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The Official Opening of the New Martin High School Wednesday 18th September at 10.30 am in the foyer of the school’s new building, Lady Gretton, Queen’s Representative officially opened the new 11-16 Martin High School. This was a day for all those who have supported the MHS to celebrate. The school’s Student Council welcomed guests who included Lady Gretton, Sandie Forrest, Mayor of Charnwood, Colonel and Mrs Martin (the school was founded by the Martin family), Councillor David and Joan Snartt and, Mr Resham Singh Sandhu, Sikh leader and Mrs Sandhu.

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Planning Committee rejects housing development Readers may be interested to learn that the proposal to build 34 houses on land to the rear of 237 Bradgate Road Anstey, as reported in recent editions of the Local, has been unanimously rejected by Charnwood Borough Council’s Planning Committee. The Council received over 100 individual letters of objection together with a petition of almost 700 signatures, demonstrating people’s concern for the Charnwood countryside and worries about over-development in the region. The report of the planning officer noted significant and material considerations that resulted in the advice to the committee to reject this application. Local residents are pleased with the outcome so far. Should the developers appeal the decision there will be the opportunity to make further representations. For information contact – or phone – 07791059816

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On Sunday, 8th September, The Severn Trent Water Visitor Centre at Cropston was a hub of activity for the Annual LOROS Walk on the Wildside sponsored walk, where over 500 people turned out in support. The Mayor of Charnwood Councillor Sandie Forrest and her Consort Mr Roger Forrest officially opened the walk. Leicester City’s Filbert Fox, along with Brad, the bumble bee led the activities and warmed all the crowds with a fun exercise routine. Everyone had the opportunity to browse the craft stalls, children’s activities, and a variety of food outlets – including a huge array of bug themed cakes. This year there were two routes to choose from – a new 7 mile and the 13 mile walks. This event meant a huge amount to the walkers – most carrying out the walk in memory of loved ones, including Ishvar Rohit who took part in his 10th ‘Walk on the Wildside’ in memory of his wife Kamla. Christian Weikert-Picker, LOROS fundraiser said, “It was a super day, ideal for walking – not too hot and not too cold. There were smiles from participants en route and a great amount of supporters from the community, as well as dogs and their owners. We are looking at a pledge of over £30,000 through sponsorship, which will make a huge difference to the running of the hospice. This is one of our major fundraising events in the calendar – well done to everyone who took part and helped make the day such a huge triumph.” Due to the ever-growing success of this event, LOROS are already planning next year’s event which will take place on Sunday 14th September 2014. Remember to keep an eye on our website and on our Facebook page for photos from last Sunday. All money raised will ensure LOROS continues to provide care and support to terminally ill patients and their families living in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.


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Support for youth team Local Letter from homebuilder Leicestershire homebuilder Davidsons has sponsored new shirts for the Anstey Swifts 2007 Under 15s football team in time for the new season. The team finished runner up in their division last season and were promoted to Division D of the Leicester and District Sunday Junior League. Davidsons have recently opened a new development in Anstey and Stephanie King, Sales Director said “We always like to work with the local community wherever we build, and as this is our first development for some time in Leicestershire we are really pleased to be supporting one of the youth teams in the area. We wish them well for the new season and hope they will be successful in the new division”. Russell Pettitt, team manager, said “We are grateful to Davidsons for sponsoring our shirts for the new season. As we have moved up into this division everyone is really pleased to be kicking off in brand new kit. We had a good season last year, including reaching the quarter finals of the League Cup, so we are hoping to repeat our success”. Davidsons development is called ‘St James Gate’ and is on Groby Road in Anstey, and there are two showhomes. A range of 3, 4 and 5 bedroom homes is available with prices from £190,000 to £450,000. Kitchens in all homes are fitted with a range of appliances, including oven, hob and integrated microwave - and stylish Roca sanitary ware features in bathrooms and en-suites. There are also lots of ways to personalise your home, depending on the stage of building, by choosing different colours, doors, handles, paint throughout, and lots of other details – many at no extra cost. For more information visit: or call 07799 801255

Many Anstey residents will be aware that since March 2011 there have been no buses from the city centre to Anstey after 9/10pm, and that free bus travel for senior citizens before 9.30am is no longer available. All on the grounds of ‘cost cutting’ or ‘market forces’. Residents will also be aware that the ‘Leicester Mercury’ magazine has asked for your suggestions regarding cost cutting. In view of these matters I would like to know why a brand new shelter has been built on Anstey Lane between Gorse Hill Hospital and the western bypass traffic island (travelling towards Anstey) at a bus stop where no-one ever catches a bus (and a very,very small number alight there)? Can anyone enlighten me as to how much this has cost?

On page 4 of the Leicester Mercury of Monday 9th September there was a news item about the ‘Greater Leicester bus passenger charter’ which has been drawn up and signed by a meeting of the panel at Leicester Town Hall. Is the bus users panel aware of this anomaly and if so how do they justify it? It would appear that the ‘facilities’ offered by the bus companies, Leicester City and County councils are constantly being ‘improved’ in inverse proportion to the number of buses people can actually travel on. Richard Morrell, Anstey.

