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Birstall Bowling Club Birstall Bowling Club has donated £3700 to local charity Heart Link following a year of fundraising. Presidents Marlene Bartlett and Brian Hancock chose Heart Link as their charity for the year and the money was raised through a number of events at the club, including the annual charity day which raised around £400, (l-r) Geoff and Gill Smart from Heart Link receive the cheque from and a bowls Birstall Bowling Club Presidents Marlene Bartlett and Brian Hancock marathon. On the club’s tour to Spain over £300 was contributed to the fund thanks to numerous fines and donations. Heart Link are a local charity based at Glenfield Hospital. Since they were formed in 1981 as a support group for parents and families who have a child suffering from a heart defect, they have collected over £4 million in donations. They are committed to improving facilities for the patients and their families as well as providing much needed valuable medical equipment. More information about them is on their website www.heartlink-glenfield.org.uk

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Wanlip Church and Community Hall A travel talk by Sue Ablett on 28th February 2020 at 7.00 p.m. Entrance is £5.00, which will include wine and (tasty) nibbles

Vince's last service as Rector of this Parish will be the Advent carol service on 1st December at 6.00 p.m. in Wanlip church. There will be a chance to say "Goodbye" to Vince and Sheryl at 7.00 p.m. on Friday 22nd November at Wanlip Hall, to share drinks and nibbles and to wish them both well in their new roles. Also on 1st December in Wanlip is the children's Advent Christmas party, from 2.30 to 4.30 p.m., the theme being the Nativity, with plenty of scope for dressing up and having fun. Coming up to the season of Christmas sees our bellringers 'come into their own' with the absolutely joyous sound of their bellringing. Nowhere in the world has a sound like that of English bells - wonderful. Our ringers are also proficient at hand-bells, sweetly ringing carols and songs in our church concerts Christmas also sees our flower arrangers busy with their beautiful displays in our churches and also with making festive wreaths. If you would like a display or wreath to mark a special occasion, please contact Sylvia Simes on 2674206 (e.mail: sylviasimes@talktalk.net) for Birstall, or Marjorie Bonshor on 2207964 for Wanlip. Donations towards the cost of the flowers are always welcome (but not always necessary). The number of items donated for the Shoebox appeal has, this year, resulted in an amazing 60 shoeboxes being sent. I am sure they will be very welcome and needed by the recipients. It is also time for the St. Nicholas Fayre, which will be held both in Wanlip Community Hall and the Church on Saturday 7th December from 2.00 to 4.00 p.m. Raffle and Tombola, cakes and surprise parcels will provide fun and colour and a chance to relax a little before Christmas, which I hope will be happy and peaceful for us all.

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Marie Curie Counts on Collection Volunteers With only 6 weeks to go, Marie Curie is appealing for local volunteers to help at their Christmas Collections. Collections are an integral part of the Marie Curie fundraising calendar and without them it would not be possible to provide the necessary nursing care for our terminally ill patients and their families in Leicestershire & Rutland. The local Marie Curie fundraising team are seeking collectors to help at collection days in supermarkets, stores and towns. Whilst everyone else will be preparing for Father Christmas to arrive this Christmas Eve, our nurses will be starting their night shift. Last year, one of our nurses was quizzed by a young son of a patient as he was concerned Father Christmas would not visit as she stays awake all night to look after his Daddy. Sue, very quickly explained that Marie Curie has a special agreement with the big man himself, that our nurses can close their eyes when he arrives at the house so that she does not see him. The nurses do such things so that our families can be at home during the festive period where they feel most comfortable and with their loved ones. Claire Korsakovs, Marie Curie Community Fundraiser for Leicestershire & Rutland says “As a collector you’ll be able to raise vital money for people like Sue’s patient to spend their Christmas at home where they wish to be. Our collection slots are only two hours long and will most definitely leave you with that Christmas Cheer.” Whether you’re a seasonal fundraiser or a newcomer looking to get involved for the first time, the local Marie Curie fundraising office would love to hear from you. To become a Marie Curie Collector, you need to be aged 16 or over. Children are welcome to collect alongside a parent or guardian. For more information for how you can get involved, please contact Claire Korsakovs on 07595 087169 or claire.korsakovs@mariecurie.org.uk

