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The Great British Dog Survey Are we treating dogs like children? THE FIRST EVER Great British Dog Survey, undertaken by the charity Guide Dogs, has revealed that many owners are treating their dogs like children. The UK’s dogs often share our most popular baby names, are spoilt rotten on their birthdays and get pampered on an almost weekly basis.


It seems the UK really is a nation of dog lovers as we give them the same names as our children. The survey found that Poppy is the most popular dog name overall, as well as being the 5th most popular for baby girls in 2015. When it comes to boys, Charlie is the 2nd most popular dog name and also 5th when it comes to baby boys.

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Cropston Guides Presented With Top Awards News from Snowy Owl On Thursday evening, 3rd November, Girl Guides, parents and Guide leaders assembled at The Belmont Hotel in Leicester city centre for an award presentation ceremony. Five girls from 1st Cropston Guides had earned the highest award a Guide can achieve and three of them were present amongst thirty other girls from across the county to receive their Baden Powell Challenge certificates from the Lord Mayor of Leicester, Councillor Stephen Corrall.

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From left to right, the photograph shows Zoe Frew, Izzy Crisswell and Emily Haag at the Belmont Hotel award ceremony. Two other Cropston Guides who have earned the award but could not be present on the night are Sophie Hardy and Amy Harlow. Congratulations to all.

The Baden-Powell Challenge is divided into five zones, each containing lots of different clauses. Our girls gained the Agility badge for the Healthy Lifestyle zone and studied World Cultures in the Global Awareness zone. They had learned to knit or crochet and made squares for blankets to give to Animal Aid in the Discovery Zone. With expert guidance they had sown wildflower seeds and made animal habitats in Castle Hill Park for the Celebrating Diversity zone. They completed many clauses in the Skills and Relationships zone by gaining First Aid certificates, planning and enjoying several celebration parties, each with a different theme. They learned fund raising skills at the church fete to donate money to All Saints Church, Thurcaston and to fund their Baden Powell challenge adventure week end.


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These adventure week ends begin on a Friday night when approx 20 girls from all over the county meet together at a campsite or village hall which will be their home for the week end. The girls are given a challenge that they must complete by Sunday afternoon. The challenge might be to put on an art exhibition, a play, a fashion show, redecorate rooms at Guide HQ, invent and prepare the equipment/ instructions for a outdoor activities or a new badge for other Brownies and Guides. When parents or packs of Brownies turn up on Sunday afternoon all the props, cakes, programmes, music, scenery must be ready; lines learnt, performances rehearsed etc. etc. The girls will have joined teams with specific skills: artistic, computer savvy, baking, fashion- designing, etc They will have been shopping for materials, sewn costumes, used cameras, computers and printers etc to produce a very professional outcome for parents and other visitors. It is certainly a challenge for the girls but a enjoyable one when friendships are forged and talents discovered. It is amazing how much a team of fourteen year old girls can achieve in one week end. Cropston Guides meet at Richard Hill Primary School, Anstey Lane, Thurcaston on Wednesday evenings 7.15pm to 8 .30pm. We have spaces for more girls who must be age 10, or almost, to start Guides. Contact Christine Miranda 0116 2364293 for more details. We have a few spaces in Thurcaston Brownies who meet at the school also on the Wednesday evening but from 6 pm until 7.15pm. Brownies start from age 7. Contact Louise Keran 07711- 422350

Anstey Christmas Gala Sat 3rd Dec 2016 Venues open 2:30 - 5:00 pm United Reformed Church – Santa’s Grotto, Stalls, Raffle & Refreshments, Ratby Junior Band 3pm, Woolden Hill School Choir – 3.15pm St Marys Church - Ratby Junior Band 4pm, Latimer School Choir – 4.15pm, St Marys Church Rooms - Stalls & Refreshments Methodist Church - Christmas Tree Festival – Voting 2:30 – 5:00pm & Refreshments Quiz sheets will be available at all venues - £1 Carols in the Nook lead by Ratby Junior Band - 5:15pm Tree Lights Switch on – 5:30pm.

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perhaps don’t focus on customer care as much as they should do, 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. Locally Cloudy2Clear service the Anstey, Thurcaston, Cropston, Swithland, Newtown Linford & Woodhouse areas and manager Michael Parr agrees that this 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

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We’ve had a very busy year as part of the Leicester Road Running League, and have also introduced and developed many new runners that have joined our Couch to 5k programmes throughout the year. As well as developing our runners, our Run Leaders have also been developing. We’ve had new run leaders join to help us manage the 180 strong memberships we have now. We’ve also had some of our Run Leaders that have just passed their coaching course, so we can offer our members much more advice and guidance.

The Royal British Legion is Looking for new members, this is to ensure we can keep our local branch open. We meet every second Monday of each month, at the Stadon Club Bradgate Road Anstey. This is an established branch that would welcome all new members.

Team Anstey – Juniors We are really pleased to announce that as of January 2017, we will be offering training for juniors. So any children from 12 years old that would like to join, this will be happening on a Thursday evening 5pm-6pm – Martin High School, Anstey. These sessions are lead by fully insured, qualified coaches, and all helpers have their DBS clearance. Only £3 per session The training will include indoor fun activities to: •

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Be part of a fully inclusive and friendly team

Please contact Mr John Dowling on 07990065263 Mr Kevin Musson on 0116 2202342 Email We have our own welfare officer who is available to support any armed forces personnel past and present, contact Kevin Musson as above.

If you are interested in taking part, please contact or call Kim Angell on 07736315032 for more information. We only have limited spaces, so please sign up quickly to avoid disappointment

We are also supporting the Anstey Navy Cadet Force. This is a new unit opening 16th November, who are looking to encourage young people to become responsible adults, using the customs and traditions of The Royal Navy and Royal Marines. We take youngsters from the age of 8 to 18 years. Parade night Every Wednesday 7pm to 9pm Jubliee Hall Stadon Road Anstey. Contact or call Craig on 07581490184

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POLICEMATTERS Welcome to ‘Police Matters’ from the Anstey Dedicated Neighbourhood Policing Team. The crime breakdown shows offences committed between 23rd October 2016 and 18th November 2016 inclusive.

