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A Charnwood Heritage Plaque has been unveiled to commemorate local historian Lord Macaulay of Rothley.


The plaque was revealed at Rothley Court Hotel at a ceremony held on October 25, 2019 which would have been Lord Macaulay’s 219th birthday.Lord Macaulay was a British politician, historian, essayist, author and colonial administrator.

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Charnwood Borough Council launched the plaque scheme last year to mark people, places and events in Charnwood’s history.


The Mayor of Charnwood, Cllr Brenda Seaton said: “It was an honour to attend the unveiling of the plaque to commemorate Lord Macaulay of Rothley.

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“The Charnwood Heritage Plaque scheme is a way of acknowledging the history of the borough and I look forward to seeing many more installed across Charnwood.”


Peter Lewis, who chairs a panel which leads the plaque scheme, said: “It’s great to see the heritage plaque in place at Rothley Court Hotel just below the room where Lord Macaulay was born all those years ago.

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“The aim of the scheme is to ensure people know about the borough’s history and we’re now looking for more suggestions for future plaques.


“We commemorate not just people but events and local places that are significant in the story of our towns and villages, so I’d encourage people to submit their nominations with supporting evidence.”


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It is the third plaque which has been installed in Charnwood to honour interesting people, places and events which have a connection to the history and culture of our borough. Last year two plaques were unveiled in Loughborough, one to honour the 158 Logistics Regiment and 203 Transport Squadron and the other marked the centenary of the First World War.


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Past Club Champion, John Hardwick, photographed presenting the trophy to Dylan, presented the trophy to the club in 1999 and has refereed the event for the last twenty years and is a keen ambassador and supporter of junior golf at the club. On the way to the final Dylan beat Charlie Roulston, Hannah Garner-Stephens and Archie Gardner. Harry meanwhile came through the other half of the draw beating Elliott Izard and Eric Walker on his way to the final. Dylan, who lives in Montsorrel, joined Rothley Park aged 7 and has enjoyed being a member of the lively junior section for the last 9 years. He is the current junior Vice Captain so next year will be the club’s Junior Captain. He has had a very successful golfing season winning the Mugs Cup, the Adult/ Junior Foursomes partnered by his father Phil, the net prize in the Centenary Eclectic with a nett 48 and the Scratch prize in The Morton Cup again partnered by his Dad and the Junior Knockout Trophy. Rothley Park’s PGA Professional, Katie Tebbet, runs a very successful Junior Coaching Academy and with a committee of club members organises a series of events and matches throughout the year. If you would like to know more about Junior Golf at the club please contact Katie on 1006 230 2809 or visit golf




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

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

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

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





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

So how can you donate? It’s really simple! Visit the website of Leicester’s Hospitals ( or Age UK ( to download and print a gift tag. Write your message on the gift tag and tick whether the gift is suitable for a man, suitable for a woman, or suitable for anyone. Attach the tag to a small gift bag containing unwrapped gifts such as lip balm, hand lotion, slipper socks, bed socks, biscuits, sweets, cereal bars, hot chocolate or coffee sachets, pens, pencils, and puzzle books. The websites have a full list of what could be donated and what we cannot accept. Take your gift bag/s to the main receptions at the Royal Infirmary, General or Glenfield Hospital or to any Age UK Leicester Shire & Rutland shop or resource centre in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland. Donations can be made throughout November and up until Friday 13th December 2019.

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

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

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Winter is a tricky time for gardeners. The days are short, the weather is often miserable and the jobs that need doing are largely messy and unappealing (picking up leaves, turning the compost heap, pruning that spiteful rose). But in the bleak midwinter comes the respite of the festive season, and what better opportunity to spread the good word of gardening? If you have loved ones who are yet to be turned on to all that is green and growing, here are some gift ideas to make this Christmas one to remember: Packets of seed make great stocking fillers; if you track down unusual vegetable seeds, you can really capture the imagination of young and old. Have a look for walking onions, purple carrots or the rather bizarre ‘celtuce’ – a stem of celery growing leaves of lettuce that taste like peas! For newbies who are keen to have a go but don’t know where to start, think about putting together a starter kit of essential garden tools. A good pair of secateurs are worth their weight in gold, while plastic leaf-grabbers are not only cheap but incredibly handy for all sorts of tasks. And there’s nothing they’ll use more than a decent hoe, which makes regular weeding a breeze. Winter is the time to plant bare-root soft fruit. Raspberries, currants and gooseberries will always be a welcome gift, or you could go for something more unusual (but just as delicious!) like jostaberries or loganberries. Forget a white Christmas - your recipient will be dreaming of their own summer-ripened fruit!

