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Christmas Event A Great Success This annual event was held on Saturday 2nd December and what a great day it turned out to be! It was cold, but that didn’t stop people coming out and visiting the large range of stalls. There was a steady flow of people throughout the day and by 3.30pm the whole area was full of excited children and families waiting to see Santa as he arrived on his sleigh. The crowds were entertained by a wide range of performers, the Syston Band played Christmas Carols setting the theme for the afternoon followed by the St Peter and St Paul Church hand bells who gave a lovely traditional Christmas feel. Our soloists and bands didn’t disappoint with Isla and Helen plus Continues on page 4

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The Jewel in Syston’s Crown Re-opens Syston Jewellers is finally back open after a devastating break-in, in September 2016, that left the business damaged - the shop was ruined and stock stolen. As long-standing, well-respected and highly recommended members of the local community, they have provided high quality jewellery and service for 15 years in Syston, with the family run business being established back in 1977. Our local community has offered help and support over this difficult last year, and we’re pleased to see they are back up and running! Syston Jewellers stock a large range of sterling silver, gold and fine diamond jewellery with quality that cannot be rivaled, often with one-off pieces that cannot be found anywhere else and the exclusive stocking of their new AE Fine Jewellery Collection, alongside a great range of watches. They also offer the service of watch, jewellery and clock repairs. They offer a bespoke jewellery design service, allowing clients to work with Syston Jewellers to create their dream piece of jewellery, specialising in Engagement, Wedding and Eternity rings. If you have old jewellery, or broken pieces, these can be taken in and transformed into something gorgeous. The new showroom at Syston Jewellers is beautiful, and offers a contemporary and stylish atmosphere. It’s now ready for you to go and look at the stunning range of stock!

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The newly renovated shop shows us the importance of ‘shopping small’ and supporting local businesses. The owner of Syston Jewellers states that without the support of the community, they wouldn’t be able to keep going. Every customer that comes into the shop is hugely appreciated, no matter how big or small the job or purchase may be. Syston and surrounding areas are wonderful and have some real hidden gems for people to explore, and it would be a shame to lose those places. You can visit Syston Jewellers at 1211 Melton Road, Syston, LE7 2JT. For opening hours, contact details, new offers and shop updates check SHOP LOCAL their Facebook Valentine’s Day 14th February and Instagram Support your local independent pages ‘Syston businesses. Jewellers’. SPECIAL 20TH ANNIVERSARY OFFER WINTER SPECTACULAR SAVE UP TO *

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Introducing Healing Touch Reflexology to Syston Based at her home off Barkby Road, in Syston, Mariel Thomas only opened the doors to her new reflexology practice last September. Originally a Spanish and French teacher at a Leicester secondary school, Mariel decided to follow her heart and set up her own alternative health business. My vision for Healing Touch Reflexology was to create a little haven of tranquility and relaxation for my clients: a space where they can come to tell me all their ailments in an unhurried and detailed way. My aim is to try to help them re-balance their body and mind by treating them holistically. In reflexology, we treat the whole person rather than just one or two symptoms. An initial consultation session lasts 90 minutes and involves taking a detailed medical history, before embarking on the treatment itself. All subsequent sessions are an hour long and I would recommend you have between 4-6 sessions, about a week apart, in order to get the best out of your treatment. At the start, you will be asked to remove shoes and socks and then sit back in a special chair. After having your feet gently cleansed, I apply pressure to different reflex points on both feet (or hands). The idea is that

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The Event Panel would like to thank Nest for plus Dis Band and the Left Hand sponsoring the grotto. Band all providing a wide range of Also thank you to Christmas and pop songs. everyone involved: Due to a change in performers we stall holders, Billy had a slight delay and luckily a local Bates, Dave for the singer, Veronica, didn’t take much Stage, all the persuasion to take to the stage! She was then performing in the evening at performers, the stilt walker and minion, one of the local pubs! So thank you the helpers and police Veronica for filling in! Next year we hope you will be able to have a slot of for assisting and making this another your own. amazing year! Here’s to The Deputy Mayoress of Charnwood another great event in and her consort visited and presented December 2018! the Best Dressed Shop window Competition winners with their prizes. Plans have already started and if you have any idea of what The Chairman of Syston Town you would like to see at the Council, Cllr P. Henry, presented her event please drop us a line at with a basket of flowers, see picture the usual address or contact right. Ursula on 0116 260 7150. Then we were entertained by the Children’s DMU Gospel Choir whose ages ranged from 7 to 17. What a delight! The Left Hand Band helped get everyone dancing and counted down to the fireworks, which were amazing! Santa’s Grotto was busy all day and lots of happy and excited children left with a selection box. Continued from front page

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Age UK Judging of Shop Syston …. Window 1st December Needs You! Age UK Syston Charity Shop, Melton Road is in urgent need of stock and we heavily rely on the generosity of donations from the public. Clothing/Books/DVDs/Bric a Brac etc that you donate raises vital funds, so if you have any unwanted Christmas presents, or just having a general clear out, please feel free to drop your donations off to the shop. Alternatively, if you have any spare time why not think about volunteering to help. Age UK Leicestershire & Rutland is a local charity with a national name, therefore money raised is used LOCALLY where it is needed most. Did you know that there is approximately 1,017,697 people living in Leicestershire and Rutland. 160,502 are over 65 and at least 38,062 of people aged 50-65 provide unpaid care. An interesting fact is that 47,325 people over 65 live alone. We are committed to the welfare of older people and recognise their value as individuals and our main aim is to develop sufficient and relevant services that reflect the needs and wishes of older people living in Leicestershire and Rutland. Thanks for all your support throughout 2017 and we look forward to a great year ahead in 2018.

Our picture above shows the Chairman of Syston Town Council Cllr Paul Henry with the three young people asked to judge this year’s shop window competition, they are R-L: Ellie, wearing her bronze medal, Beatrice and Eleanor. The three girls took their task very seriously and walked around all of the shops that had entered, marking them individually as they went, before meeting for a hot drink to deliberate. Their final list was 3rd place LOROS, 2nd The Mews and 1st Sharon’s Sugarcraft. A big thank you to Ellie, Beatrice and Eleanor for

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Ladies Friendship Circle The meeting on November 27th was a poetry reading evening. Some were serious, some were funny - All were enjoyable!

The Flying Childers Restaurant which twenty ladies attended. The last meeting in 2017 had been cancelled due to bad weather, so it was good for the ladies to meet again to talk about their Christmas’s, meeting with family and friends. Doreen Payne Our Christmas Tree Festival Over the weekend of November 24th to 26th the church was transformed by a display of gorgeous Christmas Trees. The ingenuity and variety of designs was amazing and brought many comments of delight from the visitors. On Saturday there were a number of stalls in the Church Hall. These

Sue Barton, pictured above, charity Trustee from the Mablethorpe Children’s Home, came and received a cheque for £1200 raised by members of the group during 2017. Margaret Proud The first meeting of 2018 for the St. Peter and St. Paul’s Friendship Circle took the form of a New Year Meal at

bottle tombola, a Christmas decorations stall, a ‘prize every time’ stall with some spectacular prizes all for a £1 ticket, and of course, our major raffle with a first prize of £100 as well as numerous other prizes. Refreshments were available throughout the weekend and, especially popular were the ‘bacon butties’ provided by the youth group on Saturday morning. We are very grateful for the support we received from all of the local participants who helped by entering trees, donating vouchers and money and, particularly, giving their time to bring in trees and decorate them. The result was an amazing £2,483 raised over the weekend. So, very many thanks to all who helped in any way. Christmas Services Firstly on Christmas Eve we celebrated the Christingle and Crib Service. The church was full to capacity with many families as they heard the story of the Nativity and then the meaning of the Christingle orange, see picture on next page.

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Carol Service of readings and songs. Once again the church was full with every spare seat taken. The collection so far from this and envelopes distributed to the congregation stands at £542. At 11.30pm the Service of Midnight Mass was a quiet and reverent reflection on the first Nativity. 12th Night Concert It was a joyous occasion. The collection from this was £291 which will be sent to the Children’s Society. This was followed by the traditional

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Friends of St Peter & St Paul organised for the Ratcliffe Chorale to entertain an audience with a varied concert of songs and readings centred round the theme of the

Nativity and the arrival of the three wise men as well some more ancient traditional songs such as The Boar’s Head Carol which included a procession of a Boar’s Head model! During the interval the audience were able to enjoy a glass of mulled wine or ordinary wine and soft drinks and shortbread, after which the raffle was drawn. Thanks are due for the donation of raffle prizes from various people, including two local firms; The Beauty Box and our own town greengrocer, Scott. The event raised a wonderful £770. the Year 1 below and includes the choirs either side of the stage. The perfect start to Christmas. Well done to all involved!

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amateur to plant as they bulk up quickly and produce flowers on 12/14inch (30/35cm) stems, so ideal for cutting. Our own native snowdrop, Galanthus Nivalis, is one of the finest plants in shade, it will tolerate dryness in the This is our monthly gardening feature by our own local expert and regular panellist on “Down to Earth”. summer months when its foliage dies back, you can then fill the space with annual bedding plants. attention in planting and aftercare I have had to dictate this article as I On a recent visit to Syston station with once home. Louise usually manages dislocated my right shoulder in a fall. the Syston in Bloom committee, I to pick one or two cheap things up, Hopefully, by the time you read this I spotted a winter flowering Cherry. and as I walked by, ignoring most of will be back to normal, out and about Many people do not realise that there them, I came across some plants of and able to drive once more, to Vi’s are different cherries that will flower Gaultheria Procumbens, see picture relief! from November through to May. The here. The amazing thing about these We recently went to stay with our winter flower ones are prunus plants was they daughter, Louise, and her husband, Subhirtella autumn Nellis which were only 50p James, who looked after us very well produces a mass of white flowers and they took us on a visit to Planters each, so I during winter, even in snow. There is thought I’ll Garden Centre at Tamworth. James also a form Rosea which have pink have liked the look of the restaurant with its flowers - these are available at local three large selection of cake and Louise nurseries. Another one is Prunus of took me around the centre where incisa Praecox which can be massed those! there was large selection of plants. I with small white flowers in late This always say I’m not going to buy any February to early March. dwarf plants, but, evergreen I also have over 100 polyanthus and when walking shrub is native to usually plant more each year as they past one northeast America, it is suffer with slugs destroying them. shaded very hardy up to minus They are an excellent plant and give a area I 30 degrees Fahrenheit, brilliant impact of colour during late came will thrive in sun or half shade. What winter, early spring. They will flower across a made me think of planting this in my up to eight weeks as long as they are large garden is that it has red berries which regularly watered, if they get dry they selection of birds will not eat. This is due to the will stop flowering. cyclamen fact that when you squeeze them they coum, I already grow five I hope to be able to write the article smell of winter green, which they don’t myself next month. of these, but one like. immediately caught my eye as it had We at the Stn send our best wishes variegated foliage, see image above. I shall have to plant these in slightly for a speedy recovery. acid soil, ericaceous compost, they I immediately picked this up and Louise got a basket, which meant we will make ideal ground cover beneath my azaleas and rhododendrons. where going to collect more. I grow over 30 varieties of snowdrops I looked around at all the expensive plants and thought no, so Louise took and at present a number of these are me down the sale section, but I’m not showing their flower buds, mainly the single flowering ones which normally keen on buying sale plants as they Shop and Support Our flower before the doubles. are at the tail end of the season and Local Businesses for not looked after properly, Of these, Galanthus S Arnott and That Special Gift! consequently they need a lot of Atkins AE are probably the best for the

