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Everyone who attended Christmas day for those alone in Anstey and surrounding villages had a great day, volunteers and guests alike. We catered for 84 people! All guests had a lovely 5 course Christmas dinner, a present each and a goody bag with lots of yummy treats. We enjoyed great entertainment with Nigel on his squeeze box doing a Christmas sing along and of course several games of BINGO!! 

We would like to thank all the volunteers who came forward to help both prior to the day and on the                     day whether that be the initial planning, securing funds, setting up the room, wrapping presents, putting                up posters, providing transport, hosting a table, and last but so very much not least all those involved                in the catering. The meal was thoroughly enjoyed by  everyone and catering for 84 is not an easy task!    A very grateful thanks to the companies   etc..  who support us – to Next for again donating all the lovely presents for everyone, Anstey Parish Council, S J Langton Butchers in Glenfield for all the yummy cheese,                    Roots and fruits, Roy Greens, J.H property maintenance, ASW Anstey, Sainsburys local in LFE, Morrisons,                Pladis Wigston for the biscuits, Aldo, Midlands CO-OP, coffee, Tescos.    Yorkshire   Tea, Percol 

    and goods   themselves,    my friends,   work colleagues     Many thanks to all who have dontated money and  local people who donate what theycan, everything helps small or large and all donations have helped make the day very special. Thanks also to St Marys Anstey who    Church,     don’t   charge anywhere    near    room  this couldn’t   go ahead   so thanks   very  much   the full amount for hiring the room and without the       for the use of the room once again.            Thanks for reading and a happy New Year. -   Kerry Sharpe           


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Member of Parliament for Charnwood I’d firstly like to wish all readers of the ‘Local’ a slightly belated Happy New Year in this first edition of 2018! We have already seen an exceptionally busy start to the year in Parliament, and I’ve no doubt that 2018 will continue to be busy and eventful. On local issues, I know that there continue to be concerns about traffic congestion in Anstey, and the volume of traffic going through the village, despite the recent layout changes to ‘The Nook’. This is an issue that both I, and Councillor Deborah Taylor, have been working on, and it reflects a broader issue about the volumes of traffic on main and strategic A-roads around our county, with traffic often opting to cut through villages like Anstey. Late last year I met with senior officials from Highways England in Parliament to discuss the pressures on our A-road network in Leicestershire with them, and to press them both for continued investment in Leicestershire’s main routes, but also for a long-term strategic plan for the major routes that cross our county, to help alleviate through-traffic pressure on village/ town centres. Councillor Taylor has been active in taking this issue up at County Hall, and I have recently written to the (relatively) new Director of Highways at County Hall to ask for a meeting to discuss what more can be done to help Anstey and other local villages, at a county level.

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Plans for the Annual   are  Gala   Anstey Summer   well underway. It will be held on Saturday 8th September 2018. The theme this year will be to tie in with the celebrations across the country and the year to commemorate the centenary of the end of the First World War. In order for this to be as brilliant as we would all like it to be, WE NEED YOUR HELP!! The Anstey Gala Committee is currently ran by 10 volunteers holding 6 posts between us, but we are always grateful for any new volunteers who wish to join in. New people bring new ideas and new enthusiasm, which are always very welcome. All the committee posts are sorted; so do not worry about having to take on a major role. We meet the first Monday of the Month at the Stadon Club. If you are interested, know someone who could do something in the arena on this theme or have any ideas about what you would like to see at this year’s gala, please come down to a meeting or email us

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When Sandy Leong started to speak to Anstey WI, she made as if to open an umbrella. Several voices said, “No, don’t!� Even in these days of great scientific knowledge, we still tend to cling to old superstitions, just in case.

Thurcaston and Cropston Parish Council In January's film, the secretary, played by Gemma Arterton, became an outstanding screen writer for films, to encourage people who remained at home during World War 11. This was remarkable for a female in a "man's world". The aloof actor, played by Bill Nighy, even came to rely on her for advice. We were pleased to see forbidden romance in this amusing film but what a surprising ending.

She then proceeded to explain the origins of many superstitions. The umbrella one dates back to ancient Egypt, where to open a parasol indoors was disrespectful to the sun god, Ra. Crossed fingers were probably a secret sign early Christians used to identify fellow believers. Other habits, such as carrying the bride over the threshold, are as recent as the reign of Victoria, when there was a resurgence of interest in the occult.

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The monthly competition was “a lucky charm.� It was won hands down by Ann Coney, whose silver bracelet positively bristled with them. At the next meeting, on 14th February, 7.30pm at the Jubilee Hall, we shall be entertained by the superb “Our Flossie.� Visitors are welcome, and in for a real treat.