WINTER WONDERLAND AT METHODIST CHURCH Don’t miss the ‘Winter Wonderland’ at the Methodist Church on Wanlip Lane Birstall. It is free admission to see about fifty decorated trees and other displays on Friday & Saturday 29th & 30th November. The Christmas Festival opens at 10am on Friday 29th. There will be stalls with Decorations & crafts, homemade cakes & preserves, Christmas Gifts, Vintage items, Children’s Toys, Tombola, Raffle, Lucky Dip and, of course, Santa’s Grotto. There will be Table Top sales on Friday from 2pm and from 10am on Saturday. Refreshments will be on sale throughout with light lunches between 12 noon and 2pm on both days. The event will close at 6pm on Friday & 2pm on Saturday. Donations are welcome to the Bark Foundation supporting the orphanage in Cameroon.

Bowler raises money for LOROS Rachel Smith must be one of the fittest bowlers around. She has been a keen member of the St Margaret's Club for three seasons now. About 2 years ago she started running, mostly around Watermead Park, as part of a general fitness regime. Earlier Rachel Smith – this year she set bowler and runner herself the daunting target of running a half Marathon – just over 13 miles. She prepared for this year's Leicester Marathon by gradually building up her distances and entering shorter events like Watermead Challenge – as pictured. But as we all know, due to the incredibly wet weather the Marathon event was cancelled . Having worked hard to train and get sponsorship, Rachel decided to do the run the on her own measured course. She completed the distance in just under a very pleasing 2 hours 20, raising £420 for the Bowls Club's chosen charity LOROS. Rachel said, 'It was hard work but I am very satisfied with the result. I hope to try again next year, and maybe enter some 10k races as part of the build-up'.

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Friends of the Charnwood Forest On Monday 14th October Martin Speight of Severn Trent Water gave a talk to the Friends entitled “The Story of Charnwood Water Supply over the last 150 years” (but not quite). The importance of having a pure water supply was brought home by John Snow and the Broad Steet pump in 1854, during the cholera epidemic of the 1850’s in London. In an age when the theory of diseases was that they were caused by a miasma, and in the absence of the internet, news of his work did not spread all that fast. A miasma, or bad air, was believed to spread diseases through breathing. It was supposed to originate from rotting flesh and vegetable matter either spreading the disease through the air or changing the air in some way to cause the disease. The news of John Snow’s work spread relatively slowly, and the conservative nature of thinking caused it to be rejected time and again. It was not until the 1880’s that ‘science’ finally abandonned miasmas. The talk started with Henry Fearon, who was born in Ockenden, in Sussex, in 1802. He attended Cambridge University, and came to Loughborough as its rector in 1846. He it

was who championed a water supply in Loughborough – until his time each individual was virtually responsible for his/her supply, usually using a pump and ground water. Whether this was relatively pure or polluted was a matter of luck. His first efforts centred on the Blackbrook, where the dam of a reservoir for the Charnwood Forest canal had failed after 2 years, but this proved unacceptable to the local bigwigs. He finally settled on the Nanpantan reservoir, and a supply started on 31st August 1870. The reservoir was designed to hold 29 million gallons. It proved a success. The death toll fell. The result – more people, and a bigger demand. Original estimates did not include local industry, so this caused an even bigger demand on water. Clearly new sources were required. The problem then arouse that the city of Leicester was also looking for water, and so was competing with Loughborough to source it from Charnwood Forest. The city’s first reservoirs were sited at Thornton and Cropston. Loughborough finally got a supply from Blackbrook in 1906. As populations grew, so reservoirs had to be made bigger to hold

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‘Making Christmas Special’ for Older people spending Christmas Day in What is Christmas Jumper hospital. Day and when is it?

Older people spending Christmas in one of Leicester’s Hospitals will once again receive a gift bag this year, donated by the generous local community.