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Meet the Team at Syston Opticians With experienced clinicians and retailers coming together to create the brand-new store, customers can be sure they are in the best hands, experiencing the best possible eye and audiology care at Specsavers in Syston. The team includes some familiar faces from Specsavers, including store director, Hina Popat, and store manager, Carley Jones, bringing a wealth of experience to the new store. Hina has been qualified for 17 years, three of those years working in a hospital eye department and Carley is a qualified dispensing optician. The store has also created four new jobs for Abdul Jannar, Laura Harper, Danielle Miles and Monica Reslescu, who bring their combined experience in optics and customer service to Specsavers in Syston. “Most of our staff members live locally, so we’re making the most of the home-grown talent on offer,” says Hina. “There’s a great community feel here in Syston and working alongside local people is important to us; we want to provide a much-needed service while also supporting those doing good deeds around the town.” Alongside the highly qualified optical team, the store has two testing rooms featuring the latest ophthalmic equipment, including digital retinal photography and an Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) scanner. The team will also use Digital Precision Eyecare to ensure glasses fit perfectly. “We’re very keen to increase awareness among local residents and communicate the importance of regular eye examinations,” says Hina. “It cannot be stressed enough how important regular eye tests are in showing early signs of diseases, even before any symptoms are experienced. We are open on Sundays too for those with less time in the week, so if you haven’t already, we encourage you book an appointment at Specsavers in Syston,” continues Hina.

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Sponsored Swim For Syston Methodist Church Roof Appeal In an effort to raise funds for Syston Methodist Church roof appeal, Sheila McGowan organised a sponsored swim at South Charnwood Pool on Sunday 14th January.

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ARIES March 20 - April 19

LEO July 22 - August 22

SAGITTARIUS Nov 22 - Dec 20

The month looks set to be wonderful, on a social level, with time on your hands to catch up with friends and basically find yourself happy and in good spirits. This may come as a surprise after a considerably tough work phase. Look out also for a romantic opportunity which finds you on the same 'mental wavelength' which calms and reassures you.

A loved one is just so much fun and this certainly keeps you 'on your toes'! You're working hard enough and, at times, will consider that you need to enjoy yourself and deserve some time to unwind and relax. You're also keen to pursue a hobby or leisure interest come what may and others will find it difficult to dissuade you. Yes, time for 'you'!

You're planning hard, far ahead although some basic practical necessities bring your feet right 'down to earth'! This helps to provide some balance to life which you are quite desperately in need of. Your finances confuse and confound you; sometimes, it seems best just switch off a little and take life much less seriously. Then the fun really begins!

TAURUS April 20 - May 20

VIRGO August 23 - Sept 22

CAPRICORN Dec 21 - Jan 19

Work enters quite a 'fun' phase with great communication and the chance to socialise and to get to know your work colleagues a little better. Why not? This all makes for 'better business' and a more relaxed and confident 'you' in the workplace. Be on the lookout for the chance to get promoted or even a new job, which is much more to your liking, Hurrah!

Work is much more interesting than usual when a romantic admirer finds their way into your life or rather to the front of your desk! This is great and brings much light relief and although communication is good, don't expect too much work to actually 'get done'. Although, if self-employed, business will boom as a result. Catch up with home DIY.

Well, you certainly have your work cut out at the moment and this has the effect of sobering you up and almost forcing you to plan carefully for the future! You mean well and are keen to impress others and also aim for your dreams. The world is already amazed by your progress but there are greater and richer gains to be had, you know. So go for it!

GEMINI May 21 - June 20

LIBRA Sept 23 - Oct 22

AQUARIUS Jan 20 - Feb 17

A partner has just so much 'get up and go' that it makes up for your current quieter mood, which finds you more thoughtful and reflective. This is, however, a good time for study and even travel because there's a basic need for you to relax and find yourself a little through your interests. This can't be a bad thing and lifts your spirits like nothing else.

Despite the festive season, expect your finances to go from strength to strength! This is wonderful for you and you'll be wanting to spend some on the current sales. You may, for some reason, find your home environment a little heavy and lack-lustre. This causes you to wander off a little, seeking fun and social joy further afield; romance too gets a look-in.

Life is pretty wonderful with the Sun and the loving planet Venus in your sign! Mercury too makes an appearance and this enhances communication in all areas of your life. All this helps to raise your energy levels and boosts your whole appearance so that any new year diets, fitness plans and new wardrobe go down well. You're riding a crest of a wave!

CANCER June 21 - July 21

SCORPIO Oct 23 - Nov 21

PISCES Feb 18 - March 19

A partner has a great deal on their plate and will sometimes need 'time out' in order to deal with things. If they work hard, there are great rewards to be won. You, on the other hand, may be more interested in keeping fit and looking good! Your work is more in the line of service and helping others rather than self-interest. You seek out true and special friends.

You're starting to shape your ideas up a little more and this includes some new business venture and lots of social opportunities. You work hard to improve your financial position, which frankly, could do with it and your efforts work out well. The daily routine is a little heavy at times and any chance to have a few days off at home will pick your mood up.

There is a wonderful feeling that things are quietly, but surely, hotting up as several planets are lingering near your sign, promising great things... quite soon! And they won't let you down. So, for the time being, try to save a little and 'get your house in order' because before too long things are really going to take off. So get some rest in first.





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A Happy New Year to everyone and a very big thank you to all who attended our 'It's Beginning to Feel a Lot Like Christmas' event at the end of Syston and District Volunteer Centre November. You helped us raise some are pleased to announce that they £4,200 towards the upkeep of the have joined up with Charnwood church. Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) and will Our next big expense will probably be start a pilot project offering general the repair of a crack in the church help and advice from Wednesday 7th steeple. The raffle raised over £700 February and then every two weeks and we are extremely grateful to all for initially three months. the local businesses who supported The project will look to provide help us - a very big thank you to you all. and support for people in and around Our next event is ‘Soup 'n Sweet Syston, those wanting help can call Saturday' in the church on the 10th the booking line on 03444 111444 to February between 12noon and Santa being delayed by his fans from book a half hour slot with CAB at the Birstall Running Club 2.00pm when you can have a choice office of Syston Volunteer Centre. of soup with bread, a choice of sweet Your generosity is much appreciated and Initially there will be only five slots and also tea/coffee for the price of available on each visit, we are hoping most of the proceeds will go towards £5. Why not treat yourselves to a supporting local good causes during the that if the project is a success and home-made lunch! coming year. enough people want to use the We are also hoping in the future to This includes a contribution to the Just service, that it will be extended to a host a family get-together with Giving page set up to support those weekly visit. refreshments and a play for the affected by the huge gas explosion in The initial project is being funded Birstall. children - watch this space. through a grant from the They look forward to seeing you at their To advertise in the Loughborough University Open Fund events in 2018 including an Easter Egg SYSTON TOWN NEWS and will cover the three month pilot Hunt, Watermead Challenge Charity Run Telephone 0116 269 3221 and their Real Ale Festival. project.



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Staff from Harrison Murray Estate Agency in Syston are making charitable work child’s play - literally in the case of their recent festive efforts. The team from Harrison Murray, which is part of the Nottingham Building Society (known as The Nottingham), collected items for Toys on the Table, a charity that provides a Christmas gift to children across Leicestershire who might otherwise not receive anything. After launching their appeal a few weeks ago the estate agency office on High Street was inundated with lots of donations from kind-hearted clients and members of the public. Colleagues Louise Smith and Rachel Woodward can be seen pictured with the donated toys that were presented to the Toys on the Table charity earlier this week. To find out more about Toys on the Table visit To Advertise in the SYSTON TOWN NEWS Ring Fiona or Barry On 0116 269 3221

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Mrs Scrooge Delights Audience Thurmaston Showstoppers’ production of Mrs Scrooge was well received by its three audiences, who went home with a smile ready for Christmas. Faultless performances by the talented cast reflected the hard work put in at rehearsal and the costume and set complimented an excellent script. Many compliments were received from the departing audience. Thurmaston Showstoppers wish to thank their sponsors for their continued support, shopkeepers for help with advertising and Hyper Sounds Entertainment, Thurmaston Print Shop and Thurmaston Community Centre for going ‘the extra mile’. Finally to our audience thank you for buying a ticket and for your support, we have been entertaining you since 2003 and have always been able to rely on you coming to see our shows.

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This is The Earl of Mount Edgcumbe passing through Syston station on Saturday 9th December, hauling a Yuletide excursion from Tyseley to York via Leicester. weather but the stalwarts that turned out had a good evening. The theme We ended last year, 2017, by being for our Christmas meeting was Great knocked out of the county skittle Britain and we all contributed to the tournament in a spectacular way, not refreshments to cover the four a good night for us game wise but we countries and some dressed enjoyed the company and the food according to their country of choice. and wish Breedon on the Hill good With a quiz based on famous luck in the rest of the tournament. landmarks which caused some Some of our members were joined by puzzled looks and some of us even members from other WIs for a crafting questioning if they were all definitely dabble day where we learned in Great Britain, I can say one group macramé, made a snowman which was much better travelled than the could be used to replace the usual rest of us! cracker at Christmas, and made a Christmas card and decoration. It was We also had a visit from Father Christmas and his reindeer who gave a relaxed day where we got to meet us a present and caused quite a others and enjoy learning how to commotion on their way round. make something new.

