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24 LEICESTERSHIRE CHILDREN’S CENTRES THREATENED WITH CLOSURE. A campaign has started to fight the proposed closure of Children’s Centres across Leicestershire. Leicestershire County Council have proposed closing 24 Children's Centres (formerly known as Surestart centres) and one family centre and merging the service with all other family and young people’s services, including Supporting Leicestershire Families (SLF) scheme, Early Help Information Support and Assessment (EHISA) and the Youth Offending service (YOS). Following the launch of the council’s consultation an action group, ‘Save Our Children’s Centres Leicestershire’ has been started on Facebook to oppose the closures. The group comprises of users past and present, volunteers, health professionals and various support groups operating out of the centres. Liz Yeates, one of the group’s founder members, who used the centres with her young daughter said, “We cannot allow these services to be cut from the lives of the most vulnerable, and we’ve got to defend the jobs of the people who have dedicated their careers to assisting our most vulnerable young children.” In addition to the council's own services many other agencies operate out of Children' Centres, for example Health Visiting services, Breastfeeding Support, Child Health Events and many volunteer led groups such as Breastfeeding groups, Parent Carer Well-being, Sling (babywearing), Multiple-birth (twins etc.) support groups, Childminder groups, singing and music groups. The centres are also well used by the council's own GO LEARN service providing valuable education programs for parents in need. Liz Blackshaw, a volunteer who has worked at a number of the Children's Centres and another founder member of the action group said, “The centres have transformed the lives of young children and their parents up across Leicestershire. The important role that children’s centres play in providing effective multi-agency working is widely recognised both locally and nationally.” Adding “In all likelihood it is the parents of the most vulnerable children who will be the ones least likely to attend the new centres.” Michelle Robson, mother of four and volunteer for Home Start a charity operating out of the centres said, “I’m particularly worried about the effect the closures would have on a mothers mental health. Early parenthood can be very isolating and the support and contact mums get at the centre is vitally important. Children's Centres are worth their weight in gold and without them my own story could have been very different.” The group has expressed their concern that vulnerable families and children in need will be forced to make extended (and in some cases prohibitively expensive) journeys to the remaining centres. In addition the group is worried that some may feel stigmatized for going to a building that will also be used for the Youth Offending Service. County Councilor Sean Sheahan, Labour's spokesperson on Children and Families, said "Children's Centres are a precious resource for young families whenever they need extra support. Closing Children's Centres and taking away that support risks enormous harm, not only to families today, but also to future generations." Maria Bagnall who is an administrator of the group’s Facebook page has started a petition on 38degrees to oppose the changes But she stressed that the most important thing was for all users, volunteers anyone else with an interest to complete the on-line consultation. The survey for the consultation can be found at Emails pertaining to the consultation should be sent to The consultation closes on midnight Sunday 22nd April.


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A BIRDWATCHER’S YEAR by Steve Magennis What better subject to start our 40th Anniversary than A Birdwatcher’s Year? Steve is an award winning, well respected and passionate photographer based in Northamptonshire and has spent many hours watching and photographing the British countryside. From a very early age Steve carried a camera trying to capture all the wonderful colours and atmosphere of the countryside but also learning the fundamentals of camera handling and picture taking. His work is published all over the world and he is currently working towards his Fellowship, the highest qualification within the Royal Photographic Society. In 2014, he was Leica Fieldsports Photographer of the Year, Category winner in 2015 and Highly Commended every year since 2015. Tuesday 13th March 7.30pm The Rothley Centre, 12 Mountsorrel Lane, Rothley LE7 7PR Further information from Marion Vincent 0116 2375156

Travel Talk Presentation Why not become an armchair traveller for the evening, Sue Ablett will be presenting another of her illustrated talks.

Bowlers from St Margaret's Co-operative Bowls Club at Potters. Peter Woods – second row, fat right.

Our group went to Potters on the east coast. This succesful resort has been run by the Potters family for over 100 years and you don't have to bowl very long before you become aware of the fantastic contribution Potters makes to the bowling world. At the end of January each year, they host an amazing event, the World Indoor Bowls Championships, which many will have seen on TV. We were all fired up by the Championships and we had many keenly fought matches but unfortunately none of our teams reached the finals this year. We did however have one extraordinary success in a completely different area. One of our group, Peter Woods, tried an archery class and he scored an amazing 295 out of a possible 300. He was told that this was the highest score ever recorded at Potters! Not even the coach had ever done that well. So we did have something to celebrate. The trip was organized by St Margaret's Co-operative Bowls Club.


This time on Japan – Land of the Rising Sun Friday March 2nd at 7.30pm Wanlip Community Hall, Church Road Wanlip LE7 4PJ

Rolls-Royce Retired Employees Association have started its monthly trips for the year with three separate outings to Tutbury Castle to see Lesley Smith taking the part of Anne Boleyn in the last hours of her life at the Tower of London. After her enthralling story the groups had an afternoon tea in the castle tea rooms.