Super Nomads The league programme got back to normal with almost a full list of fixtures being played. And in the top-of-the-table clash at the Parish Ground ANSTEY NOMADS showed their credentials with a massive 4-1 win that takes them second in the table four points behind leaders Teversal with two games in hand. After a pretty even start Ellis Preston gave SELSTON a first fright by putting the visitors into a 34th minute lead. This was extended by Joe Hopewell and Tom Mangan with goals in a ten minute spell midway through the second half. Mangan added a fourth for the “Noisy Nomads� in the dying minutes before Carl Moore got a consolation for the Notts side in the last minute. The game drew an excellent crowd of 119. Good game, good game!

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Friday 23 March Trip to Ashwood Nurseries, Kingswinford,     Nr B’ham Early season trip to this highly regarded John Massey’s nursery. A tour of owner        garden is included. Set alongside wonderful the Stratford and Worcestershire canal, it is a   for all seasons. Cost £22.00 garden 

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   Andy finished his talk with a few ‘before and     after’ photos. This was an interesting talk with    excellent visual images, and whilst few Club     members had designed their garden in the  of  way described, the talk created a lot interest from members.

Our speaker for the January meeting was   Andy Bayley, a garden designer at a local    nursery. Andy acknowledged that members   of the gardening club may think mostly about  plants when designing a garden, but he   suggested that it was very important also to get the structure of the garden right. When Andy is commissioned    to design   a garden, he       needs to know his ‘brief’; that is, what style  is the owner aiming for and is the style in   keeping with the house and the setting?         Andy showed us some ‘mood boards’ of different style ideas as a way of explaining this concept.       He would also need to know the main use of     the garden which in turn determines such as the size of the terrace required, and if there  are practical considerations like space for a       shed, and The   greenhouse,   bins.   aspect of the   is also    and if the aim is for garden important

Whether an experienced gardener or an enthusiastic beginner we are sure you will find something of interest in this year’s programme. New members are made most welcome. What’s more, it is excellent value!! The membership fee is still only £12 for the year or £3.00 per meeting. And, if you would like to come as a visitor and then you decide to join, your visitor fee will be refunded!! So, if you are interested in gardening - come and give the Club a try.

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Events Committee The Events Committee have been planning for the forth coming year and have the following diary of events. GB Spring Clean – Saturday 3rd March This event links into the national initiative from ‘Keep Britain Tidy’ which wants to inspire people across the country together to clean up the litter that blights our towns, villages, countryside and beaches. For the third year running the Events Committee are organising an event to rid the village of rubbish. Volunteers from Anstey Scouts group, Anstey Swifts, The Rapid Relief team have confirmed that they will be taking part in this event. If you are interested in becoming involved please contact us at the parish office

Telephone: (0116) 236 2646 or email Floral displays for 2018 Last year Sturgess Hyundai sponsored the floral displays which enabled 28 hanging baskets to be planted and hung around the village. There was also a shrub bed planted at the bottom green, when established this should provide year round colour. This year the Events Committee are looking to extend the display to add floral displays at the entrances to the village. Parish Meeting – Grant Giving The Parish Meeting which is to be held on the 10th April will be used as an opportunity to give grants to local organisations. The decisions on who will be awarded the grants is not made by the Parish Council but by the electorate. Provided that you name appears on the electoral roll and you attend the meeting you will be given the opportunity to vote for your favoured group. More information about this grant giving occasion will be published nearer the date. The Events Committee would like to introduce a community award. We are interested in recognising a resident who has made a significant contribution to the village over a period of years. Public recognition of this award will be made at the Parish Meeting. If you would know of someone who merits an award please do nominate them, stating their name and the reasons why you think they deserve the award, please send this information to the Parish Office email: The Centenary of the end of the 1st World War To celebrate the 100 years since the end of the first world war the Council have put aside in their budget funds to place two benches at the war memorial on Stadon Road. A date for your diary - a Party in the Park is being organised for Sunday 1st July, more details to follow in due course.

Dog Fouling At the Parish Office we have received numerous complaints about dog fouling in the village the parish council ground staff

empty the dog waste and we notice that during the summer months more dog waste is collected than in the winter. So we wonder where do the dogs go in the winter? Most complaints received are from responsible dog owners who do pick up after their dogs. Incidents of dog fouling should be reported to Charnwood Borough Council telephone number: (01509) 634564 or online: www. Do remember that dog waste can be put in normal waste bins.

Strategic Growth Plan The Strategic Growth Plan is a long term, high-level plan that is being prepared jointly by ten partner organisations including Leicester City Council, Leicestershire County Council and surrounding District and Borough Councils including Charnwood Borough Council. The Plan focuses on delivering new housing, supporting the economy, identifying essential infrastructure and protecting our environment and built heritage. The Consultation on the Draft plan is now open and running until 5th April 2018. To find out more information and comment on the plan visit the dedicated website at

Dates of future Full Council Meetings 20th February, 13th March & 3rd April 2018 Meetings start at 7.30 at the Jubilee Hall all members of the public are welcome to these meetings.