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February is the classic time for all those winter coughs, cold and flu symptoms to appear. We all hear that our NHS is under strain, so here are some remedies you can use to help prevent, or keep your illnesses to a minimum by building up your own immune system. As always please seek medical advice before taking any herbal remedies if you have any condition which is of concern. There are a lot of remedies to assist the immune system to fight off cold viruses. In this article we are going to consider the following: Echinacea, Elderberry, Astragalus, Vitamin C Zinc, Plantago, and Olive leaf. They come in a variety of formats from teas to tablets, infusions to liquid forms. So there should be one ideal for you. Echinacea (echinacea augusfi Folia, echinacea purpurea) Echinacea's active compounds enhance immune function due to various mechanisms of action such as; increasing the production of white blood cells (when they are low); stimulating activation of white blood cells and boosting the production of various immune-potentiating compounds. It is considered to be the prime remedy for the immune system and this view has been supported by extensive research. Echinacea works by balancing the immune system so that it works efficiently. This means that you are less likely to catch colds etc, and may be less prone to allergies. It is best taken in a maintenance dose over a period of time to improve immune function. Although it appears that echinacea is most effective taken at the onset of an infection, if the herb is to be used long-term many experts suggest that a one to two week break be taken 18 SYSTON TOWN NEWS

every eight weeks or so. Also those suffering from leukaemia or HIV should consult a doctor before using Echinacea. Do not take if you are taking immunosuppressant medication or if you are hypersensitive to Echinacea preparations. Elderberry (sambucus nigra). These beautiful dark purple/black berries are well known as a delicious ingredient in drinks, providing a dense source of nutrients alongside the tart and stimulating taste. Black elderberries contain large quantities of flavonoid glycosides and anthocyan glycosides, plus essential oils, vitamin C, B complex and minerals. It is a good source of antioxidants. There is research on its effectiveness against flu. Like Echinacea, it can stop viruses from spreading from an infected cell to other cells. It can't stop viruses infecting cells in the first place, as Echinacea can. The two herbs can work well together. Studies show that oral administration of elderberry extract reduces the duration of influenza symptoms from an average of six days down to 48 hours. Elderberry inhibits viral DNA replication, and thus this herb may also be useful in non-flu viruses. Astragalus (astragalus membranaceus) This remedy can be used for a variety of applications including helping the immune system. Clinical studies show that astragalus reduces the incidence and shortens the duration of the common cold. Astragalus has also been shown to increase interferon production and secretion and increase white blood cell activity. Published research found it to protect against numerous viruses. Although it is best avoided during pregnancy. Vitamin C is often called the master immune nutrient, because of its essential role in immune function. Many studies have shown vitamin C to reduce the duration and severity of cold symptoms, and some research suggests it may reduce the risk of catching a cold (although results of prevention studies have been mixed). Among other relevant effects, vitamin C increases white blood cell function, interferon production and antibody activity. Vitamin C requirements are higher during infection. Zinc is another important immune nutrient, along with vitamin C. The lozenge form of zinc has been shown to significantly reduce the duration and severity of common cold symptoms. When the lozenges are dissolved in the mouth, the zinc appears to possess a direct, local anti-viral activity. This benefit is in addition to the fact that zinc is a primary nutrient in immune function, particularly due to its beneficial effects on thymus gland function and white blood cell function.

Plantago, also known as Lance Leaf Plantain, is a very common plant in Europe, growing in large quantities in dry meadows and fields, it is a member of the Plantain family, producing a rosette of slender pointed leaves and a flowering stem which arises from the centre, carrying small flowers. It contains mucilage, tannins and silicic acid. It is probably the mucilage which contributes most to the action of the plant. Plantago has the ability to reduce the amount of inflammation present in the mucous membranes of the upper respiratory tract, so helping catarrh, sinusitis as well as earache, ear infections or glue ear and tinnitus. It has been noted that plantain juice will not go mouldy during storage despite large amounts of sugar being present. This has been found to be due to the presence of naturally occurring antibiotics. This may explain its action in conditions such as middle ear infections and glue ear. If earache persists for more than five days, it is advisable to consult a Doctor. Olive leaf has an active compound oleuropein has powerful anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral properties, the latter making it especially valuable in colds and influenza infection. Extracts of olive leaf have been shown to inhibit a variety of organisms including herpes virus, influenza A, Coxsackie, salmonella, staphylococcus, and E coli. As well as the above remedies there a wide range of aromatherapy essential oils and Tea blends that can be used. For advice on these and any of the above remedies, call into the body store and speak with Raj who can discuss your requirements with you.

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Fabulous X-factory Show Successful Return The Fabulous X-Factory Show, so successful in recent years in raising money for Children in Need, made a comeback in November for one night only. As reported in our previous edition the beneficiary was a young man with severe autism and in need of an Assistance Dog to help in his life. The show took place at Thurmaston

The JumpStart Dance Charity for 2018 is…Rainbows! JumpStart Dance, based in Syston, are pleased to announce that their chosen charity of 2018 is local organisation Rainbows. Rainbows is the East Midlands’ only hospice for children and young people and is based in Loughborough. The charity offers a place where life-limited children and their families can find care and support.

Community Centre and the full house was appreciative of the talent on display. Twelve acts aged 6-16 years of age took to the stage and the competition, sponsored by Clayton Building Contractors, was won by diminutive songstress Charlotte who belted out her version of Good Morning Baltimore. Show producer Chris Love told us after the performance “We are delighted with the response. We needed to raise £1700 and adding tonight’s effort to the earlier Quiz Night we have achieved that and can help with the training of the dog.

Special thanks to all the performers, to Clayton Builders, Hyper Sounds Entertainment and Thurmaston Community Centre”.

this March. Louise will also be completing a Triathlon to fundraise for the hospice and is hoping to run a dance workshop with children at Rainbows later on this year. JumpStart Dance have been working in schools across Charnwood for over 10 years through teacher training Rainbows only gets around 15% of events, after-school clubs and the their funding from government bodies, annual Jump2it! Dance Festival. so they rely on donations to fund the They work in conjunction with Team care they give. Charnwood, the local School Sports The dance company will be inviting Partnership, to inspire primary-aged Rainbows along to their flagship children and their teachers to Jump2it! Primary School Dance participate in dance activity, keep fit and fight obesity. Festival at Loughborough Town Hall Louise Jaggard, Artistic Director of JumpStart, said: “We’re delighted to have Rainbows as our charity of 2018. Our business believes in giving back to the local community and we can’t wait to begin supporting this amazing cause!”

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Wainwright’s Coast to Coast Walk for LOROS –15th to 30th September 2018 If you like walking and beautiful countryside you can’t get many better walks in the world than the 192 mile Wainwright Coast to Coast trek. Anyone who has been inspired by Alfred Wainwright’s walks, or on the TV with Julia Bradbury, may be interested in taking up the challenge of joining a team from LOROS in walking in Wainwright’s footsteps on the Coast to Coast Trek. The route will be completed over 14 challenging days, averaging about 14 miles per day, and takes you through some of the best countryside in the UK, including the Lake District, the Yorkshire Dales and the remote North Yorkshire moors. LOROS Senior Fundraiser, Adrian Walker is aiming to complete his lucky thirteenth Coast to Coast Walk in September 2018 and

is looking for up to 10 other walkers to help fundraise for LOROS. The cost to participate is approximately £650 which covers all travel, food and accommodation and walkers are also asked to pledge to raise at least £1,000 for LOROS by fundraising and sponsorship. The accommodation is a mixture of youth hostels, bed and breakfasts and hotels along the route and with a volunteer support driver being available to transport the main luggage and help should walkers get into any difficulty. Adrian Walker, along with other volunteers, organises training walks to ensure walkers gain their fitness and pace sufficient to complete the walk comfortably with no injuries. The walks also take place in all weathers so that kit can be tested before the main trek. Anyone interested in taking part in this exciting challenge should contact Adrian Walker on 0116 231 8431 or email

large, one small, stood between diagonal arrangements. To portray Christmas church flowers, a two-piece arrangement used a tall, floorOur November demonstrator was Lynne standing candleholder reminiscent of a Sharpe, from Earl Shilton, Leics. With a gothic window, the central cup holding an title of ‘Christmas Car Boot’, she utilised arched crescent design. A large oval low cost items purchased at car boot sales, design lay on the floor. See Picture right. transformed when decorated with, or set Foliages had a mix of evergreens with ivy amongst floral designs. trails; rubus tricolor; fir; ferns and Using a variety of objects gained at car euonymus. Flowers were burnt orange boot sales she produced an array of roses and zantedeschia, with white arrangements from a School Nativity play carnations. Hollowed out candles stood on stable complete with star all in a wooden the two side cups, with battery LED teacrate, a traditional tree decorating theme lights. Gold organza fabric linked down to complete with battery lights, Santa and the floor placement with what are called presents. A Christmas ‘do’ with two metal ‘book candles’ either side. dress frames in glittering gold lattice, one These are made from old paperback novels, cut and fanned out to create a candle shape tied with ribbon, but

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obviously topped only with LED tea-lights for safety. Santa and his sleigh closed the evening. A large triangular design sat on a child’s metal sledge. A white reindeer figure stood in readiness at the side.

Mrs K. Fryman, president, welcomed members to the first meeting of 2018 and wished everyone a Happy New Year. After business matters had been completed, members were invited to a ‘Question Time for Gardeners’, as they were given plenty of sound advice from Mrs Josie Hutchinson, a Radio Leicester broadcaster, on the “Down To Earth” programme. Cuttings from a variety of shrubs and plants were talked about and passed around the room, varying from hellebores, which flower during the winter months, to Hebe, Heather and a curry plant (very strong aroma) Skimmia, Dog Wood, and contorted Witch-hazel - a magic plant! Members will now be looking forward to nurturing their own garden plants soon, once the daylight lengthens and everything awakens from its winter sleep. A most enlightening talk by Josie, which was brought to a close by doing a comedic dialogue with members Mrs J. Green on a conversation about Trafalgar Day. The vote of thanks was given by Mrs A. Wright. The competition for an arrangement in an eggcup was won by Mrs V. Cobb. The raffle prize winners were Mrs C. Hickling, Mrs E. Loder and Mrs B. Broadhurst. The tea hostesses were Mrs J. Goulden and Mrs A. Montague. The next meeting will be Wednesday 7th February, 7.30pm. The talk with be “The Science of Humour”. The meeting will be held at Syston Community Centre, School Street. Visitors are always welcome to attend.