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POLICEMATTERS Welcome to this months Police Matters from the Anstey Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team. The published crime figures cover 19th August to 19th September 2013. Unfortunately, we have seen a spike in House Burglary in this period with 4 being recorded. 3 of the burglaries happened over one night (7 Sept) in the James St / Edward St area, and the break in on Balladine Rd happened overnight 15 September. Sadly, to add to the stress and inconvenience the breaks already inflict on the householders, a vehicle was also stolen from 2 of the breaks. It may be a timely reminder therefore to ensure that all car keys (including spares) are hidden out of sight at all times. When locking up and going to bed at night take your car keys with you and hide them away. Never leave any keys in doors or on tables in full view through windows / doors etc. If anybody has any information regarding the burglaries, please call Police on 101. We have also suffered 4 thefts from motor vehicles that were literally that – thefts from the actual vehicle as opposed to the usual items from within it. Two of the vehicles had wheels stolen, one vehicle had a front grille stolen and the other was a moped that had an exhaust stolen. This type of crime is unusual and is clearly a crime ‘to order’ (wheels were stolen from 2 Ford KA vehicles) and would possibly have meant the offender being around the vehicle for some time. Therefore, please be vigilant and report any suspicious activity with persons hanging around vehicles. Please ensure all wheels are fitted with one

locking wheel nut for each wheel. The other crimes of note all involve the Gynsill Tennis Club, Gorse Hill, which has been targeted for breaks over the last few weeks. I realise that the club is a little out of the way, and therefore not overlooked by residents, however the path is well used for people walking up to Beaumont Leys so could I also ask that if residents are passing the club, any suspicious activity is also notified to Police. If you feel a crime may be in progress then please call 999. Enquiries into these breaks have progressed well, and hopefully by next month we should be able to inform you of a positive result. Finally, the end of September sees some staffing changes, with PC GERWAL moving onto pastures new within the force. Ravi’s replacement on the beat will be PC 1841 Stu PARKER who some of you may already know. Stu spent over 2 years working the beat previously so he will hopefully already hit the floor running when he joins the team.

Burglary (non Dwelling) (Business Premises, Shed, Garage, Etc) (inc. Attempts) - 4 Gynsill Tennis Club (Gorse Hill) x 3, Bradgate Rd (shed) Theft of Motor Vehicle – 0 Theft from Motor Vehicle – 4 Gynsill Close x 2, Hollow Rd, Bradgate Rd Damage to Motor Vehicle – 2 Link Rd, Forest Gate



Have you ever encountered road rage? It seems that a third of us are subject to anger from another driver at least once week, according to a recent survey. Here are some other sobering figures: of those surveyed by the insurance company Admiral, 21 per cent had had a full-blown argument with another motorist. Nine per cent had even been threatened with actual physical violence. More than a third of people admit that experiencing road rage then makes them drive more aggressively. Being cut up by another motorist is the leading cause of road rage.

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Community event at Anstey More BRAS needed in Methodist Church Older and vulnerable people living in the Anstey area will be able to find out more about the support that is on offer to them at a community event jointly organised by Leicestershire County Council’s adult social care team and the library services. The event will take place at Anstey Methodist Church on Thursday, October 3rd 2013 between 10am – 2pm and light refreshments will be provided. Representatives from a number of council and voluntary organisations have been invited to showcase their services. The organisers are also asking for local people to come forward if they feel they have a skill or some voluntary time to give in support of their community. A spokesman for Leicestershire County Council said: “Often what people want is a chance to get together, have a chat and get out of the house. “Places such as the library can offer a venue for small groups to get together such as ‘knit and natter’ or scrabble clubs, but it often takes someone from the community to come forward and start the ball rolling. “We’d like to find out what kind of things people are interested in and then match them to people in the community who are looking for an opportunity to get involved.”

Warning over suspected bank card phone scam PEOPLE are being warned to beware of a phone scam designed to trick them into giving out confidential bank card details and account information. Leicester City Council’s Trading Standards officers are warning residents to be on their guard following a report from a member of the public who was targeted in a suspected scam earlier this week. The man received a phone call from someone claiming to be a police officer from Spinney Hill police station, who had arrested a person trying to use a cloned credit card in the man’s name. The caller asked the man to check that he had still got his bank card, which he had. He was then told to contact his bank by ringing the telephone number on the back of the card. The phone then went quiet - giving the effect of the caller having hung up when he was really still on the line. The scam works when the unsuspecting victim attempts to ring the bank but really ends up speaking to the original caller, who then asks for confidential bank details, such as security details, card details and even the pin number. In this instance, the intended victim didn’t ring the bank - he repeatedly dialled 1471 to try to establish the caller’s identity, only to be met with verbal abuse. Suspecting it to be a scam he then reported the incident to the police. Now Trading Standards officers are warning other people to be on their guard against such potential scams. Leicester City Council’s Trading Standards manager Ronald Ruddock said: “The scam works by the criminal caller staying on the line and then answering the new call, tricking the victim into believing they are on a call to their bank. “The fraudster will then either ask the person for their pin number, or ask them to key their pin into their telephone keypad, before saying that the bank will be sending a courier to collect the card. “Needless to say the courier will be part of the scam with the criminals ending up with both the credit card and pin number. “This is a variation on the ‘courier scam’, where residents are told that banks or building societies will collect bank cards, and residents should remain suspicious of any call that requests personal banking information. “Criminals are continuing to become highly sophisticated in their attempts to trick consumers into giving this information away. The quick thinking of the potential victim in this instance may well have saved him a lot of money.” Banks and building societies do not send couriers to pick up bank cards, nor will they ever ask customers for their pin numbers. People should never give out pin numbers or the security code off the back of their cards in these circumstances. To report or discuss any form of scam, contact the Citizens Advice Bureau helpline on 08454 040506.


