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Mountsorrel Juniors FC U10s Win FA Futsal Competition Rothley Ivanhoe Tennis Club

On Saturday 8th March Mountsorrel Juniors FC U10s were crowned the Champions of the Leicestershire & Rutland County FA Futsal Competition. The Futsal league took place at Crown Hills School between January and March and Mountsorrel progressed through the league to the Finals day, where they ultimately reached the Final to beat Oadby Owls Snowies 1-0.

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The boys now progress to the Regional Finals in Nottingham on 5th April in an attempt to qualify for the FA Futsal National Youth Festival. Mark Forknall, u10s coach said “This has been a fantastic event and such a great achievement for the players, to be representing Leicestershire in the Regional Finals is something each player should be very proud of”.

Thank you all for making so much effort to wear yellow to show support for the local Air Ambulance. Together we have raised £252. Thank you for your support.

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On the Buses. Yet another consultation. Every time the Council wants to change a policy, it is required to ask for your views on the proposals. Is anyone listening and is it a done deal already ? There were 2 major consultations at the moment which have closed and the decisions are to be made soon. The first is about Loughborough Town centre and whether there should be a trial for 6 months having buses travel through the market place as at the moment or to ban all traffic. The new inner Relief Road and associated works will take away 95% of traffic anyway but your views and travel needs are important. Only about 1% of Loughborough residents took part in a scheme which has been described by some as a once in a lifetime chance of having a large area in the centre, traffic free. It would join Wards End to the Rushes. In another consultation, there are proposals for a new policy on Home to School Transport. The change is forced on Councils by the Government altering the status of schools and taking them out of local authority control. Whatever changes are made, the policy has to be clear and consistent and most importantly be equitable throughout the county. The council cannot have a policy which favours one school over another. It is a complicated problem to solve and each time the government changes how schools should evolve, it should link the transport policy to those changes but fails to do so.

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As a result of a previous consultation, the Council brought the Concessionary Bus scheme in line with the government legislation. Did you know that the council has had its funding reduced again down to £4.3m and yet it costs £5.4m. Because it is a service required by law, money that might have gone to Adult services has to go to the shortfall for the bus costs.

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Rothley Park Golf Club Presents £8300 To Marie Curie Cancer Every year the gents and ladies captains at Rothley Park Golf Club raise money for a charity of their choice. Last year the captains, Phil Watson and Pru Lapworth, worked together for Marie Curie Cancer raising money through a wide range of golfing and social events at the club. Phil and Pru recently presented a cheque for £8300.00 to Marie Curie Cancer representative Joan Rampton, who thanked all the members of Rothley Park for their generosity.

Leicestershire RSPCA First Car Boot Sale

Leicestershire RSPCA will be holding their first Car Boot Sale of the year at the Woodside Animal Centre at Scudamore Road, Leicester on Saturday the 12th of April from 11am to 3pm. There wil be some 50 stalls with lots of bargains and RSPCA goods for sale, the animal housing will be open, ice cream and refreshmants will be available and the Woodside pet shop will be open as will the toilets on site. To make sure of a pitch ring Rebecca on 0116 2336677 or Ken in the evening on 0116 220 7552 to book one. The animal centre needs over £12,000 a week to cater for the increasing number of abused, injured, cruelly treated and abandoned animals. Please give them your much need support . They are also pleased to receive items for the sales or their four charity shops.

“It has been a real pleasure to support Marie Curie this year and to be able to donate to such a worthy cause.” say the captains. “Both of us have reason to be particularly grateful for the magnificent service they provide to families and communities locally and we know the money that has been raised over the course of the last year by the golfers at Rothley Park will be put to excellent use. Thank you to Marie Curie, long may the good work continue". Ian Agar and Viv Holland, the 2014 Captains have chosen Parkinson’s UK as their charity for which to raise money throughout year.