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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. Your councillors can be contacted through the council offices: Tel: (0116) 236 2646 or email:

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Parking Enforcement I am involved with trying to improve the level of parking enforcement by Street Wardens in Newtown Linford, especially on Sunday afternoons when the weather is fine and sunny. Illegal parking is becoming a real issue with inconsiderate and, in my view, dangerous parking by visitors to Bradgate Park. A recent Sunday afternoon was a typical example of indiscriminate parking on double yellow lines and across footways. This problem seems to be on the increase, which may have many contributing factors, including the change of ticket pricing by the Bradgate Park Trust to only issue full day tickets to park in their car parks. Newtown Linford is the host village to one of the most visited attractions within the East Midlands. Therefore if we are to continue to support more visitors to Bradgate, we need to understand the issues and consequences this brings. In my opinion, we need to tailor the enforcement to high demand, especially when the weather forecast is for fine and sunny weather. I am pleased that the Newtown Linford Parish Council have arranged a Public Meeting to hear first-hand the views of local residents. In my view, it will strengthen the work of local representatives in their requests for a review about how enforcement takes place and look at opportunities to overcome the current situation.

Traffic Management Consultation Following on from the need for parking enforcement, I have received several comments , objections and support for the proposals in the Traffic Management Consultation by Leicestershire County Council, which proposes to install double yellow lines in certain parts of Newtown Linford village. From the information received there seems to be general agreement that the proposals for Bradgate Road are acceptable. There are certainly some differing views with the proposed restrictions on Grey Crescent. In my view, there is a need for some kind of restrictions on this road, especially as in recent years visitors to Bradgate Park have parked their vehicles across driveways which in turn restricts sight lines and a danger to highway safety. Recently, I have received many complaints from residents about this ever increasing problem. Where this exists, it seems to me that there is an acknowledgement that some form of restrictions are needed on Grey Crescent to overcome the difficulties residents are experiencing, especially where the problems are more acute. Others see this as pushing the parking problem to other parts of the village. I do hope the consultation will come up with


a solution and a way forward which satisfies the needs of residents. Newtown Linford has become a honeypot village with ever increasing vehicles parking within the village. It is my view, that if the proposals are not approved a whole village solution must be found before highway safety and amenity issues continue to increase. In my opinion, to do nothing is not an option, therefore I will review the findings of the consultation and proceed accordingly.

Brown Signage After receiving complaints about the new brown signs that have been erected around the village of Newtown Linford, I have written to the County Council asking for the removal of the sign outside the Church. This seems to me to have little or no benefit in redirecting traffic to other car parks when the main car park in the village centre is full, which was the purpose for the signs being erected.

Roecliffe Road Vehicle Speed Concerns After attending a Parish Council meeting where speeding traffic along Roecliffe Road was discussed, I contacted the Police about using the speed camera van to hopefully reduce speeds of traffic along this stretch of road. I know this has been a major issue for residents living on Roecliffe Road. In their reply it was stated it had been over one year since speed readings were last taken, therefore they would arrange for a covert speed survey to take place on this 40mph stretch of road. The equipment would be on site for a period of one week. The survey has now been completed and the results show 49% of vehicles were exceeding the threshold. This represents poor compliance with the speed limit. This issue is now with the Police to look at the best option to enforce the speed limit, either with the speed camera van or the local Police with the speed gun. I have asked that I am kept informed on progress.

The Outwoods After previously being Chairman of the Outwoods Management Committee I was pleased to hear that around 900 native trees have been planted to help the woodland area flourish. Charnwood Borough Council have planted the trees with the help of volunteers as part of a five year Countryside Stewardship Scheme. The scheme is run by Natural England and the Forestry Commission and aims to preserve the ecology and habitats found in the Outwoods.

The oak trees have replaced non-native conifers which were introduced in the 1940’s. Over the years the conifers have stopped native plants from growing and wildlife from flourishing. Volunteers have been working hard to plant the trees over a two week period. As the Outwoods are very close to my Borough Ward, I know many local residents get an enormous amount pleasure when visiting the wood, especially when the bluebells are in full bloom. I am pleased further work is being carried out in this designated Site of Special Scientific Interest, which means it is protected by law to conserve its wildlife and geology. For more information about the Outwoods, visit outwoodsinformation.

Strategic Growth Plan People are being asked to have their say on a plan setting out how the City and County will develop and grow in the future. A draft Strategic Growth Plan is being developed by a partnership formed by Leicester City, Leicestershire County Council, the seven local Borough and District Councils and the Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership. The Plan puts forward proposals for the new housing transport improvements that would be needed to attract jobs and investment to Leicester and Leicestershire from now until 2050. The final version of the plan will provide strategic direction and help shape the local plans that the City, Borough and District Councils are or will be preparing or reviewing . It will also be used to support bids to Government funding to deliver the infrastructure to support the planned growth. The Plan estimates that Leicester and Leicestershire need 96,580 new homes and 367 – 423 hectares of employment land from 2011 to 2031, some of these homes have already been built or planning permission granted. You may recall Charnwood Local Plan, Core Strategy was adopted in November 2015. This was Charnwood Borough Council’s view where and how new development should take place in the Borough. Therefore, in my view, it is vitally important that local people are involved in shaping our Borough to make sure we take the right decisions for the benefit of future generations. In my opinion, this Plan will certainly influence the way forward when Charnwood Borough Council considers how best to move forward, planning for the future with new homes and land for employment, not forgetting the infrastructure that will be necessary. I am hopeful I have given enough information for people to take a look at the proposals within the draft Strategic Growth Plan by going to 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.

