudamore Road in 1974 and meant that the animals could be cared for on one site. The redevelopment of the site has taken us many years and funds had to be raised locally. Not every branch of the RSPCA has an animal centre so these branches have to rely on private boarding kennels and foster carers to house the animals in their care. At Leicester we have

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lost companion animals with their worried owners. We cannot, however, do this alone and there are many ways in which you can get involved and help us at Woodside. You can fundraise on our behalf – we are always pleased to hear of the varied ways that our supporters raise funds for us. You may wish to volunteer your time, either as an animal based volunteer or as part of our administration team. It may be that you’d prefer to help out at one of our events or in one of our 4 Leicestershire charity shops. There are lots of ways where you can make a real difference to the lives of animals within Leicestershire and Rutland. It is important to remember that Woodside is a charity in its own right with a defined geographical area within which to fund-raise. We appreciate the efforts made by individuals, businesses and groups of local animal lovers. We always welcome people to visit us to see the work we do – if you haven’t been, do please pay us a visit. I have shown people around the site who have arrived with the misconceptions that Woodside is a sad place. I’ve always said that the sadness is left at the gate as, from the moment animals pass through our gates, their needs as individuals are catered for. As Trustees, staff and volunteers we remain focussed on our mission to promote kindness and to prevent cruelty to animals and to work towards finding the animals in our care their forever homes.

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Join Us And Paint For Pleasure Charnwood Drawing and Painting Club are on the lookout for new and budding artists to strengthen our membership and inject new ideas. We are a diverse group of men and women who live in Charnwood and share a common interest in painting and drawing for pleasure. We seek new members of all ages and abilities, from complete novices to accomplished artists. We offer an exciting and varied programme of demonstrations, painting sessions with outdoor opportunities and regular exhibitions throughout the year. The Club meets at 7pm on the fourth Tuesday of each month at Woodbrook Vale High School, Loughborough, when we host art demonstration evenings by leading artists. Club nights are open to Members and guests who come along to socialise and enjoy the friendly atmosphere. Every week we hold painting sessions. On Monday mornings these are in Barrow-on-soar, and on Tuesday mornings in Woodhouse Eaves. We also have regular ‘walk and draw/paint’ sessions for members. We walk anywhere (rural or urban) in Charnwood stopping to sit, paint and sketch along the way. Everyone is welcome –see www. charnwooddrawingpaintingclub.co.uk Members also get the chance to exhibit their art throughout the year. Our most popular events have been at Loughborough Museum, Great Central Railway, Loughborough Hospital, Newtown Linford, and Woodhouse Eaves Village Hall. If that’s not enough we hold tutored workshops lead by a variety of professional artists skilled in different media– water colour, pastels, oils and acrylics. Want to know more? Then call David Chaplin 01509 230366 or pop along to one of our club nights for a chat. Membership runs from 1st January to 31st December and is only £25. Daffodils by Christine Brewin

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broadcast over a huge video screen just opposite. There are plenty of amenities and food outlets dotted around the circuit, plus fun fairs, a huge Scalextric and stalls over at the paddock area. It is was a full day’s racing, with the three BTCC rounds sandwiched between support events featuring other types of cars- F1 style Formula Fords, Renault Clio’s, and Ginetta sports cars (both junior and senior classes). There’s no chance of getting bored! Full of enthusiasm, we returned to the circuit in March 2017 for the BTCC season launch day. BTCC Series Director Alan Gow said: “We believe this season will set the bar even higher, with 16 race-winners highlighting the strength in depth throughout the field. Furthermore, attracting two new manufacturers to the grid demonstrates the ever-growing appeal of the BTCC both on and off track”.

The launch day gives fans the opportunity to watch the cars doing test laps, a taster for the coming season of competition. With 350bhp turbo charged 2-litre engines and top speeds of +150mph, the BTCC is renowned for its close competition, bumper-tobumper action and delivering drama and excitement by the bucket load. This season 32 drivers will be competing in 10 marques of saloon cars, the sort you see every day on the roads. As usual there’s a mix of experienced and new-to-theformula drivers, some moving up from successful seasons in the Clio’s, Ginetta’s and Formula Fords that supported the BTCC races in 2016 . The “new for 2017” Vauxhall Astra’s will be going head-tohead with BMW, Toyota, Ford, VW, Mercedes, Subaru, MG, Audi and Honda models. 2016 champion “Flash” Gordon Shedden returns in his Honda