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Opportunities for all to Play Tennis in Rothley

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The tennis club welcomes new players at all times of the year and has a special start of season offer of half price membership for adults available at the Open Day on Saturday 29th March at 2-4pm. "This is a great time to join as match practices start just before Easter and the new coaching term just afterwards along with what is probably the best club competitions programme in the county" said Anne Mumford, Publicity Officer. Coaching is available for adults and juniors. Bring your racket if you have one and join in the social play for adults or junior coaching. "One thing this club offers is the chance to just pay and play and give tennis a go" explains coach Tim Stanton. "Adults who are not members can join in the cardio tennis on a Monday evening or coaching on a Friday morning or Tuesday evening". The club is also launching the new online court booking system at the open day allowing people to be able to book and pay online. The pay and play sessions and online court booking system show the club's commitment to widening access to trying out tennis. Club memberships gives increased playing opportunities through social play, club competitions and match tennis for less that £3 a week! Great value and great fun! For more information about membership call the membership line on: 0775 7833 360, www.rothleytennis.info - For information about coaching call Tim Stanton on: 07929 335 246

Age Concern Birstall and Wanlip Age Concern Birstall and Wanlip is your locally run day centre for the frail, or lonely elderly people of Birstall. We are located in St James day centre next to the parish council offices on Birstall Road. The day centre has been running for over twenty years, it was started jointly by The Reverend Charles Bradshaw, vicar of St James Church and Tony Donovan, executive director of Age Concern Leicester Shire and Rutland (now Age UK LeicesterShire and Rutland) . The day centre commenced life at Longslade College in 1991 then had a short spell in the Catholic Church then moved to its present location and was officially opened in 1993 by Sir Roy Griffiths. Age Concern Birstall and Wanlip is an independent Age Concern and is known as a “Friend of Age UK” which means they are there for us to refer to for help and advice. The group meets on a Thursday. Our bus which you may have seen around the village collects the members in the morning and takes them to the day centre where they have tea, coffee and a biscuit (or two) followed by lunch and a cup of tea in the afternoon before heading off home. Activities such as games and quizzes usually take place or maybe an entertainer will come and sing and play and everyone is encouraged to join in. It is a chance to get out of the house if mobility is a problem and offer the possibility some respite for a carer. If you, a relative, a friend or neighbour would benefit from some company and would like to come and join us we have a one or two vacancies. The cost is £20 for the day inclusive. For further information you can ring Jo on a Thursday on 01162677023.

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The February event was a trip to the Dominion Theatre in London to see the hit musical “We Will Rock You” and despite the terrible weather they were treated to a scenic tour round the capital The Association continue their 2014 programme with sell out trips to Chester and Dagfields Emporium , Hampton Court and Malvern Flower Show The Walk and Talk Group’s latest walk started at Trent Lock and proceeded through the Cranfleet Cut and Attenborough Nature Reserve finishing at the Steamboat Inn where they had lunch. The day was made better due to the brilliant sunshine throughout the walk New activities are an Indoor games Group, a This and That Group (Crafts etc) and a book swop at the monthly socials Retired Rolls-Royce Employees can get more details by phoning Sheila Furniss on 01332 516 744 or Pat Neal on 0116 210 6917 alternatively come and join us on the 2nd Tuesday of the month at Rolls-Royce Leisure on Moor Lane at 1-00 pm.

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The members of the Rolls-Royce Retired Employees Association have started 2014 with a flurry of activities and trips. In January 50 of their members enjoyed a visit to Litchfield for a morning followed by a visit to Marsh Farm for a four course lunch ,before returning to Derby in the late afternoon.

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THE MONDAY CLUB ANSTEY. CROPSTON, THURCASTON AND ROTHLEY Monday 10th March was an “action packed” event for the Club commencing with the long awaited 2nd talk given by Mr Brian Kibble on the life and times of Anstey from the “1800s to the present day”. Once again we were treated to extensive information supported by beautifully preserved photographs of long gone shops, factories and buildings but of which a few had retained their recognisable exteriors. Anstey had always been a hub of small diverse industries which have blossomed into major companies covering Tannery, Dairy products, Brewery and famous Wall Paper creations. Many of the photographs provoked memories from the Membership as they gradually came up to date. This talk was followed by a Free Raffle consisting of a box of Marks and Spencers Guest Soaps, which was won by Mrs. Diane Rouse . We then celebrated the 60th Diamond Wedding Anniversary for Mr and Mrs. Silvester (Madge and Dennis). Madge had brought along two beautifully cooked and decorated sponge cakes, one in vanilla and the other Chocolate which were very quickly and gratefully consumed!! Sincere Congratulations to you both. Lastly a very appreciative presentation of Gardening Vouchers were given to Mr David Rouse and Mr Mick Whatton who have, over the last ten years, been the “stage hands” supporting the Monday Club and their wives Diane (Catering) and Diana (Sales table)

Visitors and new members welcome. Enquiries: Ann Farndon 0116 2363467

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Fellow choir member Daniel, who is 13 and lives near Birstall, said: "It's great because I am very happy and amazed we got picked to sing on stage." Beacon Voices performed 20 songs including four on stage at the arena. Ivan Ould, Leicestershire County Council cabinet member for young people, said: "Singing at Wembley Arena is a once in a lifetime opportunity and a memorable experience which our young people will treasure.