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The Charnwood BRAS (Breastfeeding Reassurance And Support) group is recruiting more volunteer peer supporters to ensure every area of Charnwood is covered by their services. A training programme will be taking place and applications are particularly welcome from women living in Anstey and Sileby where breastfeeding rates are low. The Charnwood BRAS group hopes to see an increase in the number of babies who are breastfed which will help to improve the general health and wellbeing of children, their mothers and future generations. The volunteers provide information, reassurance and support to parents and parents-to-be at every stage from pregnancy to weaning, through one-toone support, a telephone helpline, breastfeeding cafes, antenatal workshops and returning to work sessions. There are about 20 peer supporters in the group who have all taken part in the La Leche League Peer Counsellor training programme. One of them is Tamsin Robinson from Anstey, she explains why the service is needed, “Before having a baby, many women have never seen a baby being breastfed so there is a lot to learn about how to hold your baby in the correct position, how to help the baby attach to your breast so it’s comfortable for both of you, and of course about how amazing our hormones are in creating this supply and demand system of complete nutrition and natural medicine!” Joanne Talbot, part of the Health Visiting team in Charnwood, helps to co-ordinate the peer supporters and says “The current volunteers do an amazing job in supporting parents and parents-to-be but they do the work in their spare time which of course is limited when you have small children so we need more volunteers to ensure that as many babies as possible are being breastfed.” Find out more about Charnwood BRAS and becoming a peer supporter at or on Facebook or by telephoning 07583 041054

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Thurcaston and Cropston Gardening Club 30th Annual Produce and Craft Show

It is still possible to join the Gardening Club. The membership fee is based on a pro rota basis, or ÂŁ3.00 per meeting. So, if you are interested in gardening - come and give the Club a try. For more information of any of these events call Dave Haddon on (0116) 235 9758

The 30th Annual Show of the Thurcaston & Cropston Gardening Club moved from the village hall to the Richard Hill Primary School this year. This proved to be a huge success. Our new home, with its extra space and light and airy atmosphere, attracted a record number of exhibitors. Exhibits were up to their usual high standard and it was most pleasing to see so many people entering for the first time and this was reflected in the winner’s list. Mr Phil Dews retained the Sedgwick Cup for most points overall and the Challenge. Trophy for the best points total by a Garden Club member. New names were Mrs Alison Briggs who won trophies for Best Exhibit in Show (3 Roses in 3 Stages) and the Orton Bowl for vase of 3 roses. Mr John Holyoake, entering for the first time, took the Novice Shield for the most overall points scored by an exhibitor who has never won a Club trophy before. The Delia Brook trophy for photography of the year award went this year to Peter Smith, after years of domination in this class by Roy Emmett. Also it was great to see a new name on the Junior Cup, Oliver Keran was joint winner with James Lacey, well done to them both. This cup is awarded to the junior who scores the most points in the adult classes. The children gave us another colourful and imaginative array of entries in the junior classes and a very special thanks to the Girl Guides and the Brownies for their excellent contributions.

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Cllr. David Snartt was again on hand to present the trophies, many thanks to him for finding the time to “do the honoursâ€?. Thanks also go to everyone; exhibitors, visitors and officials alike for their contributions in making it such a resounding success. Future Dates Wed 9th October, 7.45 pm – Plants that Excite – Dr Andrew Ward Wed 13th November, 7.45 pm – An Old Fashioned Christmas – Felicity Austin Wed 11th December, 7.45 pm – Social Evening and Quiz Night It is still possible to join the Gardening Club. The membership fee is based on a pro rata basis, or ÂŁ3.00 per meeting. So, if you are interested in gardening - come and  give the Club a try. For more information of any of these events call Dave Haddon  on (0116) 235 9758

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David Snartt Reports... County Councillor for Bradgate Division. - Borough Councillor for Forest Bradgate. Planning Applications. It has been a very busy time with planning applications being determined at Charnwood Borough Council's Planning Committee and new applications coming forward. This including an application to the City Council for traveller sites, one close to the county border on Greengate Lane. I know there have been concerns raised by residents especially ones living in Thurcaston. I understand these applications will be determined by the City Council at the 16th October meeting. Other applications in Anstey include a development of up to 35 dwellings on land north of Groby Road Anstey, adjacent to the new St James Gate development and an application for up to 57 dwellings on Gynsill Lane, Anstey. I attended the Planning Committee meeting on the 12th September. There was a lot of interest about the National Trust proposal to change Stoneywell Cottage, Lea Lane, Ulverscroft into a visitor attraction, indeed BBC TV have been filming as this application has progressed through the planning stages. I spoke to the committee, stating that there was no doubt this would be a significant addition to the National Trust portfolio, but outlined my concerns with the traffic management proposals within the application. The committee also heard from local residents and the Parish Meeting Chairman stating their real concerns with the proposals. Although members of the committee had concerns about highway safety, the outcome was to permit with conditions, which include restricting visitor numbers, visiting times, and a traffic management system that controls vehicle access to the site. It was particularly pleasing that the committee refused the application for up to 34 dwellings on Bradgate Road, Anstey. I did object to this proposal and spoke to the committee on behalf of my colleague Paul Day. May I take this opportunity to thank all the residents who took the time to provide evidence and registered their objections to this proposal, I am sure it made a difference.