St Peter and St Paul Academy Newspaper Report On Monday 4th December, the editor was invited in to speak to year 5 classes and help them write a report on an incident at the school. The incident in question was an exercise that had been set up to replicate a crime scene in the school and the children had to write about what they saw and interview some members of staff to try and help find out who was responsible. The editor visited the crime scene with the children and then later spoke to them about interview questions and how to gather their findings into a newspaper report. The result was that each class produced work with some being selected by their teachers to be sent to us here at the Stn where we would choose one from each class to include in this issue. See images of the two reports above right, one written by Evelynne Kwok and the other by Alasdair Branney. The editor really enjoyed visiting the children, who were so engaged in the activity and all showed signs of becoming reporters for the future! Thank you for including us in your activity. Well done for producing such good reports it was very difficult to choose just two! Evelynne’s Report reads - SPSP ICT Suite is Sadly Ransacked!!! Over the weekend the ICT suite at SPSP Academy Primary School in Syston was vandalised. On Monday 4th December, Adults and children saw footprints, fingerprints on handles, palm prints on a button, glass, hacked open computers and many more distinctive evidence. There was blood on a tissue, plimsolls and a lanyard without a picture. A person still could have opened the door even after the building had been locked. Adults and children were incredibly shocked. Miss Buchan, the head teacher, claims that she was only told to lock up KS2 and didn’t know who had locked up KS1. But then it became more clear that Mr Hill, the school site officer did lock up KS1. FEBRUARY 2018

Every day, when Mr Hill locks up, he closes the blinds, but when he came back one of the blinds was, confusingly, slightly opened. “This is the most amount of damage I’ve seen in many years!” exclaimed Mr Hill.

Staff still don’t know the cost of the damage yet. Mr Chamberlain proclaimed that he lost his school lanyard and still does not know where it is. Police are still carrying on searching and checking evidence. Children are still fortunately able to go to school so the students can continue to learn. Alasdair’s Report reads - Big Bad Burglary St Peter and St Paul School in Syston, Leicestershire, suffered a burglary and was forced to close. The ICT suite was broken into which had left staff and pupils gobsmacked. It was vandalised during the night between Friday and Saturday. Adults and pupils were shocked by what had happened to the school. There was criminal evidence like broken computers, lanyards, a code and footprints. The head teacher was upset because items worth thousands of pounds were stolen in the burglary. There was no CCTV in the building but there was on the outside. “It will cost a lot of money to replace it,” Fiona Buchan (head teacher) exclaimed. There were computers

ripped out of the desk and significant damage to the ICT suite. The thieves stole lots of expensive equipment like computers and iPads. If you have any information call 0800 555 111. The school will remain closed until further notice.

Thank you from St Peter and St Paul Pre-school

St.Peter & St.Paul Pre-school held their Christmas Raffle on 1st December it was a great success with the total raised £722 towards our extension fund. We would like to say a big thank you to all our sponsors and local businesses for their generous donations, also a big thank you to all our parents who sold the tickets. We would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year.

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Your local directory of Businesses, Clubs, Societies and Other Useful Information. USEFUL TELEPHONE NUMBERS Post Office, Syston. 0116 260 3765 Age Concern Syston. 0116 260 1476 CRIMESTOPPERS. 0800 555 111 Parkinson's UK. 0844 225 3625 Roadline. 0800 62 63 63 Samaritans. 0116 270 0007 Syston Volunteer Centre. 0116 260 7888 Councils: Charnwood Borough Council. 01509 263 151 Leics. County Council. 0116 232 3232 Syston Town Council. 0116 260 7150 Hospitals/Healthcare: Glenfield Hospital. 0300 303 1573 Leicester General. 0300 303 1573 Leicester Royal Infirmary. 0300 303 1573. Direct Dial to Patient Bedside. 0900 906 1515 Accident and Emergency: Leicester Royal Infirmary. 0300 303 1573 NHS Direct. 0845 46 47 Syston Health Centre The Jubilee Medical Practice: 295 0600 The County Practice: 295 0500 District Nurses & Health Visitors: 0300 300 7777 Chemists: Boots. 0116 269 8218 Sunlit. 0116 260 2695 East Goscote Pharmacy. 0116 260 6734 Leisure: South Charnwood Leisure Centre 0116 264 0057 Syston Community Centre. 0116 260 7150 Syston Library. 0116 305 3500 Syston Northfields Tennis Club. 0116 260 5926 Syston Rugby FC. 0116 260 1223 Syston Twinning. 01509 813 723 Wreake Runners. Dave 07710 448 253 Police: Syston Police. 101 Schools/Colleges: The Merton Primary School. 0116 260 8150 Roundhill Community Academy. 0116 269 3896 SS Peter & Paul Primary Academy. 0116 260 7577 Wreake Valley Academy. 0116 264 1080 Biffa Waste Issues: Biffa Transfer Station. 0116 269 6492

ACCOUNTANTS A.B.T. (Accounts, Book-keeping & Tax) AAT Qualified Small Business’s a Speciality. Good Rates. Mob: 0746 0303 490. Baker & Co Tel: 0116 264 0889 CP Accountancy Ltd Tel: 0116 230 3973 Mob: 0774 965 0129 or email:

AERIALS Image Aerials, Syston Local, friendly service,competitive rates, repairs, alterations & TV tuning. Free quotes. Tel: 0116 260 3481 Mob: 0797 020 2125

BAKERY Barkby Bakehouse Ltd Mob: 0751 319 1428 email:

BATHROOM AND TILING Souter Bathrooms Ltd Tel: Darren 0116 260 4105 or Mob: 0776 668 5901

BUILDERS Dave Hutchings Tel: 0116 260 7716 Mob: 0777 078 5400 email: Sharp Construction Tel: 0116 260 1566 Mob: 0798 955 1994

CARPETS Colby Carpets Tel: 0116 260 7394 Mob: 07973 776 240 email: Costcutter Carpets Tel/Fax: 0116 264 0745 email:

CELEBRATION CAKES Sharon’s Sugar craft Tel: 0778 974 2635

CHARITY GROUPS Age Concern Syston The Methodist Church Centre, High Street, Syston LE7 1GP. Tel: 0116 260 1476. Help and Advice Centre open Monday to Friday 9.00am to 12.30pm.

CHILD CARE GROUPS Childminders New informal support network for local childminders and minded children, to share best practice in a friendly environment. Free resources. Meets the first Tuesday of every month. 9.30am to 11.00am, at the Syston Methodist Church. £1 per adult. email: In B Tweenies A parent, baby and toddler group for parents with children who have been on a neo natal unit. The group meets on Tuesdays from 10.00am until 12 noon at Queniborough Dance Co. 109 Broad Street, LE7 1GJ. Telephone Lindsay on 07847 264 382. Make & Play (Mondays and Fridays) Syston Methodist Church, 9.45am until 11.00am both days term time only. £2 for the first child and 50p for subsequent children. For more information about the group contact: Georgina at systonmakeandplay or Make & Play - Syston.


Syston & District U3A Craft Groups Crochet group - meets on the third Friday of the month at Syston Hub Café, High Street, 10.15am - 12.15pm. Parchment group - meets on the third Wednesday of the month at St Hilda’s Church Hall, East Goscote, 2.00 to 4.00pm.

CHILD CARE GROUPS Cont’d St Peter & St Paul's Church Tots at Ten Pre-school Group Every Tuesday in term time 10.00am to 11.45am Church Centre, Lower Church Street. £1.50. Fun, fellowship, stories, activities etc.



Melissa Fairbrother Tel: 07810 727 176

CHURCH GROUPS Broadway Gospel Hall Activities Mondays 3.45 to 4.45pm (term time only) Children's Bible Discovery Club, five to 10 yrs. Its free to attend and you can come straight from school, and enjoy crafts, songs, games and stories all with a Biblical theme. Parents are welcome to stay with younger children. Tuesdays 6.00 to 7.15pm (term time only). Bible Encounter for 11-16 year olds. Its free to attend, enjoy a Bible discussion, games, crafts. Wednesday 2.30 Ladies meeting. Come and share Christian Fellowship, you will receive a warm welcome. Transport is available. All meetings take place at the Broadway Gospel Hall, Broadway, Syston Leicester LE7 1GA. Syston Girls Brigade A church based uniformed organisation for girls, we meet at the Methodist Church, High Street on Tuesday evenings from 6.30pm to 8.00pm in term time. We are now recruiting girls aged 5-12 years and we offer a varied programme of fun and activities with experienced, DBS checked leaders. If you want to find out more, please contact Marie Vernon 0778 648 6504.

CLEANING SERVICES Done & Dusted Quality Counts: Domestic and Commercial Cleans, all cleans catered for. Tel: 0116 260 2828 Mob: 0788 754 2884

COMPUTER SERVICES C & E Consumables Tel: 0116 260 5300 email: Microsis Tel: 0116 260 4217 Mob: 0759 502 1206 email: Paul’s Computer Services Tel: 0116 212 9748 Mob: 0796 172 9055 Repairs, upgrades, PC rebuilds, wireless Internet & network set-up. Remove all viruses and spyware, speed up your PC. No call out fees. Tech support. To your door service.