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POLICEMATTERS Welcome to ‘Police Matters’ from the Anstey Dedicated Neighbourhood Policing Team. The crime breakdown shows offences committed between 18th December and 24th January 2017.

Don't let green fingered thieves spring clean your shed. Many people take a great deal of trouble securing their house and the property within it...but what about sheds and garages? With the array of lawnmowers, power tools, garden equipment, bicycles, sports and other valuable equipment kept in them, security measures should certainly be put in place. Property Gardening tools and garden furniture are not cheap - what's more they are very saleable items for the thief. Don't make it easy for them to be stolen and remember that tools stolen from your shed could be used to burgle your house. • Postcode or property mark anything in your shed or garage that is value and might be stolen, for example, lawnmowers, garden furniture, bicycles, sports equipment. • Take photographs of expensive items - they may be useful to police to identify the goods and return them to you, should you be unfortunate enough to have them stolen. • Never leave garden tools and equipment outside, even if you are just popping back into the house. It only takes minutes for an opportunist thief to take them.

Crime Figures 18th Dec 2017 to 24th Jan 2018 Burglary Dwelling – 1 Burglary - 1 (non Dwelling) (Business Premises, Shed, Garage, Etc) Theft of Motor Vehicle – 0 (inc Attempts) – Theft from Motor Vehicle - 2 (inc Attempts) – Damage to Motor Vehicle – 0 Criminal Damage Dwelling – 0 Criminal Damage - 1 (non Dwelling) (Business Premises, Shed, Garage Etc) Theft Store – 3 Theft Cycle – 0 Theft Property - 0

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Agile Working- The Anstey Beat team are trialing an agile working scheme, where we work from various places within Anstey. The idea is to make us more accessible to the public. When a member of the beat team are agile working we will be posting our location on twitter, please follow us at @CharnwoodPolice. Remember if you see us walking around, sat in a coffee shop or stood in the Nook area, feel free to stop us at any time and talk to us. If anybody has any information about the recorded crimes then please speak with your local officers, or 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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We are well into 2018 now and the festive period is a distance memory! January has been a quiet month, event wise, but I am fully back on the treadmill with committee meetings and training. This has given me a chance to catch up with a few issues that have been dragging on for a while. I was delighted to see at last, that the rubbish has been cleared from between the dry cleaners and opticians on Bradgate Road, Anstey. I would like to thank the owners of the dry cleaners for doing the cleaning up even though they do not officially own this piece of land. I had been working on this since May last year and in my view, this was a potential fire hazard and I do hope that no further rubbish is dumped there. I have a few projects that I am working on at the moment and I will of course, keep you updated through my monthly reports.

Tourism Brown Signs, Newtown Linford You may have noticed several new tourism brown signs popping up in the Newtown Linford area. These were put in place to encourage drivers to park at the other available car parks to visit Bradgate Park rather than parking on the roads in the village. The Bradgate Park Trust has funded these signs. The Parish Council and myself were contacted by residents about the placing of one sign on the pavement outside the Church. The Parish Council and I felt it caused a hazard for pedestrians and felt the sign looked out of place right outside the church. The highway authority said the sign met all the legal requirements but following discussions with Bradgate Park Trust and myself, they have agreed to remove the sign.

Charnwood Lottery Charnwood Borough Council’s (CBC) Cabinet has agreed to a Community Lottery being set up to raise funds for local good causes in Charnwood. The weekly lottery scheme will support the local voluntary and community sector. The Council is looking to appoint an external management company, who runs similar schemes for more than 30 other councils across the country. Tickets will be sold online and will cost £1 each and for every ticket sold, 60p will go to good causes. Purchasers will be able to pick which good cause 50p will go to from the registered good causes on the lottery website and the other 10p will go into a central fund that CBC will distribute to other good causes. It is estimated the lottery scheme could raise around £36,000


in the first year for good causes, depending on ticket sales. Local organisations will be able to apply to the Council to be a potential recipient of funds when the lottery is launched later this year.

Outwoods in Loughborough Around 900 native trees have been planted at the Outwoods in Loughborough to help the woodland area flourish. Charnwood Borough Council has planted the trees as part of a five-year Countryside Stewardship scheme. The scheme is run by Natural England and the Forestry Commission and aims to preserve the ecology and habitats found in the Outwoods. The Outwoods is designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) by Natural England, which means it is protected by law to conserve its wildlife and geology. It is also part of the ancient Charnwood Forest and is the most easterly part of the National Forest. The oak trees have replaced non-native conifers that were introduced in the 1940’s. Over the years, the conifers have stopped native plants from growing and wildlife from flourishing. Volunteers have worked hard to plant the trees over a two-week period.