The Leicestershire Round. I attended a short presentation which took place at the Ruins in Bradgate Park to celebrate the 30th Birthday of the Leicestershire Round. The round is a 100 mile circular route that takes in rolling countryside, picturesque villages and wildlife rich woodland. Sometimes raising money for good causes at the same time, walkers have explored the flagship route since it was established in 1983 to celebrate Leicestershire Footpath Association's Centenary. The Leicestershire Round circuits the county, covering landmarks such as Bradgate Park, Foxton Locks, Burrough Hill and Bosworth Battlefield. The route mostly follows public rights of way which are managed by the County Council, although there are some sections on quiet roads, unsurfaced tracks and a canal tow path. If you feel like walking some or all of the route there is more information on

Charnwood Forest Lottery Bid. Sir David Attenborough has offered his support to a funding bid aimed at enhancing the Charnwood Forest. Leicestershire County Council and its partners have applied for ÂŁ2.4 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund to help support projects that aim to boost and preserve the unique landscape of the area. In a letter of support to Lottery bosses the much loved naturalist described Charnwood Forest as a "precious lung for those living in Leicester and other towns and villages that lie around it" he also said that his visits to the Forest were "the highlights of my Leicester boyhood". Heritage

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implementation plan and expect to provide more information on specific areas, including phasing in the new year. The County Council understands the anticipation of many communities and will be looking to provide some outline mapping earlier than this. More information will be available on the County Council web site at Horticultural Annual Shows. One of my favourite times of the year is attending the Annual Horticultural Shows within my Division. This year they all seemed to be on the same Saturday afternoon making it difficult to spend time at them all. I always feel these type of events bring together communities, therefore I am hopeful they will continue to flourish for years to come. I do understand though that they take a considerable time and effort to make them successful. I was asked to present the prizes at the Thurcaston and Cropston Show where once again the standard of exhibits was high. Congratulations to Phil Dews who achieved the most points overall at this show. If you need to contact me on any issues write to 10 Groby Lane, Newtown Linford, Leicester. LE6 0HH e-mail or telephone 01530 244804.

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Great Central Railway Scoops Grant from Biffa Award Money will pay for improvements and renovations at Quorn & Woodhouse Station Quorn & Woodhouse station on the award winning Great Central Railway is set for a facelift. The railway's supporting charity has secured a grant of almost fifty thousand pounds from Biffa Award. Repairs will be made to the grade two listed station staircase, an original 1890s Great Central Railway storage shed will be completely rebuilt and for the first time proper paths for people who use wheel chairs will be provided in the station yard. Managing director of the Great Central Railway, Bill Ford said, "We're are delighted with the grant which will enable us to not only make vital repairs but also significantly improve the experience of our visitors. Working with Biffa Award will really help to protect our Victorian heritage. I would like to thank our funding team who have worked so hard to secure the award. The work will complement our recently developed family cafĂŠ and newly installed turntable." Gillian French, Biffa Award Programme Manager, said: "We are proud to support this project, which will bring to life the story of this rural railway goods yard from the steam era, so that it can be enjoyed by more of the local community as well as visitors from further afield". Other works at Quorn station will include new signs which will help interpret how a goods yard at a country station worked. Work will begin on the improvements before Christmas.


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Leicestershire letting agents and landlords all under one roof An innovative new website which aims to improve the standard of privately rented properties in Leicestershire has been launched. The Homefinder scheme - has been set up for landlords and letting agents in the county, offering support and advice and providing a range of services all under one roof. Landlords and letting agents can advertise their properties for free, and at the same time keep up-to-date with current legislation, have access to documents, videos and toolkits to help manage properties, information on available grants and loans, and free training opportunities. There are already over 70 letting agents signed up and 500 properties on the website, from shared houses to executive homes. It can be viewed in multiple languages, and features include a housing benefit calculator and an online referral form for customers seeking support to remain in their current home or move to an alternative one. Blaby District Council has led on the development of the scheme, which had the original aim of increasing access to privately rented properties across Leicester and Leicestershire. Councillor Maggie Wright, portfolio holder for Community Services, said: “The launch of Homefinder is going to benefit both tenants and landlords, ensuring there is quality housing available in the district. It is extremely promising to see the amount of landlords and letting agents already on board and I hope to see this fantastic scheme roll out further across the county and beyond.” National Landlords Association (NLA), Association of Residential Letting Agents (ARLA), Decent and Safe Homes (DASH), Leicester Landlords Association (LLA), Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) and Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) are all supporting the Homefinder scheme. Linda Selvey, Landlord Accreditation Manager at DASH, said: “We are really pleased that there will be a place where tenants can go to look for properties belonging specifically to accredited landlords”. “This website will help tenants have confidence that the property they rent is of a good standard, is being responsibly managed and more importantly that the landlord belongs to a recognised scheme like DASH landlord Accreditation. We hope to work in partnership with Blaby District Council to develop the website across the East Midlands giving more landlords and tenants this excellent opportunity.” Alongside the launch of the Homefinder website, a Landlord Local Authority Working Group has been set up. Zahir Mamujee from MCL Property, and one of the working group members, said: “We are very excited at the launch of this site. Not only is it a great portal to advertise properties throughout Leicester and Leicestershire, but a great example of how the private rented sector and local authorities throughout the shire are working together to reduce the stigma associated with Housing Benefit tenants and provide good quality accommodation.” Landlords or letting agents looking to advertise their properties on the website can register at or for further information email or call 0116 272 7770