CONSERVATORY ROOF CLEANER Clean Start Well Established, Professional Conservatory Cleaner. Fully Insured and CRB Checked. Contact Wayne Mob: 0797 750 5453 or email:

CRAFTS North Leicestershire Beaders Meets second Saturday of the month 10.00am to 4.00pm. The Old School Hall, Thurmaston. A friendly group, open to all, experienced and beginners. For more information contact: Mrs Anna-Maria Bromley 0116 260 7221 or


Kevins Domestic Appliances Sales & Repairs Washing Machines, Dryers, Dishwashers & Cookers etc. Tel:0116 269 7168 Mob: 0771 160 4297

DRIVING SCHOOLS BELT UP n GO Driving Tuition Covering all of Leicestershire Mob: 07868 718 227 Find us on Facebook. Wheel Pass Mob: 0795 121 5161 Find us on Facebook Lessons to Suit Your Timetable

ELECTRICAL SUPPLIES Byrite Electrical Ltd 1286 Melton Rd, Syston Tel: 0116 260 2299

ELECTRICIANS Guy Bacon Tel/Fax: 0116 260 5012 Mob: 0797 626 3229 Letts Electrical Services NICEIC registered Tel: 0116 259 7137 Mob: 0786 651 6286 All Electrical Work Undertaken. M A Skinner Electrical Services Syston Based. Mob: 0799 098 1297 FENCING & GATES Fensit Tim Hendry Tel: 0116 239 6495 Mob: 0786 798 1427

FENCING/PAVING ETC Dave Hutchings Tel: 0116 260 7716 Thurmaston Fencing Company For a Free Quote call Alan on Tel: 0116 269 2039 Mob: 07783 596 792

FLOWER AND GARDEN GROUPS Allotment Society We meet on the first Tuesday of the month at Syston Social Club 7.45pm for more details contact Richard Thorpe on 07973 443 945. Birstall Flower Club Meet on the fourth Wednesday in Birstall Village Hall at 7.15pm. (not July and December). Visitors welcome, £5. Contact either Sylvia: 0116 267 4206 or Mary Linnett: 0116 267 2247. Brooksby Gardening Club Meets on the third Wednesday from September to May, Queniborough Village Hall, 7.30pm. Day trips and a holiday are organised in the summer. For more details contact Barbara Bromley on 0116 269 6130. Roundhill Flower and Garden Club Wednesday 28th February - AGM No Visitors.

FINANCIAL ADVISORS Furnley House Independent Financial Advisors (IFAs) 1165 Melton Road, Syston Tel: 0116 269 6311

Spenser Lees – Financial Adviser Ashwood Law Wealth Management Ltd Mob: 07925 116 086

FITTED FURNITURE Swift Fitted Furniture Ltd. Manufacturers of fitted bedrooms and home offices. Contact: 0116 246 0686

FOOT HEALTH CARE David Bramley Foot Health Practitioner SAC DIP FHP Mobile Foot Care Practice. Nail Trimming, Corns, Calluses, Diabetic Foot Care Etc. For an appointment call 0116 221 3532.

FUNCTIONS & EVENTS Syston R.F.C. Tel: 0116 260 1223/260 7719 email:

GARAGES Queniborough County Garage Tel: 0116 260 0081/260 2288

GARDEN SERVICES I.C.Garden Care Tel: 0116 260 6864 Mob: 0790 259 8344 Lancaster Landscapes Tel: 01509 814 280 Mob: 0797 985 1976 PGM Services Garden Maintenance Grass & Hedge Cutting, Pruning, Digging & Weeding. Turf Laying. Reliable Service. Discount Prices for Senior Citizens. Mob: 0751 634 4439.

GAS SERVICING Gas-Servwell Tel: 0116 236 7923 Mob: 0786 073 5066 Unigas Heating Services Tel: 01664 434 742

GUIDING IN SYSTON Rainbows, Brownies, Guides, Senior Section & Trefoil Syston District of Guiding caters for girls from age 5 onwards. Rainbows age 5 - 7: Brownies age 7 - 10: Guides age 10 - 14: Seniors age 14 - 25: Trefoil 25 + We welcome volunteers to join our unit leaders too. To join or go on our waiting lists please visit

HAIRDRESSING Antehc Hair and Skin Studio (New Refurbished Salon) Specialist in hair loss and anti-ageing. Mob: 07877 981 877 Tracey’s at Syston Tel: 0116 260 9582

HEALTH AND FITNESS Syston Friendship Group A meeting of friends with learning difficulties, our member’s ages range from 20 to 75. We meet weekly on most Thursday nights from 7.00 to 9.00pm in the Syston Community Centre where we have a range of activities including crafts, bingo, games, Lego, general socialising etc. Minibus pickup is part of the service that our volunteers can provide. Contact Anne & Trevor Carter 0788 990 3907, email: Ballroom and Latin Dance Lessons Every Saturday in Gaddesby Village Hall. Beginners lessons start at 7.30pm and more experienced at 8.00pm. A social dance follows. Cost is £5 per person for beginners and £7.50 per person for more experienced.

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HEALTH AND FITNESS Cont’d Ballroom and Latin dance Lessons cont’d Refreshments are available. For further information please contact Barry and Audrey Preston on 01664 840 381. Over the Hill Walking Club This club is for singles in the 40 plus age range. We have organised walks in Leicestershire and surrounding counties every Sunday and some Wednesday evenings in the Summer. To find out more contact Dave Gooder on 0116 285 6271 or visit our website Syston Games Club Would like you to join their various games club on Tuesday afternoons 2.00pm to 4.00pm. Syston Community Centre, School Street. Tel: 0116 260 0693 or 260 6931. Syston Methodist Church Centre Dancing every Wednesday afternoon. 2.00pm to 4.00pm. Ballroom, Latin, American, Sequence, Line dancing etc. Syston Wellbeing Group Monday evenings 7.00pm Syston Methodist Church All very welcome - a warm welcome awaits. Contact Tina on 0746 593 8146 All discussions confidential (Self-help group for depression and anxiety) Syston Young at Heart Group We are a friendly group which caters for the elderly and housebound of Syston, meeting every Thursday at the Community Centre from 10.00am to 1.45pm. Transport can be provided, places now available. Please phone Judy Jordan 0116 260 8528. Thrummy Drummer Dementia Group meet 2nd Thursday each month for those affected by Dementia and their families/carers. Elizabeth Park Sports Centre Thurmaston between 10.30am and 12.30pm. Informal get together with support and entertainment. 'Why Not Come Dancing' Saturday evenings, 7.30 pm. Gaddesby Village Hall. Friendly instructors teaching Ballroom, Latin and Jive. All welcome from complete beginners to more experienced dancers. The evening costs from £5 per person. Contact us on 01664 840 381 or just come along.

HERBAL CLINIC Ayurvedic Herbal Clinic Ltd Ayurvedic massage therapies Tel: 0116 266 3939 Mob: 0780 102 7571

HISTORY GROUPS Barkby Local History Group We meet irregularly for trips out and talks by invited speakers. For more information contact Sandra Moore 0116 236 3739. Syston Local History Group Monday 19th February - Quiz called Bits & Bobs. It is various bits of equipment from a bygone era that you have to work out what they were used for. 7.30pm, at the Methodist Church Centre, High Street. Visitors £2 per meeting.

HOME MAINTENANCE Curnock Home Maintenance Tel: 0116 260 7188

KITCHENS AND BEDROOMS LFI Kitchens & Bedrooms Tel: 0116 260 0150



LANDSCAPING Lancaster Landscapes Tel: 01509 814 280 Mob: 0797 985 1976

LEGAL SERVICES HPLC Tel: 0116 260 8990 Mob: 0750 149 5503 email:

MONUMENTS De Montfort Memorials Tel: 0116 260 1851

MORTGAGE ADVISORS A & A Mortgages Ltd (Annu) 1 Barkby Road, Syston Tel: 0116 269 8008 Your local independent Mortgage Advisors. Furnley House Independent Mortgage Advice 1165 Melton Road, Syston Tel: 0116 269 6311

MUSIC GROUPS Acoustic nights at QRBL Club 45 Main Street, Queniborough. All levels and listeners always welcome. Free entry. Very relaxed atmosphere. Mondays twice monthly, from 8.00pm. Just come along! February dates: 5th and 19th. March dates: 5th and 19th. Syston Band Meet at ‘The Hut’ - next to the Bowls club (Central Park). Every Monday at 7.30pm to practice. New members of any standard welcome. Contact via email on U3A Ukulele Group meets every Friday 2.00pm to 3.30pm at the Hub, Syston Methodist Church Centre, High Street. For more information contact Len Abraham on 0781 278 7238. Ukulele Classes at Thurmaston Bowls Club, Elizabeth Park, every Wednesday afternoon 2.00pm to 4.00pm. £2 includes refreshments. All welcome from beginners to experienced. Contact Len on 0781 278 7238 for more information.

NATURE GROUPS Birstall Bird Watching Club Meet second Tuesday of the month at the Rothley Centre, Mountsorrel Lane, Rothley. Visitors welcome. For more information contact Marion Vincent on 0116 237 5156

NURSERIES & PRE-SCHOOLS Broad Street Playgroup Catholic Church Hall, 63 Broad Street. Funded places for 2, 3 and 4 year olds. Mob: 0770 250 4113. Charnwood Nursery & Pre-School Charnwood Five Star Club Tel: 0116 269 6162 Hamilton Hilltop Nursery School. Quality childcare, purpose built facilities. Funded places for 2, 3 & 4 year olds. 25 Hilltop Road, Hamilton, Leicester. LE5 1TT Tel: 0116 274 3090 St Peter and St Paul Pre-School School Lodge, Upper Church Street, Syston. Tel: 0116 269 8638 Tangent House Day Nursery. Quality childcare, purpose built facilities. Funded places for 2, 3 & 4 year olds. 640 Melton Road, Thurmaston. LE4 8BB. Tel: 0116 264 0333

OPTICIANS Henry Smith & Hamylton Tel: 0116 260 2517 Your Sight Opticians 1176 Melton Road, Syston. Opposite Aldi. We provide home visits for those who can’t get to us. Tel: 0116 260 7075

PAINTING & DECORATING Jamie Heggs Tel: 01509 812973 Mob: 0780 384 5465 Rob Toon Painter & Decorator Tel: 0116 260 2856 Mob: 0798 177 1164

PLASTERER R.H. Plastering Tel: 01509 812 190 Mob: 0794 117 0230

PLUMBING Curnock Home Maintenance Tel: 0116 260 7188 S. A. Plumbing & Heating Tel/Fax: 0116 291 9116 Mob: 0780 289 4895