Civic Type R, but quickest at the test day was Tom Ingram’s Toyota Avensis (pictured above). It looks as if we’re in for some close competition in 2017, with just one second covering the test session lap times of the top 18 drivers. If this whets your appetite, BTCC 2017 Round 2 takes place at Donington Park 15/16 April. Go to www.donington-park. co.uk for details. It is an ideal venue to get your first taste of live motorsport- easy to get to, and very well organised. The other nine BTCC rounds are held at circuits around the UK, three races at each one. These are broadcast live, together with extensive highlights programmes, on ITV4. Further information is available at www.btcc.net. PAUL TAYLOR & SARAH TAYLOR (Photo credits go to btcc.net and Paul Taylor)


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CHRISTINE RADFORD Highways England The following is to inform you that the official start of works for the M1 J23a-25 Smart Motorway scheme will being on 30th March 2017. During the scheme, temporary lane closures will be installed as certain activities often require an increased footprint to ensure the safety of our workforce; this will also aid in minimising the overall construction duration. Full overnight closures of the motorway will only be used when necessary primarily for traffic management switches and installation of gantries. Night time working hours are 20.0006.00. During the construction of this scheme, there will be: • Three lanes open to traffic in each direction during peak periods; • Traffic Safety and Control Officer permanently on site;

• Free breakdown recovery service along the extent; • 24 hour CCTV coverage and • Planned diversion routes using established emergency diversion routes. For real time traffic information please visit Traffic England at; www.trafficengland.com/ or the dedicated website at http:// roads.highways.gov.uk/projects/ m1-juncations-23a-to-25-smartmotorway/ Temporary Road Closure Of Pick Street The closure is required outside of number 6 Pick Street from 0800 hours on 9th April for 1 day to allow Severn Trent Water to undertake works to replace a manhole. During the closure, the alternative diversion route will be via:- Belton Street, Tickow Lane, Factory Street and vice versa.

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Go Outdoors This Easter With Activities In Charnwood From climbing to cheerleading there are plenty of activities on offer during the Easter holidays. From Monday, April 10 until Friday, April 21 Charnwood Borough Council has activity sessions to help keep children active during the holidays. This year there are more on offer than ever with new sessions including golf and dodgeball. This Easter there are 25 different activities on offer. Julie Robinson, Head of Neighbourhood Services at the Council said: “It’s great to be able to offer new activities this year, so that children get a chance to try something a bit different. We want to provide sessions that will help keep the kids active and healthy during the school holidays, but that won’t break the bank.”

discuss these and other matters relating to this application. Your Ward councillors are monitoring the situation with the trees and hedges on this site with the support of the local residents who overlook this area. Anti-Social Behaviour There has been a sharp increase in Anti-social behaviour. As Borough Councillors we support the residents who are having their lives disrupted by the behaviour of a few. We wish those residents would remember it is a privilege to have a nice house to live in and that we have a large waiting list should you be asked to leave due to your behaviour. Do not hesitate to contact us should you have issues you wish to discuss with us. We shall continue to hold our regular monthly surgery on the FIRST Saturday of the month in the Town Council offices, Charnwood Road, from 10-11am. No appointments are necessary. Bill Bebbington, Christine Radford, John Savage and Joan Tassell. 502974, 506661, 769707,or e mail christine_radford@hotmail.com, cllr. joan.tassell@charnwood.gov.uk, cllr.christine.radford@charnwood. gov.uk, cllr.bill.bebbington@ charnwood.gov.uk and cllr.john. savage@charnwood.gov.uk

Activities on offer include: Dodgeball Laser Quest Horse riding Treasure hunt Geocaching – learning how to use GPS to find hidden objects Golf Den building Archery Activities are taking place around the borough including Birstall, Thurmaston, Shepshed and Loughborough. Prices start from £3.50 and Wild Card holders can also enjoy great discounts on all activities. If you are aged five to 16, or have a disability and live or go to school in Charnwood, you can get your hands on a Wild Card by visiting www.charnwood.gov. uk/wildcardnews Activity sessions will not run on Good Friday, April 14 and Easter Monday, April 17. For a full list of activities available this Easter, please visit, www.charnwood.gov.uk/ holidayprogrammes to book, call 01509 634561 or email active. together@charnwood.gov.uk


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