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Anstey WI always welcomes new members, and was recently pleased to welcome Mary Belton, who has moved into the village. Birstall’s loss is our gain. We had great fun attempting to identify old objects brought by speaker Bob Neill, whose parents used to run a shop similar to Arkwright’s in “Open All Hours.” Some were relatively familiar, but others, such as a pipe reamer, and a lazy daisy maker, were much more perplexing, and gave rise to some wild speculation and mirth. The highest scoring team comprised Krystyna Killam, Sue Ellway, Mary Chapman and Elizabeth Robinson, and no, they were not the oldest of those present!


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The production design, costumes and cinematography were magnificent in our quality period drama, "Lincoln", shown in September. Daniel Day-Lewis' performance was monumental. American history was portrayed vividly during the last four months of President Lincoln's life. "Les Misérables" will be shown on Fri Oct. 11th and lasts 158 minutes. This epic musical drama film has great power. Anne Hathaway deserved her Oscar as Best Supporting Actress. Hugh Jackman won an Oscar nomination for his fearless portrayal of the convict Jean Valjean who only just survives starvation. Even if you have already seen this film, you'll still be entranced. “Hyde Park on Hudson” will be shown on Friday November 8th and lasts 94 minutes. This British comedy is set in the Hudson Valley and features King George V1 and our Queen Mother on the first trip across the Atlantic for a reigning British monarch. World War 11 is looming and our king is on a diplomatic mission to secure allied support, led by President Roosevelt, played brilliantly by Bill Murray. The recent best-ever version of “Great Expectations” will be shown on Friday December 13th. Thurcaston and Cropston Parish Council will be showing these films at Thurcaston Memorial Hall. Starting at 7.30pm, tickets cost £4-50 and concessions are £4. The price includes refreshments and a lucky prize draw. Advanced tickets can be purchased via the parish office - 0116 236 7626 or at the door. Book your tickets early to avoid disappointment.

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The Official Op New Martin Continued from front page: The Council also welcomed other worthies, John Bradshaw and his wife. (John joined the school aged 11 in 1957 and continues his association as a bus driver who daily brings our students to school from Glenfield), Mr Doug Kenny and Ms Marion Smith, founding teachers from 1957 and other local people who have actively supported or given up their time in advancing the school. Those invited also included the School Governors, County and Regional officials who have worked hard to ensure that we can convert into an 1116 school. The official opening recognises the new start that the school is making. The conversion means that the students can stay on to the age of 16 where they will take their GCSE examinations. This move has the support of the whole community. As you can see from the pictures, it was a fine celebration led by the Student Council who have worked tenaciously to make the conversion successful. The ceremony included a welcome by the Chairs and Vice Chairs of the Student Council, Zak Harris, Morgan Bates, and Lauren Fawcett (pictured). Mr Furniss, Head Teacher, thanked all those who had supported or who will continue to support the school in its conversion. Mr David Saville, Chair of Governors, welcomed Lady Gretton and invited her to open the building. In a well-informed speech, Lady Gretton praised the school for its tenacity and determination in its move to become an 11-16. She recognised the achievements of the last 57 years and confidently predicted the school’s future success. The ceremony ended with students escorting guests around the school. On tour they visited the new block of 8 classrooms; the new music area,


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come first in any individual events on the day, points were awarded for everything that was done. At the end of the day prizes and trophies were awarded, not only for the Wing Field Day, but also for Wing Competitions that are for the whole season. Of which 2070 Squadron won the following Awards and Trophies, for 2012 season: • Best overall Sporting Squadron • Best Squadron at Training and Proficiency • The Committee Shoot Trophy • The Auster Cup – Best Overall Squadron of the whole South and East Midlands Wing An excellent Year improving from last year’s performance well done to Cadets who have represented the Squadron in all events and competitions throughout the season. The Challenge now is to maintain the high standard that we have set ourselves. Bronze National Navigation Award Scheme On 15th and 16th June. Cadets who are currently doing their First Class Training embarked on a two day Bronze National Navigation Award Training and Assessment. The weather was good and Cadets were all in good spirits, as they undertook the various navigational and walking challenges, that the route and terrain gave them.

Wing Field Day 2013 South and East Midlands Wing again hosted their annual Wing Field Day at RAF Wittering. Wing Field Day consists of competitions in first aid, drill, leadership, shooting, modeling, aircraft recognition and media communications. As always Cadets were keen to represent the Squadron and there was a team in all the competitions.