Bus Stop Relocation, Anstey I have held an initial meeting with Officers at Leicestershire County Council to discuss the relocation of the bus stop on Leicester Road. I was extremely pleased, following our discussions that they believe we will be able to come up with a plan to meet the budget we have available. The first step is for officers to do some further work and then Anstey Parish Council will be in a position to decide if they would like to take this project forward. Any relocation will go out for public consultation so everyone affected will be able to put his or her views forward as well as feeding in their own personal views to the Parish Council.

Maplewell Hall Special School, Woodhouse Eaves Leicestershire County Council has published the second round of consultation on the proposal to remove and close the residential facilities that are managed by Maplewell Hall School for its pupils’ use. The full proposal can be viewed on the County Council website: or can be obtained from: School Organisation Service, Children and Family Services, Room 100, County Hall, Glenfield, Leicester LE3 8RF. Tel: 0116 3050970 or 0116 3056661. Email: From the date of publication of these proposals, any person may object to or

make comments on the proposals by using the details above. The closing date for comments and objections is Monday 12th February 2018. As you will know from my previous reports, I have been working very hard to prevent this vital service from being lost and I would urge you to send in your comments to these proposals.

Ernie White It is with regret that I have to report that a fellow Leicestershire County Councillor passed away early in the new year. Ernie White was the longest serving member of the County Council, having been first elected in 1975. He was re-elected at every subsequent election ever since, an unprecedented eleven times. Ernie was hugely respected in his electoral patch in Stoney Stanton and Croft, as he was across local government and the public and voluntary sectors in the City and County. The funeral took place on Tuesday 30th January 2018, which I attend with many other colleagues.

Strategic Growth Plan Residents are being asked to have their say on the plan setting out how Leicester and Leicestershire will grow in the future. A draft Strategic Growth Plan is being developed by a partnership formed by Leicester City and Leicestershire County Councils, the seven local Borough and District authorities and the Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership (LLEP). It puts forward proposals for the new housing and transport improvements that would be needed to attract jobs and investment to Leicester and Leicestershire from now until 2050. The final version of the plan will provide strategic direction and help shape the Local Plans that the City, Borough and District Councils are or will be preparing or reviewing. It will also be used to support bids for Government funding to deliver the infrastructure needed to support growth. Residents are invited to comment on the plan by taking part in a county-wide consultation, which runs from 11th January 2018 until 5th April 2018. The plan estimates that Leicester and Leicestershire needs 96,580 new homes and 367-423 hectares of employment land from 2011-2031. Some of these homes have already been built or have planning permission. Beyond 2031, the plan identifies the need for a further 90,500 dwellings and additional employment land. Borough and District Local Plans will deal with the detailed allocation of which sites will be brought forward.

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Why not have your say and take part in the consultation, please see the strategic growth plan website: or contact any of the local authorities or the LLEP. Local consultation events are also being planned. Details will also be on the Charnwood Borough Council’s and Leicestershire County Council’s websites.

Early Years Review Leicestershire County Council (LCC) launched a consultation on 22nd January 2018 until 22nd April 2018 to consider how they look after children from 0 to 19 years old. LCC are proposing to bring together four services: Children’s Centres, Supporting Leicestershire Families (SLF), Youth Offending Service (YOS) and Information, Support and Assessment teams into a Family Wellbeing Service. The services tackle problems at an early stage and by preventing problems growing, help to reduce the need for the police or social care to get involved. The new service would: • Support vulnerable children aged 0-19 and their families

continue if Government funding for the Troubled Families Programme is ended. The plan is to keep 15 ‘Hub and Spoke’ centres open across Leicestershire. LCC have said that front line services will continue and more work will be done in families’ homes rather than in centres. Any group work that is needed will mean families travelling to their nearest ‘Hub and Spoke’ centre. The Sure Start Centre in Anstey is on the list for closure. To find out further information, please go to the website: earlyhelp or telephone: 0116 305 3416

Residents’ Surgery A reminder that I will be holding a residents’ surgery on Saturday 17th February 2018 at Jubilee Hall, Stadon Road, Anstey from 10am until 12 noon. This will be a surgery to cover all the Bradgate Division including Borough and County issues. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be available, so please do pop in, there is no need to book an appointment. Edward Argar MP is also planning to join me.

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Estelle celebrates record year with Aussie singer Peter Andre A Slimming World Consultant from Anstey was congratulated on helping slimmers to lose weight and change their lives by singer and TV presenter Peter Andre. Estelle Burton, who runs a Slimming World group at Beaumont Leys School, Leicester every Saturday and Anstey Methodist Church, Anstey every Wednesday, was delighted to get a chance to cuddle up to Peter when he presented the annual Slimming World Awards. The Mysterious Girl singer co-hosted the event with the organisation’s founder and chair Margaret Miles-Bramwell OBE.

represent the Anstey group at the Slimming World Awards. “Cuddling up to Peter was a real treat. He was bowled over by the difference Slimming World makes to people’s lives and it reminded me what an important and privileged role I have as a Consultant. Now I’m heading into 2018 super motivated to support even more people in Anstey to be inspired to lose weight and lead healthier and happier lives.”