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Beacon Voices is thought to be the only choir of its kind in the UK sang at the iconic venue last Wednesday (12th), along with 5,000 other young people. The unique group was set up in 2012 by Leicestershire County Council and includes 24 children in care aged between nine and 18.

Beacon Voices member Alannah, who is 13 and from near Melton, said: "It will be a good experience - I'm really excited and can't wait to go."

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Soap Box Racing in Mountsorrel! On Sunday 10th August 2014, the Village of Mountsorrel in Leicestershire will; Roll, Rock, Shoot, Throw, Paddle, Drink, Eat, Sing, Dance & Strut it's stuff!… It's REVIVAL time! The REVIVAL is Mountsorrel's version of the traditional village fete – all the old fashioned fun served with a modern twist. The whole centre of the village will be full of events and entertainment ranging from River Trips to Soap Box Racing and Archery to Vintage Shopping. Custom Cars will jostle for space alongside Ice Cream vendors and local rock group ‘Lockdown’ will be taking over the Buttercross alongside Vintage Cars and Bikes. Leading the days events is Soap-Box Racing. Remember when you were a kid, making a kart out of old pram wheels and some planks? Well, when Boys (and Girls) grow up (a bit) it gets a Organisers: Ian & Anne Shonk with their lot more fun. Everything ‘40 style Hot-Rod from baby landrovers and airplanes to a rolling cheeseburger... and of course the 'old school' plank and pram wheels – all powered by nothing more than downhill gravity! Entries are invited from anybody and everybody... Friends, Scouts, Companies, Pubs, Clubs, Schools, Families – your racer can be as simple or a complex as you like. It’s a simple, easy course designed more for fun than serious speed. The competition will start with a procession through the village to the Race Track. Trophies are on offer for; Fastest Time, Best Construction, and Spirit of the Event. Whatever it is you do - if you would like your Group, Club or Business to be part of the fun, contact the organisers through the website. Check out all the details and photos on the website www.mountsorrel-revival.co.uk

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The Green Place Events Spring 2014 We are very excited to reveal our spring programme of workshops, activities and events (see below). There is a real variety with something for everyone so please do come and support them. There will be more detail to follow - this is just a taster but be ready to book. In addition to these there will be some surprise 'pop up' activities at short notice and when the weather suits. These will include camp fire cooking, water fights, den making and more. When they do happen, act fast and spread the word.

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SATURDAY 22nd - Green Place Re-opens 11am till 3pm Cash for Clothes Day – Earn money for your unwanted bags of clothes. Donations also welcome. Morsbag Make your own bag from offcuts – Free workshop in our mongolian tent. 113pm SATURDAY 29th– Mothers Pamper Day fundraising event. Activities, product samplings,cake sales & raffle. 2—4pm

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SATURDAY 5th -Books and Stories 11-3pm Second hand bookstall plus ‘Book blind date’, storytelling and papercraft in the yurt. SATURDAY 13th –Pamper Day fundraising event (see March 29th) Plus Café open for Brunch 10am – 1pm

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3. Spoon on to the biscuit base and level the top. Chill in the fridge for at least 4 hours and up to 24 hours, to firm up. 4. To serve, remove the cheesecake from the tin, peel off the baking parchment and arrange on a platter. Decorate with the fruit and dust with icing sugar

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Do you enjoy craft activities, good food and making new friends? Would you like to go to church but find it hard with ‘wriggly’ children? If so, then Messy Church may be for you.

Adapted from Frank Millers graphic novel, Xerxes, 300: Rise of an Empire follows events before, during and after the smash hit movie 300 (2007). Having gained victory over Leonidas’ 300, Xerxes marches his Persian army towards Themistocles and his Greek comrades for an epic battle that takes the saga onto the high seas.