Mobile Phones – THINK! – Road Safety A recent campaign was launched by the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) designed to draw drivers’ attention to not only the risks posed by being distracted by mobile phones while in control of a vehicle, but the serious penalties which they will face if they are caught. Research by the RAC suggests the number of motorists who illegally use mobile phones while at the wheel is rising. They surveyed 1,714 motorists and 31% of them said they used a handheld phone behind the wheel compared with 8% in 2014. The number of drivers who said they sent a message or posted on social media rose from 7% to 19%, while 14% said they had taken a photograph or video while driving. Driving ability is clearly impaired by using a mobile phone and studies have found that talking on a hand-held mobile phone can impair driving more than driving above the drink drive limit. Department for Transport figures show that a driver impaired or distracted by their phone was a contributory factor in 492 accidents in Britain in 2014, including 21 that were fatal and 84 classed as serious. Under new rules expected to come in next year, drivers will get six points on their licence and face a £200 fine. There are also plans to ensure that all motorists caught using their mobile phone for the first time will automatically receive penalty points rather than being offered a driving course. These new rules aim to reduce the number of deaths and injured on the roads. See here for more information So THINK! – Before you pick up that mobile phone whilst driving…………

Crime Figures 23rd October 2016 to 18th Nov 2016 Burglary Dwelling – 2 Burgin Road, Hollow Road Burglary - 1 (non Dwelling) (Business Premises, Shed, Garage, Etc) - Cropston Road Theft of Motor Vehicle – 0 Theft from Motor Vehicle - 3 (inc Attempts) – Stadon Road, Forest Gate, Edward Street Damage to Motor Vehicle – 1 Church Lane Criminal Damage Dwelling – 1 James Street Criminal Damage - 1 (non Dwelling) (Business Premises, Shed, Garage Etc) - Anstey Library Theft Store – 3 Co-Op x 3 Theft Cycle – 0 Theft Property - 1 Hollow Road

Ho! Ho Ho! As we approach the festive season, and this will be the last ‘Police Matters’ before the big day, we would like to offer some common sense advice to ensure that your property ~ is not a GIFT for someone else! Christmas should be a time for families and fun, but the facts are that each year there is an increase in house burglaries in the run up to the big day itself. Don’t let your Christmas be spoilt;


Lock all doors and windows before going out

Tell neighbours of your plans

Consider the use of time switches for lights / Radios

Consider fitting outside security lights

Don’t leave expensive presents under the tree (or close curtains if you do to hide them from view)

Hide presents from view in vehicles (lock them in the boot)

Dispose of packaging securely (Don’t advertise what nice presents you’ve received!)

Look out for elderly neighbours as the weather gets colder

Also…..”One for the Road?” It is clear that many drivers are still ignoring our advice and are putting others at risk by driving whilst under the influence of drink or drugs. ‘Tis the season for Christmas Parties so don’t be caught out ~ sort out your ‘designated driver’ or book that Taxi. Finally, As the Arctic blast begins to hit us and the sound of car windows being scraped is upon us, it is a good time to remind everyone not to leave cars unattended to warm up. This gives out a clear message to the thief ~ “Steal Me”!! To add to your problems your insurance will not want to know as the car was left insecure with keys inside. You can be sure criminals are rubbing their hands in this frosty weather – not to keep warm but thinking about the easy pickings when cars are left unattended with engine running! Don’t make it easy for them.

Merry Christmas to you all – have a safe one!

As always, we would ask all residents of the village to be vigilant and report any suspicious person(s) or activity to Police on 101 or, if you feel a crime is taking place, 999. If you have any information at all about crime please call CRIMESTOPPERS. Your call will always be free, we won’t ask your name and you may even receive a cash reward. Just call – 0800 555 111

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Anstey WI Anstey WI AGM took place this month and was soon followed by a workshop creating Christmas tree decorations. This was led and supervised by Elizabeth Robinson. At the AGM, special thanks were given to Ann Coney who decided to step down as president. Under her guidance the Anstey group has prospered. When the business side was completed the fun quickly began. It was a challenge to decorate our Christmas tree with items of sewing equipment and make them look festive. Amidst a lot of chattering, laughing and coffee breaks we managed to create a festive tree suitable from ladies who sew. The room buzzed with imagination and talent as tape measures, bobbins and thimbles became stars and glittering baubles. Only by working together could we have created this sparkling Christmas tree. It was a satisfying achievement at the end of the evening. If you are interested in joining the Anstey WI, either come along to a meeting as a guest (fee £3) where you will be made very welcome or contact Sheila Price on 0116 2205225 for further information. This is held every 2nd Wednesday in the month at 7.30pm at the Jubilee Hall on Stadon Road, Anstey The next meeting is on Wednesday 7th December and it will be a Christmas party with various activities arranged.

Christmas Bazaar in aid of St Paul's Church 1:30-3:30 pm,

Saturday 3 December 2016 Village Hall, Woodhouse Eaves, 50p entry fee

FILM PRESENTATIONS Thurcaston and Cropston Parish Council November's film, Danish Girl, was a ground-breaking and remarkable story, a tender insight into transgender issues. Throughout the emotional yet gripping tale of Gerda and Einar, who was later known as Lili, there was a bold intensity in Gerda's stunning art work. The Danish countryside was beautiful but the end if the story was quite unexpected. This film was, however, a privilege to watch.

"Florence Foster Jenkins" will be shown on December 9th and lasts 110 minutes. This real life-story is a perfect comedy drama leading us into Christmas. Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant harmonise perfectly the humour and pathos. In 1930's and 1940's New York, Florence Foster Jenkins is a wealthy amateur operatic soprano. Surprisingly, in spite of her poor singing ability, her concerts are always sold out. We just have to laugh at Florence's mesmerising joy.

"Love and Friendship " will be shown on January 13th and lasts 93 minutes. This romantic comedy drama, based on Jane Austen's novel, "Lady Susan", stars Kate Beckinsale as Lady Susan Vernon. She favours scandal without scruples and observes that "Facts are horrid things". The costumes are impeccable. "Love and Friendship" will continue our Christmas joy into the New Year. "Trumbo", will be shown on February 10th. Thurcaston and Cropston Parish Council will be showing these films at Thurcaston Memorial Hall, starting at 7.30pm. Film tickets will cost £5 which will include refreshments and a lucky prize draw during the interval. Advanced tickets may be purchased via the parish office –0116 236 7626 or at the door.

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David Snartt Reports... County Councillor for Bradgate Division. - Borough Councillor for Forest Bradgate.

New Premises Licence Last month I gave information about an application for a new premises licence for the sale of alcohol for consumption off the premises Monday to Sunday 7.00am until 11.00pm at 42-44 Main Street, Woodhouse Eaves. I attended the Licensing Sub-committee Hearing along with the Parish Clerk and local residents to oppose this application. I explained that my representations were around the prevention of public nuisance, stating I didn’t feel this application was appropriate in the heart of this residential area and the late selling of alcohol was more akin to an urban area. I also made reference to another village where late night selling had causing problems. The outcome was the licence was granted with conditions, which included the installation of CCTV and a limitation on the hours alcohol can be sold, this will be 7.00am until 8.00pm. May I take this opportunity to thank the residents and the Parish Clerk who attended the hearing, for putting their individual concerns and those of the Parish Council forward at the hearing.