Estelle said Peter’s presence at the awards was extra special because earlier in 2017 he supported Slimming World’s most successful fundraising event ever – The Big Slimming World Clothes Throw, which raised a record-breaking £3.3 million in just two weeks. The annual clothes throw encourages Slimming World’s 900,000 group members to donate the clothes, shoes, bags and accessories that are now too big for them to Cancer Research UK, by filling up specially-branded bags and taking them along to their weekly group sessions. “I couldn’t be prouder of the members of the Anstey group. Throughout 2017 they have lost fantastic amounts of weight, with many of them hitting their target weights, improving their health and boosting their confidence. “It’s so rewarding to see people being able to do things that they didn’t think were possible before losing weight, whether that’s having more energy, feeling happier, wearing smaller clothes, taking up new hobbies, reducing medication or doing more with their family and friends. Every week I feel extremely lucky to play even a small part in people’s achievements and I felt very honoured to

Estelle adds: “Lots of people will be making resolutions to lose weight and improve their health this New Year. I truly believe that joining a Slimming World group is the best way for people to lose weight, learn new habits and improve their lifestyle. Thanks to our Food Optimising eating plan they will see big results on the scales without ever having to feel hungry or deprived, and at the Anstey group they’ll discover a whole world of support and advice that’s sure to help them achieve their targets – and have a lot of fun along the way too! I’d love for anyone who’s thinking about losing weight this January to join us at Beaumont Leys School, Leicester every Saturday and Anstey Methodist Church, Anstey every Wednesday.” Peter, who set up his own foundation with Cancer Research UK – the Peter Andre Fund – after losing his brother to cancer, said he was thrilled to meet Estelle at the event, which was held at Birmingham’s International Convention Centre. He added: “It was an honour to be invited to present the Slimming World Awards. I met so many incredible people who had lost amazing amounts of weight and transformed themselves – inside and out. While each of them was inspirational in their own special way, the one thing they all had in common was how much they felt they owed to their “Slimming World family” in helping them to do things they always dreamed of and become the people they’ve always wanted to be. Every one of them spoke passionately about how they couldn’t have made the changes they had to eat more healthily and become more active without the support, advice and encouragement of their Consultant and group every week. So there’s absolutely no doubt in my mind that Slimming World and people like Estelle are very special.” To be inspired to discover the real you with Slimming World in 2018 call Estelle on 07919 284924 or visit to find your nearest group.



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Coding Club at Anstey Library Some of our learners will be helping to run a Coding Club on Thursdays from 22nd February till Thursday 22nd March 2018 between 3.00pm-4.45pm at Anstey Library. Students from our school will be sharing their skills working with programing language block editor and python. They will be teaching students from our primary schools these new skills. The primary students will be able to use the skills taught to program a micro bit chip using their computers, producing anything from a temperature gauge to a game of snake, using a series of led lights. Mrs K Simpson - Teacher of ICT

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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:- Happy New Year to everyone, I hope you all had a good time over the Christmas period. Unfortunately I found myself in the Leicester Royal Infirmary again, what was meant to be a couple of days from December 20th ended up with me getting a bad bout of influenza B which made me proper poorly, I finally got back home on January 16th. If you sent me an email I am sorting through a back-log of 534!!! Good to see that Leicester City are picking up points in the premier league and despite the club not really wanting to play in the FA Cup with the picking of an almost reserve side, we have progressed to the 4th. round with an away game v Peterborough United. I still can’t get my head round these super fit players unable to play 2 games a week. Maximum playing time with extra time of 200 minutes. Not bad for £50,000 or more a week. Locally Anstey Nomads FC are in 2nd place of the East Midlands Counties League, they are playing some really good football and well worth a trip down to their Cropston Road ground. Wouldn’t it be great if they could win the league in the clubs 70th year. It’s in their own hands. I stayed up till 2am to watch our top woman tennis player Johanna Konte, play a 2nd round match in the Australian open against Bernarda Pera. Unfortunately Ms Konta lost to the qualifier 6-4. 7-5. To say she didn’t play up to her 9th seed ranking would be an understatement. If you watched it you will know what I mean?

CBC AWARD Charnwood Borough Council were successfully re-accredited against the East Midlands Regional Councillor Development Charter; this is the third time we have been


awarded this achievement demonstrating our ongoing commitment and engagement with investing in councillor learning and development. The assessment team led by Lisa Butterfill at East Midlands Councils identified the following aspects as key to our success: • A clear understanding of the importance and benefits of investing in councillor development for the councillor • The effective partnership working between councillors and officers at all levels in the authority supporting their culture of learning and growing together. Charnwood Borough Council were first awarded the Charter in 2011, reaccredited 2014 and again in January 2018.