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Thurcaston and Cropston Local History Society On 17th September 2013 we were pleased to welcome Canon Anne Horton, Rector of St Leonard’s Church, Swithland, who gave a well-illustrated and intriguing talk entitled “The Story of Rothley Plain”. Canon Horton began by explaining that when she first arrived as Rector of Swithland, she took time to explore her parish and those parishes which bordered her own, discovering many historic connections between them because the whole area was once part of the Groby Manor Estate – a fact shown in a survey of 1658. Today, there is little to distinguish Rothley Plain from the general development of Rothley as a whole, but a map of Leicestershire drawn in 1777 by local schoolmaster and clergyman, John Prior, who was born in Swithland, clearly shows the area and its significance as part of the Manor of Groby (or Grooby as it was spelt then). Woodland was known as “a grassy area between woods” and villagers had historic grazing rights for their animals. Over the centuries there were various disputes over the use of the land, mainly between the Babington family of Rothley and the Grey family of Groby, one example in 1749 being over the rabbit warren which was an important source of food supply. Things changed dramatically, not necessarily for the better, when the Enclosure Acts began to take effect from 1750, with Rothley being enclosed in 1782 and Swithland and Thurcaston in 1799.

Apply online and on time for school places Parents are urged to look out for school place application packs which will be landing on doormats across Leicestershire. From September, around 12,500 parents will receive forms for children who transfer to secondary school in the autumn term 2014. Leicestershire County Council is reminding parents that moving to the next school is not automatic and encouraging them to apply before the 31st October closing date. The transfer process is the same for a local authority school or a recently converted academy. If parents apply late - even if they live next door to the school - their child is unlikely to get a place. Anyone expressing a preference for a non-catchment school is urged to also apply for a place at their child’s catchment school.

Rothley Plain today is the long, narrow strip of housing on the outskirts of the parish of Rothley, to the west of Swithland Lane, with the Great Central Railway’s Rothley Station at its southern end. In the late 19th century this area became part of the plans for the creation of Rothley Garden Suburb, the vision of the Manchester shipping merchant, Frederick Merttens. He had Online applicants will receive an email purchased Rothley Temple as his family home in 1893 and was soon actively pursuing his acknowledging receipt and be able to view ambitious plans for rural housing development. Only eminent architects were allowed to the decision on 3rd March 2014. Parents can submit plans and reputable builders to tender for work – only the very best would do for also apply by post if they wish. To find out more, Merttens’ vision to be realised. The area designated for building encompassed Swithland please visit, Lane and The Ridgeway. Initial properties favoured the Arts and Crafts style of architecture email and the first three houses were built in 1902. All new houses were to be built primarily for or call 0116 305 6684. Leicester’s prominent business people and industrialists of the day. At Merttens’ instigation, the Great Central Railway had been routed via Rothley, so anyone taking up residence in these rural dwellings would have easy access to their employment in Leicester, but still be able to enjoy the pleasure of healthy country life. However, due to the country’s financial downturn in the early 1900’s, by 1906, only nine houses had been built. In 1910 a brochure was produced, promising HOME VISITS IN SWITHLAND,WOODHOUSE AND CROPSTON many more amenities such as a school and tennis courts, but the sole project to be fulfilled was the Golf Course which opened in 1911. Some more houses were built, but the outbreak of World War 1 brought a halt to further construction. Later, Merttens’ failing health caused him to return to his native Manchester and he died in 1935.

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There was further development between the two World Wars and Canon Horton had some photographs of the various properties and some of their residents. Later, significant events which affected the area were the sale of the Swithland Hall Estate in 1954 and the Rothley Temple Estate in 1973. In the 1980’s, David Wilson’s building proposal, “The Gallops”, was turned down, but by the beginning of 2010 the Rothley Ridgeway Conservation Area came into being, its aim “to preserve and enhance the special character of the garden suburb development which began following the opening of the Great Central Railway to the west of Rothley”. Perhaps a little of Frederick Merttens’ vision has been realised by this achievement.


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Although the holiday season is nearly over, some people will still be going away over the coming months. If this applies to you then we recommend that you inform your neighbours when you are going away and how long for, so that they can keep an eye out for anything unusual whilst you’re away. Finally we have had some metal and garden equipment thefts in the area. If you are using garden equipment i.e. lawn mowers/strimmers etc please do not leave them unattended at the front of your property. We are also advising people to protect their property by marking it with Smart Water or similar property marking equipment. Thank you Steve Quinn - PCSO 6646

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Rush Hour!! I recently watched a TV programme about the traffic problems they are having in London. Apparently traffic moved at 9mph in1913, in 2013 it is 9mph! I wondered how fast the traffic was travelling through Anstey at peak times. or as it is ludicrously called 'rush hour'. The traffic in Anstey in the morning between 7am and 9am and evening between 4pm and 6pm is becoming horrendous. Traffic spreads out from the Nook up Bradgate Road and Cropston Road and increasingly coming down Stadon Road . Groby Road is also becoming a by pass for motorists coming in from Newtown Linford. And it will get worse!! Residents tell me that geting out onto Groby Road from Falcon Road is very difficult at the best of times as vehicles are allowed to park on the left hand side at the bottom of the road. I recently had a letter from the County Council concerning speed ramps along Groby Road and Bradgate Road. While I am in favour of slowing down the traffic I did point out in reply that speed would be not be a problem when the housing developments on Groby Road are completed as some 400 plus cars and a bus service would be making their way to and from Bradgate Road and onto the A50. By the way how does the Groby Road area come to be called St James Gate? What's the answer? Encourage car sharing? Better public transport? Who knows, perhaps it is one of the penalties of the population growth and people moving out from the City. Keep it on its lead. I am often amazed to see how many dog owners walk around the village without their pets being on a leash. It's a way of showing off, look how well behaved my dog is what they are indicating. There are numerous occasions when unleashed dogs lunge at other dogs which can then seek to avoid being attacked by jumping into the road. For the sake of your much loved pets please keep them on a leash in and around the village, particularly in those areas highlighted above. I think it is illegal not to have a dog on a leash in a public place. Another job for our police to keep an eye on. Get a Bell. How often are you surprised by cyclists brushing past you, especially when walking in the Castle Country Park. You have no idea they are behind you and risk a collision which can be really bad if it involves more vulnerable walkers. Cyclists, get a bell and while you are at it wear a helmet.