SCOUT GROUPS Queniborough Scout Group Queniborough Scout Hall, Syston Road, Queniborough. Beavers: Thursday 6.30pm to 7.45pm. Cubs: Wednesday 7.00pm to 8.30pm Scouts: Tuesday 7.30pm to 9.00pm. Contact: Clive (Group Chairman) 0116 269 3532. Rearsby Scout Group Meetings are at Thrussington Village hall Beavers: Wednesday 6.00 to 7.00pm Cubs: Monday 6.30 to 7.30pm Scouts: Monday 7.45 to 9.00pm Explorer Scouts/DofE: Wednesday fortnightly - 7.30 to 9.00pm Contact: Jennie Angell on 0793 043 3622. Syston Scout Group Syston Scout Hall, Oxford Street, Syston. Beavers 6-8yrs: Monday 6.30 to 7.30pm. Cubs 8-10yrs: Thursday 6.45 to 8.15pm. Scouts 10-14 yrs: Tuesday 7.00 to 9.00pm. Explorer Scouts 14-18yrs : Friday 7.00 9.00pm Scout Network 18-25yrs : Monday 7.30 to 10.00pm. Scout and Guide Band 8yrs +: Wednesday 7.00 to 9.00pm. For more information, please contact, Mark Bodycot on 0788 424 5089 or

email SOCIAL GROUPS East Goscote Friendship Club We are a friendly group of over 50’s who meet on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month 2.00 pm to 4.00 pm at St Hilda’s Church Hall, Ling Dale, East Goscote. Everyone welcome. Contact: Gill Morton on 0116 260 1977. Lavender Club Social Group Every Wednesday 1.30pm to 4.00pm. Silverdale Community Centre, Silverdale Road, Thurmaston. New members always welcome. Contact Martin on 07709 936 934. Leicester Railway Society (Formed 1939) Meets 3rd Tuesday of the month. Start 7.30pm at the Cricketers, Grace Road, Leicester LE2 8AD Contact: Michael Chapman (secretary) 0116 260 3336 or Brian Holland (programme Organiser) 0116 236 8328. New Chapter Bereavement Support Group Meet Thursday Afternoons 2.00pm to 4.00pm at Thurmaston Health Centre,


Wreake Valley Rotary Club Meet every Wednesday at 7.30pm at the Britannia Inn, Queniborough. Visitors made most welcome. 573A Melton Road, Leicester LE4 8EA Syston Veterans Breakfast Club meets on Come along and meet others living with loss. the third Monday of the month at Brooke Meet new people that can offer Cafe, 8 Brookside, Syston. 9.00am to companionship and understanding without 11.00am. judgement. For more information and an SOFT FURNISHINGS informal chat contact Lin on 0116 269 3542. D. P. Soft Furnishings Royal British Legion Syston meets every Tel: 0116 269 8271 second Tuesday of the month at the Conservative Club, High Street, Syston. 7.30pm. SPORTS CLUBS


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Rearsby & District YFC Meetings every week on Thursdays at 8.00pm in Barkby Village Hall. Call Catriona on 0789 022 6035.

Badminton Club Soar Valley College Meet Tuesdays 7.00pm to 9.00pm, both juniors and adults. Have a team in the local Leics League, but need new members. For more details contact: Kiran on 0781 278 St Peter’s Court Club 0174 or email: Social Fund Bingo every Wednesday at Leicester Penguins Swimming Club 7.00pm for 7.30pm. Refreshments, bingo, Leicestershire’s Number One Swimming Club. raffle. Fun and friendly atmosphere. Training at South Charnwood Leisure Centre. Everyone welcome. Coffee morning every Thursday 10.00am until 11.00am. St Peter’s The club has 270 members competing to National level. Are you 6-10 year olds and can Court, Melton Road, Syston. swim more than 200 metres, give us a call on Syston Chess Club 07077 401 602 for more details and to Meets every Tuesday at the Syston & District arrange a trial. Social Club, High Street, Syston at 7.30pm. Fosse Company of Archers We offer a friendly and comfortable environment and play chess at all levels. We Saturdays 1.00pm onwards, October to enter local and national competitions. We will March at Wreake Valley Academy (indoors, gym building). April to September outdoors teach anyone who wishes to learn! at Syston Rugby Club. New and experienced Syston & District Volunteer Centre archers welcome. For more information Hold their Community Lunch every third visit Monday in the month. Transport available, Riverside Utd Junior Football Club cost of lunch £7. Everyone welcome. Call our office to book your spot. 0116 260 7888. We are always looking for new players to come and join our fantastic football club. We Syston Family Activity Group train kids from 4 years and upwards at Meets every fortnight at different locations on Wreake Valley Academy in Syston. Please a Tuesday night, plus days out and camps. contact Paul Cassidy on 07712 792353 or Arranging anything like archery, canoeing, visit for further climbing, biking, bushcraft, cooking etc. For details. details please get in touch with Stu on 0797 Syston Bowling Club 003 4597. Provides opportunities for all to gain or Syston Ladies Friendship Circle develop skills, make friends and enjoy a 2nd and 4th Monday of the Month St Peter year-round social programme, clubhouse. and St Paul’s Church Hall at 7.30pm. Guests Free coaching with equipment provided. For more details contact Rob Wilbourn (men) welcome. on 01664 424 813 or Val Foreman (ladies) Syston Rotary Club on 0116 260 9635. A new club meets on the first Monday of the Syston Kickboxing Club month at 7.30pm at the Hub Café, Syston Training on Tuesdays from 7.00pm to Methodist Church, High Street Syston. 8.00pm at Syston Community Centre. Interesting speakers and a varied social Suitable for all ages and abilities from programme. Contact 0116 367 2892 for beginners to experienced. Cost £3.50 for more information. children and £4 for adults, pay as you go. Syston Twinning Association Contact Brent Penniston on 01664 562 Syston is twinned with Deville les Rouen, 286 or email Normandy. If you would like more details Syston Northfields Lawn Tennis Club about joining us please contact our Secretary, Mrs Kathryn Grocock-Matts on Tennis for mixed membership. All levels, all ages. Coaching given. Monday and 01509 813 723. Wednesday, Senior Club Night, Tuesday, U3A Syston Canasta Card Group meets Junior Club Night. Syston Northfields Tennis every Monday (except bank holidays) from Club, Northfields, off Melton Road. LE7 1HW. 2.00pm to 4.00pm in the Syston Community Contact Edd Whetton (Coach) on 07800 Centre, beginners and experienced players 599 057 or email: most welcome. For more details contact for further information. Tony Hill on 01664 424 905. Syston RFC Thurmaston Ladies The club runs sides from aged five to fifty meet at Thurmaston RBL, Melton Rd. years. The U6s to U17s play and Friday 6th February - Natter Night. train Sundays/ Tuesdays/ Wednesdays Thurmaston Senior Citizens Playgroup September to April we have over The Old School in Thurmaston every 300 members. The Senior Club 18yrs -50yrs Tuesday afternoon from 2.00pm until 4.00pm. play Saturdays. We have five sides training If you are retired, interested and would like Monday and Thursday from 7.00pm all any more details please ring Pat on 0116 welcome. Contact the club 0116 260 1223 269 4938 or Maureen on 0116 261 1419. or


Syston Syclers An enthusiastic group who meet on The Green, High St. Syston each week. For more details please contact Phil on 0771 778 1501 or, of visit Syston Town Cricket Club The club has three senior teams and junior teams at all age groups from Kwik Cricket to Under 17 level. New players at all ages are always welcome and for general information about the club contact Ivan Spibey on 0771 113 9711. Practice nets for all age groups are available both winter and summer and further details can be obtained from Scott Cooper on 0792 950 2012. Syston Town Juniors F.C. We have sides in most ages, boys and girls and are recruiting players for next session. We have qualified coaches for each side and want to strengthen the teams. We train on Memorial Playing Fields, Necton Street, every Saturday from 10.00am. For further information please contact: Syston Town Juniors F.C. Girls Football Academy For girls of all ages and ability, S.T.J.F.C. FREE girls football academy Memorial Playing Fields, Necton Street, Syston. LE7 8HF every Saturday during football season from 10.00am to 11.30am. All Managers/Coaches are DBS checked and hold FA qualifications. Please come along on the day or contact: Samantha Chambers S.T.J.F.C. (Chairperson) Mob: 0777 629 1355 or Tae Kwon-Do Four to eight years Friday 4.30pm to 5.15pm Juniors & Adults mixed classes Tuesday 6.30pm to 7.30pm Sunday 4.00pm to 5.00pm. St Peter and St Paul’s Primary Academy, Upper Church St, Syston. First month free. Contact James Freer on 0116 264 0432. Thai-Tanium Boxing Club Ladies Class Tuesday 9.30am. Bootcamp Thursday 9.30am. Beginners Tuesday 8.00pm, Wednesday 7.30pm. Kids Tuesday/Wednesday from 5.30pm. 29 Overton Rd, Leicester & 760A Melton Rd, Thurmaston Contact Jamie - 0797 365 6778. Wreake and Soar Valley Athletics Club Running - Middle/long distance/sprints club for all the family with experienced qualified coaches, junior athletes from age seven. Adults from absolute beginners to existing runners looking to improve. Contact John 0781 769 3777 email: Website: Wreake Runners Contact: Dave on 07710 448 253, email: Web site:

TAXI Apollo Cars Tel: 0116 260 7070

TELEVISION Glenfield Television Tel: 0116 287 1762

THEATRE GROUPS Syston QT Theatre Group A small, friendly, local group, we meet every Tuesday (and Thursdays during rehearsal periods) at the Old Chapel in Chapel Street,

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THEATRE GROUPS Syston QT Theatre Group con’td Syston. There are two main productions a year. We welcome those who enjoy acting, the technical side, props, stage management, costumes, etc., and we are always looking for new members. Visit our new website: or email: or Contact QT theatre on 0738 859 3913.

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TREES Charnwood Tree Services Tel: Freephone 0800 371441 Unicorn Tree Care and Fencing For a FREE Quote contact Alan

Tel;0116 269 2039 Mob: 0778 359 6792 WATER SPORTS CLUBS Roundhill Subaqua Club Meet every Thursday, term time only, 8.00pm to 10.00pm. Either in the swimming pool or classroom for theory. Plus Social club. We offer Try-Dives for £15.00 (which only covers the cost of oxygen and pool use as we are a non profitable club) so you can try the experience and find out more about diving. For further details contact Carole Gilbert, Diving Officer on 07968 388 377. Wanlip Sailing Club Small friendly local club. Learn to sail, just cruise or race. Families very welcome. Social sailing Saturdays, racing Sunday afternoons. For further information please contact Sue, daytime on 0116 210 2254. Neil, evenings on 0116 260 8049, or the clubhouse 0116 260 7864 at weekends to arrange a visit.

What’s On Diary for COUNTY AND BOROUGH COUNCILLOR SURGERIES Saturday 3rd February Saturday 3rd March 10.00 to 11.00am Syston Community Centre. Your opportunity to meet and speak with your County and Borough Councillors. They are available to discuss any problems or issues you are concerned about and where possible help you to overcome them.

