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Sileby, Mountsorrel, Seagrave, Cossington, Rothley, Thurcaston & Cropston Edi on 20,000 Copies delivered by Royal Mail & GPS Tracked Distribu on team every two months

Issue 19 Oct/November 2013


This month’s edi on delivered in October by Royal Mail to all 7,274 addresses in LE12 7: Sileby, Mountsorrel, Seagrave and Cossington, plus 3,000 addresses by GPS Tracked Distributers in Rothley, Thurcaston & Cropston plus further copies available in libraries, pubs, surgeries, tourist informa on centres, newsagents, Great Central Railway sta ons and major places of interest Next month’s edi on delivered in November by Royal Mail to all 6,086 addresses in LE12 8: Barrow upon Soar, Quorn, Walton on the Wolds, Woodhouse Eaves, Woodhouse and Swithland, plus 3090 addresses by GPS Tracked Distributers in Hathern, Su on Bonington, Zouch, Burton on the Wolds, Long Wha on, Hoton, Cotes, Prestwold, Normanton & Stanford on Soar plus further copies available in libraries, pubs, surgeries, tourist informa on centres, newsagents, Great Central Railway sta ons and major places of interest.

Free Compe on Win a Wine Cooler Recipes Country Walk Puzzles What’s On Trades & Services

See back page and page 44 Copy deadline for November Tuesday 22nd October

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The March of Progress There seems to exist a paradox with progress. Certainly there are polarised viewpoints, opposing camps, if you like, especially when you throw in the climate change argument that suggests it’s all our fault with our insa able appe te for burning energy. Nedd Ludd, born and bred on the fringes of our own Soar Valley lent his name to the pioneers of progress halters, smashing stocking frames by the score in the hope of preserving jobs and stopping the march of progress. Whilst looking up a few interes ng facts for the feature I was wri ng for Mellee Crea ons (Page 20) I discovered that patents for a mechanised sewing machine were taken out some 50 years before its introduc on. But the inventor chose not to develop his ideas because he felt it would lead to mass unemployment and inevitable poverty. But the reality was, when Isaac Merri Singer introduced his falling shu le locks tch treadle sewing machine in the second half of the 19th century, within twenty years many mes more people were employed in clothing manufacture worldwide than ever before. Clearly there were many factors brought to bear on that massive rise, but in no way did the mechanisa on of sewing bring about unemployment ­ exactly the opposite in fact! Sure, not all progress has the same effect, but most of it does. As I see it, mechanisa on, automa on, and technology help people make things more efficiently. Efficiency lowers costs, lower priced products create bigger markets, bigger markets mean more sales, more sales means more jobs, more jobs means more people with money to spend, more people… and so on. Our own Soar Valley Life would not have been possible 25 years ago; it would have been far too expensive to produce and print and then deliver to more than 10,000 homes and businesses every month without having to charge a cover price. Digital technology, computers, desk top publishing so ware and the internet have transformed the media world almost beyond recogni on. And it is here where there’s another paradox: Soar Valley Life progresses; it seems that people s ll love to have the printed word delivered to their door. We have seen back to back record months, more adver sers with each issue, more features, more pages, more interest and now more copies too ­ last month we went to LE12 5 in the north of our region and this month into LE7 7 in the south, making a combined distribu on of more than 20,000! Oh yes, and from now on we are using the very latest technology to make sure Soar Valley Life goes exactly where we say it does. Our core distribu on will s ll be handled by the Royal Mail un l December, but our new areas will be delivered by teams of distributors who each carry a small GPS tracking device, mapping and recording their posi on every few seconds on Google Earth. We think our march of progress is certainly a posi ve one. And don’t just take our word for it: we’ve been shortlisted for the award of The Best New Magazine 2012/13 at the Independent Magazine Publishers’ Conference held this month. We’ll let you know next month if we’ve won!

Steve & Mary Johns

Editors ­ Soar Valley Life Page 2

Seedhead Sundown © Rebecca Soanes 1st September 2013 – Linton, Derbyshire. “It was a par cularly stunning sunset that evening so I went for a different perspec ve and used the seedheads as a contrast against the sunset to show up its fantas c colours"

Contents Poor Eyesight and Visual Impairment Create Holiday Style in Your Home Employed or Self­Employed? Quiz – Halloween Mind­full? Quick Crossword Easy Sudoku Compe on ­ Win a Wine Cooler A S tch in Time Recipe – Chilli Chicken Stew October Anniversary Recipe ­ Cherry Fudge Costco Leicester All Change by Phillip Mark McGough Moss Solicitors Lend a Helping Hand Walking – Grimston Tunnel Around Britain – Famous Trees Spot the Difference The Rolls Royce of Kindergartens? Photography Tips by Rebecca Soanes Posture by Paula Reed The Pla orm Cafe – Greenacres Cruising all the way to Stardom What’s On Answers to Puzzles

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Copyright © Fantas c State Limited trading as Soar Valley Life. The Publisher reserves and controls all rights to the work presented in this magazine. Any applica on for any use of any of the work, features, adver sements, quota ons, photographs, images or other work within this publica on must be made directly to the publisher. No part of this publica on may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmi ed, in any form by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise, without the prior permission of the publisher.

