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The last few weeks of 2019 were very busy for the Robins & Rainbows team in their final efforts to reach their goal of raising ÂŁ3500 for Together Against Cancer in memory of Kim Pye.

The highlight being a very successful and fabulous Fashion Show held at The Royal Oak in Kirby Muxloe. It was so well attended with over 100 lovely ladies coming together to see a fantastic show case of beautiful clothing and accessories presented by DC Boutique, a gorgeous boutique in Kirby Muxloe. We had such a fun night with some of us hitting the catwalk for the first time ever (and quite possibly the last!)

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And lastly, Sunday 1st December saw us all come together for a Santa Walk & Fundraising Finale. The walk took place at the beautiful Market Bosworth Country Park and was hosted by Market Bosworth Rotary Club. There were Santas everywhere on this beautiful sunny morning! What a great start to the festive season and fantastic end to an incredible year of fundraising.

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The provision gives people in a new relationship, or their friends or relatives, the right to ask police whether a new partner has a record of committing domestic abuse with previous partners. Leicestershire Police will then decide whether a disclosure needs to be made. Any disclosure may be to a different person to the one who submitted the request and it will be to a person who is in the best position to safeguard anyone who is vulnerable.

M1 J21 Services - The beat team have been working in partnership with the Services Management to reduce the theft from the lorries that occurs at the location. This type of crime is a national issue that we have been liaising with other law enforcement agencies about and have taken action on in December. Several individuals have been Stopped and Searched and offences dealt with accordingly. This enforcement will continue over the coming months. Vulnerable People in Your Community Do you know anyone who may need our help? We can assess any concerns and where necessary refer individuals to the relevant authorities to receive appropriate care. Report your concerns to us via T:101 or contact us through our website.

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Dark winter months have reached our doors My gardening duties reach a pause It’s time to find some divers ways To keep me busy, fill my days I cast around to think what’s fitting Well paintings out, lights not permitting Something to stimulate the mind I need I know I’ll find something to read So where to start, where first to look To find a stimulating book To raise my spirits, ban the gloom That permeates my winter room Pull on my boots, warm hat and coat Walk by the castle, pass the moat Down Station Road (left by the church) The library, where I’ll start my search The problem now is what to borra Biography, romance or horror So many subjects to unravel Like drama, poetry and travel Let me explain my true position I have a nervous disposition So give the suspense a wide berth I’ll choose something more down to earth I don’t mind mystery or crime So long as I can find the time To reach the end, to solve the riddle (Not fall asleep right in the middle) Hold on there’s thrillers on this rack I’ll put my other choices back The search was worth it, not that hard Now then where did I put my library card Kirby lad

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Age Uk Leicester Shire & Rutland Winter campaign - Heating or Eating We are already waking up to cold temperatures each morning, and it’s easy to take central heating and warm dinners for granted. Both heating and eating are vital for our health in the cold weather, which is why Age UK Leicester Shire & Rutland is launching its Heating or Eating campaign.


Tel: 0116 239 0167 Email: Winter hardship causes over 50,000 deaths every year in England and Wales. Locally 650 people will die this winter because they can’t afford their heating bills. A staggering fact is that 10% of our counties’ households are in fuel poverty. The Heating or Eating campaign, which runs throughout the winter, aims to help older people in food and fuel poverty in our local community. All donations received throughout the campaign will be used to provide food parcels, blankets, hot water bottles and winter clothing or to help older people pay utility bills, fix or replace boilers and heaters. Do you need our help? If you are over 50 and facing the choice of heating or eating, Age UK Leicester Shire & Rutland can help you this winter and can help you prepare for future winters. We can • Give you a free Home Energy Check and energy saving items which will reduce your heating costs •

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The Councillors would like to wish all residents a Happy & Healthy New Year. They would also like to congratulate residents and thank them for all the wonderful Christmas decorations displayed during the Festive Season. Special thanks and congratulations also to Pabari’s Newsagents for providing the wonderful window displays.