Christmas Jumper Day is an annual charity event it is held on December 13th, with 100% of proceeds going to the charity ‘Save the Children’. Individuals and Organisations, businesses and schools, find their most festive jumpers and wear the jumpers to work for the day instead of normal clothes or uniforms, to raise funds through sponsorship. A cheerful and festive way or raising funds and awareness for Save the Children in time for Christmas. Often workers and students add to the fun by competing for the best festive jumper prize, some workplaces get very competitive and hold official competitions for the prize, while jumper-wearers, friends, families and co-workers sponsor the festive jumpers and thus the funds are raised for Save the Children. Money can be pledged via Save the Children’s Website, by text, by post and online. So far over 4 million pounds has been raised by this annual event, so it is certainly something to consider taking part in and adding it as a new tradition among your festivities. Save the Children has a fundraising leaderboard, showing the amounts that teams have raised, which is a good incentive, they also show photographs of some participants, as well as giving details of what the raised money is being used for. Christmas Jumper Day is a great photo opportunity for companies and teams to show their community spirit and advertise their company as an approachable and caring organization.

ST. JAMES MONDAY GROUP The funds raised for our charity for this year (Glebe House, Loughborough) were greatly boosted by an 'Open Bungalow Day' hosted by one of our members and well attended both in the morning and afternoon with appropriate (and delicious) foods and drinks and balloons (not delicious)! Glebe House (now based in the old Magistrates building opposite the Beehive car park), provides (and I quote) "Flexible services for people with learning disabilities". This Open Day raised a wonderful £300.00 to add to the eventual total. Our next years charity will be nominated by members in February 2020 at our usual meeting on the 2nd Monday of the month. Our December meeting will be our Christmas party, which is a chance to relax and talk to each other and give and receive a surprise present! The programme planning for 2020 is taking shape with diverse events, from our lunch in January at the British Legion to various speakers and outings. If you would like to join us we will be in the Day Centre rooms of the Village Hall at 7.30 p.m. on the 2nd Monday of every month.

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‘Making Christmas Special’ is a collaborative campaign between Leicester’s Hospitals, Age UK Leicester Shire & Rutland and Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust (LPT). Every year, there are patients too ill to leave hospital and spend Christmas Day with their loved ones. ‘Making Christmas Special’ aims to spread a little festive cheer to older patients who will be spending Christmas in one of Leicester’s Hospitals. Now in its seventh year, the campaign is encouraging the local community to donate a small gift bag that will be distributed by hospital staff and volunteers to older patients on Christmas Day. In 2018, the public of Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland showed a fantastic amount of generosity by donating over 1,500 gifts. In past years, the campaign has been so successful that donated gifts exceeded the need in Leicester’s Hospitals and could be shared with some community hospitals. There are gift tags to download and packaging and gift guidelines on the Leicester Hospitals website. Tony Donovan, Executive Director at Age UK Leicestershire & Rutland, added: “This campaign makes an enormous difference to older patients who have to spend Christmas in hospital and the generosity of the community always brings a smile to their face. We’re delighted to be working with Leicester’s Hospitals and Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust to bring the Christmas spirit to what could otherwise be a lonely time. Our shops and resource centres will act as donation points across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland for anyone who would like to offer a small gift.”

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Pre-booking is essential. It is open to all singers, whether you sing regularly with a choir or not. Many of the singers who come will not have sung the music before. It does help if you are able to read music to some degree and have listened to the piece before the day, but there are always some singers present who have done the piece before and lead the way. The day is hard work but great fun and very rewarding. We finish the afternoon with an informal performance to amaze our audience of friends and family with what we have achieved during the day.

Wanlip St Nicholas Christmas Fayre which is to be held in the Church and the Community Hall, Wanlip on Saturday 7th December, 2.00pm – 4.00pm.

Our workshop leader, Charnwood Voices’ Musical Director Nicholas Scott-Burt writes, “The Requiem by Maurice DuruflĂŠ is one of the most beautiful examples of liturgical music from the 20th century. Strongly influenced by FaurĂŠ's famous setting of the same text, it is full of gloriously sing-able lines and magical harmonies. We have a whole day to master this work of such ethereal, heartrending magnificence. A wonderful work to sing: one or two tricky corners certainly along the way, but plenty of time for us to find our way confidently around those!â€? Our accompanist and organist will be Richard Dunster-Sigtermans. There are limited places and this workshop has booked up in the past, so BOOK NOW! The cost will be ÂŁ15 per person and application forms are available to download from our website www.charnwoodvoices.org.uk Library copies of the music will be available on the day for those who request them on their booking forms.

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