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The Rotary Club of the Soar Valley held its Ruby Charter Dinner at Longcliffe Golf Club, Loughborough on Monday January 30th. The event was a great success with 95 people attending with 13 Clubs represented. The Mayor and Lady Mayoress of Charnwood were welcomed by Club President Hilary Holmes together with guest speaker Joy Marsden and Rotary District Governor John Dehnel.

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William Gladstone MP Family Faith & Politics The title of the Annual Lady Day Lecture to be held on Saturday 25th March 2017 in Rothley Parish Church, at 10.30am, to be given by Revd Robert Gladstone, Vicar of Rothley, who is descended from William Gladstone’s bother. Rob Gladstone has researched the family stories, which range from cattle rustling on the wild Scottish Border country to tenure of the highest office in the land in Downing Street. He will trace the roots of W E Gladstone's family and Christian faith and how they came to expression in his leadership of the nation during his four premierships. Vicar Rob adds, “This talk will take us back to a time when politicians were unashamed to 'do God,' the time during which the most recent significant reordering of Rothley Church took place in 1877”. The illustrated lecture is the third in the series of annual Lady Day Lectures and admission is free. More information from Terry Sheppard, 0116 230 2931.



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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, 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.”

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Great News for Charnwood Hearing Aid Centre Charnwood Hearing Aid Centre is delighted to announce that, for the second year running, our Audiologist Lynne Leeming, has been highly commended in the Rayovac Audiologist of the Year awards. This prestigious award is given to Audiologists who continually show a high level of professionalism, care and commitment to their patients. In order to be considered for an award Audiologists must be nominated by their clients. Lynne is immensely grateful to all her clients who nominated her for the award. On receiving the commendation for the second time Lynne said “It is most humbling to think that my clients have taken the time to nominate me for this prestigious award when I am doing what I love to do – helping to improve the lives of those who are hard of hearing”. Lynne has been an Audiologist for over 30 years, spending more than 25 years working within the NHS. She opened her private practice in 1998 and moved to the current premises on Stadon Road in Anstey 6 years ago. A quality, no pressure service has ensured that the Practice has grown steadily and last year saw expansion when Lynne employed a second Audiologist to work alongside her. New services recently introduced into the Practice include the removal of wax by microsuction. Charnwood Hearing Aid Centre can be contacted on 0116 236 6633 between 9.30am and 4.30pm Monday to Friday and 9.30am to 12.30pm on Saturdays. Nominations for Audiologist of the Year 2017 will open in the spring and details can be found at

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ANSTEY. CROPSTON, THURCASTON AND ROTHLEY On Monday 9th January the Monday Club enjoyed listening to Felicity Austin telling us the Story of the Music Hall. She did some quick changes into various costumes from the heyday of the Music Hall, which was from about 1870 to the 1920s, explained how they had developed from a mere background entertainment at drinking venues like public houses, and gave us examples of the most popular artistes of the time such as Marie Lloyd, Ella Shields and Vesta Victoria, some of whom are still remembered by older generations. We mostly know them through songs and monologues, which were immensely popular at the time, and Miss Austin encouraged our members to sing along with her from the sheets she had given us. “Pop Goes the Weasel” is based on Cockney rhyming slang, and refers to having to pawn your coat for money. From the 1870s this form of entertainment became mainstream, and grand halls like the Alhambra opened in London. There was a Chairman who exercised some control over the spectators, who often heckled the artistes and enjoyed indulging in spirited repartee with the bravest ones. Acts were usually about 15 minutes in length, and some performers would have a cab waiting to rush them to another theatre as soon as they came off stage. Marie Kendal is said to have worked seven theatres per night and earned £100 per week in 1900, which was an absolute fortune! She also toured North America, Australia and South Africa. Humour was a way of dealing with the

hardships of life experienced by most of the audience, and funny songs abounded. Harry Campion, who had been a costermonger selling street food, sang songs such as “Boiled Beef and Carrots”, and others dealt with items less palatable to modern day listeners! There were several well known female artistes such as Florrie Forde from Australia, where the music hall was also well established. Miss Austin showed us a photograph of her, resplendent in feathers, sequins over a very short costume and tights. Songs about love and marriage abounded, with lines like: “She cost me seven and sixpence --- I wish I’d bought a dog!”, or about the one who got away, and wishful thinking about suddenly coming into a large fortune, such as finding money in your old grandad’s well worn armchair. Another kind of entertainer would dress very smartly as a “champagne Charlie”, such as George Laybourne, who was literally paid to advertise a particular champagne; and female artistes like Ella Shields performed songs like “Burlington Bertie”, dressed like a man. Vesta Tilley was a famous male impersonator who wore either evening dress or sometimes a military uniform, and she was credited with encouraging many young men to enlist in the services at the start of the First World War. Marie Lloyd’s name is still familiar today. When taken to court by a woman campaigner for purity who objected to her innuendo and saucy looks, she managed to convince the officials that her songs were quite innocent,

Deadline extended for independent audit committee chair role Charnwood Borough Council has extended the deadline for people interested in becoming the new independent chair for its Audit Committee. The new deadline to apply is February 20, 2017 and the Council will now also consider people who live in neighbouring areas outside of Charnwood as well as those residing in the borough. Anyone interested in taking up the role in May 2017 will need to have well developed chairing skills and significant experience in at least one of the key areas of the committee’s responsibilities - external audit, internal audit, risk management or accountancy. A professional qualification relevant to one of those areas is highly desirable and preferably you should also either live or work within Charnwood, or if not within reasonable proximity. This is a non-political role and anyone interested should therefore be able to demonstrate independence from potential political bias. The appointment is for a four-year period and carries an annual allowance of £3,408.