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Soar Valley Life Trades and Services Builders Merchants John A Stephens


Child Care and Educa on Kumon Maths and English Tutoring Parkside Nursery School Rothley Park Kindergarten Starlight Theatre School

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Clothing and Accessories Baby Gosling Happily Ever A er Brides Mellee Crea ons Smartly S tch Tailors

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Entertainment A all the Way Discos Great Central Railway

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Hair and Beauty Hair and Nails at Home


Health Care Ac vity 4all Charnwood Hearing Aid Centre Gareth Hudson – Foot Health Professional Oooh... My Feet Reed Wellbeing ­ Complementary Health Vintage Soul Studio Visual Answers Op cians / Optometrists Walk­in Physio Ltd

Woodside Animal Centre Bradley and Benson CP Accountancy Ltd Moss Solicitors Rebecca Soanes Photography

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Residen al Care

Informa on is included in our What’s On sec on subject to space being available. Whilst every care has been taken to ensure that the data in this publica on is accurate, Soar Valley Life cannot be held responsible for any errors or omissions and neither do we endorse companies or adver sers or their products and services appearing in this magazine.

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Pet Care

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Home and Garden A 2 Z Cleaning Services Absolute Window Solu ons Limited Acacia Curtains and Blinds AMW Kitchens Bradgate Forestry Firewood Bunny Appliance Warehouse Carpets of Choice Charnwood Tree Services Colourful Blinds DCI Kitchens Delta Aerials

Fab Plumbing GPS Plumbing & Hea ng Harrison Landscaping Hollyoak Wooden Floor Restora on Instant Cleaning Services KR Electrical Lakes An ques & House Clearance LockXpert Lo Storage Solu ons Melton Glass Mr B Property & Garden Maintenance Neil Philips Interiors Richard Watson Painter and Decorator SJS Professional Carpet Cleaner Soar Valley Aerials The Chimney Doc The Oven Cleaning Company Whelband Windows


Professional Services 27 8 35 40

Pubs, Restaurants & Catering Greenacres Pla orm Cafe Green’s Loughborough Ltd The Free Trade Inn The Queen Victoria The Swan Inn The White Horse Inn Yasmin’s Indian Restaurant The Abbeyfield

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Sports and Leisure Aqua Fitness Cyclops Cycles

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Motoring and Travel Charnwood Airport Taxis Mr P’s Driving School

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Poor Eye Sight and Visual Impairment by

Mohammed Bhojani

The majority of people with blurry vision have this easily resolved with the prescribing of appropriate glasses, or some mes with the help of medicines or surgery. Optometrist Mohammed Bhojani explains more about those people who may have low vision... There are individuals that may have reduced vision on one or both eyes that cannot be improved with normal glasses and this is commonly described as having low vision. Sta s cs show there are over 6000 people in Leicestershire alone that have been registered as sight impaired or par ally sighted; but it is es mated that there may be over 3000 more that currently have low vision to the extent that they struggle to do everyday tasks such as ge ng about, cooking, crossing roads safely and reading. These people may benefit from support and advice, including the supply of special equipment & training to manage their daily tasks be er, thereby reducing the feeling of distress, isola on and frustra on.

hand magnifiers through to telescopes and the latest electronic devices. Optometrists can offer free NHS eye tests to those people who have been registered as sight impaired. Specialist optometrists can also offer advice on ligh ng and supply appropriate devices as well as organise referral to free rehabilita on services, free home assessments and support, as well as referral to other healthcare professionals if necessary. If you feel that you or a family member would benefit from an eye exam and appropriate guidance or referral, please contact us on 01509 416800 (Barrow Prac ce) or 01509 414151 (Quorn Prac ce) for an appointment or for more informa on. Mohammed Bhojani is the principal optometrist at Visual Answers Op cians based in Quorn and Barrow upon Soar.

The degree of this visual problem varies between individuals and depends on their own par cular eye condi on. There is now a huge range of low vision aids available, from simple Page 4

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Employed or Self­employed? If you are thinking of taking on a worker it is extremely important to determine their employment status correctly. If you make a mistake it could prove costly in extra tax and na onal insurance payments together with possible interest and payments being charged by HM Revenue & Customs... A worker can be employed or self employed whether they are full­ me, part­ me, temporary or permanent. Employment status is based on fact and someone is not necessarily self­ employed just because they chose to be. As a very brief guide, an employee will be told what work to do, how to do it and when to do it. They will also be paid a regular wage for a set number of hours and have a right to holiday pay.