BREAKAWAYS WITH GLENFIELD TRAVEL Join us for our day trip to the City Varieties in Leeds for their 60th anniversary which has been beautifully restored to its original glory and now offers a lift and restaurant. There is shopping time in Leeds before you take your seats for the matinee performance at 2pm. Stall seating, 19th Oct, £42. Our 20th Comedy Weekend takes place at Sand Bay Holiday Village, Weston Super Mare on Friday, November 15th to Monday, 18th and includes 3 nights, full board, chalet acc, all en-suite, tea, coffee, TV ect. Full indoor leisure facilities, gym, snooker and golf. 10 star TV acts inc Lorraine Brown, Tank Sherman, John Evans, Alan Bates (Hypnotist), Billy Hunter (The Coffin Man), Bernie Flint, Mike Farrell and Carl Schofield plus floorshows, dancing, quizzes, late bars and a free coach excursion into Weston or Bath. A great fun weekend (no bad language) Just £179pp inc coach or £155 self drive. Turkey & Tinsel break to Eastbourne at the lovely Congress Hotel. Pre-Christmas festivities, seasonal cuisine, entertainment and excursions with complimentary drinks. Nov 18th, 5 days, £279pp Stamford Christmas Market comes alive with street entertainment, Santa’s Grotto and some 150 stalls offering gifts; food and wine, arts and crafts and all decorated to reflect this lovely season of the year. Our day trip which departs on 8th Dec. £16. Children & S/C £14. Twixmas, Ilfracombe for 3 nights at the Carlton Hotel, the town’s top rated. Family run, seasonal cuisine, excursions and entertainment. Plus a free drink each evening & a pantomime visit. Dec 27th, just £229. New Year. Join us this year for 3 nights staying at the Congress Hotel, Eastbourne. Seasonal cuisine on a full board basis with an excursion, entertainment and a pantomime visit included. A Glenfield Travel favourite. 30th Dec, £369pp Please call us for a copy of our 2013/14 brochure featuring a selection of coach holidays; mid week breaks, weekends and days out. No single supplements on all tours.

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Free Friday travel is available on the city’s park and ride services for commuters during October. The free tickets to ride are valid before 9am and can be used to park and ride to Leicester from Birstall, Enderby and Meynell’s Gorse and return. Vouchers need to be presented to the driver and can be downloaded at - or are available by calling 0116 305 0002. The park and ride services are run by the county and city councils and operate every 10-15 minutes, Monday-Saturday, 7am to 7pm. Peter Osborne, Leicestershire County Council Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport, said: “This is a great offer which we hope commuters will take advantage of and discover for themselves just how convenient the park and ride is. “Buses are fast and frequent and take away the hassle of taking on rush-hour traffic and finding a city centre parking space.” - terms and conditions apply - See page 13

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Glenfield U3A, News Update... During August membership of the Glenfield branch of the U3A reached 200. A volunteer to co-ordinate the second Walking Group came forward and several members had their first walk in Martinshaw Woods and the Ratby Burroughs on a fine weather day and finished off the walk with lunch at the Plough P.H. in Ratby. Walking Group 2 meets at 10.30am on the third Wednesday of the month. Another new group – Pilates - starts at 9.20am on Tuesday 10th September. The Pilates group will meet at the Sports Pavilion, Gynsill Lane, Glenfield on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month from 9.20 - 10.30am. Rachel Clarke, a qualified Pilates teacher will be taking the group and each session will cost £4. Most of the groups have continued throughout the summer months apart from Computing which starts a new 6 week session in September. The computing sessions take place in Glenfield Library at 2 pm on the second and fourth Mondays of the month. Groups are small, usually 6 members and are tutor led with at least two "helpers", so there is plenty of support. Sessions are themed, but designed to be flexible and respond to what members want. Some people have a laptop or tablet that they bring with them but if you do not have a laptop then the U3A has some

repeat night of live music from the 60's on Saturday 2nd November – tickets £10 (supper included). Open to non-members. The event will be held at St Peter's Church Centre.

that we lend out for the duration of the course so that people can have a go at using the laptop at home or go along to the library to get internet access if they don’t have it at home.

On Sunday 8th December 2013 the U3A will be hosting a ‘Cakes and Carols’ afternoon with carols sung by the Singing for Fun Choir to raise money for the charity VISTA – tickets £5. Open to non-members. The Memorial Hall has provisionally been booked as the venue as St Peter’s Church Hall is unavailable but this may change if a more suitable venue can be found for the choir to perform.

The Table Tennis group started on 20th June at Beaumont leys, Leicester Leys Leisure Centre and takes place on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month at 2pm. The cost is £3. The indoor bowls group were forced to take a summer holiday whilst St Peter’s Church Centre was closed for annual maintenance but are back there now every Friday afternoon at 2pm and is as popular as ever.