Update on Planning Applications Again it has been a busy month, being involved with current planning applications. I would like to update you on two that have taken the majority of my time over the last month. The application to erect a terrace of three dwellings, comprising of two 3 bed and one 2 bed properties on land adjacent to Grey Crescent, Newtown Linford. I asked for this application to be determined at a Planning Committee at Charnwood Borough Council. This application was unanimously refused by the members of the committee on the 10th November. Speaking at the meeting I stated I was surprised that this application had a

recommendation to grant permission with conditions. In my view there were many instances where this proposed development did not comply with current policy, going on to outline four main key areas where there were variances from policy and the Local Plan Core Strategy. In my opinion this was over development of this small site and falls short of what is expected in a conservation area and did not protect the amenity and privacy of the near neighbours. I was grateful to the neighbour and Parish Councillor who spoke at the meeting with such passion about keeping the village, especially the conservation area, as it should be protected. I have had further correspondence with officers at the County Council and Charnwood Borough Council about the latest planning application to vary the existing conditions when outline planning permission was granted for the Fairhaven Farm development on Cropston Road, Anstey. I still feel that delaying the work to The Nook until 30 dwellings are occupied will have a detrimental effect on the local community, local retail businesses and the travelling public. Remembering that there are three sites that will be developed on Cropston Road, all may be at the same time, including the construction traffic travelling through The Nook.

Service of Remembrance This year Joan and I attended two services, the first on Armistice Day held at the Stand Easy Memorial, County Hall. This was a short service of remembrance to the men and women, especially those of Leicestershire, who laid down their lives in the service of their country, in the cause of freedom, justice and peace. It was particularly pleasing to see young children from a local school being part of the service, I believe it is important that we never lose sight of the sacrifices made, especially this year, being 100 years since the battle of the Somme where so many lives were

lost on the first day of the battle. On the Sunday we were invited to attend the Service of Remembrance at Welbeck Sixth Form College. Again it was an uplifting service, especially with all the students taking part along with parents and families attending, some travelling long distances to be at the service, in my view, we are so lucky to have this College within our communities. There was an interesting piece of information in the order of service about the Drumhead Service. You may have noticed this also takes place at the Royal Albert Hall Service of Remembrance. A Drumhead Service was a Religious service conducted in the field during armed conflict, often near to the battlefront. Lacking a church to attend, the military command used its drum, piled neatly and draped with appropriate colours (national or regimental flags for example) to create an altar. Military chaplains or padres were expected to conduct non-denominational or multidenominational services for the troops, the drumhead altar was the ‘generic’ altar, suited to its military purpose.

Anti-social Behaviour I have recently had concerns raised by several residents about anti-social behaviour taking place in Anstey, particularly within The Nook car park. I know Councillor Deborah Taylor has contacted the Police and Crime Commissioner about this issue and the reduction in Police officers within the Parish. I have also alerted the Inspector for this area about the problem of groups of youths gathering in the car park creating noise, throwing bottles, alleged drug taking, and racing around the car park in vehicles with no lights, sometimes up to 11.00pm at night.

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I have had a favourable response from the Inspector that action will be taken to resolve these issues. It is important all anti-social behaviour is reported to the Police, Therefore please make sure you record incidents by telephoning 101. This will then build up a picture on how big the problem of anti-social behaviour is within the village and may influence the Police staffing levels.

County Council Boundary Review You may recall I gave information previously about the Local Government Boundary Commission for England (LGBCE), undertaking a review of the electoral arrangements within Leicestershire. The main purpose of the review was to ensure that the number of voters that each County Councillor represents is approximately the same across the County. The LGBCE recommendations had to be approved by Parliament and that approval was granted on the 8th November. Although there were changes to some Divisions within the County, my Division of Bradgate stays the same. I did make representations to the Commission, that in my view, the current boundary for Bradgate has a good relationship between the villages. The Commission stated in their report ‘the proposal was proposed and supported locally, the Division has clear boundaries and gives a good level of electoral equality’. The new boundaries will now be in place for the County Council elections in May next year. As we approach the end of the year, I would like to wish all residents a very Happy Christmas and a peaceful New Year. If you need to contact me on any issues, please write to 10 Groby Lane, Newtown Linford, Leicester. LE6 0HH e-mail or telephone 01530 244804.


ANSTEY. CROPSTON, THURCASTON AND ROTHLEY To conclude the social Meetings for the year 2016, the Members arrived in November sunshine and enjoyed the happy atmosphere of greetings and anticipation for what the future would hold for this Christmas and the New Year in 2017. Firstly, of course, the issue of arrangements for Christmas had to be addressed and here we greeted an old friend, Penny Hodgson, who took us through a light hearted look at the festive season. Penny said we all get so involved with the preparation and planning especially the ladies, that we sometimes forget the true meaning of Christmas and whatever message it holds for us. Penny talked us through some of the many customs and symbols of Christmas, their history and why we still practise them, Some of them have their origins in pagan ancestry, long before Christianity, when the mid-winter festival of Yuletide was celebrated. Other activities are more recent and owe their popularity to Victorian times. Many of us have our own particular customs, passed down through the generations when the nostalgia of our childhood is strong at this time of the year. Penny also looked at the problem of buying presents, sometimes this gets ever increasingly difficult and expensive and these days very technical as well! But perhaps for many of us

So as we heard, with a great deal of humour supported by the pulling of Crackers and the reading of the sometimes good but corny jokes, we thought about how we would be spending our own Christmas this year mindful of the many blessings we enjoy, compared with many other peoples in different parts of the World. We think about “How to Survive this Christmas” in a materialist way in our consumer led society, whereas for others it may be a grim reality. We concluded Penny’s talk by enjoying a variety of lovely cakes to accompany very welcome cups of tea. Fortunately, I hope for most of us in our respective villages of Anstey, Thurcaston, Cropston and Rothley that this Christmas will be a time to be enjoyed with friends and family remembering our Lord’s Birthday as we celebrate. The Monday Club wishes everyone a very Happy Christmas and a Blessed New Year.

Ann Farndon


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A return visit by Neil taking us to this wonderful landscape that few of us have experienced for wildlife watching. From the Land of the Midnight Sun to days when light is scarce this is an exciting destination for lovers of natural history. Tuesday 10th January 2017 at 7.30pm - The Rothley Centre, Mountsorrel Lane, Rothley Members free. Visitors £2 Children free. Free on-site parking and easy access. Further information Marion Vincent 0116 2375156

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Our Christmas fair is taking place on Friday 16th December, 10 - 11am where we invite our local community to come along and join  us. This is one of our school traditions that we are very  proud   of as  it involves the whole school and the local   community.  







both pupils and staff was all very positive as always!!!!      The team have gone through to the Blakemore Foodservice's Catering Awards on December    1st; these awards acknowledge  reward   customers   for  their   and skill  initiative,   and  dedication    to     their businesses.    We  wish   our girls         the best   of luck and we hope  it’s            a winning  year for them, it will be         very well deserved.            