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Quiz ­ Halloween 1. In Stephen King’s novel It, Pennywise was the name of a monster who disguised himself as what? 2. If your birthday was on Halloween, what would your star sign be? 3. On Sesame Street, what colour is the Cookie Monster’s fur? 4. How does the Wicked Witch of the East die at the start of the 1939 film The Wizard Of Oz? 5. What is the only American state that does not contain any le ers from the word “Halloween” in its name? 6. Found on the island of Madagascar, what animal is named a er a type of ghost or spirit from Roman mythology due to its reflec ve eyes, nocturnal habits and a ghostly sound that some species make? 7. What word from the NATO phone c alphabet is also the first name of Doctor Frankenstein in Mary Shelley’s famous novel? 8. In which 1999 film does Cole Sear say “I see dead people”? 9. True or False... Vampire bats feed on blood? 10 Which 1990s film features the character of Jack Skellington, the Pumpkin King of HalloweenTown? Answers on page 47

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Mind­full? In this busy, busy world we live in, with all its stresses and pressure to get this done or that sorted and informa on bombarding us from all sides, it’s no wonder many of us o en feel overwhelmed by everyday life... It’s all too easy to become concerned because we ran out of me, le something unfinished, promised to get in touch and forgot to ring back, or start to worry about something we have to do being unsure how we’re going to manage. Research shows that many of us go through each and every day with our minds full of what we’ve done or what we have yet to do. Not many of us give ourselves the luxury of understanding and enjoying the present moment. Yet, if we heed the words of the great T.S. Eliot from his work ‘Four Quartets’ ­

“Time past and me future; what might have been and what has been point to one end, which is always present…” ­ then we had be er make the most of now! But how on earth do we do that? Recently I met with Lyndsey, Holis c Therapist and Medita on Coach at Vintage Soul­u on at her studios in Syston. She took me through the simple, yet very effec ve Mind Calm technique. I have to admit I was a bit scep cal about medita on ­ most likely because I could never get my mind to slow down enough or to sit s ll for long enough to give it half a chance! Lyndsey explained, “Mind Calm is a modern­day medita on technique that gives people what we call 'peace with mind'. Instead of having to fix, change and improve their thoughts,

emo ons, body and life circumstances BEFORE peace is possible, Mind Calm can help people to live more in the present moment and engage with life in a more consciously aware way. By using Mind Calm people develop the new habit of thinking less and living in the present; o en becoming more aware of the 's ll and silent' presence of their inner consciousness ­ which is a key to feeling calmer, more confident and content in daily life.” The session took about an hour and was one of the most relaxing and beneficial therapy sessions I’ve ever known. I came away calm and at peace; the sun was shining, ducks were splashing in the brook outside the studios and the world seemed a more orderly and peaceful place...

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Hair & Nails@Home


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A s tch in me... The first use of a needle­type device to bind two pieces of material together was most likely during the Stone age ­ Palaeolithic period ­ and was probably made from animal bone which would have been honed and sharpened on a stone... The eyed needle appeared in the fourteenth century and the first metal needle about a century a er that. Sewing machine patents began to be applied for towards the end of the 18th Century, but it would take another hundred years before the first really successful locks tch sewing machine transformed sewing into the fast­s tch mechanised process we s ll use today. The most famous of these was the American made Singer Sewing Machine, and up un l about thirty or so years ago, most homes possessed one. Melanie Russell of Mellee Crea ons, recently moved to Barrow upon Soar, has had a life long love of tex les and sewing.

“Ever since I was a li le girl I’ve loved making clothes, cushions, curtains, appliqué pictures ­ anything with a needle and thread, really. I enjoy working with an que and vintage fabrics to make something unique and individual; to transform an idea into reality, whether it is altering a piece of clothing into a new design or simply re­using cloth from an old dress or curtain to incorporate into cushions or other unique crea ve projects. I par cularly love the fashion of the 1950s, an era of much femininity, which has led me to specialise in custom made affordable dresses, from a child’s size upwards. Clients can have their very own ‘one­off’ design ­ far removed from the mass produc on you find on the high street.” Just a few of the clever ideas which Melanie has turned into reality are pictured here.

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1 tbsp of the oil in a large, deep 1 Heat flameproof casserole and fry the onion and

garlic for 5 minutes un l so ened and golden. Add the chilli pepper (if using) and chicken pieces and cook over a medium heat, s rring all the me, un l the chicken pieces are lightly browned all over, adding a li le extra oil if needed.

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and 200ml water and bring to the boil. Season well with salt and freshly ground black pepper then reduce the heat, par ally cover and simmer for 40 minutes, s rring occasionally.

3 Add the kidney beans and diced peppers to the casserole and simmer, uncovered, for a further 20­25 mins un l the peppers are tender and some of the liquid has reduced. Serve in mugs or bowls with chunks of warm crusty bread.