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We start with craft activities, games and puzzles for all the family. Adults can join in too! Next is a short and lively worship time of songs and a Bible story. A free lunch is provided for everyone to enjoy spending more time relaxing with family and friends. Messy Church is church for everyonechildren of all ages, parents, grandparents, neighbours and friends are all welcome. Children will need to bring a responsible adult with them. There is no charge but donations towards the cost of running Messy Church are always very welcome.

Featuring more stunning visual effects and a stellar cast, including Sullican Stapleton (Gangster Squad) as the mighty Themistocles and Eva Green (Casino Royale) as Artemesia, the next chapter in the epic saga is set to captivate audiences once more.

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Messy Church, organised by Loughborough Seventh-day Adventist church, will be held at 10am on the first Saturday of every month, starting on Saturday 5th April 2014. We meet at Mountsorrel Methodist Church, Church Hill Road, Mountsorrel, LE12 7JB.

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Fionan and Ruth are set to be married, but the groom-to-be doesn’t want a Stag do; in fact, he’d rather attend the Hen. Concerned her future husband will be missing out, Ruth persuades best man Davin to throw him a bash.

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Planning a weekend of sober walking through the hills, Davin tries his best to discourage the bride’s brother, known as The Machine, from attending the event, but can’t quite keep him away…

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Re-Live The Final Days Of King Richard III With New Audio Tour Of Key Locations In Leicester and Leicestershire A new audio tour has been developed to help visitors re-live the story of King Richard III’s final days in Leicester and Leicestershire. The launch of this new tour follows the discovery of the remains of King Richard III - the last Plantagenet King of England - in Leicester, announced by the University of Leicester, Leicester City Council and the Richard III Society in February 2013. The audio tour tells the story of King Richard III’s life and death in Leicester and Leicestershire through a number of fictional characters. It features key locations throughout the city and county including Bow Bridge, Greyfriars, the former site of the Blue Boar Inn, The Newarke, Ambion Hill, Kirby Muxloe Castle, Bradgate Park, Bosworth Battlefield and Donington le Heath. The tour is free to download onto smartphones and tablet devices via iTunes or by using QR codes on the new King Richard III interpretation panels across the city, at Bosworth, Donington le Heath and Kirby Muxloe Castle, online at www.visitleicester.info, www.storyofleicester.com, www.goleicestershire.com and websites for Bosworth Battlefield, Donington le Heath, Bradgate Park and Kirby Muxloe Castle, as well as from the Visit Leicester centre in Leicester. Funded by Arts Council England, this audio tour has been produced as part of the Unlocking Leicestershire museum project by Leicester Shire Promotions, in partnership with Leicester City Council and Leicestershire County Council. Martin Peters, Chief Executive of Leicester Shire Promotions said: “The discovery of the King’s remains in Leicester has significantly boosted the public’s interest in this dramatic story and over 150,000 people have visited the temporary exhibition in the city during 2013. The new audio tour gives a unique perspective on the fascinating story of his final days

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Building in Rothley Causes Unrest The concept of ‘green belts’ is to prevent urban sprawl into the surrounding countryside. Leicester Marathon returns for 2014 with an emphasis on raising money for local charities. The date for 2014’s Leicester Marathon has been officially confirmed this week by the organising team. The event will take place on Sunday 26th October, and will start from Victoria Park at 9.15am. After the success of combining multiple running events in previous year, the 2014 event will provide opportunities for all ages and ability of runner. There will be a full 26.2 mile marathon as well as a half marathon, relay races and a fun run. The organisers want to encourage everybody to get involved as either a runner or spectator. Last year, 2,500 runners took place in the city centre event, raising an estimated total of £70,000 for charities. This year’s event will focus on raising as much money as possible for the race’s partners, so runners are being actively encouraged to participate as part of a charity team. Participating charity runners will be able to take part for free. LOROS, Bamboozle Theatre Company and St Barnabas Lincolnshire Hospice are amongst the charities taking part and asking runners to raise money for their charity in return for a place. The charities will be hosting designated cheering points along the route where spectators supporting charity runners will congregate, giving runners that much needed boost during their run.