                    We always support 3 charities and last year we raised             £2761.01 which was divided up between:         • Anstey branch of The Multiple Sclerosis Trust                team   decides   to support    one  of the  by   Every year the catering charities    animal  • Unicef                  collecting pet food, last year is was on  and  this    decided  the RSPCA  year they have   • Cancer Research  the PDSA.  Every   a vet help   donation  provided  a pet.                 goes    to    help                      We would like to thank many of our local business                      in supporting and donating gifts for our raffle, and     BAE Systems    STEM            Presentation             would be delighted if you hopefully again this year we (Science,       Engineering,         Technology, Maths)           could contribute once again, the charities this year  November    the               On Friday 4th 2016   by  MHS   was visited 


       Lisa and the team continue to give us all   first  class service    us  a Halloween         and they kept their promise and gave      Spooktacular to remember yet again. The feedback from           

The school continues to be a very busy and productive learning environment to be in. Our mock exams are taking place from the 2nd of December to the 9th, and alongside of this we have some really exciting things happening in the build up to Christmas.

are yet to be decided. If you feel you could donate or support in any way please contact: or Telephone 0116 236  3291 to speak to Mrs Woodier.

 Christmas Concert    

   Our creative arts team are organising our Christmas

the British Aerospace Engineering company.   The BAE is uniquely with the RAF and the Royal Navy.    partnered      The visit aimed to enthuse students about the need for    They  use physics  scientists and engineers in the future.   from the class room to demonstrate how they     are become real life jobs. The presentation focussed on ‘the  science   of waves,  highlighting   three key forms; sound, light and water.’






                                    Concert which is due to take place on Wednesday  - STEM Co-ordinator     Miss Hobson                       14th December, they are planning an evening  of             will as                             music, drama, stalls and refreshments which      Takeover Challenge Day    usual be a very popular evening, and will get us into    doors      across      their    organisations England opening to the Christmas spirit.      children   and  young   over   roles.   people    adult   take   Itputs           to       and young  people   children into decision-making positions  National Cup Football     and   to hear  and encourages organisations    businesses    their           A group of our under 16 boys have made it into round    an insight   into the   and organisations       views.   Children   gain   adult world     benefit   from a              4 of The National Cup Football, they beat Brinsworth fresh about their         perspective   work.                  Academy from Rotherham and the girls under 14 are               Children and young people who take part benefit from having fun, being heard,                    in round 3 where they will be travelling to Nottingham                  part in decision making and developing interests and skills. 25 pupils across  to compete, good luck girls!  taking                       the school took part this year on November. They shadowed members of staff across   A group of GCSE PE pupils are going for a 2 day resithe board, head teacher to support to various departments gaining an      from our   staff               dential in the Peake District where they will mountain insight into the working environment in education. biking and orienteering.                                                                                              On Sunday 13th November three of our pupils, Rachel    the Hadfield, Corey and Aarron Clough joined  remembrance from    processionand laid  a wreath   all the         

Remembrance Day

 staff and  pupils  at The  Martin  High  School…well    done  and thank you. Mrs Woodier - Repro Manager


Celebrating the Success    of our  GCSE      3D Art   students





This is some of the excellent work produced by our GCSE students last year, 93% of 30 students achieved an A-C grade.

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Report from Anstey Parish Council your opinions and if you would like let us know   New  Councillor   these     at the Parish Office this will help inform The Parish Council are pleased to introduce future decisions for the lighting display.   Sue   who  Councillor  Billington  has been  co-opted onto the Parish Council. Sue has lived in the village for 30 years and now feels that she has time to devote more time to the Community. Sue has experience in both the public and private organisations and is the Chair of Governors at New College Leicester.

      Swifts   Anstey   Anstey Youth Café

Grant funding for local groups was decided at the meeting on the 22nd November and the following groups will benefit from a grant to further their work in the community:

Community Planting


£770.00 £770.00

 Leicester 40th   Scouts  Anstey Navy Cadets  Christmas Lunch   Anstey Anstey Town Charity Royal British Legion 

£400.00 £560.00

£250.00 £250.00


The Council applied for and have been awarded a ‘free of charge’ consignment of trees and hedge planting whips from the Woodlands Trust. These will be planted at Mitchells Field to reinforce the existing sparse hedge row between the car park area and the Cropston Road. The plants are to be delivered in December and they need to be put into the ground as soon as possible so they don’t dry out. If you are free on the 15th December, you are over the age of 18 and would like to help the Anstey Parish Council ground staff plant this hedge row, please get in touch with us at the Parish Office by the 9th December 2016. This will enable you to sign up as a volunteer and take part in the planting of the new hedgerow.

£320.00 Churches Together   £150.00 Good Neighbour Scheme    Anstey & Glenfield Cricket £510.00 The Parish Council is looking to launch a  Anstey  Nomads    £510.00 Good Neighbour Scheme in early 2017. Anstey Community Library £510.00 Keeping an eye out for your neighbour,     informal neighbourly tasks and random acts The work of local groups helps to enhance of kindness go on between Anstey residents  village  life  the Parish  Council are keen  to  and have done so for years. The Parish support them. The next opportunity to receive

Council is not seeking to formalise those

grants from the Parish Council will be at the

  Parish Meeting   whichis to be held on the 18th  good deeds it is hoping that our growing

community can come together to support others who may just need some assistance.

April 2017.

off the ground or from like minded groups where there may be potential in partnering so that we have as strong an offering as we can in Anstey then we would like to hear from you so please get in touch. If you want to mull it over or give yourself time to decide if it will make it on to your New Year Resolutions list then this is the right time of year to be doing that. Look out for our next article in January’s edition where we will be announcing the launch of our Good Neighbour Scheme, how to get involved and details of our drop in session.

Christmas Closure The Parish Office will close on for the Christmas holiday on Friday 23rd December at midday and reopen on Tuesday 3rd January 2017. On behalf of the Parish Council I wish you all a very happy and health Christmas. Date of future Full Council Meetings 13th December 2016 / Budget Meeting 10th January 2016 / 31st January 2016.

Liz Hawkes Clerk to the Council

Your councillors are: Martin Broomhead, Nigel Aston, Vicky Ball, Sue Billington, Emma Bown, Ian Grogan, Melissa Hadfield, Mandy Jordan, Glyn McAllister, Roger Peat, Brian Rowlinson, John Sutherington, Deborah Taylor and Chris Tunaley.

  Christmas   Lights    The idea is it will be a community led project with the types of support offered to be  The  Christmas   Lights are now all installed and   decided. We need volunteers. Whether you hopefully you will have had the chance to have an hour every six months or a regular Your councillors can be contacted through    see them working. This is the final year of the  current  contract for thetree and lamppost  allocation of time that you could offer or a the council offices: Tel: (0116) 236 2646 or  decorations   and the Council will need to specific service that you would be willing to email:  decide the scheme for next year.  We value  undertake or an interest in getting this project     Get   some  sleep    MOST OF us are not getting enough sleep. Instead of the 7.7 hours we feel we need, we are making do with 6.8   hours a night. A study  by the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) points out that poor sleep impacts our ability


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Latest Borough News… By the time you read this issue we will be into December with Christmas soon approaching. I have now moved house so please note my change of address if you need to contact me. All my other contact details remain the same however, we are still waiting for our home telephone number to transfer across but hopefully this will happen soon. The move went very smoothly even though I succumbed to a head cold on the move day. We are slowly getting back to some sort of organisation, but we were without telephone or internet access for four days, which was hard going! Unfortunately, due to the move and not being well with a cold I missed Anstey’s Remembrance Service on Sunday 13th November for the first time in a number of years. The weather was kind to us and I paid my respects in private whilst at home on my new road, named after Arthur Caleb Geary who died in World War One. We have the Christmas lights switch on and Anstey Christmas Gala on Saturday 3rd December and I look forward to seeing you all there. I would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a peaceful New Year.