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Ingredients: • 1­2 tbsp sunflower oil • 1 large onion, peeled and cut into chunks • 2 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed • 1 small red chilli pepper, deseeded and finely chopped(op onal) • 6 large skinless chicken fillets, cut into pieces • 2 x 400g can chopped tomatoes • 2 tbsp sun­dried tomato puree • 2 tsp dried oregano • 1 x 400g can kidney beans in chilli sauce • 1 red, 1 green and 1 yellow pepper, deseeded and diced • Salt and freshly ground black pepper • Warm crusty bread, to serve

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October Anniversary October 6th 1888: Edison patents the Kinetoscope October 6th 1927: Warner Bros release The Jazz Singer In the 1880s, inventors almost everywhere were trying to develop a more commercial variety of the magic lantern, which had been popular as a party novelty and fairground sideshow for genera ons. They mostly seem to have known what their compe tors were up to, and if they heard of an idea they thought promising... they just stole it. Take the Lumière brothers. Their combined camera and projector, the Cinématographe, was actually invented by Léon Bouly and when he couldn’t afford to renew the patent, the brothers took it for themselves. Furthermore an inven on by Charles Emile Reynaud ­ perforated celluloid film – was also appropriated by the brothers despite a patent being in force. They showed their first film, the 49­second long Workers Leaving the Factory, in December 1895. By 1895, though, the great American inventor Thomas Edison had already been cheerfully profi ng from other people’s ideas for seven years. In February 1888 he was approached by the English photographer Eadweard (no, really!) Muybridge with the idea of moun ng s lls on a phonograph cylinder. Edison told Muybridge it was imprac cal, and on 6th

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October filed a pre­emp ve patent for the idea of – guess what – moun ng s lls on a phonograph cylinder. The Kinetoscope wasn’t that prac cal, though; the breakthrough came the following year when Eastman Kodak patented celluloid film on reels. Even Edison couldn’t steal from Kodak. Kinetoscope films had to be watched one viewer at a me on a peep­show device, the Kinetograph – basically a What the Butler Saw machine – developed by Edison technician William Dickson, who wasn’t above a bit of plagiarism himself. Dickson was approached by an inventor called Woodville Latham for advice on making the Eidoloscope, which projected the pictures on to a proper screen. Dickson took the idea, rechristened it the Mutoscope, and set up his own company. Edison hit back with Projectoscope, which was essen ally the same idea, and the movie industry was born. 39 years later, moviegoers at the Warner Theatre in Times Square, New York, were stunned to hear Al Jolson say: “Wait a minute! Wait a minute! You ain’t heard nothing yet!” Jolson was a major star of musical theatre, and plenty of the guests at that evening’s premiere were more than familiar with the sound of his voice. But this was a

movie – The Jazz Singer – and it was the first custom­made talkie in history. It was a sensa on. Warner Brothers had been developing the Vitaphone for some me and on October 7th 1926, released a recording of part of Jolson’s stage act. The Vitaphone was pre y crude: as each scene was filmed the dialogue was simply recorded onto a 16­inch shellac disc, and if the cinema projec onist dropped the needle on to the right place at the right me, then sound and mo on were synchronised. But a er just 20 plays the disc became impossibly scratched. RCA’s Photophone sound­on­film system was already welladvanced by the me The Jazz Singer came out and was officially launched the following year, making Warner’s Vitaphone obsolete almost overnight. So were silent movies: within two years of The Jazz Singer’s New York premiere, every studio in Hollywood was making only talkies. Finally, suppor ng an idea that October could be Movie Month: on 5th October 1962 the world first heard Sean Connery u er the immortal line: “My name ish Bond – Jamesh Bond.” The movie was Dr No, and if that’s not worth raising a vodka mar ni to, nothing is. By Ted Bruning

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All Change

Phillip Mark McGough

It is late August, and you can feel the world turning. From my kitchen window these past few days I have watched starlings ea ng apples straight off the tree, jostling and flu ering with one another for the best spot, like ungainly hummingbirds. I’ve seen starlings eat windfalls before, but never the fruit on the branch­ a rare sight in more ways than one, since starling numbers have plummeted over the past thirty years or so and the huge cyclone­like clouds of them that used to twist and wheel at dusk over the fields adjacent to my boyhood home in Nuthall are a thing of the past. All change... Other birds, other flocks: Geese of many kinds are already arriving at A enborough Nature Reserve, a gunshot or so from my house in Beeston, and you can hear them flying overhead Page 32

at all hours, exhausted having made the journey from Scandinavia, Siberia, even Greenland; at twilight these noisy immigrants form a ragged, asymmetrical “V” against the sunset, like the ck to a maths problem, calling all the while to one another, a sonic version of holding hands: “I am here­ are you?” Migra on is one of the natural world’s great wonders, though looking up the word just now I am surprised to learn there is no universally­accepted defini on of the phenomenon. There is, it turns out, only one universal: All change. In the garden something has been digging holes in the shady flowerbed where a peach tree, long gone, once grew. Now there is a plum tree. Lots of li le holes, maybe a colony of grubs. Whatever it is, it has turned that part of the lawn into a fraying rug. I rake earth over the damage and hope for the best. My children have been visi ng from France this month, and even as I write I see them gathering the plums, figh ng over whose turn it is to mount the stepladder. The plums are actually damsons, and this year’s crop is very good. I see buckets brimming with them already, and I remember that the damson was first introduced

to Britain by the Romans, who brought it from Syria. The damson was named for Damascus. Syria is in the news again of course, for unhappy reasons, which brings this all to mind. All change­ or just regime change? In fact, not a few of our most familiar plants are actually immigrants, too, like those geese arriving from the north. Researching this piece I discover that all 33 of our “na ve” trees are actually post­Ice Age imports, and even the DNA of the quintessen ally Bri sh oak indicates that it came originally from Iberia. So. The Royal Oak of England is a Spanish migrant. What place for certainty in such a world? And speaking of things that come and go from these shores to Europe, and back again, soon my children will return to France un l they next visit at Christmas. Each me they return they are that li le bit bigger, that li le bit smarter, and that li le bit closer to adulthood. All change. By the by, a robin was flicking around while I was raking over the earth in the shady flowerbed. Robins have a choice: They can migrate or stay put. In winter, many of our robins leave for southern France and Spain­ while thousands of con nental robins take their