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The following excursions are planned for the ever growing association, a London trip to see Les Miserables, trips to the Black Sheep brewery, Iron bridge and a short break to Kent along with a week in the Dordogne.

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The walk and talk Group now consists of 45 members and undertakes walks locally and further afield to places such as Bradgate park, Trent Lock and Wirksworth. The “This That and the Other Group” raised £400 for the Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal and £300 for the Air Ambulance from the sales of knitted poppies and numerous handmade items made by the members of the group.Tha Association have now started a new Family History Group. For more information about the association generally please contact either of the above Sheila Furniss on 01332 516744 or Pat Neal on 0116 2106917


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Highcliffe Amateur Theatrical Society Spring Play 2018 Many of our regular audience members will be aware of our imminent move from our long standing venue at Highcliffe Primary School due to the school building shortly due to be rebuilt. We have been able to secure a new local venue for our Spring Play, which will enable us to continue to offer you the enjoyable performances that you have come to expect. We have had many years of tremendous support from the local community (and those living further away too) and we want to ensure that we are easily accessible for you to continue to support us. It would be wonderful to see the familiar faces in our audience, and hopefully our move will bring in additional audience members who, I am sure, will want to return for years to come. The details of this productions new venue can be found at the end of this article.


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Two Weddings and a Conference:Â by Karen Doling A double-booked wedding reception at a hotel causes havoc for the brides, grooms, manager, receptionist and the attendees of a conference that is supposed to be happening at the same time! However, it soon transpires that the double booking is not the only coincidence they will have to deal with!

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all will. Whilst a patient may not remember who visited, they could remember they had a visit, and that could give them a happy memory. So never give up. You can find out more about the organisation, get more information, or become a ‘dementia friend’ online at, or on Twitter @dementiafriends. All councillors present were asked to pledge to support in some way, however small. I pledged to wear badge provided, and write this information into this report, to help raise awareness. What can and will you do?

Surgery: Hello, with a very cold start to February, I hope none of my lovely residents are currently suffering from this horrible flu I currently have as I write my latest update for you. If you are, you certainly have my sympathy. However, there’s plenty to do in my role to represent you. So I’ve endeavoured to soldier on. As such, here’s what I’ve been up to recently in my councillor role, and some biggest latest news updates for you from CBC. I hope you enjoy reading my report, and find it useful.

Meetings: This month I’ve represented us at Charnwood borough council’s (CBC’s) full council meeting, and overview scrutiny committee. You can read connected papers and listen to recordings of these meetings via CBC’s website, see: /pages/committees. I was very disappointed that CBC’s community governance review group, in their final recommendations, didn’t seem to zone potential Broadnook development in the way both I, and our residents who responded to consultation, had requested. This seems a reverse of previous draft recommendations, which had been in line with Birstall and Wanlip’s resident requests. I spoke against it, and couldn’t support it, even so, sadly vote was carried and decision ratified. You can read all about the final recommendations, and events connected to this at last full council, here: my-speech-for-full-council-in-full/. Whilst I may not agree with this outcome, I have to respect a decision taken by full council democratically. I did ask for a named vote,

so if you disagree with that outcome, you are welcome to write to any councillor who voted for it, and voice your opinion for our area, for whenever these may be next reviewed again. Feel free to CC me in when you do. For group, email address is:, as per further information from: Chair of CGR group was Cllr. Poland, and members were Cllrs. Page, Miah, and leader Cllr. Morgan. CBC councillor contact information is available on click from: councillors_by_ward.

I attended our monthly surgery with Cllrs. Bentley, Rollings and Gaskell. We had four residents visit to discuss issues, and our police beat team were in attendance, so we could catch up with them regards community safety. Local police I understand subsequently held two local crime prevention awareness stalls, one at Hallam Fields shops, and one near Roman Road. I understand nearly thirty residents attended event at Hallam Fields.

I’ve attended two training events at CBC this month. One for latest impacts on licensing, and another about recognising and supporting those affected by dementia. Dementia awareness charity ran the event, and requested everyone in attendance made a pledge, to help in whatever way they could. One suggestion was to potentially be more patient, if someone in front of you in a queue appears confused and perhaps doesn’t act as quickly as you might expect. One illustration of impacts of dementia, presented at training, which I’d heard once before, was a metaphor of a bookcase of memories. Whilst dementia takes hold, it shakes proverbial bookcase, causing some memories to fall out. However others are left.