Neighbourhood Policing Team In my report last month, I mentioned I had emailed the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), Lord Bach, regarding the loss of our Police Constable (PC), Andy Folland. I have just received a reply from the PCC. Lord Bach has explained that PC Folland was needed in an area with a higher crime rate to cover for the reduction of three PC’s on a temporary basis. Lord Bach has confirmed that PC Folland will be returning to Anstey at some point in the near future and I look forward to welcoming him back.

Leicester and Leicestershire Combined Authority Charnwood Borough Council has voted to become part of the Leicester and Leicestershire Combined Authority and is now taking part in discussions regarding the functioning of the Combined Authority and its Constitution. By working together with other Leicestershire authorities, the Council will secure a more robust strategic decision making process on

important issues affecting the area and will develop cross border strategic alliances. This will improve the Council’s ability to take advantage of any opportunities for investment and improved functions within their area. If approved by all the relevant councils, the functioning documents will be adopted at the first meeting of the Combined Authority, which is anticipated to be in January 2017. The nominations to the Combined Authority for Charnwood Borough Council and its committees will take effect once the Combined Authority is formally established. Below are the Councillors that have been selected to sit on the Combined Authority and I am delighted to have been selected as the named substitute for the Transport Committee. • Member of the Leicester and Leicestershire Combined Authority: Councillor Slater (as the Leader) with Councillor Morgan as the named substitute • Transport Committee: Councillor Snartt with Councillor Taylor as the named substitute • Planning Committee: Councillor Vardy with Councillor Smidowicz as the named substitute • Overview & Scrutiny Committee: Councillor Parsons with Councillor Jukes as the named substitute

Loughborough Christmas Events On Sunday 27th November, Loughborough’s Christmas lights were officially switched on. There will be further events running throughout December and I have highlighted some of them below: Rotary’s Santa Fun Run and Walk, Sunday 4th December: Event starts at 11am in Loughborough marketplace Christmas Cracker Market, Wednesday 14th December till Sunday 18th December: A series of markets including a farmers market, weekly retail markets and specialist arts, craft and food market. All markets will have entertainment and music. Christmas Fun Day, Sunday 11th December: Festive music, street entertainment and a car boot sale. Festivities have been organised by Charnwood Borough Council, in partnership with Love Loughborough. There is free parking available every Sunday from November 27th

until Christmas at all Council owned car parks in Loughborough, excluding Brown’s Lane. For full details of the 2016 Christmas programme visit .uk/christmas

Community Defibrillator Further to my request, Anstey Parish Council has kindly agreed to site the community defibrillator in a key coded cabinet on the wall of the Parish office at Jubilee Hall. They have also agreed to finance the electrical work needed to install the defibrillator, the ongoing maintenance and to insure the defibrillator under the Council’s insurance policy. I am hoping by the time this report goes to print I will have placed the order for the defibrillator. More updates to follow.

Charnwood Borough Council Taxis Charnwood Borough Council officers and the police carried out a number of safety checks on taxis during an operation on Tuesday 15th November and all of the taxis passed. 15 private hire taxis reported to the temporary inspection centre at Sandicliffe Motors in Loughborough. All of the drivers were complying with their licences and all the vehicles were in good condition. Taxis that were in the area visited the garage to undertake a series of checks including: • the interior condition of the vehicle • whether the driver had their badge and taxi plates displayed • The condition of the vehicle tyres An inspector from the Driving and Vehicle Standards Agency checked the vehicles and they all passed. Four vehicles were given notice to fix minor brake and lighting defects on their vehicles within seven days or face possible suspension. Four verbal advisories were given regarding tyre issues and vehicle signage. All vehicles were roadworthy and able to continue trading. Anyone concerned about a taxi or its driver can contact the Council on 01509 634562 or by emailing If you have any issues or concerns, I am here to help.

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In order for people to see what we are doing in school, we also had our first Community Open Day of the year which was held at the end of November. This was a chance for people to come and join in with lessons, talk with me and see where our vision is taking us. Our last community event of 2016 is our EYFS and KS1 Christmas performance on 6th December. Please feel free to ring the office on 01162362154 to book your place and join us for a mince pie!


           Welcome to  to our latest update   share with Year 6 residential             you all the fantastic developments at Our Year 6 children had a fantastic time  WooldenHill! We are very proud of the events in Norfolk on their recent residential. The  This term we have also started our wrap    around care programme. School is now taking place at the school and hope that children have grown in  confidence     open to pupils from 7:30am to 5:45pm and a you will enjoy  reading about them. 


Building Works


At the start of this term, we were really pleased to welcome the children back to our new improved classrooms and learning environment. Over the Summer Holidays, our closed classrooms were completed and a brand new library fitted thanks to our fantastic WHA! The children are all loving being in their new classrooms and really like adding their ideas to the new curiosity corridor!

                    Creativity in Action!    Our children have been very active in their learning this term. Within our topics, the   involved in engaging  children  are experiences to really help to bring our topics

 to life! This  could be  learning   day  an active such as when our Year 6 children made igloos marshmallows,   using  ice and cotton wool balls. We also invite visitors to come and engage  our children suchas when  the local  police team  came to see Year 2. Mrs Johnson  was even arrested and put in hand cuffs,     which the children found very amusing!!!    links,   also  use  Where there are great  we

tremendously, although, not surprisingly when they were brave enough to jump of high towers, whizz down the zip wire and climb to the top of the climbing tower!


wide variety of extra-curricular clubs and homework support is available for our pupils. We have also started three community clubs running from 6pm till 7pm. On a Monday, we have our Boxercise class for adults. Tuesday is our advanced gymnastics course and Wednesdays is football club. Please ring the school office to find out more.