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This is to protect natural environments, improve air quality within urban areas, provide a contiguous habitat for wildlife, plants and animals, and ensure that urban dwellers have access to the countryside, with consequent educational and recreational opportunities. Most important of all, green belts are supposed to be there to protect the unique character of rural communities, which attracts tourism. Tourism brings business, business bring jobs. Although everyone has heard this ‘green belt’ cliché expression do they really exist in Loughborough and Charnwood? Where are they? Actually, looking into the internet, there is a map showing Green Belts in the UK. You can find it on - http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/greenpolitics/planning/9708387/ Interactive-map-Englands-green-belt.html Interestingly, this map does not show any green belt in Leicestershire, and of course does not include Loughborough and Charnwood. Why not ? Many residents in Charnwood recoil in horror watching the random, almost anarchical, transformation of rural, agricultural land into housing estates. This has a catastrophic effect on the character of Charnwood and the situation is getting worse. Rothley is particularly badly affected and local residents feel betrayed. If the Council has a solid plan for development across the A6/A46 corridor, why does this occur ? Does the ‘Core strategy’ for future developments in Charnwood include the concept of ‘green belts’? Yet another planning application for a new housing estate in West Cross Lane, which is expanding Mountsorrel into the green space between it and Rothley has overstepped the mark. The Charnwood Conservative Association (CCA) has made a short videoreportage on the most serious issues in Rothley and the response was revealing. You can watch it in the Charnwoodconservatives website: https://charnwoodconservatives-admin.conservativewebsites.org.uk/ or directly in youtube at the following address: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fA-hfOKvdWs&feature=youtu.be We are told the Council has a plan in accord with the Core Strategy but it is not clear what direct recommendations have been made in ‘green belt’ terms for areas in Loughborough and Charnwood and they certainly do not seem to apply around Rothley. The CCA will gladly collaborate and form a proposal for the ‘green belt’ areas in Charnwood. Please, send us feedback to the following e-mail: leon.hadji.nikolaou@gmail.com

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Prudential Ride London Cycling Event Alex’s Wish charity based in Rothley has been allocated 26 places for this year’s Prudential Ride London on Sunday, 10th August. Celebrating the legacy for cycling created by the London 2012 Olympic Games, the event starts in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, and then follows a 100-mile route on closed roads through the capital and into Surrey’s stunning countryside. With leg-testing climbs and a route made famous by the world’s best cyclists at the Games, it’s a truly spectacular event for all involved.

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PRESS RELEASE HS Foot Care Services opens new surgery in Mountsorrel The new surgery is in the same premises on Halstead Rd but now caters for nail surgery and the added size means that gait analysis can be combined in the same room.

Some of the opening guests: Dr. Schofield & Snr Nurse Jan Strefford Alpine House Surgery, Brian Allard (Chairman) & Carol Watts (Benefits Secretary) Mountsorrel United Charites, Paul Harris (Vice Chairman) Mountsorrel Parish Council, Steve & Mary Johns (Soar Valley Life), Nick Clayton (Pink Pages) , Mick & Hilary Brown (Mountsorrel Hotel) Richard Palmer (1st patient), John & Christine Hemmingway, Pat Morris, Jane Hepworth, Ray Musson.

Surgery Tel: 0116 210 6413

6th March 2014 SERVICES General Cutting nails, chiropody reducing callus & corns, ingrowing nails (conservative management) treating verrucae

Neurologi cal & vascular testing

All new patients are tested – check condition of nerves and circulation to feet

Assessment, Foot & heel pain advice, treatment

Nail surgery

Full / partial nail removal under local anesthesia at a time convenient to you

Bespoke orthotics

Gait analysis, biomechanical assessment, exercise advice, manufacture of bespoke orthotics onsite

Specialist Specialist creams & fungal creams supplied treatments not available from pharmacies

HS Foot Care continues to expand On Thursday 6th March 2014 Dr. Schofield of Alpine House officially opened the new HS Foot Care Services surgery, run by HCPC Registered Podiatrists Alan and Maxime Postlethwaite (father and daughter team) at 34A Halstead Road, Mountsorrel LE12 7HF. The surgery has grown through demand and now caters for nail surgery onsite, it also has an integrated walkway to allow for biomechanical examinations and manufacture of bespoke orthotics.

Alan and Maxime together combine their skills in ‘At Risk’ conditions and biomechanical corrections as well as offering the normal range of foot care such as cutting nails, debriding corns, callus and verrucae treatment. Over the years we have formed working relationships with other health professionals, especially Chiropractic and local GP surgeries.

March 2014 - Your Local Rothley & Mountsorrel  

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