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place and arrive from northern Europe. There is a sexual divide here, however. It is mainly the females who migrate, and mainly the males who stay put. The Christmas robin, then, is almost invariably a male, hanging on to his territory un l the spring. Deep in summer, spring is s ll a myth for the me being­ the earth is so superabundant it’s hard to imagine winter, let alone what comes a er winter. But it will come. All change. I look up, and see the bu erflies having their final fling in the garden before autumn. Those

apples I saw starlings squabbling over are falling faster and louder now, and the Red Admirals and even the odd Cabbage White are landing to make the most of this li le suburban harvest. The entomologists tell us that the bu erflies, high on the sugar from windfalls, can become drunk. Perhaps this explains why they let me approach so closely, as I do now, and marvel at their beauty and symmetry. And the red admiral, you guessed it, is also a migrant. Those that arrive here in the spring from Europe will die soon

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a er laying their eggs on the upper surface of s nging ne les. This means that the ones who delight me in my garden at the moment must be the children of these con nental travellers. In a few weeks they will be moving on to feed on one of the final flowers of the year, the ivy blossom, before heading back across the Channel­ though apparently there is an increasing trend for some to overwinter here in sheds and outhouses. The immigrant is becoming a na ve. All change. Phillip Mark McGough

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Walking – Grimston Tunnel Walk instruc ons 2 Hours 4 1/4 Miles Find a parking space in Grimston ­ between the A606 and the A6006 ­ no toilets. Local pub the ‘Black Horse’. Start from the church. 1 Turn le from the churchyard, towards Asfordby, around the corner to the bridleway signpost and go through the wide gateway marked ‘The Lilacs’, con nue through the gate at the end, by the yellow topped marker post. Carry on slight le through the metal gate and downslope with the hedge to the right. The ground starts to rise again with trees now le , as the trees end (before Barn Farm) turn back to the narrow gate. 2 Go through and follow the path right, the path bears further right and meanders to a gate into a field. Keep ahead upslope to a yellow top post and turn right, along the path in the gap and up the le hand field edge. Go through the gate here and bear le , then turn le up the wide stony track to the road. 3 Cross this surprisingly busy road with care and turn le along the wide grass verge to the s le close to the house. Go over the s le and follow the path through the trees, con nue direc on between fences and along the right hand field edge with the hedge to the right, parallel to the telegraph poles. Go through the wide marked gate at the far end to the s le on the right a er just 30yds. 4 Step over and take this lesser path through the trees, go over the s le at the end and turn le along the field edge with the trees to the le . Carry on across the road and along the next field edge to the s le, bear right with the wire fence and the trees to the le to a marker post. Bear right over this field, which may be under cul va on although a track should be well marked, to a hedge gap and cross the s le to the road. If for any reason this field is impassable carry on around the edge and back to the s le at the road. 5 Cross carefully and turn le to the gateway, go through and cross the s le in the hedge ahead; bear right across the field, a track should be visible through any crop and keep direc on through two boundaries. Con nue ahead through the corner of the trees to the stony farm track. 6 Turn right, for three quarters of a mile, through the dip and over the road, con nue ahead with the house to the le down into the dip and through the gate le of the trees. Carry on through the gate at the top and along the farm road between hedges, downslope le of Barn Farm to join the outward route at point 2. Retrace steps back to the star ng point. © Clive Brown ­ all our walks are compiled by Clive Brown who holds the copyright. You can order any of his 74 walking guides at: Or email Clive directly at

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Around Britain 5 Famous Trees 1. Boscobel, Shropshire ­ Boscobel House in Shropshire was once home to The Royal Oak, the tree in which Charles II hid whilst fleeing from the Roundheads a er the Ba le of Worcester in 1651. The original tree was destroyed in the 18th century, but one of its descendants, now 300 years old, stands in its place. 2. For ngall, Perthshire ­ A yew tree in the Perthshire village of For ngall is almost certainly the oldest tree in Europe, with es mates of its age reaching a staggering 5,000 years old – it would already have been 1,000 years old when the Pyramids were built. 3. Ha ield, Her ordshire ­ On 17 November 1558, Elizabeth Tudor was sat beneath an oak tree in the gardens of what is now Ha ield House when she received news that her sister Mary had died, and that she was now Queen of England. The tree, now known as the Queen Elizabeth Oak, is found on the Ha ield coat of arms. 4. Runnymede, Berkshire ­ King John signed the Magna Carta beneath the Ankerwyke Yew in Runnymede, Berkshire, in 1215. It is also thought that the tree served as a mee ng place for Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn in the 1530s. 5. Southwell, No nghamshire ­ The first Bramley apple was grown in Southwell in No nghamshire from a seed planted by Mary­Ann Brailsford in 1809. The apple takes its name from Ma hew Bramley, a local merchant who bought the garden containing the tree in 1846. © Taken from The Bri sh Isles: A Trivia Gaze eer by Paul Anthony Jones, out now. The White Horse Inn, 6 Church Street, Seagrave, Leicestershire, LE12 7LT