         in the      By going on the residential at this point year, we really see the children blossom when   back  to school. We are  very          they come proud of all of our Year 6 pupils and they really are ambassadors of the school!       Academy Discovery Schools     Trust   There are now fifteen schools in the Discovery Schools  Academy  Trust. This gives  us the  opportunity  to plan, share and organise lots      of exciting  events for ourpupils. This term, we have been very busy! Our first ever Wilton   Off has been taking place where the          Bake children were tasked with baking Autumn  made         Biscuits.  Our winner, Skye Martin, beautiful orange scented biscuits. She has now made it through    to cook at South     Wigston High School in the finals later this

           our Maths Conference on  Children        Saturday  12th November.   from Key engaging trips to support our learning. This  Stage 2 were invited to network with one       term, we have visited the Sea Life Centre in      on Maths activities. The children Birmingham to think about marine life animals         another     received sessions from the Math Magicians will     Our Year 5children    and costal  erosion.  and Mad Science and participated in fun be visiting Harry Potter World and our Year 3       activities  such as The Crystal  Maze,  the   will be learning    children   how topan for gold Community and make jewellery at the jewellery quarter   Links    Fibonacci  sequence  and the Vitruvian   Man.         We really believe in order for us to be the best in Birmingham.     be,being part of the community  is  WHA   I would like tosay a huge thank you to       Sports at Woolden   Hill   we can Finally, key. This term we held our Macmillan Coffee our dedicated WHA! Already this term, they  Mr Earls has This term,   our new sports   coach,    Morning – it was lovely to see lots of people have              worked   tirelessly  to organise our first been working hard to provide a variety of join us for the day and we raised a fantastic family disco of the year, a community  tournaments   for our   pupils.  We   £616!    clubs and  have taken  part in football, basketball,   Welly Walk. Our       gardening fairdayis and  our        Christmas planned for Thursday 1st and to   even a Dance  Off! Well done December. Please come and support netball    us and   who have participated   all  children and      start the month of December in style!  shown everyone our great team spirit!      have enjoyed           I hope that you hearing  about the developments and opportunities        on offer at Woolden Hill. I am very gratefulto      the community members who continue   to  toall ofsupport   I look forward  the school.        exciting      working  with  you  and  sharing more plans with you very soon! With warm  regards,                 Sarah  Sadler      Headteacher                                                     t: 0800 6446 150 • e: • w: 16                       


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February 8 Hellebores - Caroline Tait March 8 Growing Healthy Plants - Sally Smith April 12 Success with Vegetables David Thornton


 anaesthetic.         nightshade (Atropa  Deadly       belladonna)   is a rare plant, but is very dangerous. The berries are very shiny, with a reflective surface, 8-10 berries can         be fatal! Mandrake and Deadly Nightshade are very rare and do not often appear in our     gardens.    However,    many  plants that  cultivate  we all   still have hidden dangers. Monkshood or Aconitum has been used as a killer poison in recent cases of murder, and those beautiful foxgloves (digitalis) that we all rely on for spring colour and stature have always been associated with   with heart problems   and should  be handled   care. 

Morning glory, poppies, euphorbia  rue, hemp    and yew all have a secret life, as a stimulant, as a     drug, as a poison, as a cause of skin rashes          or in the case of yew as a source of anti- cancer     we grow and care for in our gardens are perfectly safe and give us drugs. Many of the plants           much to treasure and enjoy, but the talk was a useful reminder that we should take care and             treat plants with respect.

talk, full of interest and curiosity. But we all came away with one clear   It was  a fascinating   messageâ&#x20AC;Śâ&#x20AC;Śâ&#x20AC;Ś. NOW WASH YOUR HANDS!

2016 successful year for the Club. We held nine Club nights at the Thurcaston village  was another      hall our summer programme included a visit  and         to Whatton Hall gardens near Kegworth and a    trip  to Renishaw   Hall in Derbyshire, a recent winner of â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Garden of the Yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;.


July 12 Evening Visit to Goadby Marwood Hall

June 9 Friday - Club Outing 1. RHS Chatsworth Flower Show

    screaming  as it is pulled up and then   of the plant            the gardener  dies! In reality,        the  plant  takes 3 years    a good   size, and  to reach  has a reputation    for   helping female fertility and as a powerful          

May 10 Great British Gardens - Jeff Bates


 Throughout    history,      whether   it be tales  of witch-craft    or  evil spirits;   human sacrifice   in Aztec times, murder     times;   in Roman   or magic;   have      murder     plants     played  a  significant   role. Take  mandrakeâ&#x20AC;Śâ&#x20AC;Ś.    tales  


January 11 An English Country Garden Preceded by the AGM (15/20mins.) Val Williams

â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Death in the gardenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x201C; magic, myth, passion and  murder!         This spooky and very seasonal theme was the topic at the latest meeting of the Thurcaston and Cropston gardening club for their cold and frosty  November meeting. Michael Brown, who is a â&#x20AC;&#x153;historic gardenerâ&#x20AC;? gave the club a thrilling guide to the rarefied world of poisonous plants. He told us about their uses over the centuries and throughout the world. His audience were kept completely enthralled by  Michaelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  range of photographs and historic pictures, accompanied   by myths   and  tales to demonstrate the use of such dangerous and         mysterious plants.

Programme of Events 2017

August 9 Stunning Shrubs for Spring & Summer Nick Hamilton 

September 2 Saturday - Annual Show Richard Hill Primary School October 11 Woodland Gems - Andrew Ward October 20 Friday - Club Outing 2. Westonbirt Arboretum November 8 Fruit Growing - Philip Aubury December 13 Festive Evening Meetings are held at the Thurcaston and Cropston Memorial Hall and start at 7.45 pm on the second Wednesday of each month (unless otherwise stated).

Our Annual Show was held at the Richard Hill Primary School in September, open to everyone. It brings   together not only Club members but the wider community for a day of fun and gentle competitiveness. Have a go, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s very rewarding and schedules for the Show are  widely    available   from early summer so give it a try in 2017. Once again the Club contributed to All Saints Church Harvest Festival weekend by decorating the altar  area.   Every effort   was made  to put together    a â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;strongâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;  display to enhance the church   celebrations. We retain a healthy membership by ensuring there is â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;something for everyoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; in our monthly events.

We believe the programme for 2017 (see below) is our best yet with top class speakers that include tried and trusted favourites and a talk from Nick Hamilton of Barnsdale Gardens in August. In June we are going to the first RHS Flower Show at Chatsworth House Event of the Yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; and not to be missed. There is no better place  the  â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Horticultural   to see the fabulous colours of autumn than Westonbirt Arboretum - weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be going there in October All this for a very modest membership fee of just ÂŁ12 (ÂŁ3) for visitors. Fees are on a pro rata basis after the first 3 months. And, if you would like to come as a visitor and then you decide to join, your visitor fee will be refunded!!