BROADWAY GOSPEL HALL SERVICES Sunday 4th February 4.30pm Family Service followed by tea. There will be activities for the children during the service. Stay for tea afterwards, everyone is welcome.


SARIC Films at The Old Chapel, Chapel St, Syston. Monday 5th February 2018 Victoria and Abdul Monday 5th March - Goodbye Christopher Robin Doors open 1.00pm for coffee, Film at 2.00pm. Tickets £4.50 available from The WINDOW CLEANING Card Shop, Syston, 0116 260 6095 or on Clarity Windows, Doors, Facias, Conservatories and the door. Guttering cleaned. To discover why people are switching cleaners, please contact us for a free friendly quote. Mob: 07533 991 561 Clean Start Well Established, Professional Window Cleaner. Fully Insured and CRB Checked. Contact Wayne on M: 0797 750 5453 or email:

WOMENS INSTITUTES (W.I.) Barkby and Beeby W.I. Meets third Tuesday of the month. Barkby Village Hall, Beeby Rd, Barkby 7.30pm. Visitors Welcome. For more information contact 0116 260 9274. Charnwood Wigs W.I. Meets last Thursday of the month at 7.30pm. 22nd February - The Art of Chair Bodger, Tradional Chair crafting. Beedles Lakes Golf Club East Goscote. Visitors £4.00. For more details please ring President Sharon Astill on 0784 988 8752. New Barkby W.I. Meets First Wednesday in the month 7.30pm. 7th February, The Science of Humour. Syston Community Centre, School Street. Visitors always welcome. For more details contact President Shirley Franklin on 0116 260 8498. Queniborough W.I. Meets first Wednesday in the month, 7.30pm Queniborough Village Hall. For more details contact President Wendy Taylor 0747 872 9929.



POLICE BEAT SURGERIES Monday 5th February Coffee with a Cop between 1.00 to 2.00pm at The Hub Café, High Street, Syston. Please pop along for a chat. Beat surgery Saturday 24th February 12noon to 1.00pm at Syston Library.

CAPRICCIO ENSEMBLE CONCERT Saturday 17th February 2018 7.30pm The Music Hall, Ratcliffe College, Fosseway Come and enjoy an evening of beautiful chamber music, performed by local professionals and joined by Cambridge based Mezzo soprano singer. Tickets £10, concessions £6, includes a glass of wine. To reserve your ticket contact:, 0788 908 1095 or visit:

VETERANS BREAKFAST CLUB Monday 19th February 9.00am to 11.00am come and join us for a hearty breakfast at the Brooke Cafe, 8 Brookside, Syston. LE7 1GG To book a chair contact John on 0787 092 2850.

THE DOUBLE A COUNTRY MUSIC CLUB Friday 23rd February Doors open 6.00pm. Stone Cold Country (Duo) The artists perform three x 45 minute sets. Entry is £5 on the door. Please note all Country nights will now be on a Friday. Holwell Institute (The Stute), 41 Welby Rd, Asfordby Hill LE14 3RD Tel: 01664 812 080. For more information contact John Gallagher on 0795 226 7226.

WOMEN’S WORLD DAY OF PRAYER Friday 2nd March 10.30am Syston Methodist Church. The annual service to celebrate Women’s World Day of Prayer. EVERYONE IS WELCOME.

GLOBAL HARMONY CHOIR Saturday 17th March 7.30pm start Syston Methodist Church. Tickets advance £7.50 on the door £8. Light refreshments included.

HARROGATE SPRING FLOWER SHOW Saturday 28th April Roundhill Flower Club are organising a coach trip for Harrogate Spring Flower Show. Picking up from outside SPECSAVERs, formally HSBC bank, Syston at 7.30am. Cost of coach and ticket is £37.00 If you would like to join us please call Maureen on 0116 243 2781 or mobile 0780 294 7445.

Be Seen At Night Be Safe at Night and Wear Something Light While Out Walking. Cyclists Ensure You Have Working Lights Switched on & Wear Something Reflective.

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Meeting held on Tuesday 19th December 2017 There were 14 Councillors (Cllrs) and two members of the public present, including a police officer. The Reflection was read by the Chairman Cllr P. Henry. Apologies were received from Cllrs H. and K. Asmal, H. Screaton, J. Midgley, County Cllrs J. Poland and D. Slater. No Declarations of Interest were given in relations to the agenda. There were no matters arising from the public. There were no Chairman’s announcements or communications. The Police Report was tabled as PCSO Matthew Harburt introduced himself and said he had only just joined the team. He took questions and said that PCSO Jo Freeman would respond directly to the council. He also reminded the council that police crime figures are available online via the Leicestershire police website. County and Borough Cllrs reports Cllr E. Vardy reported that Charnwood Borough Council (CBC) had approved the draft strategic growth plan so it will go out for public consultation, the plan goes up to 2050 and includes where housing should be built in the future. He briefly mentioned a proposed a new ring road from the A46 via Barkby, Wigston and then the M1. The route has not been agreed yet and will be reliant on land availability - This is a change to the previous plan. Information will be sent out to councils and leaflets will be distributed, with you being able to have your say in the next year, mid-January. Cllr T. Barkley reported on planning and that CBC has made provision to meet the challenges ahead and to be able to maintain necessary services. He spoke about the CBC Sports awards that were held on the 4th December and what a good night it had been. The Capital plan is due out in January 2018. He then spoke about the tragic episode in Birstall and expressed condolences to all those affected. He finished by saying that the Cllrs surgeries are very popular each month, and wished everyone a Merry Christmas. Cllr K. Pacey reported that he is now only involved with licensing and praised the team at CBC saying they FEBRUARY 2018

are very good in dealing with licensing appeals. He to wished everyone a Merry Christmas. All Minutes were agreed with no amendments. The council agreed with the final draft precept for 2018/19, which will increase council tax by 4%. This equates to an increase to £102 per household for the year. The Chairman Cllr P. Henry signed the documents. NHT public representative survey was circulated to Cllrs, with Mrs C. Voyce (Town Manager) asking them to tick the appropriate boxes on the form and return at the end of the meeting, or as soon as possible, as it had to be returned by 19th January 2018. It was agreed by council to replace the current lighting in the community centre with LED lighting, at a total cost of £5,044. It was hoped that some of this would be covered by a community grant the Town Manager had applied for and the rest from the council’s own capital fund. Once replaced it would give a 50% reduction in electric bills and help reduce the need to replace them as frequently. A Food Festival has been approved to take place on the Central Park during 2018. Date yet to be confirmed. The Town Managers report had been sent out to all Cllrs, updating them on The MUGA Consultation, and stated that it had been very busy - all comments have been passed onto Wicksteed Parks who were going to collate and report back in the new year. There were no members questions for the Chairman and the Town Manager. Actions from the previous meetings were tabled. The Chairman closed the meeting by wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year, and invited everyone present to stay and enjoy a glass of wine or juice and a mince pie. Fiona Henry, Editor. For the official minutes of this and other Town Council Meetings please visit their website: You can attend any council meeting held on Tuesday evenings 7.30pm. Details are posted across all town council notice boards.

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SPOTLIGHT THE JOURNAL OF SYSTON TOWN COUNCIL FEBRUARY 2018 written by Catherine Voyce Welcome to Sophie Brown – Assistant to the Town Manager Syston Town Council is pleased to welcome Sophie Brown to its Full Time office staff. Sophie has worked as an Apprentice for the last 18 months and now she is qualified in her NVQ Level Three in Business Administration, she is well prepared to be a valuable asset to Syston Town Council and its team. New Inclusive Play Ground at Winfield Park The new playground is now installed, it has a variety of play equipment and provides a fully inclusive play area for children. MUGA (Multi Use Games Area) A Public Consultation to discuss the possible siting of the MUGA at the Memorial Park, Syston was held on Friday, 8 December. Thank you to all those that took the trouble to come along and give their views as well as those that completed the Consultation Questionnaire. The documentation is currently with the Wicksteed Play Equipment Suppliers, for analysis and recommendations. No further action will be taken until the outcome of the Consultation is known. Syston Regeneration Project As a result of the Syston Socio-Economic and Environmental Appraisal carried out by Charnwood Borough Council. Borough and Town Councillors are working towards a Stake Holder Meeting as a start in taking the recommendations and objectives forward for Syston. This ambitious project is in its early stages and promises to take Syston forward • To be an effective and well run multiagency partnership within neighbourhoods /estates • To achieve partnership consistency in the provision of high quality [estate] management and maintenance standards and services • To ensure that local facilities are used to their full potential and that community activities are supported. Information and questionnaires have been issued widely amongst the local businesses in Syston and this will be followed up with a Stakeholder Meeting 32


facilitated by Charnwood Borough Council. Environment and Sustainability In February, we will be upgrading the lighting in the Community Centre to energy efficient LED lighting; this work has been partially funded by the utilisation of a Shire Community Climate Change Grant from Leicestershire County Council. LED lighting uses a fraction of the energy of an incandescent light bulb resulting in a dramatic decrease in power costs. The long life span of LEDs provides savings in maintenance and replacement bulb costs. This is a ‘Win Win’ situation for all, as the savings from lighting the building, will help towards keeping room hire charges affordable for users. In addition, Movement Sensors will be installed in all the washrooms to ensure further lighting efficiencies. Benefits for the Environment Taking care of the environment is very important to Syston Town Council and is something we should all take a responsibility for. LED lights are one of the many ways we can help to save the planet. Leicestershire County Council provide Climate Change Grants to community groups as well as town and parish councils – please take a look at the Leicestershire County Council website – Climate Change Grants to find out if your community group is eligible for climate change funding. Community Emergency Response Plan Successful management of a disaster begins at a local level. When a community is prepared to deal with a disaster, the impact can be minimized and lives may be saved. Syston’s Community Emergency Response Plan is in its final stages of approval by The Community Resilience Officer at Charnwood Borough Council. Once approved, the Plan will be issues to local agencies in the town as well as available to download from the Syston Town Council website. CCTV Coverage Syston currently has seven CCTV cameras in the town which are monitored for 24 hours per day, seven days per week. Syston Town Council are now looking to add an eighth camera to the CCTV provision. CCTV operatives and Leicestershire Police have

recommended an area close to the Railway Station on Melton Road; as an additional camera in this area will greatly enhance the coverage and service of CCTV in Syston. Those living or working in close proximity to this site are being consulted and if there are no major objections, the additional camera will be installed within the first quarter of 2018. Panels New Cemetery New Cemetery Development is progressing, the Project Manager is finalising invitations to tender for the construction of the site including a Facilities building. Pavilion Council are planning to take the refurbishment project forward on a stage by stage basis as and when funds become available. Tree Panel In accordance with a tree survey carried out in late 2015, all trees identified as requiring moderate action works have now been maintained. The remaining budget for this year will be utilised on currently non-essential tree works in Syston, with the aim of reducing larger costs in the long term. Memorial Procession 2017 The Memorial Procession took place without any major problems. The Police were able to support the Procession, although this was not guaranteed. The procession route was restricted to the road between Melton Road Car Park and the War Memorial in Central Park. A huge thank you to all those volunteers that helped to steward the event, as well as The Royal British Legion, the Procession could not have taken place without you. World War I End Centenary Plans are underway to commemorate the centenary of the end of WW1 in 2018. Syston Town Council are in discussions with The Royal British Legion and Syston History Society. If anyone has any suggestions on how to recognise such an important occasion, please contact the Council Office. Christmas Event 2017 The Christmas Event was an entertaining and enjoyable occasion for all the family, with an interesting variety of stalls and some excellent entertainment. The Fireworks finale, provided, as always, an impressive and exciting conclusion. Many thanks to Syston Town Council staff and volunteers for helping to make the event run so smoothly. FEBRUARY 2018

