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NEW CAPTAINS FOR THE NEW GOLFING YEAR Rothley Park Golf Club is pleased to introduce its elected captains for the 2018 golfing year. Men’s Captain, Paul Roberts, joined the club as a junior member with his brother Matthew in 1983. “It is a great honour to be Men’s Captain of Rothley Park G.C. in a year when we will see major changes on both the course and in the structure and management of the club. These are exciting times. The hard work and time invested in research and specialist advice will develop and improve the club over the next twelve months. We have attracted a significant number of new members and I look forward to building on our established foundations and welcoming all our new members into both social and competitive golf, such that they feel truly part of our great club in every way. “My chosen charity for 2018 is the Jamaica National Children’s Home which I visited with my mother-in-law, who was a director of the home for five years. She tasked with turning around a struggling and underfunded but vital institution which now accommodates 80 children, nearly half of whom have severe and multiple physical disabilities. I am sure I can rely on everyone’s support in raising a significant sum of money to help JNCH continue its important work.” The 2018 Ladies Captain is Kim Turner. Kim has been a member of Rothley Park for over twenty years. “Rothley Park has one of the largest ladies sections in the county and is attracting many younger ladies that I believe is due to forward thinking by the club providing business ladies with the freedom to play and compete in competition at weekends. My personal aim this year is to encourage more people to enjoy the game especially children and teenagers and, of course, I would love to win lots of league matches and get my handicap down! I also enjoy the huge social aspect of the club; we have a great variety of events. “The ladies are always very supportive of each Captain’s chosen charity and my charity for the year is Dementia UK, raising money for the first Admiral nurse for Leicestershire. An Admiral nurse cares for not only dementia sufferers but also the families of those affected and at present Leicestershire is sadly lacking.” Senior Men’s Captains is Anthony Johnson. He joined Rothley Park in 2012 along with his brother Eric who will be Senior Men’s Captain next year. “I’ve been playing golf for about 20 years but never on a consistent basis due to various work and personal commitments. I’ve always admired Rothley Park as a club and was delighted when the opportunity arose to join. “Playing with the seniors really is such a thoroughly enjoyable experience, getting to meet so many people from so many different backgrounds makes for an interesting and light hearted atmosphere. Games, however, are always competitive and can get serious at times, but always the main emphasis is on enjoying the experience of playing golf which, for me personally, is what it’s all about.” This year’s Junior Captain is sixteen-year-old Ben Spillane. Ben lives in Rothley and is a student at Loughborough Grammar School. Ben is an excellent golfer and joined Rothley Park when he was nine. He will be an enthusiastic captain of the club’s thriving junior section. If you would like to know more about joining Rothley Park Golf Club please contact the clubmanager@rothleypark.co.uk or ring 0116 230 2809.

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

Travel Talk Presentation Why not become an armchair traveller for the evening, Sue Ablett will be presenting another of her illustrated talks. This time on Japan – Land of the Rising Sun Friday March 2nd at 7.30pm Wanlip Community Hall, Church Road Wanlip LE7 4PJ Tickets £4 including refreshments from Beryl McHugh Tel: 2674913

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Imps become heart safe with help from Joe’s Trust A COMMUNITY football club for junior players has become ‘heart safe’ by installing a defibrillator and providing training for club members, coaches and parents. Rothley Imps Juniors FC, based at Fowke Street Recreational Park in the village, has been working closely on the project with the Joe Humphries Memorial Trust (JHMT). More than 170 children play football for the Rothley Imps Juniors, from under-6s to under-16s. Heart charity JHMT works to raise awareness of conditions like sudden arrhythmic death syndrome (SADS), which can affect anyone at any time, particularly seemingly fit and healthy young people. About 12 young people aged 12-35 die each week in the UK from an undiagnosed heart condition like SADS. The charity was set up in memory of Rothley teenager Joe Humphries, who died, aged just 14, while out on a run near his home. As part of its work, JHMT helps to provide funding for community sports clubs to install defibrillators, and arranges for free CPR and defibrillator training. Marc Jagger from Rothley Imps said: “Working closely with the JHMT we applied for a British Heart Foundation sponsored defib. We have installed this on the clubhouse outer wall. “This is a busy park for dog walkers, children and parents and is close to housing and shops. We wanted to ensure the defib was accessible 24/7. “JHMT has been superb, supporting us throughout the process. We fondly remember Joe’s time playing with the Rothley Imps Juniors. “The JHMT’s Alan Harrison-White, a retired cardiac nurse and father of one of our under-16 team players, has provided multiple training sessions on the defibrillator to parents and coaches.   “All of this has really helped spread awareness of SADS and gives peace of mind to all connected with the club, should the worst should ever happen. We’re delighted with having a defibrillator on site and we love spreading the word to our visiting teams so that every club will eventually have one.” For more information on the JHMT, visit the website www.jhmt.org.uk. You can also follow the JHMT on Facebook or Twitter: facebook.com/JHMTorguk - twitter.com/JHMTorguk