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Thurcaston and Cropston Local History Society The Thurcaston and Cropston Local History Society’s final meeting of 2016 was held on November 15th and included a brief AGM followed by a talk about Hugh Latimer by Val Wadge from the Rothley History Society. The AGM included a review of the year’s activities. A request for suggestions for future meetings resulted in ideas for indoor meetings and visits. Brenda Hooper retired from the Committee (Chair). She was thanked for her contribution as a founding member of the Society and elected by members as Honorary President. The other Committee members were re-elected en bloc. The Committee now has only four members and would welcome new recruits. Val Wadge began her talk on Hugh Latimer by reminding us what a turbulent period of history he lived through; his life spanned the reigns of four Tudor monarchs, fraught with both religious and political upheaval. He was born around 1485 and died as one of the three Oxford Martyrs in 1555. He was the son of a yeoman farmer in Thurcaston and was educated locally before entering Clare College Cambridge at 14. He never forgot his early life and used quotes from his background in his sermons. He was in Cambridge at a time when the radical ideas of Martin Luther were being discussed and was influenced by the ideas of Thomas Bilney. He won favour from Henry VIII by speaking in support of the annulment of his marriage to Katherine of Aragon. Henry rewarded Latimer with the living of West Kington Wiltshire in 1531, but he

was soon accused of heretical preaching and refusing to subscribe to certain Articles of Faith. In 1532 he was excommunicated and imprisoned until he submitted. In 1535 he became Bishop of Worcester and by 1536 he was generally regarded as one of the leaders of the Reforms. Latimer was forced to resign in 1539 when there was a return to more orthodox Catholicism. For the remainder of Henry’s reign he continued to be suspected of heresy and spent time in the Tower of London. When Edward VI acceded in January 1547 Latimer was freed and became a popular preacher, described as the ‘most radical preacher of his age’. Latimer’s fortunes changed again when Catholic Mary (bloody Mary) became Queen He had returned to Thurcaston but in 1553 he was arrested here and taken to Oxford for trial there he was convicted and burned at the stake with fellow reformer Nicholas Ridley on October 16th 1555. His final words to Ridley “we shall this day light such a candle, by God’s grace, in England as I trust shall never be put out.” The evening ended with mince pies and soft drinks and an opportunity to look at the Latimer Memorial inside the Church, and a display relating to Latimer. The first meeting of 2017 will take place on Tuesday 17th January, at 7.30 in the Harrison Room, All Saints’ Church, Thurcaston. Sandra Moore will return with a talk entitled “What business is it of yours?” We have a new website, please visit

Loughborough Library Local Studies Volunteers Exhibition “The Listeners Beaumanor Hall” The above volunteers are providing a display 1st February until 31st March 2017 in the Library on Granby Street to acknowledge the work carried out by the Listeners at Beaumanor Hall, Woodhouse Eaves, Leicestershire. “Beaumanor was the headquarters of the War Office Y Group. This group consisted of hundreds of secret listeners, who would intercept enemy signals and send information back to Bletchley Park for decoding. Most of these listeners were amateur radio operators. These operators endured extreme conditions on a daily basis in order to ensure as much information could be gleaned as possible prior to important decisions being made.” If you have any information/photos’/equipment that you are happy to provide to add to the display it would be greatly appreciated. All items will be returned following the display. Contact details for LLLSV Loughborough Library Local Studies Volunteers Loughborough Library Granby Street, Loughborough, LE11 3DZ email - Tel 0116 305 2420

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Borough Councillor Report Cllr John J. Sutherington. Ward Councillor. Anstey. 43 George Street, Anstey, Leicester LE7 7DT. 0116 2204643. M 07939070603. - Email:- Just another couple of weeks before our most joyous time of the year when Jesus was born, is with us again. Yes, Christmas is coming the “Goose” is getting fat? Whoever as a goose for Christmas dinner? I certainly never have. And as for putting a penny in the old man’s hat, where’s that come from? Before then of course we will be trying to get our heads round the odd thoughts of the man the Americans voted to be the 45th. President of the USA Mr. Donald Trump! What or how he will lead the biggest and most powerful country in the free world remains to be seen. I do hope that he as some very good advisors.

AT THE GOING DOWN OF THE SUN Another fine day was bestowed upon us to remember all those who gave their lives in 2 world wars. Lots of people congregated at the War memorial Stadon Road Anstey, along with local organisations and dignitaries. All went well; I suspect not many there knew that a couple of weeks before, persons as yet unknown had tried to set alight to the bushes around the grounds. Wreathes were laid and a respectful 2 minutes silence was observed at 11am. During remembrance week there was a feature on BBC Radio Leicester in which myself and Stephanie from Davidson homes were interviewed. There site opposite Anstey Cemetery as 9 roads which are all named after some of those who gave their lives in WW1. Those honoured thus far; • Private William BOSWORTH. Died 27/09 /16. (22) Wellington Regiment. • Gunner Thomas BOSWORTH. Died24/07/16. (24) Ryl. Garrison Artillery. • L/Corp. James Edward FREER. Died 29/09/18. (30) Ryl. Dublin Fusiliers. • Gunner Arthur Caleb GEARY. Died 22/07/17. (40) Ryl. Field Artillery. • Corp. Robert Edward GLOVER. Died 01/09/18. (?) Leicestershire Reg. • Corp. George H. GRAVES. Died 20/07/18. (?) West Yorks. Regiment. • Pr. Arthur Harry GRETTON. Died 12/11/14. (?) Northumberland Fusiliers. • Pr. Archibald William GRETTON. Died 04/03/19. (27) RVL Army Serv. Crp • Pr. Herbert Jarvis HARRISON. Died 09/11/14. (?) Coldstream Guards. • H.F. HARRISON. Lost without trace…


• Pr. John Walter PROTHEROE. Died 27/09/17. (38) Leicestershire Reg. • Corp. Henry Edward PROTHROE. Died 21/03/18. (26) Leicestershire Reg. • Pr. Albert SUMMERFIELD. Died 25/09/16. (25) Leicestershire Regiment. In all 134 people from Anstey lost their lives in the 2 world wars. We should continue to remember them ALL. I understand that the land the War memorial stands on was donated by the Martin Family who have a long association with Anstey. Built after WW1 it was unveiled on May 7th. 1921. at a cost of around £800. New panels were installed in 2008/9 due to vandalism. A representative of the Martin Family was present and laid a wreath at this year’s remembrance service.

RED RED WINE Well it seems our illustrious England football Captain Wayne Rooney aged 31 going on 18? had a little too much to drink at a wedding reception after a recent England game. Of course our wonderful press guys got hold of the story and plastered it all over the national newspapers. Don’t they just love digging the knife in? Build ‘em up then knock ‘em down. I am not one of Mr Rooney’s greatest fans but he has saved England on more than one occasion in the past. I did think however that his red teeth were a good match along with the red shirt he was wearing!!! H I C!

Bromsgrove. Worcestershire. Is also looking at rules that stop neighbouring homes being cast into shadow. Across England current legislation enables up to 42 homes per hectare. But most new build homes are standing at 31 HPH. The idea seems to encourage more tenement blocks and 3-4 storey housing. The new government white paper out soon is aimed at solving our housing crisis. From what I recall in the past “tenement blocks” have been tried before during the 60’s. Many of which are no longer. Perhaps a little more research should be done…

CBC SPORTS DEVELOPMENT GRANTS As I have reported many times in this column, money is available for local organisations, but you do have to apply we don’t just give it to you!!! For more information get in touch; The next deadline to apply is January 17th. 2017. It’s there to help your club/organisation to improve. I have been able to support Cropston and Newtown Linford Cricket Clubs plus others in the past. Get your application form NOW!