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The Rolls Royce of Kindergartens? Rolls Royce began manufacturing aeroplane parts in Mountsorrel right at the end of WW2. By the 1970s more than 1,200 people were employed at the factory which by then was making parts for the RB211 ­ the most advanced jet engine in the world. The factory closed in 1994 and the land was sold to build new houses. The last remaining building was the Rolls Royce Sports and Social Club which s ll stands today and is now also home to one of our region’s best kindergarten nursery schools... Rothley Park Kindergarten Manager, Narinder Kaur, showed me around and I must say, it’s a very happy, bright and safe place. It sits in two acres of land with open countryside on three sides and is set well back from the road and traffic noise. No danger here, with ample off road parking for parents and staff. There

are separate rooms for all age groups: from six week old babies to pre­school age ­ all on the same secure site. Every room has access to a secure outside play area. Narinder is a nursery professional having spent 29 years in child care. “We’ve completely re­built the inside of the building to the highest specifica ons available in our inten on to offer the very best in Kindergarten nursery school care. I have parents who bring their children to us who I once cared for when they were of nursery age. I’ve been here myself since day one, ten years ago, and we now have 113 child care places in what is probably the best equipped nursery educa on facility in Leicestershire.”

An aerial view of the Rolls Royce Aero factory in Mountsorrel circa 1970

Well ­ having seen it for myself, I can’t think of a be er way to describe Rothley Park Kindergarten than the inference in the tle above!

Open: 8am - 6pm Mon - Fri 51 Weeks of the year Mon - Fri 51 Weeks

Celebrating Celebrating 10 10Years Years of of Success! Success!

Rothely is a well RothleyPark ParkKindergarten Kindergarten isvery a well established private day care nursery established dayof care nurseryOur bright, spacious, air-conditioned celebratingprivate 10 years success. celebrating 10 years of success and classrooms are designed and equipped to provide quality childcare in a continuing to deliver an enhancing stimulating and learning environment. We offer 113 childcare places environment to allenjoyable the children and their for children between the ages of 6 weeks to 5 years. parents. We provide quality maintained standards of such high calibre within the provision.

Nursery manager Narinder Kaur and her team of professional nursery

Our bright spacious and air conditioned classrooms designed and to equipped to practitioners deliver a second-to-none childcare are service tailored your child’s provide a quality child care provision, delivering a stimulating and enjoyable learning individual requirements. environment. We offer 113 childcare places between the ages of 6 weeks to 5 years.

Limited Government funding is available for 3 and 4 year-olds. We also offer full

From the beginning Narinder Kaur, the nursery manager togetherfor with or part-time sessions as required, depending on availability, allher children professional nursery practitioners continue to deliver a quality childcare service, under the age of 5 years throughout the year and during school holidays. tailoring to your child’s individual requirements.

A warmGovernment welcome awaits you no appointments necessary as all new Limited Funding is–available for 3 and 4are Year olds. We also offer fulland and prospective parents are invited to visit us at their own part time sessions as required depending on availability forconvenience. all children under the age | tel: 0116 230 3888 | mob: 07813 021410 Rothley Park Kindergarten, Loughborough Road, Rothley, Leicestershire LE7 7NL email to book your advert

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Photography Tips by Rebecca Soanes Paths and roads are tools I use all the me; a very simple p that I can’t recommend enough. It makes such a difference and can turn what looks like just a nice picture into a scene that draws the eye in and adds real depth. These two images illustrate this point; they were taken in the same bluebell wood in very similar condi ons with dappled sunlight coming through the trees in places. The first looks like a pleasant woodland scene, however the second has the ability to go beyond that and take you along the path giving you the feeling that you

are in the wood. This second image has proved very popular and evoca ve, mainly due to the woodland path, and as a result I am pleased to say it’s my bestselling canvas design. I find it so rewarding to hear that customers mentally walk along the path through the bluebells as they look at it on the wall, just as I do myself. Obviously there isn’t always a path available to include in your photo! However there are o en more eye­

drawing paths around than we are at first aware of and I would like to encourage you to take a moment to look around before taking a photo to see if there is a ‘path’ that could be included to draw people into your image. This trick of using eye­drawing ‘paths’ can also be used with fences, tree branches and other lines to draw your eye into the photo, but that is a p for next me...