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Primary school children learn CPR skills with the help of local charity CHILDREN at Rothley C of E Primary Academy have been learning vital CPR skills with the help of a local charity. Year 6 children (aged 10-11) at Rothley C of E Primary Academy welcomed Alan Harrison-White, from heart charity the Joe Humphries Memorial Trust (JHMT), who came in to teach them more about how to react in an emergency situation. The school has recently paid to have a new defibrillator fitted, with half of the funding coming from the British Heart Foundation. The JHMT provided funding for the external defibrillator cabinet which has allowed the unit to be fitted outside, near the school entrance.

(l-r) Dr. Mike Ferguson from JHMT, Kate Barrs (school deputy headteacher), Edward Argar (MP for Charnwood), Alan Harrison White from JHMT, Jackie Warner, (school business manager) and Charles Poole from JHMT.

Alan taught the children a mnemonic to help remember the steps they need to take in dealing with an emergency situation. They discussed who is the most important person at the scene, what to do if you don’t have a phone to call the emergency services and how to put a breathing casualty into the recovery position. Following this, Alan showed the children how to perform chest compressions on a non-breathing casualty, allowing them plenty of time to practise their new skills. Finally, he demonstrated how to use a defibrillator and demonstrated how easy it is to use one. All the children then had the opportunity to practise using the defib. Alan Harrison-White from the JHMT said: “Our message is that everyone can be involved in saving a life. From the age of about 10, children can learn how to use a defibrillator. Younger children can learn how they can help to raise the alarm if someone collapses. It’s really important that we embed life-saving skills from a really early age because sudden cardiac death isn’t inevitable, it’s preventable.” Helping to create the next generation of lifesavers could help to change the shocking statistic that in Britain, 12 young people aged 12-35 years old die each week from undiagnosed heart problems. Year six teacher Alex McLugash said: “The 59 children who took part over the fortnight Alan was in school all gained so much from the experience and we would all like to thank him, and the Joe Humphries Memorial Trust, for the opportunity to develop 59 new life savers in our community. “This project will now become an annual event, seeing each new year 6 cohort learn the vital basic lifesaving skills.”  Deputy headteacher Kate Barrs said: “We’re really pleased to have a new defibrillator at school and very grateful to the Joe Humphries Memorial Trust for their assistance with this project. It has also presented us with a good opportunity to find out more about sudden heart deaths and how they can affect young people, and to address this topic, sensitively, with our pupils.”

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A Cottage Garden Year Our meetings for 2018 began with an enjoyable virtual wander around Mr Graham Jackson’s garden, which once used to be part of the Bradgate Park estate. He began by showing us a photo of his cottage, taken in about 1930, which was built for the Groby quarry workers, probably around the time of Richard the Third, with additions during Cromwell’s Commonwealth. Building work in modern times revealed an old shoe and a mummified cat inside the walls, plus some old French and English coins. He is fortunate to have a mainly south-facing garden, and has certainly made use of every opportunity to plant something interesting and often colourful. We began by admiring his Elaeagnus (pronounced Ely Agnes) shrub, whose leaves provide colour at the start of the year, and his Early Sensation daffodils which can even be in flower on New Year’s Day. Another shrub, “Midwinter Fire”, created a wonderful burst of colour against the snow in his picture. Witch hazel (Hamamelis) flowers are often yellow, but Mr Jackson has a red-flowering kind. In addition to snowdrops, which come in a multitude of varieties, the Elephant’s Ears