On Tuesday 7th Jan 2014 there will be a New Year Luncheon at St Peter's Church Centre. Bookings are being taken from stallholders for next year’s U3A Craft Fair to be held on Saturday 29th March 2014 at St Peter's Church Hall.

Change too for the well-established history group in September, the group has outgrown the current venue at the Scout hall and are moving to the new Sports Pavilion on Gynsill Lane. On 12th September there will be a talk about the National Trusts acquisition of Stoneywell an Arts & Crafts cottage near Ulverscroft.

If you are interested in any of our activities and have entered your ‘third age’ (are retired or semi-retired) then why not join? Membership is only £1 per month + an annual fee to head office for insurance of £3.50.

The strawberry and cream tea at the August monthly meeting was another success, over 70 members enjoyed the afternoon.

Please take a look at our website it is full of information and membership forms are available on line. or email or telephone Carol Knill - 0116 2919464

A new catering team has been formed from group volunteers for future events.

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Newtown Linford Gardening Club There were 79 people at the Gardening Club’s garden party in July. Despite heavy rain during the morning we were able to sit outside on a warm evening drinking Pimms and eating hot dogs and a wide variety of sweets. Plants and books were available for purchase and a raffle provided over 20 prizes. Mike and Liz Newcombe’s two acre garden provided a substantial venue and the view of the Leicestershire countryside from the garden is always glorious. This annual event is one of the highlights of our year and becomes more popular every time. Mike and Liz opened their garden to the public under the auspices of the National Garden Scheme in late July and early August. On the two days they were open some 500 people paid them a visit and around £2500 was raised for charity. These events are held all over the country and the amount of money raised for charity is enormous. The visit of Christine Walkden on October 22nd has caused a lot of interest. All the tickets have now been sold out and a waiting list for returns has been set up. We have welcomed a large number of new members this year and will be pleased if others want to join us. If you are interested in our activities just contact the secretary (tel. 242452 or e-mail, or come to one of our meetings to see how you like it before making a commitment (£2 for visitors). Alternatively give us a ring and ask for a copy of our programme for the coming year and we will be pleased to send one to you. Anne and David Couling

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Barbershop Singing Taster Course We are having a Barbershop singing taster course on Sunday afternoon, October 13th 3pm til 5pm and Monday evening 14th 7-30 til 10pm at the Birstall Social Club, Wanlip Lane, Birstall, culminating at the end of the week on Friday 18th of October with what is known in Barbershop as an “Afterglow Concert” at the Social Club, this concert will be in aid of LOROS, donations on the door. Everybody is welcome and there will be other choruses joining us from Peterborough, Nottingham, Long Eaton, Coventry and the West Midlands so it will be a great evening’s entertainment. We invite all men who can sing, even those who think they can’t, to come and join us on all three days and have a lot of fun. Any and all music materials will be supplied by the club. Give me a call, Jan Hunt on 267 5339 or email me at to book your place.

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OCTOBER’S NEWS FROM ANSTEY NHW WELCOME MEETING Thank you to everyone from Kitchener Road, Andrew Road, Charles Drive, King Williams Way, Gladstone Street and Albion Street who came to the recent welcome meeting. I hope you all found it very interesting, despite no Police presence which was due to unforeseen circumstances, at the last minute. Thanks to Richard (Dick) Moore, James Shaw, Kaine Smith and Lesley Douglas for volunteering to be your NHW coordinators. I hope they have all managed to introduce themselves to you and given you your welcome packs. Apologies to the residents of Kitchener Road for the long delay in arranging your welcome meeting, you should have a coordinator shortly who will register your scheme to enable your NHW street signs to be displayed. ANSTEY GALA It was really good to see so many of you visiting our stall at the recent gala. Congratulations to the person who won the hamper, hope you enjoyed it. If anyone is interested in becoming a NHW coordinator for your street please get in touch. I am hoping to be able to say that Anstey has a complete blanket coverage of NHW schemes soon. NEW AREAS TO BE COVERED At the moment we have someone setting up a scheme in Stadon Road & Hooks Close. I am going to try and set up schemes in Highfield Street and Woodgon Road next. I am very disappointed in the lack of people opening their doors to me when I knock to collect the forms, when I know you are at home. I state on the forms that I will be round to collect them in a week. If you don’t wish to answer your door, can you please have the courtesy to either leave the form out so I can see it, or email it back. My email address is on the form. NHW COORDINATORS URGENTLY NEEDED We have unfortunately a few vacancies for the position of a NHW coordinator for the following schemes: Burgin Road, Netherfield Road & Holgate Close, Birkdale Road & Hazelhead Road and Ashfield Drive. These schemes are already set up so they require very little work - we just need representatives. If you think you would like to take over any of these schemes or require further information, please get in touch with me as soon as possible. I look forward to hearing from you. DARK NIGHTS ARE ON THE WAY It is getting to that time of year again when the nights are getting longer, and people are coming home in the dark. Can you please think about leaving your lights on a time switch or a radio on, so it appears that someone is in. This is a good deterrent for the burglary.

If you need to get in touch with me my details are:CARPET & UPHOLSTERY CLEA Phone no 0116 2365745 or via email DIANE TILLOTSON - ANSTEY NHW BEAT MANAGER

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