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The Pla orm Café – Greenacres

Part of The Great Central Railway

If you have not yet discovered our li le ‘oasis of tranquillity’, The Great Central Railway’s newest addi on to its café collec on is The Pla orm Café, within the Greenacres facility. If visi ng for the first me, by train via the Leicester North Sta on, the café is situated right out of the pla orm gates and just down the path, the entrance to the café is then on your le . By car we are just off Redhill Roundabout and up The Sidings, (follow the brown tourist signs to Greenacres). Open Tuesdays to Sundays 10am un l 4pm, the café provides customers with stunning views of the City’s skyline along with delicious home­made food including main meals, panini, jacket potatoes and more. We

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have meal deals available on a weekly basis with GCR staff happy to tempt you with home­made cakes and scones served with teas and coffees of your choice. From 10th October, every Thursday 12noon ll 2pm will be ‘Pensioners Lunch Club’ with home­made soup and a roll £2.50 or two main meals for £6.99. Why not pop along for lunch then stay a erwards and play a board or card game?

and meet and pass on their Christmas wishes. Velvet Divine will be singing some good old fashioned Christmas tunes on the Saturday and Laura Jane Vintage will be with us on the Sunday. There’ll be face pain ng magic on both days too. If you are interested in hiring a stall at the fair please contact Lesley at We are also now taking bookings for Christmas dinners and par es, for a Christmas menu or further informa on please use the above address. To keep up to date with all the news and events at Greenacres please go to or ring the office on 01509 633870. Find us on Facebook with Greenacres or follow us on Twi er @TheSidingsLE3 We hope you will pay us a visit soon….

The Pla orm Café is available for private hire for Birthday Par es and Special Occasions. The Greenacres facility also hosts conference space with freshly prepared buffets and refreshments available on request. The facility will be holding its second Christmas Fayre with a ‘vintage’ theme on Saturday 30th November and Sunday 1st December. There will be Christmas Cra Stalls, Roast Chestnuts, Mulled Wine & Mince Pies for all to enjoy. Also a special someone will be there in his Gro o for the li le ones to come

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Vintage Christmas Fayre

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Saturday 30th Nov & Sunday 1st Dec 10.30am – 4.30pm

Christmas Craft Stalls Entertainment by Velvet Divine (Sat) & Laura Jane Vintage (Sun) Face Painting Santa’s Grotto will be open from 11am – 3pm Letters From Santa

Donkey Rides Tombolla Stalls Home-made Cakes Mulled Wine & Mince Pies Roasted Chestnuts and much more

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Cruising all the way to Stardom… Starlight Theatre School, which started over 30 years ago in a village hall and moved to its current premises 10 years ago this year, now boasts 3 fully equipped, mirrored studios and a host of exper se in the faculty... As well as 3 registered Bri sh Theatre Dance Associa on teachers, the school also has a professional Ac ng teacher, a commercial teacher and Royal Academy Ballet teacher. Starlight aim to give the best possible training to prepare students for a career in the performing arts. Their students have gone on to successfully audi on for performing arts colleges both in Leicester and London to enable them to further their careers. Success story: Lilie Sco , who started dancing with Starlight at the age of 3, audi oned for a performing arts college at 16 and a er 3 years training is currently dancing aboard the Costa Atlan ca, cruising the Far East. Sophie Derry, who began with Starlight at the age of 8, successfully audi oned at the age of 16 for the pres gious Bird College of Performing Arts in London and is currently furthering her studies there.

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All students work towards gaining Bri sh Theatre Dance Associa on examina ons in Ballet, Tap, Modern and Lyrical. The school produces annual shows plus compe on work. In January 2014, stage class pupils will be performing at Her Majesty’s Theatre in the West End, an event we are all looking forward to. We’ll keep you posted ­ watch this space!

Former Starlight student Lilie Sco is now a dancer aboard the cruise liner Atlan ca (Photo credit h p://crea­sa/3.0/deed.en

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What’s On in and around The Soar Valley: Compiled by Claire Stevens – Soar Valley Life events and news reporter

Spooky Science 2013 at National Space Centre Join the team of mad scientists this Halloween Half Term at the National Space Centre to experience crazy science, make slime and discover the frightening side of space. Go along for lessons in potions, astronomy, make your own Halloween mobile using the ancient science of origami, and even learn about levitation! Saturday 19 October – Sunday 3 November 2013 National Space Centre, Exploration Drive, Leicester, LE4 5NS 10.00am – 5.00pm Contact: 0845 605 2001 Dinosaur Zoo Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo brings these awesome pre­historic creatures to the stage, up close and personal like you’ve never seen them before. From cute baby dinos to teeth­ gnashing giants, meet the most recent addition to the Dinosaur Zoo, the most complete meat­ eating dinosaur skeleton yet found in Australia. Children can watch wide­ eyed from a safe distance or dare to get right up close to the creatures as they observe and interact with these extraordinary life­like dinosaurs in this entertaining and highly imaginative live show. Tickets £12.50. Tuesday 22 October ­ Thursday 24 October 2013 Tue 1.30pm, Wed 10.30am & 1.30pm, Thu 10.30am Curve Theatre, Rutland Street, Leicester, LE1 1SB Contact: 0116 242 3560 Ghosts and Ghouls at The Guildhall Take a trip to the haunted hall in your spookiest outfit and meet the witches of the Guildhall. Join in the Halloween activities with scary quizzes, creepy crawly crafts and face painting. £2.50 for activities. Thursday 24 October 2013 11.00am – 3.30pm The Guildhall, Guildhall Lane, Leicester, LE1 5FQ Contact: 0116 253 2569 Ghostly Engineer Take the spooky tour in the eerie engine house basement and hear the tragic tale of Robert Richardson, The Ghostly Engineer, all while one of the museum’s massive beam engines will be in steam right above your head! Wrap up warm and wear sensible shoes, pre­ booking essential, tours cost £3 but not suitable for children under 10 years. Monday 28 October 2013 7.00pm – 9.30pm Abbey Pumping Station, Corporation Road, Leicester, LE4 5PX Contact: 0116 299 5111

