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Birstall Parish Council’s Budget and Precept for the financial year 2017/2018

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It was a cold January day when I visited the plant in Wanlip and met with staff, led by two principal site managers. I visited with our key environmental health officer from CBC. This site is approachable via a tiny entrance gate, behind which it is surprisingly enormous, yet well hidden by trees and screening surrounding. At our meeting I was shown schematics, and it was quite fascinating to learn how the entire system worked, and how far and wide was serviced. From Abbey pumping station in our city centre, to Enderby, and over to towards Melton, pipes small and large carry used water to Wanlip for treatment. I was

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A record amount of women sign up for this year’s Twilight Walk in just one month “Lacemakers and Luddites” Talk by Mr Tony Jarram Woodhouse Eaves Village Hall - Monday January 23 at 7.30 p.m. There was a full house last Monday, January 23, for Tony Jarram’s talk. As usual there were about fifty members present and the Committee were particularly pleased to welcome about forty visitors. Tony’s talk covered nearly 500 years from the first stocking machines to recent times. He reviewed the various stages of machine development and the successes and failures.

A record amount of women have signed up for this year’s Twilight Walk since the beginning of January. Nearly 1000 women have signed up for the 10km walk in just one month, which is a record in such a short space of time, for the Hospice. The annual walk, which snakes around the city centre, has a theme of myths and magic and has raised more than £250,000 since it first launched in 2010. LOROS Fundraising Co-ordinator Laura Fitzsawyer, said: “I’m overwhelmed to see that we’ve already had such a fantastic response to this year’s Twilight Walk. “Last year, we had a total of around 1,050 walkers and to be so close to this after just one month is incredible. “We promised that this year, the event would be bigger and better than ever and looking at sign-ups, it’s going to be just that. “We’re hoping the sign-up rate continues over the next couple of months, which will mean this will be the most successful Twilight Walk to date.” Starting and ending at Leicester City’s King Power stadium, the army of women walk a total of 10km, through the city, in fancy dress. Speaking about last year’s event, Gaynor Adcock, who took part in memory of her dad, Roger, said: “There was a big group of us that took part, we had such good fun and raised a lot of money for a local and good cause.” Sign-up for this year’s Twilight Walk, which takes place on Saturday 8th April, costs £12 per person. For more information or to secure your slot visit loros.co.uk/twilightwalk For the men or for those who do not fancy walking this year, LOROS are always looking for people to volunteer at the event. For more information about volunteering at this year’s Twilight Walk call (0116) 231 8431

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The Even Bigger Big Loughborough market Knit continues – crowned best in Britain let’s keep knitting! The Big Knit 2016/17 has just been re-launched following a highly successful Phase 1 just completed. Thanks to the wonderful band of knitters across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutand, the local Age UK has just sent off a magnificent 41,000 little hats to help older people stay warm and well in the winter. It could not be achieved without them.

Loughborough market has been crowned best large outdoor market at the British Market of the Year Awards 2017.

The market was praised for supporting traders with its ‘Try a Trade’ offer, which allows people have a free stall on the market for a day and 50 per cent off a stall for three months, to help local entrepreneurs grow their business.

Loughborough market traders collect the NAMBA award for Best Large Outdoor Market in Britain with (L-R) Mike Bird, Market and Fairs Manager; Chris Traill, Strategic Director for Neighbourhoods and Community Wellbeing; Jonathan Smith, Assistant Town Centre Operations Officer; Sylvia Wright, Head of Leisure and Culture and Councillor Eric Vardy, Cabinet Member for Planning and Inward Investment from Charnwood Borough Council.

The awards also recognised the market’s work with Loughborough University, where traders spent a day at the campus and students held a lecture in the marketplace. The aim of the project was promote the market to students and encourage them to buy local produce. The awards were held by the National Association of British Market Authorities (NABMA) and saw markets across the country battle it out to win a coveted award.

Now we face an even bigger challenge and need more help - to create as many little woolly hats as possible for Age UK and innocent’s Big Knit before 17th July 2017 with an increased local target of 52,000 over that period! Each winter, one older person dies every seven minutes because of the cold weather. With the fantastic support from knitters up and down the country, The Big Knit has raised vital funds to support local and national winter projects to help older people keep warm in winter. Knitters in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland are being called upon to create little hats to adorn innocent smoothie bottles, which will be sold in stores nationwide from November 2017. For each be-hatted smoothie sold, innocent will donate 25p to help Age UK fund national and local winter projects. Whilst patterns can be obtained from Age UK, many knitters let their imagination run riot, last year producing designs including a giant squid, fruit, soldiers, peas in a pod, cupcakes and an ice cream cone topped with a classic flake!

Councillor David Hayes, Lead Member for Regulatory Services and Town Centre said: “We’re absolutely delighted to have won best large outdoor market! Loughborough market is a fantastic part of our town centre and provides not only the Thursday and Saturday retail markets, but also vintage, farmers and festive markets throughout the year too. “Well done to all the team and the traders who ensure that the market continues to flourish and provide local, affordable produce to our residents and visitors to the borough.” Loughborough’s markets are held every Thursday and Saturday, between 7am and 5pm in the town centre. There is also a vintage market every Friday between 8am to 4pm and a monthly farmers market which is held on the second Monday of each month. For more information about the market visit https://www.charnwood.gov.uk/pages/markets, call 01509 634624 or visit the Loughborough Markets Facebook page.

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Tony Donovan, Executive Director at Age UK Leicester Shire & Rutland said: “We really need all our existing knitters to keep going, but to have a chance of meeting the challenging target set of 52,000 for Age UK and innocent’s Big Knit, we’re calling on more local knitters to come forward. We’re extremely grateful for all the hats we’ve received so far, which raise money to help us run vital winter services. Please send completed hats to Age UK Leicester Shire & Rutland at Lansdowne House, 113 Princess Road East, Leicester LE1 7LA or drop them in at one of our shops.”

Information contact: Marion Vincent 0116 2375156 or vincent.mbe82@yahoo.co.uk or send your enrolments to Jill Williams WEA Treasurer, 14 Mountsorrel Lane, Rothley, Leicester LE7 7PR. Please make cheques payable to WEA Rothley Branch. Enrol on line for all courses if space available at www.enrolonline.wea.org.uk using references above

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