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The Kirby Muxloe Local History Group The Kirby Muxloe Local History Group generally meets 6 times a year, and membership is open to all. Visitors are always welcome to all our meetings, which usually take place in St. Bartholomew’s Church Hall, Main St., Kirby Muxloe and start at 7.30 pm.

Often, at this time of the year, when the Christmas and New Year festivities are over, we feel a bit flat! We are still in the throws of winter and although the darkest days are over, we are confronted daily with grey skies, low temperatures and damp weather (a speciality of Leicestershire).

Samsone, who lived at 5, Main Street, recalled soot falling down the chimney and covering everyone in the house from head to toe. They were in a complete daze, with her sister walking around in one shoe and one slipper. She remembered that later in the evening, when they had been taken in by kindly neighbours, the bombs dropped on Blood’s Hill, and said that that their tea “shot out of their cups”! Violet Thirwell recounted that on the night of the bombing, her mother couldn’t be found anywhere. Eventually she was discovered in the garden, collecting in the washing that had been drying on a clothes horse in the kitchen. This had been blown out of the door, but Vi’s mother was determined to save her newly ironed clothes at all cost! Lastly, another wartime story, this time from Rosamond Wilshere. Rosamond had two aunts who lived on Gullet Lane. On hearing the bombs drop, her Aunt Olive, who was well known in the village, grabbed the nearest protective item that she could find (it was a saucepan), put it on her head and went marching down to the village to help wherever she was needed!

This seems to be a good time to recap on some of the more entertaining stories that have come my way in 10 years of interviewing local people. Sadly, some of the more elderly interviewees are no longer with us, but their stories are still as fresh and interesting as ever. There are many memories of WWI and WWII. The most memorable one from WWI is an eye witness tale recounted by Charlie Moore. At the time of interview in 2011, he was 97 years old. Charlie was born in 1914 and had clear memories of some men of the village jumping into the moat to celebrate the end of WWI in 1918. He also remembered camping holiday at Skegness, often in the rain, on a campsite which was all “hills and hollows” . At one time, they were so wet they ended up sleeping on the empty tressle tables under the Clock Tower, in the middle of the town!

In the early days of the Kirby Players, Tony Ball told us the story of the “ghost” at the castle. When putting on the production of “A Rose without a Thorn”, publicity photos were being taken in the castle grounds. A lady who lived on Oakcroft Avenue happened to be upstairs at the time, talking to a friend on the telephone. It appears that she stopped suddenly, exclaiming to the person on the other end on the ‘phone “I’m sure I’ve just seen Henry VIII walking around the castle”!! Peter Webster told many tales of George Upton, licencee of the Royal Oak from 1943 to 1963. George was said to be a prankster, who often played tricks on his unsuspecting customers. On one occasion, a lady who delivered milk from Ratby finished her round and as was her usual custom, tethered her horse and wagon to a post in the

Details of the dates of meetings, together with the topics that will be covered, are shown on the notice board in Kirby Muxloe Library and on our website, which is Our next meeting will be on Tuesday 21st January, when the subject will be “Turnpikes and Tollgates – a Drive Back in Time”, taking us on a journey back in time, pausing only to pay our toll at the gates! Speaker Mike Gould, local historian and chair of K.M.L.H.G.

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car park, then entered the pub to enjoy her usual drink. George Upton went outside, removed the horse from its shafts and repositioned the horse and wagon. He pushed the shafts through the three bar fence, securing the horse in the field and leaving the wagon in the car park. When the lady returned to her horse, she couldn’t understand why she was unable to move forward! Peter also recalled the early days of the Gilbert and Sullivan operettas performed in the village. Peter and his friends were in the chorus and so when they had a break of 20-30 minutes, wearing full stage makeup, they used to “slip down to the pub, to have a quick one”! Lastly, a few comments left in the record books of Kirby Muxloe Air Raid Precaution Wardens - December 1940 “Controller having succeeded in doing the Railway jigsaw puzzle, was so overcome that she sounded a short blast on the sirens! Sunday cocktail parties are now forbidden”! July 1942- “Miss Cufflin of Ratby reported that Warden Richards had met with an accident, through being thrown off his cycle by a collision with a CAT! ”. August 1942 - it was noted that “the ARP post seems to have lost its popularity as a social club, probably due to the calling up of women’s services”! Finally, from February 1943 - “Warden Peckham received a report form Lt. Howes, that a “strange form of bomb marked “SAND” was at the top of Big Hill, behind the castle”. It was actually a bag of sand, left behind by the Home Guard on one of their many excercises”. Past residents who have passed away in recent years and are much missed include Charlie Moore, Colin Percy, Violet Thirlwell and Rosamond Wilshere.