One resident to our surgery requested a style of enforcement for bins to be hidden, as they were concerned about degradation of our street scene. This is a matter I have been asked about and looked into before. Whilst I understood cause of their concern, I had to reply I could also see that many residents may not feel they have sufficient hidden storage areas for their bins. Some may fear they are unable to move their bins regularly back and forth for collections, so just love them out permanently. I offered to share related advice in this report, which I shall now endeavour to do. If you can move and store your bins to the rear of your home, it not only improves our street scene. Police often advise that wheelie bins could be used as climbing aids, so keeping them off the front of your home as much as possible reduces that risk. If you do feel unable to move your bins, due to health grounds, and have where needed supporting evidence from your doctor, you can request an assisted collection via CBC.

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Events: I was made aware a local resident ran a meeting to request support for additional CCTV in our area. Whilst I very much support this cause, I’ve looked into funding streams for provision of this before, to sadly no avail. I couldn’t make that meeting, but have emailed organiser in support, and with details of funding streams already explored and exhausted for provision. I can but hope CBCs potential lottery project could create funds for delivery of this, without tax payer’s expense. I spoke in support of CBCs lottery at our most recent overview scrutiny committee group (OSG) meeting. You can read related papers and hear a recording of January OSG meeting at: committees/overview_scrutiny_group?paper _q=&paper_classification=&paper_startDate=2018-01-15&go=Search.

Consultations open – respond, and exercise your voice: A strategic growth plan consultation has been launched. This plan attempted to factor for conjoined building and infrastructure needs of several combined council areas. More information and links: Charnwood Borough Co (@CharnwoodBC) tweeted at 2:36 pm on Thu, Jan 25, 2018: There’s a big plan for where new homes and development could go in the next 30 years or so. Called the strategic growth plan – it’s big, it’s important, there’s a consultation. Have a look, have a say #growthplanLeics 536134061907968?s=03. More info: InCharnwood (@InCharnwood) tweeted at 3:14 pm on Mon, Jan 29, 2018: Our draft new @CharnwoodBC economic development strategy is now available to read and comment on. It features 4 key strategic priority themes: Places and Infrastructure; Business Environment; People; Innovation. Comments welcome through to 16th February., VlNczSNWnZ 95293932388353?s=03. More info: Charnwood Borough Co (@CharnwoodBC) tweeted at 11:39 am on Wed, Jan 31, 2018: All the councils in the county and city

have teamed up to plan out large scale developments in the next 30 years – homes, employment, roads etc. A draft plan is ready and you can have a say now #growthplanleics 665917314998273?s=03 Armed forces support consultation: Charnwood Borough Co (@CharnwoodBC) tweeted at 3:05 pm on Mon, Jan 29, 2018: We’re asking for the views of serving or former Armed Forces personnel & their families as part of our Armed Forces Covenant development, so we offer the support that you need. Our survey is online at: 992983680430081?s=03. Safety warning news, be aware: Charnwood Borough Co (@CharnwoodBC) tweeted at 0:43 pm on Tue, Jan 30, 2018: The Food Standards Agency has issued an alert about glass in sushi in some stores. Read more at: 319700366196736?s=03 As ever, if you have any complaints, comments, or compliments, you can email me anytime, or pop into our surgery.

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Emma Hallam Charity Founder and Alex’s Mum says “Please come and join in… you’ll get your healthy dose of fresh air, enjoy spectacular views around the stunning Charnwood Forest whilst cycling for an incredibly worthwhile cause. It’s a fabulous opportunity to get back into cycling again after the winter months, so whether or not you are a keen cyclist, there’s never been a better time to dust of your bike in time for the summer months. PEDALPOWER

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We have a 10-mile, 20-mile and a 50-mile cycle route. The 10-mile route will provide an entry level distance for first time participants, whilst the 50-mile route will be a longer and more challenging route for those who want to push themselves further and the 20 and 50 mile includes a steep climb up Beacon Hill road. There are plenty of marshals along the way to give you lots of moral support and encouragement. We are incredibly well supported locally and it’s always nice to see our supporters out and about on their bikes, having fun and raising much needed funds for Alex’s Wish,” adds Emma. The start and finish line is at The Rothley Centre in Rothley, Leicestershire with the route taking place on open roads. “The route is well sign-posted,” explains Emma, “and because the event takes place on a Sunday morning the roads tend to be quiet with traffic. At the end, you’ll be treated to complimentary yummy home cake cakes and refreshments – a perfect thought to get you through the ride.” This is a sponsored ride in aid of Alex’s Wish, a registered charity set-up to raise vital funds for an incurable childhood muscle wasting disease called Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. Alex’s Wish are investing in innovative medical breakthroughs to help all children lead a longer and more fulfilled life with the aim to finding a cure. All money that is raised through registration fees and sponsorship goes direct to this fantastic cause. The event organisers would also welcome volunteers to marshal and help out with refreshments on the day. If you are unable to ride but would like to help, please get in touch. To register for this fantastic and worthwhile cause, take advantage of the discounted early-bird entry fee to register before 30th April – the easiest and quickest way to so register is at or email Alex’s Wish is a registered charity no: 1148845. For further information, please contact Emma Hallam – – 07903 349475

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