REMOVAL OF CREDIT CARD SURCHARGES From January 3rd. 2018 we at Charnwood will no longer charge a surcharge to people making payments by credit card. This is in line with changes to legislation banning the charging of surcharges from January 13th. 2018.

NYE AT NOMADS Another resounding success with a sell-out crowd, unfortunately I couldn’t be there due to hospitalization, I am told that Elvis (aka John Smith) made a stunning appearance. I did get a phone call from the gig just before midnight from vinyl Micky who got the audience to sing “Sweet Caroline” down the

phone to me. I have to say I was overcome by it all. “Thanks everyone.” We managed to raise over £400 for Autism. The Buskateers were on top form. Watch this space for our next doo…we may be going on tour?

KEITH SMITH RIP Sadly I have to report the passing of Mr Keith Smith whose electrical shop still trades on Stadon Road, Anstey. The shop seems to have been there for ever, I certainly remember going there in the early 60’s to buy the latest records from the top 20, Singles 6/8d, and our first TV was rented (too expensive to buy) from Keith. I believe he served in the RAF. He spent his last days at the George Hythe Care home. Is school days started at Park Road Infants school, Anstey where Keith was in the same class as my mother, Barbara Junemann. A teller of many a good tale he will be sadly missed by many. Condolences to all of is famliy.

GETTING THINGS RIGHT? One of the key events for us at Charnwood borough Council will be the Local Government Association Corporate Peer Challenge in March. Senior leaders and officers from other authorities will visit Charnwood and take a look at certain areas of the Council and provide advice and views on what we are doing well and what we could improve. The peer challenge will also look at the political leadership and direction of the council. It’s not an inspection and there is nothing wrong. We have invited the LGA to do this as have most other authorities, to help improve our service to customers. Every peer challenge looks at 5 key themes: 1. understanding local context and priority setting

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leadership of place organisational leadership and viability financial planning capacity to deliver

We have specifically asked them to look at: • Commercialism and our approach to asset management and investment and what opportunities there may be. • The Council’s scrutiny function and decision-making process • How the Council may work with other partners/ other organisations in the future in response to any potential changes within the region We are preparing a position statement to give to the team in advance. The peer challenge team will include a leader from another council as well as a chief executive and other senior officers and a representative from the LGA. They will be here in March for three days and will speak to SMT, the Council’s political leadership and some of our partners. They will also speak to some staff. They are not here to criticise, but to find out about Charnwood and help us get better. I am sure we will be able to embrace any suggestions for future improvements.

THE OUTWOODS 900 trees have been planted at this precious woodland on the out-skirts of Loughborough. Charnwood borough Council have planted the trees as part of a 5 year countryside stewardship scheme, which is being run by National England and the forestry commission. The oak trees have replaced the nonnative conifers which were first planted in the 1940’s. The Outwoods is designated as a site of Special scientific interest and is also part of the ancient Charnwood Forest. It is hoped that over the next 5 years over 10,000 native trees will be planted throughout the Borough. If you think I can help please get in touch at any reasonable hour. I am here to help if at all possible. Always a pleasure, never a chore. Yours

Cllr. John J. Sutherington.

The first talk of 2018 to Thurcaston and Cropston Local History Society was entitled ‘Power in the Landscape’ by Katie Bridger, a PhD student in the Centre for English Local History at the University of Leicester, and whose principal interest is in people and the landscape. Katie started by saying that throughout history it is important to anchor people and events down to places. Places have an important influence on people and vice versa. Her talk focused on two important landowners in Leicestershire during the 15th century: Thomas Grey (1455-1501) 1st Marquis of Dorset, and William Hastings (1431- 1483) who was knighted at the battle of Towton. A Yorkist, William Hastings became one of the key figures in England during the reigns of Edward IV and was buried at St George’s Chapel Windsor, close to the tomb of Edward despite the fall from grace which saw him executed for treason by Richard III. In 1474 he was given ‘licence to crenellate’ (fortify his property) at Ashby de la Zouch and Kirby Muxloe. At Ashby, his major achievement was the Hastings Tower. That the tower was built in a hurry can be seen from the haphazard arrangement of doors and windows. His ‘device’ is plastered all over the building, and the ‘sun in splendor’ and rose motifs around the fireplace demonstrate he was favoured by the King. At Kirby, he began a fortified redbrick house with a moat. The gatehouse and walls have his ‘device’, his initials, and other symbols picked out in blue brickwork. It was never finished because of his execution but the quality of construction can be seen. Kirby Muxloe was built on the King’s Highway through Leicester Forest (roughly the route of the present day A47) and both the Hastings family and the Greys had land close to it. The highway was the scene of many disputes as local people would be supporters of one family or the other and there had been a long battle for supremacy in the area between the two. Thomas Grey was the eldest son of Elizabeth Woodville who later married Edward IV. He was made 1st Marquis of Dorset in 1475 and had interests all over the country. In Leicestershire, his properties included Groby Old Hall and Bradgate Park. At Groby, Grey built on what had been there before, very close but not on top of the old castle. Bradgate House is thought to have been started during the first Marquis’s time and shows a change in thoughts about building, for example: by locating it at the centre of the park rather than close to a highway and not at the highest point; manipulating the water supply; and the building itself was not so tall. All of this shows more evidence of building for comfort rather than purely for power. However, Bradgate still looks out over Leicester and the people of Leicester can always see Bradgate. The next meeting will take place in the Harrison Room, All Saints’ Church, Thurcaston, on Tuesday 20 February 2018 at 7.30pm. Mathew Morris will talk about Castle Hill: in search of the Knights Hospitaller. Visitors are welcome.