Colin Percy had many memories, one told by him and many other people concerned Mr and Mrs Worker, the local fishmongers. When the village was bombed in 1940, their house was badly hit and was later demolished. They were always thought to be quite poor. However, after the bombs dropped, a large number of gold sovereigns were found on the road and pavement outside their house, which was opposite the ruins of the Free Church. The sovereigns were quickly collected up by willing A.R.P. wardens and other helpers, and returned to their owners. It was said that the soverigns had been kept under the bed! Around the same time, Martin Freeman remembered that his mother, on walking around the village to view the badly damaged buildings, saw a house where the bedroom was completely exposed. She remarked “Look at that wallpaper – I wouldn’t have that in my house!” At the actual time of the bombing, Margaret

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Local History Cafe, these sessions will take place in the Library over tea, coffee and cakes, at a cost of £3.00 per head. Dates are 11th February, 10th March, 31st March, 28th April and 26th May. A very happy new year to all! We really do hope that 2020 will be rewarding, content and peaceful for all our readers and Library users. In the face of such worrying times, perhaps we can find some comfort and solace in our community and personal relationships. Certainly it is our hope that we can continue to expand the Library’s focus to encompass community needs and to foster rewarding relationships, largely, but not only, through the provision of reading materials and enjoyable activities. For ourselves, it seems likely that we shall be able to overcome all the legal difficulties that have stood in the way of our becoming a fully community-managed Library. In essence, this will mean that we will have greater freedom to develop and be responsive to community needs, not least in being able to expand our cafe provision to provide a greater range of refreshments in a spacious, warm and friendly environment. We will keep you informed of progress. In the meantime........

THE LOCAL HISTORY CAFE Our second Local History Cafe starts on Tuesday 25th February, from 10.30 – 12.30 at the Library. This is designed for people over the age of 50 who are perhaps feeling a little socially isolated, or fear becoming so in the future. It provides an opportunity to meet new people, make new

friends and develop an understanding of the local history of Kirby Muxloe and Leicester, all in the warmth and comfort of the Library over tea, coffee and cakes. Our first Cafe has been a great success – we have looked at Kirby Muxloe’s reputation as the ‘mostbombed village’ during the war, with the help of the Local History Group, a new take on the story of Joseph Merrick (otherwise known as The Elephant Man), and the development of Victorian and Edwardian Leicester. The programme is decided by the Cafe participants. Leicester City Football Club will be coming along to the second cafe to inform us of the Club’s development and plans for the future. If you would like to join us, you will need to complete a booking form, available at the Library, or ring Liz Collinson on 0116 2393332 for more information. The cost is ÂŁ3.00 per session (5 sessions in all) and we can help with transport if needed. Our current members are very welcome to come along to our second set of cafes.

MEMORIES OF OUR CHILDHOOD As a follow-on activity from the first Local History Cafe, the Kirby Muxloe Local History Group, in conjunction with the Library, is starting a group for the existing participants to meet together to share and explore memories of their childhood. It is hoped that people will be willing to record their memories so that we can build up an oral archive for the benefit of future generations. As with the

NEW BOOKS! We have lots of our new books now in the Library. You may recall that the Steering Group decided to spend ÂŁ1,000 on buying a selection of new books to add to the existing stock. These are now available, so do drop in to have a look and see if there are any you want to borrow.