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Charnwood Voices invite you to join them for a musical celebration of Christmas on Saturday 21st December at Frederick Street United Reform Church in Loughborough LE11 3BH.

present: Tuesday, December 12th at 7.30 p.m. MEMBERS CHRISTMAS MEETING. Tuesday, January 14th at 7.30 p.m. A YEAR IN THE LIFE OF A TOUR GUIDE by Neil Glenn. Neal who hails from Nottinghamshire has been a keen birdwatcher since his childhood. He is a freelance journalist and author of the ‘’Best Birdwatching Sites’’ series of books. He is also a tour leader for Avian Adventures. He will take us into the life of a tour leader, of his adventures and its trials and tribulations. The Rothley Centre, 12, Mountsorrel Lane, LE7 7PR. Members are free. Visitors £3. Ample free car parking on site. New members and visitors are always welcome.

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Amazing assistance dog charity close to finishing â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;centre of excellenceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; in Osgathorpe OSGATHORPE based national charity, Canine Partners, is in the final stages of developing the first centre in the midlands for training assistance dogs. The charity, which trains amazing assistance dogs to transform the lives of people with physical disabilities across the UK, is working hard to complete a brand new kennel block, which could help the charity to train and partner three times as many dogs. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The end is in sight to complete the new kennel building, which will house up to 40 dogs in training and will also include a veterinary room, kitchen and outdoor runs, giving us space to allow our dogs to rest between training sessions,â&#x20AC;? says Richard Smith, Director of Operations at Canine Partners. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are the only charity in the UK with a Midlands Training Centre providing assistance dogs for people with physical disabilities and the new kennels will enable even more life-changing partnerships to be formed.â&#x20AC;? Canine Partners trains amazing assistance dogs to transform the lives of people with disabilities, boosting their confidence and independence. The dogs are taught a range of everyday tasks including picking up and fetching items, opening doors and helping to undress a person. They can even help to load and unload a washing machine and they can fetch help in an emergency. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are proud to be building this centre of excellence so that we can provide even more specialist training here in the Midlands. It will give the opportunity for more local people to apply for a canine partner where in the West Midlands alone, there are more than 13,000 people registered as disabled,â&#x20AC;? says Richard. â&#x20AC;&#x153;By supporting and donating to our â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Raise the Woofâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; kennel appeal, you are helping us to move our amazing dogs in to their new kennels in the Spring of 2020 so that we can transform more lives for years to come.â&#x20AC;? Find out more about how you can support the Raise the Woof appeal by visiting

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Woof Competition n Can you ďŹ nd amazing ama ing assistance dog Lucas? Find Lucas in this edition and be in the chance to win some goodies from national assistance dog charity Canine Partnerrs, including a Canine Partners 2020 Calendarr, a travel mug and da cute puppy toy. To T o enter, send the page you ďŹ nd Lucas on along with your name and phone number below:

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Raise the Woof! Canine Partners Midlands Training Centre Ashby Road, Osgathorpe, Leicestershire, LE12 9SR Terms and Conditions 1. The competition closes at midnight on n 30th November 2019 2. One entry per person. 3. No cash alternative for the prize will be given. 4.            gave when entering the competition and delivery of the prize will be arranged. 5.           will be chosen.

Lucas is one of the many amazing dogs trained by Osgath horpebased b d national ti l assistance i t d dog charity, h it C Canine i P Partners. t The charity, which trains amazing assistance dogs to transform the lives of people with physical disabilities across the UK, is currently building a new kennel block at its Midlands Trainin Centre which will house up to 40 dogs i training. This will enable even more lifetransforming partnerships to be formed

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The dogs are taught a range of everyday tasks including picking up and fetching items, opening doors and helping to undress a person. They can even help to load and unload a washing machine and they can fetch help in an emergency. They also provide emotiona and social beneďŹ ts to their partners, including boosting their conďŹ dence and independence. Donate to Canine Partnersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; kennel build today by visiting and choosing the Raise the e Woof option in the drop down menu.

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