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A Cottage Garden Year Our meetings for 2018 began with an enjoyable virtual wander around Mr Graham Jackson’s garden, which once used to be part of the Bradgate Park estate. He began by showing us a photo of his cottage, taken in about 1930, which was built for the Groby quarry workers, probably around the time of Richard the Third, with additions during Cromwell’s Commonwealth. Building work in modern times revealed an old shoe and a mummified cat inside the walls, plus some old French and English coins. He is fortunate to have a mainly south-facing garden, and has certainly made use of every opportunity to plant something interesting and often colourful. We began by admiring his Elaeagnus (pronounced Ely Agnes) shrub, whose leaves provide colour at the start of the year, and his Early Sensation daffodils which can even be in flower on New Year’s Day. Another shrub, “Midwinter Fire”, created a wonderful burst of colour against the snow in his picture. Witch hazel (Hamamelis) flowers are often yellow, but Mr Jackson has a red-flowering kind. In addition to snowdrops, which come in a multitude of varieties, the Elephant’s Ears

begonia is very striking with its large maroon leaves (please see Caution at end). Following the progress of the garden into February, he said that his Lattifolia muscari or grape hyacinth adds a welcome touch of blue alongside the whites and yellows of other plants, and this variety fortunately does not seed everywhere. As the March weather begins to herald spring, there were hellebores and lungworts in several colours. He is a great believer in planting lots of different things together and it seems to work. Later we were shown more examples of how difficult or odd patches in the garden can be used successfully, even small pockets or corners. Alongside his shed he had white and purple frittilaria in bloom, and he explained that this is a wet meadow plant which enjoys the raindrops coming off the shed roof. Primroses also like damp conditions. In April there is the asphodel “King’s Spear”. This usually grows on cliff tops and demands a sunny, well drained position. Mr Jackson has roses underplanted with later-flowering daffodils, different colours of auricula (like a primrose), aquilegia and forget-me-not. He and his wife noticed that their garden





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has also found a variety of Honesty plant which is not biennial but perennial. His advice about growing sweet peas on sticks, learnt the hard way, was to keep picking the flowers off   otherwise they make pods and die. Now he  planted clematis which is also a colourful   has climber.     He showed us a picture of his beautiful lilac  tree, which came from one piece donated by   friends. There were some red hot poker plants  too.    As May and June bring the summer he looks  forward to the appearance of a Siberian iris,  which is mostly blue and white, and is   very hardy. “Irisâ€? was the Greek god of the   rainbow. There were some polemoniums or    Jacob’s ladder, and a big clump of dahlias,    which are apparently edible and taste like cucumber ‌!     In midsummer, there is pink phlox and the montbretia, pear trees fruiting, and   Lucifer Golden Rod which has striking yellow blooms but can spread like a weed. One very good plant is geraniums, which like either sun or shade, and the leaf resembles sage. If you want a really massive plant then try the New Zealand flax or phormium, but it needs frequent cutting back or it takes over. Mr Jackson and his wife had a letter from a lady who was an evacuee in the cottage  during the war. She specifically asked whether the clump of white peonies was still there, which it was, and later paid them a visit. It had been a lovely memory for her. Peonies come

in other shades and can be single or double flowers. One has a name difficult to pronounce (mlokosewitschii), so people refer to it as “Molly the Witchâ€?! If you have pot plants it looks better to group them together. He put an old stone sink to good use for crocuses, and then planted seeds of small petunias in it. Some people grow pansies in them. Another useful base for plants is engineering bricks, which have holes and grooves in them. A most unusual tree in their garden is a type of quince, with pale pink flowers. As August gives way to September the fruits appear, hard as stones, but they have successfully made quince jelly using a pressure cooker. There are sedums, whose flowers attract insects, ornamental grasses and cyclamen plants. He said he would show us a photo of some “Naked Ladiesâ€?, which made us sit up in our chairs, but these are actually an autumn crocus or Colchicum where the leaves die off before the flower appears, and it can suffer in bad or windy weather. During October and November the Michaelmas daisy appears. I remember these from Harvest Festivals in my home village. He mentioned a fuchsia with tiny flowers (“MĂśnchâ€? or Monk), which can grow to between six inches and six feet but needs supporting stakes. There was a lovely picture of some hardy pink chrysanthemums called “Claraâ€?, which can come in various colours.


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