begonia is very striking with its large maroon leaves (please see Caution at end). Following the progress of the garden into February, he said that his Lattifolia muscari or grape hyacinth adds a welcome touch of blue alongside the whites and yellows of other plants, and this variety fortunately does not seed everywhere. As the March weather begins to herald spring, there were hellebores and lungworts in several colours. He is a great believer in planting lots of different things together and it seems to work. Later we were shown more examples of how difficult or odd patches in the garden can be used successfully, even small pockets or corners. Alongside his shed he had white and purple frittilaria in bloom, and he explained that this is a wet meadow plant which enjoys the raindrops coming off the shed roof. Primroses also like damp conditions. In April there is the asphodel “King’s Spear”. This usually grows on cliff tops and demands a sunny, well drained position. Mr Jackson has roses underplanted with later-flowering daffodils, different colours of auricula (like a primrose), aquilegia and forget-me-not. He and his wife noticed that their garden

contained not only drystone walls of slate and granite, but also some curved bricks, which turned out to belong to an old well. It used to supply the families in his cottage and another one nearby. There is still water in it, which they use for the garden. When they had some excavations done prior to building an extension, they found clay under the topsoil. On making enquiries about obtaining more granite to stabilise the embankment created, they discovered that the quarrying has stopped at Groby and they had to import what they needed from as far away as Markfield! His photographs showed how the retaining wall was made from gabions (wire mesh baskets) filled up with pieces of granite. This gave them the chance to put Alpine plants into any niche alongside their stone steps. They tried making a lawn in a small corner, but it was hard to control and more plants were the answer. Weeding can be hard work. There was a lovely peony plant in bloom, and a “bleeding hearts” fuchsia. Mr Jackson said that they had tried making a patio, but realised later that sitting there meant they were on a slope. Now they prefer to sit elsewhere and admire the phlox and the flame tulips, a particular favourite of theirs. Even in the vegetable garden at the back, Mr Jackson grows unusual things, like a variegated horseradish plant. Ferns do well in shady spots. There is a winter-flowering cherry which can have pink or white blossoms. He

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He showed us a picture of his beautiful lilac tree, which came from one piece donated by friends. There were some red hot poker plants too. As May and June bring the summer he looks forward to the appearance of a Siberian iris, which is mostly blue and white, and is very hardy. “Iris” was the Greek god of the rainbow. There were some polemoniums or Jacob’s ladder, and a big clump of dahlias, which are apparently edible and taste like cucumber …! In midsummer, there is pink phlox and the Lucifer montbretia, pear trees fruiting, and Golden Rod which has striking yellow blooms but can spread like a weed. One very good plant is geraniums, which like either sun or shade, and the leaf resembles sage. If you want a really massive plant then try the New Zealand flax or phormium, but it needs frequent cutting back or it takes over. Mr Jackson and his wife had a letter from a lady who was an evacuee in the cottage during the war. She specifically asked whether the clump of white peonies was still there, which it was, and later paid them a visit. It had been a lovely memory for her. Peonies come

in other shades and can be single or double flowers. One has a name difficult to pronounce (mlokosewitschii), so people refer to it as “Molly the Witch”!

There are sedums, whose flowers attract insects, ornamental grasses and cyclamen plants. He said he would show us a photo of some “Naked Ladies”, which made us sit up in our chairs, but these are actually an autumn crocus or Colchicum where the leaves die off before the flower appears, and it can suffer in bad or windy weather.

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During October and November the Michaelmas daisy appears. I remember these from Harvest Festivals in my home village. He mentioned a fuchsia with tiny flowers (“Mönch” or Monk), which can grow to between six inches and six feet but needs supporting stakes. There was a lovely picture of some hardy pink chrysanthemums called “Clara”, which can come in various colours.

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CAUTION: Please note that many plants can be harmful or even fatal to children or pets, and it is best to take professional advice when buying something new. Even tiny amounts of any part of a lily including pollen, for instance, are fatal to cats, and owners should never risk exposing their animals to this flower. There is a website called www.petpoisonhelpline.com which might be worth noting, and animal charities can often provide you with lists of dangerous plants. If a child or pet shows symptoms of poisoning then call the doctor or vet immediately.

A most unusual tree in their garden is a type of quince, with pale pink flowers. As August gives way to September the fruits appear, hard as stones, but they have successfully made quince jelly using a pressure cooker.

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Finally, Mr Jackson said that, if asked how big his garden is, he can only say that when they bought the cottage it was expressed in rods, roods or perches! For those of us who are a bit rusty about the medieval system of land measurement, he estimates that it is around one-fifth of an acre. We had all enjoyed a lovely afternoon, and gave him a warm round of applause.

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