Before recorded music or radio was available, stars would jealously guard their exclusive rights to certain songs as their popularity spread through the country, which could take many weeks. During the winter they would also appear in pantomime for about 6-8 weeks. In the summer the growing railway network and increasing free time enabled huge crowds to enjoy a holiday at the seaside, and in 1908 Mark Sheridan sang “I do like to be beside the seaside” wearing a boater hat and clutching a brolly. Vesta Tilley entertained the troops wearing an immaculate uniform; and Florrie Forde popularised older songs again like “Pack up your troubles in an old tin can”, and “It’s a long way to Tipperary”. Gertie Gitana, who lived in Wigston, had a wonderful voice and sang “There’s an old mill by the stream” at the De Montfort Hall. The First World War brought about massive social changes, and early black and white silent pieces of film began to be included in variety shows, which were often educational, but their popularity hastened the decline of the music hall. The first cinema in Leicester was the Cameo on High Street. The death of Marie Lloyd in 1922 was even reported in “The Times”, her funeral being attended by huge crowds. The next meeting will be on Monday 13th February starting at 2.15pm. This is our AGM and we shall be providing in-house entertainment such as favourite poems, jokes and a quiz. Everyone is welcome.

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Leicestershire, Marie Curie urgently needs YOUR help! As we see the first daffodils of the year bloom, terminal illness charity Marie Curie is asking people of Leicestershire to volunteer to collect for its Great Daffodil Appeal in March. Volunteering just two hours of your time to give out daffodil pins in return for a donation can help Marie Curie Nurses be there for people living with a terminal illness in their own homes. The Great Daffodil Appeal is Marie Curie’s biggest annual fundraising campaign, which takes places throughout March, but the charity needs people to sign up to volunteer now. Actress Jane Horrocks, who volunteered her time to voice a radio and TV ad for the appeal, said: “This March the charity needs more than 24,000 volunteers to make the Great Daffodil Appeal happen. Please give up some of your time to ensure that Marie Curie Nurses can continue to provide care and support to people living with a terminal illness, at a time when they need it most. Together we can make every daffodil count this March!” Sophie Wallace Community Fundraiser, Marie Curie said: “We are calling on the people of Rutland to help us make every daffodil count this year. All you have to do is encourage people to give a donation and wear a daffodil pin, it’s that simple. So round up your friends, family and colleagues and together we can help Marie Curie Nurses provide vitals hands on care and emotional support to people living with a terminal illness, and their loved ones.”

Team Anstey Amblers and Runners – Junior Section Our Junior section is up and running now, but we still have space for more children who would like to come along. Who is this for? Any children 12 years and above who wants to improve their fitness What will you do? We offer one hour of exercise in the gym at Martin High School, Anstey. Each week is different, and the focus is on you improving your fitness, having fun and meeting other people. You will have an hour of exercise which can include circuits; running exercises; bleep tests and in the warmer months, some running on the fields. How do you join? The first session is free, and then £3 per session after that, but please register your interest by contacting: or call Kim on 07736 315032 if you have any questions. This session is great fun, it is led by qualified coaches and the helpers are regular runners with Team Anstey

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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.

“Greys and Hastings – Families 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.

Talk by Dave Taylor

th October Perhaps the fascinating2015 was his account the at 7.30of p.m. Monday 19most attack on Heathcote’s mill in Loughborough on June 28th 1816. There was great resentment among the workers and machine breaking was widespread. They were called “Luddites” after a character called Ned Ludd (who may or may not have been an actual person}. About 200 rioters attacked the factory in Mill Street, Loughborough (now Market Street} with hammers and crowbars, destroying all the machinery.

Woodhouse Eaves Village Hall

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.

Throughout much of history the rivalry between the Grey and H The annual walk, which snakes around the city centre, has a theme of myths been a feature ofand the story of the East Midlands. We will be tra magic and has raised more than £250,000 since it first launched in 2010. LOROS who lived towards in a house onthe Leicester coming to tosee prominence ofHeathcote, both families endRoad, of the l Fundraising Co-ordinator Laura Fitzsawyer, said: “I’m overwhelmed that we’ve Loughborough, was not hurt and may have taken already had such a fantastic response to this year’s Twilight Walk. through Tudor Times, the English Civilpassage War,beneath the Restoration refuge in a “secret” the house. It is an “Last year, we had a total of around 1,050 walkers and to be so close to this after just one month is incredible.

still there!

That spelled the end of lacemaking in Loughborough.

Beginning with the link with the set Ferrers Heathcote up a newfamily factory atwhich Tiverton brought in Devon. th Many of his former workers went to Tiverton, prominence and the relationship between the ill fated some LordofHas them walking the 200 miles to the new mill. “We’re hoping the sign-up rate continues over the next couple of months, which will Richard lll we will chart the fluctuating fortunes of the two famil Heathcote and his partner Boden (ancestor of the mean this will be the most successful Twilight Walk to date.” well known company of today) prospered in l, of the Hastings Earl of clothing Huntingdon under Elizabeth Starting and ending at Leicester City’s King Power stadium, the army of women“puritan” walk Tiverton but lacemaking also moved to Nottingham a total of 10km, through the city, in fancy dress. Speaking about last year’s event, Grey fortunes under James through the taking of opposite sid and tol Calais in France. Gaynor Adcock, who took part in memory of her dad, Roger, said: “There was a big War, the later for fading into of Was both families. Tony isrelative still diggingobscurity for further facts. there a Ned group of us that took part, we had such good fun and raisedto a lot of money a “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.

local and good cause.”

Ludd in Anstey? How many rioters were hung?

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

The same families turn up again and again in this fascinating story; not least the Wests who were the actual ancestors of our speaker, Tony Jarram.

Members are free. Guests are welcome, £3 at the door. Refres

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

Further information Peter Bertram 01162 100 572

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