BEETLE DRIVE And don’t forget our Beetle Drive – memories of our childhood indeed! This will be held in the Library on Saturday 29th February starting at 2.00 pm in the Library. Prizes will be available, along with afternoon tea – sandwiches, scones and cream, and cakes, together with a good selection of drinks. Tickets are available in the Library now - £10.00 for adults, £5.00 for children. We have 48 places available, so get in early. G





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kitchens for cook and chat sessions in both Ratby and Groby. I was invited to join both students and senior citizens for National Roast Dinner Day on Wednesday 13th November 2019. BGLC arranged for a group of local senior citizens to come and have their lunch with some of our students. Students and guests chatted over a lovely roast chicken dinner followed by apple crumble and custard! What a lovely community initiative.

The council’s previous Equality Strategy 201620 was built around specific aims in relation to developing and supporting a diverse workforce, developing and providing inclusive and responsive services, and fostering good relations with and within communities. Equality Strategy 2020- 24 The new Equality Strategy 2020-24 puts a greater emphasis on how the council’s equalities duties link to peoples’ experiences in their daily lives and the things we need to do as an organisation to meet our vision for a fair and equal Leicestershire. Have your say This is an opportunity for county residents and community organisations to help shape the council’s future strategy. To take part in the consultation, read the draft Equality Strategy and then complete the on line questionnaire by typing in the following link to this consultation. If you require this consultation in any other format, or have any questions please contact or telephone 0116 305 5501.

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Advance Notice of Temporary Traffic Regulation Order. Restricted Parking on Station Rd/Desford Lane/Main St, Ratby 10th February 2020. A Temporary Traffic Regulation Order (TTRO) is to be made for the following location: The junction of Station Road / Desford Lane / Main Street, Ratby (see attached plan). The purpose of the TTRO is to allow Leicestershire County Council to undertake gully and manhole repairs and any other associated work to the highway. The TTRO will incorporate a temporary parking restriction at this location so please be aware. The duration of the restriction is not anticipated to exceed a period of 5 days commencing on the 10th February 2020.

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Ratby Community Library & Crow Pie Cafe interval! December in the library was a busy and warm-hearted month. As well as all our regular users and visitors to the Crow Pie Cafe, Santa Claus dropped in to the delight of the children here for our Christmas Fayre. This is always a popular event and this year we raised £178 towards the Library running costs thanks to a fantastic cake sale, raffle of a generous Christmas hamper and various games and activities. The December Quiz Night was very wellattended with over twenty-five competing for the many prizes on offer. Steve Roche was our quizmaster for this Christmas themed evening, gifting a quality bottle of whiskey for the eventual winners. Friendly rivalry and much to enjoy so do come along to the next quiz night on 17th January starting at 7.30. Bring your own bottle to make it even more jolly at the

The library is a venue for other meetings both in daytime and evening; a new Mindfulness course begins here in February commencing Wednesday 12th from 7 until 8.30. Our Wriggly Readers sessions every other Thursday morning is a lively and popular event for pre-schoolers which parents and carers enjoy too. So why not book a space for your own meeting or group? With plentiful parking, refreshments and comfortable seating, we have lots to offer local business and social groups. If you've been feeling the cold and wet, remember that the Crow Pie Cafe has very reasonably priced hot drinks, delicious cakes and biscuits with sweeties for our younger visitors so pop in for a hot chocolate and slice of cake next time you're in need of a bit of comfort food and a chat! Our volunteers are a group of people who really want your visit to the library to be a pleasant one. They volunteer for different reasons and give a lot but they'll be the first to agree they get a lot in return. One writes “As a mum looking to return to the world of

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CHRISTMAS DAY ALONE 2019 Everyone who attended Christmas day for those alone in Anstey and surrounding villages had a great day, volunteers and guests alike. We catered for 89 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!!

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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 89 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, Nationwide in Anstey who’s lovely staff co-ordinated collecting chocolate oranges, others goodies and cash from the lovely folk of the villages who donated, Anstey Parish Council, Anstey Chippy, Britvic, Charnwood Brewery, Councillor Baines, Everards Brewery, Forget me knot, S J Langton Butchers in Glenfield, Roy Green surveyors, Sainsburys local in LFE, Morrisons, Pladis (Jacobs) Wigston, Midlands CO-OP, Tesco, QD bargains, Whitfields , Yorkshire Tea. Many thanks to all who have donated money and goods themselves, my friends, work colleagues 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 Church, Anstey for the use of the room again, without which this couldn’t go ahead so thanks very much once again.