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Redlands Fireworks Extravaganza Friends of Redlands Community Primary School in Sileby are hosting the third fireworks display and bonfire event. The display will be produced by Phenomenal Fireworks and will also include children’s rides, stalls, refreshments, BBQ and a Guy competition. Family tickets £10, Adults £3.50, Children £2. Prices at the gate increase to £4 and £2.50. Friday 1 November 2013 Starts at 6.00pm Redlands Community Primary School, King Street, Sileby, Loughborough, LE12 7LZ Contact: 01509 812 376 Abbey Park Bonfire and Fireworks Display Abbey Park Fireworks is Leicester’s biggest display, bringing in 15,000 visitors. As well as the main display at 8pm, you can also enjoy a children’s firework display at 6.45pm, fire dance performances by Phosphorus, children’s funfair, food stalls and the bonfire. Advance tickets: Adults £4.50, concessions £3, family £13. On the gate: Adults £6, Concessions £4 (no family tickets available on the gate), children under five years are free. Saturday 2 November 2013 Gates open at 5pm, last admission 7.30pm Abbey Park, Abbey Park Road, Leicester, LE4 5AQ Contact: 0116 238 5084 Great Central Railway Bonfire Night ­ Tue 5th November On Bonfire night, Quorn and Woodhouse station is the best place to be! A fantastic fire, a huge firework display, refreshments and children’s rides. It’s a magical night out for all the family. It’s one of the biggest and best shows in Leicestershire so come along and join in the fun. You can arrive at the gate – or even better, travel in heritage style by train from Loughborough, Rothley or Leicester North station. Combine the magic of a train ride and a sensational fire work display – see you there! FOGCML rates are £7 Adult, £5 Children both on the gate at Quorn and from any other station (inc train fare) TRAVEL BY TRAIN TO AND FROM THE BONFIRE AND FIREWORKS You are strongly advised to travel by one of our trains to this event. If you use the earlier trains you can avoid the crowds and the last minute rush! More trains have been added to the timetable this year. Go to­ events/bonfire­night/ for details Tuesday 5th November Quorn & Woodhouse Station VIEWING THE BONFIRE AND FIREWORKS – Bonfire lit at 7.30pm & firework display at 8pm Loughborough Fair Fairs have been held in Loughborough for centuries, with current years having approximately 100 individual show people attending, bringing between them some 20 large rides, multiple children’s roundabouts,

game and novelty stalls and popular refreshment stands. Enjoy the old favourites such as Waltzers, Twist, Dodgems, Galloping Horses as well as more spectacular rides such as the Freak Out, Top Scan, Wild Mouse, Sea Storm, High Roller, Kiddies’ Corner and the Extreme Rode. Wednesday 13 November – Saturday 16 November 2013 Wednesday: 6pm – 11pm Thursday: 12pm – 11pm Friday: 11am – 11pm Saturday: 11am­11pm Contact: 01509 634 624 Leicester’s Winter Food Festival Starting off the holiday shopping season, Leicester Market will be hosting this event with a huge variety of artisan food producers, with emphasis on local manufacturers. Also there will be craft traders selling jewellery, artwork, decorations and much more! Sunday 17 November 2013 11:00am – 5.00pm Market Centre, Market Place, Leicester, LE1 5HQ Contact: 0116 223 2370/ 0116 223 237 Rawlins Christmas Craft Fair Rawlins Academy will be hosting a fair of over 40 stalls selling handmade arts and crafts by local artists. There will also be children’s art workshops and refreshments available. This annual event has been running for over 30 years and is a great way to commence the festive season. Entrance fee £1, 50p for concessions Sunday 17 November 2013 10.30am ­ 3.30pm Rawlins Academy, Loughborough Road, Quorn, Loughborough, LE12 8DY Contact: 01509 622 827 Jack and the Beanstalk at Loughborough Town Hall Enjoy the biggest pantomime of them all with stunning sets and fabulous costumes. This year’s show is the classic tale of an enormous evil Giant and poor young Jack who sells his cow for some magic beans, which unbeknown to him is the start of a huge adventure. Saturday 30 November – Sunday 5 January 2014 Times vary Loughborough Town Hall, Market Place, Loughborough, LE11 3EB Contact: 01509 231 914

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Solu ons Halloween Quiz Answers 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

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