TEAM SUTTY! I have finally got the results of the Leicestershire ½ marathon which was run through the streets of Leicester City recently, in which “Team Sutty” entered a team. 1932 competitors’ completed the 13.1mile course.

N.Y.E. Just a reminder Tickets are going fast for our annual Vinyl night at the Nomads. The usual crew will be there to entertain you. It is ALL ticket at £5 each which includes a curly sandwich or two. Plus of course a raffle, some equally gnarled entertainers and hissy records. Tickets available from Geoff Preston 0116 2362168 or Micky Wilkes 0116 2354674. But please hurry.

BUCKINGHAM PALACE I see that one of our most treasured assets “Buckingham Palace” is to undergo extensive refurbishment over the next 10 years. The cost will be about £369 million. Money well spent on one of this country’s most treasured buildings.

THE ONLY WAY IS UP? I understand that height limits to new housing could be axed? I have read that ministers want to relax strict laws dating back to 1947. The Secretary of state for communities and local government Sajid Javid MP for

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Richard Hill C of E Primary School, Thurcaston, is a GOOD Church School. Following our recent Church School Inspection (SIAMs) we were graded good. The inspector wrote in her report “Richard Hill is a warm and welcoming Christian family where everyone prays, cares, learns and share life’s journey together. All work together to provide a whole school community where everyone wants the best for the children”.

Money raised by “TS” for LOROS amounted to £638.36p. Well done ya’ll!

SUPPORT YOUR VILLAGE I know Beaumont Leys is just up the road, but when you can please support our local village shops, businesses and organisations. It’s NOT always cheaper up the hill? 




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“Parents praise staff in  this school which is                 enough    to  respond   to individual      ‘small needs    and where staff know all the children’.”

I recently rang a well-known pizza place. “Hello its Karl hear how can I help you today sir?” I said “Well have a guess Karl?” -Silence“You wouldn’t by any chance have a radiator cap for a 1979 Cortina MK2 would you I inquired?

members attended an Anti-bullying awareness conference at  King Power Stadium . We spent the day in  workshops    and created an anti  various   end of the day. We  bullying poem by the   see  the   even got to meet Filbert Fox and   League     Trophy. Premier

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And finally.


Thank you for your continued support in these trying times…

Yours Cllr. John J. Sutherington. ☺

On Friday 18th November we all dressed up             in spots to help raise  money for Children in                 Need. We managed to raise £125 towards  the charity. We even manged to get Pudsey Bear to help us with our Awards assembly!

 year 5/6 children have been busy writing The   persuasive letters to various companies around the county to ask them to donate raffle prizes for our upcoming Christmas Fair.


The fair will be on Thursday 15th December from 3.30-5.30pm. There will be a variety of stalls to play games and make Christmas Crafts as well as tombolas and of course the opportunity to get your Christmas list given to Santa. Please come and join us in our Christmas celebrations.

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Nomads News     


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Finally a small albeit temporary in   upturn    form for Nomads, as we entered November we  a respectable draw at local rivals Ashby  fought   hard   and  Ivanhoe, both teams     hosts  Nomads could of shocked the by snatching a win late in the game   but our efforts were held off for an equal   share  of the  points.



The best result of the month came at Dunkirk (who play   coincidently   next to Greenwood.)   Hosts  Dunkirk  had beat Nomads  previously   when they were the travellers and the first half        went their way as led 1-0 at the half way       point. A second half battle swung the tide to our travelling team, it would like to be another draw but Nomads    a late penalty  meant    would be walking away with 3 points for the         first time in a while!






errors pinned  miscommunication    Nomads back at 3-1, Radcliffe   added   to their lead  with a fantastic  free  kick  and a late penalty to firmly win the match and dampen Nomads spirits.       Our reserves managed to pull themselves out

 of the bottom  spot of their  league  and have had fairly matches but only   close   contested   a single win to their           name  in November. However a dip with a new   are  luck took   a long  tiring   Off  the pitch Nomads   have elected 

We then faced a team who have constantly  struggled in the past two seasons but this year      the  has been a lot better for Greenwood, travelling side had already  played at our  ground but the match was abandoned at 1    1. Not much would differ in the rematch this  took  the lead early on and  time Greenwood had the best of the   first half. Second   half  things turned in Nomads and  favour   game   ironically ended at 1 goal a piece.

midweek cup game that went to extra time  verge    and was on the of going to a replay  because  for some  reason   an (yes a replay extra  time then  a replay  makes   more sense  then E.T. and Penalties or just a replay after         normal time.) However opponents Belper United        sprung a quick counter attack in the dying seconds of the game to see them     into the next round.




Then a we 2nd  faced   placed  Radcliffe  and with 20 minutes down both sides were



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Walking Football If you thought your football career was over, think again! Walking Football is a slower paced version of the game, aimed at the over 50’s. Walking Football is one of the latest crazes in the football world. It is an activity that gives those that had previously given up playing the chance to get back into the sport they love. As you’ve guessed Walking Football involves a lot of… well… walking. It carries all the same rules as everyday football, except you can’t pick up too much speed. It provides a sociable, fun and safe environment for those looking to be a little more active in their spare time. Guidelines for Sessions -

Players are encouraged to avoid sprinting, running or jogging while the ball is in play


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“Lacemakers and Luddites” Talk by Mr Tony Jarram Woodhouse Eaves Village Hall Monday January 23 at 7.30 p.m. An illustrated talk of the of the development of lacemaking from hand made to machine production. The story is centred on the East Midlands especially Loughborough and its environs. It is a story of invention, migration and destruction and is as full of twists and turns as lace itself. The research for this project started with an exhibition by the Friends of Charnwood Museum in 2007 and has continued ever since with an international following by the descendants of former lace workers. A recent exhibition in Loughborough Library further enhanced the story. Tony will raise several controversial theories relating to the Luddite attack in Loughborough and the reasons why the industry left the town to re-establish in the South West of England and beyond. Further information Peter Bertram 01162 100 572

Age UK Leicester Shire & Rutland have opened the doors to a new office in Loughborough A £0.5m Big Lottery award has enabled Age UK Leicester Shire & Rutland to continue its health and wellbeing service in the Hinckley area and to extend it into Charnwood and North West Leicestershire. A new team has taken up residence in offices above the charity shop at 24 Biggin Street, Loughborough to offer health & wellbeing activities, regular Information & Advice drop-ins and Befriending to older people across the Charnwood area. Anna Southam, Befriending Co-ordinator commented: “This project will provide much needed services to the older residents of Charnwood, their families and carers. It will help to improve the health & wellbeing of our over 50’s and reduce the loneliness and social isolation that can occur later in life. We urgently need volunteer befrienders, male or female, so if you can make a cup of tea, offer a helping hand or a listening ear for an hour or two each week or fortnight we would love to hear from you. If you’d like to volunteer to do some admin work or help to lead a social group we do need support across all areas of our project as well so do please get in touch.”

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