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Ratby Library Quiz The library quiz on December 13th was a great success with a record turnout, many thanks to all who attended and made it a very enjoyable evening, Fabfly were the winning team congratulations Marcus and John. The next Quiz night will be held on January 17th at the usual time of 7.30pm, refreshments are available. I would like to take advantage of wishing everyone a Happy New Year.

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Cinema Club For The Over 60s Cinema Club For senior citizens Venue Ratby Parish Church at 2pm (doors open at 1-30pm) Why not come and enjoy an afternoon of free entertainment and companionship each month, Through the year we show a selection of films specifically suited for the senior citizens. Some films are fairly recent releases but we also show some of the great old classics. The dates are as follows Friday 14 February Friday 13 March Friday 3 April Friday 8 May Friday 12 June Friday 10 July Friday 14 August Friday 11th September Friday 9th October Friday 13th November Friday11th December Tea/coffee and cakes are available after the show. For more information please contact Joan Hawkins tel: 0116 2395826

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Ratby Primary School News.... PSA News - Wishing all Teachers, Staff, Parents, Carers and Children a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from all of us on the Ratby School PSA. We have had a busy and exciting start to the beginning of the 2019 – 2020 Academic Year and would like to thank each and every one of you that has helped, participated and supported our fundraising efforts. So far we have held a Film Club, Disco, Glass Making and The Christmas Fayre, which have all been great fun. Please get involved; your support is invaluable to raise funds for the children of the school. As well as a donation to each class, the PSA pay for the coaches for the Pantomime trip and other trips (Sea Life, New Walk Museum etc) which in turn reduces the parental contribution. All monies raised are ploughed back into the school to enhance the children’s learning journey. If you would like to join us on the PSA or help at our events please do get in touch via the School Reception. Thank you and here is to a successful 2020.

Christmas Fayre 2019

We had a lovely time at the Christmas Fayre this year. It was a very busy afternoon, with many different stalls and activities taking place across the school. Santa’s grotto looked fantastic and this year was located in the small hall. The new teachers (who have just started at Ratby this year) all dressed up as elves to help Santa (as is the tradition!) One of the most popular and lucrative stalls was the ‘fill a paper bag’ stall where children kindly and generously brought into school bags that they had filled with small items. A huge thank you to the PSA who gave their time and energy to making it such a lovely festive event.

Sponsored Read – November Reading Challenge A huge, huge thank you to all the children who took part in our Reading Challenge in November. At the time of writing, we have raised a massive £1998.31, which we will use to purchase reading resources across our school. The PSA have agreed to match fund whatever we raised so thank you to the PSA! Thank you to all the parents, grandparents and friends of all our families, who have sponsored the children to complete the challenge. We will be handing out special certificates in assemblies to all the children who took part. We will also hand out a range of prizes too as a special reward. Thank you to 360 play, Manor Farm and Leicester Outdoor Pursuits Centre for the kind prize donations. Once again, thank you so much for the amazing effort.

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Open the Book is a chance for primary aged children to hear key stories from the Bible. It is run by a team of local Christians who visit a number of local schools. We have had the pleasure of another visit this term where we heard the story of David and Goliath. It was another fantastic assembly. Thank you for sharing it with us.

Anti-Bullying Week This year's AntiBullying  Week theme was 'Change Starts with Us' and it saw our children spend time in classes and assemblies understanding that collectively we can all make a change because even a small change makes a big difference.  During the week, children spent a day wearing odd socks. It was an opportunity to encourage people to express themselves and celebrate their individuality and what makes us all unique! Our Anti-Bullying Ambassadors have now been appointed and are playing a very active and responsible role in school.

On Thursday 12th December, Year 4 went to visit Ratby Parish Church. Reverend Bampton kindly talked to us about the church and gave us a tour. As an introduction, Reverend Bampton showed us a video about Jesus and the bible. On the tour he showed us; a tomb, the organ, the alter where he stands for communion, the crosses (there are 32), his pulpit that he stands at to address the people, the font used for baptism and the side chapel which commemorates those who served in the wars. He told us about the workmen who had originally worked on the church and hadn't finished the job as they had died in the plague. We then asked lots of questions and • Rewires • Extractor Fans • Wall Heaters • Garden Supplies found out about why people are • Showers • Central Heating Wiring • Burglar Alarms • Security Lighting • TV Points • Telephone Points buried underground, when the • Emergency Lighting • Wall Lights • Storage • Heaters church was built and why they • Up-Grading Electrics To Present Regulations light candles and much more... • Fire Alarms • Test & Inspections • Portable Appliance Testing Mars 4 found out that children from the age of 8 can learn bell ringing, All work guaranteed and complies to BS7671 Wiring Regulations. we were very interested to find Contact Kevin for a FREE quotation that out! We really enjoyed it and would love to go again. Thank you T: 0116 2873404 M: 07836 734828 to Reverend Bampton for showing Domestic - Commercial E: Industrial us around. w

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Bin Collections Residents may have seen on the Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council website during the past Christmas period that there would be a double collection of both black and blue bins on Monday 30th December to help cope with the extra waste associated with Christmas Day. This only concerned Ratby and Groby. This information was then taken down and an apology from HBBC was posted on their website for the confusion. We both remonstrated with Waste Management about this as some residents put out both bins, only for the black bin being collected and the blue bin due for collection on January 6th. We both knew that due to Ratby's collection would not change as collection day did not fall on either Christmas Day or New Yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day. We can only apologise on behalf of the Council for the confusion.Â

Vandalism in Ratby Over the past week, two Parish Council notice boards, which are placed around the village for public information, were brought down. These notice boards were on Tyler Rd and the corner of Danehill and Station Rd. Also, an LCC grit bin was overturned and the contents spilled out over the road. This bin is located on Nicholas Drive and has been tipped over at least 3 times last year and was put back by village resident Mr Martian Soames and for that we are grateful. Furthermore, the village


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has seen yet again, a dramatic increase in the deposit of nitrous oxide capsules, formally known as "legal highs ", and take the form of silver capsules that users inhale. Key sites are the car park of the Plough Inn and Martinshaw Wood Car Park. The Police have been notified and are actively monitoring these sites. We would ask residents who may witness any Anti-Social Behaviour to report it on 101.

Update on Planning Application for Markfield Road This application for 168 houses on land to the rear of Markfield Rd is due to go to Full Committee on February 4th. This will be discussed by Officers and Councillors at the pre-agenda meeting on January 14th. Leicestershire Highways have asked the land agents Charterhouse for more information regarding Highway Safety at the proposed entrance/exit so at the time of going to print, no recommendation has been issued and also,  if the required information is not sent , then it is possible that the application may not be determined at the February Meeting.

Older Voices Forum The next Older Voices Forum will be held at the Hinckley Hub, Rugby Road, Hinckley LE10 0FR. The forum is on 24th February 2-4pm.  If you know of anyone who might like to come along could you please share the information with them? Everyone is welcome, no need to book in just turn up on the day.  

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Community Safety Questionnaire The Community Safety Partnership (CSP) is made up of a range of agencies who work together to make Blaby and Hinckley  & Bosworth safer places to live, work and visit. The Partnership is consulting with residents via a questionnaire to find out what residents think are the most important crimes/disorder for them to tackle in the borough. Residentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s views, alongside actual crime and disorder data, will help to determine priorities for the partnership for the next year and the results of this survey will also be used to inform the Crime and Community Safety Priorities for the area for the next three years, 2020-2023.   This survey is your chance to have your say so please find the time to complete it.   The survey is open from 6th January 2020 to 3rd February 2020 and to take part please click on the link communitysafetysurvey2020 (or copy and paste it in your browser). You can also access via   the HBBC Intranet.  Once again, we take this opportunity to thank all of you for your support and remember we are only a phone call away.   Regards  

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