SOS Charity Fashion Show A sell out fun night of entertainment in the form of a fashion show was held at the Community Centre in October. The audience were treated to a catwalk show by volunteer models, with the opportunity of purchasing high street brand clothing at knock down prices. The proceeds from the ticket sales, raffle and refreshments raised £550 which was donated to the Chairman’s charity for the year – The Warning Zone. A big thank you to Syston Town Council staff, friends and those that supported the show, for working so hard to make the event a success. Another fashion show is planned for Friday 4th May 2018. Diary Dates • Saturday 3rd February 2018; 10-11am Councillors Surgery at Syston Community Centre • Saturday 3rd March 2018; 10-11am Councillors Surgery at Syston Community Centre • Saturday 7th April 2018; 10-11am Councillors Surgery at Syston Community Centre • Friday 20th April 2018; Syston Town Council Civic Reception • Friday 4th May 2018; Syston Town Council hosts SOS Charity Catwalk and Fashion Show Please remember to join up to our Facebook page for further developments

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discuss it with them first. There are plenty of benefits from getting into running, including improving the health of your heart and lungs. It can Wreake Runners are, once again, also help you lose weight, especially if offering the chance for complete combined with a healthy diet. Taking beginners to participate in this 10 on the challenge of ‘Couch to 5K’ can week programme. help boost your confidence and selfTaking up running can seem like a belief, as you prove to yourself that daunting prospect, especially if you you can set yourself a target and feel out of shape or unfit. We will achieve a goal. help you gradually work up towards This programme will commence on running 5K in just 10 weeks. Probably Monday 29th January at 6.45pm on the biggest challenge a new runner the Industrial Estate in East Goscote faces is not knowing how or where to (Outside the Green Thumb offices start. Often when trying to get into LE7 3XA) where several club exercise, we can overdo it, feel members will run along with you to defeated and give up when we're just help and support. No need to book, getting started. just turn up. ‘Couch to 5K’ works because it starts On completion of the programme, you with a mix of running and walking to will be encouraged to continue your gradually build up your fitness and stamina. Week 1 involves running for running by joining Wreake Runners and run with us on our regular club just a minute at a time, creating realistic expectations and making the nights if you so wish. (NB Don’t worry if you have to miss the first challenge feel achievable right from the start. Each week we will gradually week, we realise this may be short increase the running time, culminating notice for some). The cost is just £15, on week 10 by running for 30 minutes but should you wish to join the club afterwards, it will go towards the to achieve the 5K goal. If you have any health concerns about annual membership fee of only £35. For further information email beginning an exercise regime, make an appointment to see your GP and

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Community Lottery Proposed for Charnwood

A community lottery could be set up to raise funds for local good causes in Charnwood. Charnwood Borough Council is looking at creating the weekly lottery scheme to support the local voluntary and community sector. The Council’s Cabinet will consider the proposal at a meeting on 18th January. The Council is looking at appointing an external management company which runs similar schemes for more than 30 other councils across the country. If it goes ahead, tickets would be sold online and cost £1. For every ticket sold, 60p would go to a good cause. Cllr Brian Page, Lead Member for Communities, Safety and Wellbeing, said: “A number of other councils operate successful community lottery schemes and we are looking at creating one for Charnwood. The local voluntary and community sector plays an important role in the borough by providing advice, support, events, community venues and activities for residents and we want to support it as much as we can. Each year we commit around £400,000 to the sector but we need to be realistic about the challenges facing local government funding and think about ways to help maintain that level of Queniborough W.I. support in the future. A community lottery could be one way The parties nearly over, Christmas and New Year all done and dusted as we of doing that and people would know look forward to a busy 2018. they would be helping a good cause Roots at Barkby was the venue for our January meeting. It is where we held every time they bought a ticket.” our belated Christmas meal and what an enjoyable evening we had. It is estimated the lottery scheme could The food was scrumptious and home cooked, the company of twenty three raise around £36,000 a year for good members made it festive and the entertainment, ‘Our Flossie’, with some quick causes, depending on ticket sales. changes of costume and her renditions of songs from Sister Act, some jazz, Local organisations would apply to the samba, salsa and Shirley Bassey hits, rounded the evening off to perfection. Council to be a potential recipient of funds and ticket buyers could either What a good start to the New Year. Let the party begin again! specify which group to help or it would Come and pay us a visit, you’ll be made very welcome. Our February meeting go into a general pot for the Council to starts at 7.45pm on the 7th at Queniborough village hall when our speaker will distribute. talk about ‘Recycling with a difference’. If approved, a lottery scheme could launch later this year. Happy New Year to you all! Wendy Taylor (President)

Syston Bowling Club Men

Ladies Registered Community Amateur Sports Club “At the heart of the local community for more than 85 years” LOOK at what we offer to help you survive the Winter months, before the green opens again in April next year. * * * * * * *

Weekly indoor bowling sessions just for fun! (Mondays) Weekly social afternoon and Pub quiz (Wednesdays) Non-members and potential members are offered a Fortnightly meetings of Art Group warm welcome to all events. Come and sample the Monthly Ladies Lunch great Club atmosphere to help you to decide whether Regular Saturday evening social programme you want to join us as a player next Season. Active gardening group with talks and visits Fully licensed clubhouse Bar More information can be obtained from Club Secretaries Rob Wilbourn - 01664 424 813 (Men) or Val Foreman - 0116 260 9635 (Ladies)


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It may be the middle of winter but, despite the depressing news from Australia, positive thoughts about cricket are never very far away. Syston Town Cricket Club have a comprehensive set of records covering individual and team performances for the 1st XI, 2nd XI, Sunday XI and whole club performances. These records are second to none, no other club having such detailed and comprehensive lists and they are updated each winter by John Mills and myself. Full details can be found on the club’s website A number of records are broken each year and 2017 Perry Hill was no exception. Zahir Taher (32*) and Pete Howard (45*) shared a record unbeaten 10th wicket stand of 84 for the 1st XI. Pete now holds the highest number 11 score for both the 1st XI and the 2nd XI. I’m told he’s been pestering Ivan for a few Sunday games next year to complete the set. Charles Wootton was ‘Mr Consistency’ for the 1st XI in 2017 and now holds the record (837) for the number of league runs in a season. Perry Hill, pictured above, scored 454 runs for the 2nd XI (in only 11 matches) at a splendid average of 64.9 and Jaimal Bathia now holds the 2nd XI and Club Record for his 5 catches in the match against Huncote. This was remarkable considering he only took 6 catches in the whole season! For the Sunday XI Charlie Taylor (123*) scored his 6th century, Ben Drake (128) his fourth and George Corbett (122) his maiden century for the club. Ben Drake scored 510 runs at an average of 51 and Ben Tebbutt bowled splendidly all season to take 21 wickets. For the Club, Charlie Taylor has now scored 9 centuries and is only two behind record holder John Mills who had better get his bat out again next year. Charles Wootton carried on his run accumulation in cup matches and reached the splendid total of 1023 for the season, curiously, without scoring a ton. Roger Pole

Fosseway Bowls Club had a surprise visitor at their Christmas party held at the clubhouse on Sunday 10th December. Santa parked his sleigh on Fosseway car park and presented all of the guests with presents. Thanks go to Santa and his elves for finding time to come to Fosseway at this busy time of the year. Fosseway then held their Annual New Year’s Eve Party, dancing and partying till the early hours. The 2018 season starts in April, interested? Then phone 0116 260 8044 and ask Roger for details. To all fellow bowlers, Happy New Year, hope to see you all in 2018.

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available in the village hall prior to the prize giving. Don’t be fooled serious runners, this is not too easy for you, it’s very fast and furious, but it is great fun. In race 4 and 5 there is also a £10 cash prize for the fastest runner who beats the course record of 9 mins and 22 seconds - Now there’s a challenge!

crossings and haybale jumps. The event is over five races and is open to all age groups as well as family and school teams. For more info and entry because Thrussington Fun Run is form see our website back by popular demand!! Entries are now open to enter Thrussington Fun Run which will take Race 1 = 2pm - pre-school – School year 2 place on Saturday 3rd March from 2pm. Race 2 = 2.20pm - school year 3 and 4 This year the fun run has been organised in aid of Thrussington Race 3 = 3pm – school year 5 and 6 Primary School and Jac Bach Race 4 = 3.20pm – school year 7 – Children’s charity. We are therefore 17 years of age very grateful to our sponsors: Tokio Race 5 = 3.40pm – Adults and VET Marine HCC Insurance, Charles 50+ Bentley & Son Limited, Raelectra Children school year 6 and under run Limited and Bentons Estate Agents one lap of the ¾ of a mile course. which means that all money raised will School year 7 up to adults two laps of go to our worthy causes. the ¾ miles course (1 ½ miles). Thrussington Fun Run has proved a Everyone who completes the course very popular event as it is a smashing receives a medal and post race treats. local cross country course with water Hot and cold refreshments will be 38


A friendly club for players 4yrs and upwards. We train at Wreake Valley Academy on Saturday mornings. Please contact Paul Cassidy on 0771 279 2353 or visit

If you are new to running or an old hand; very young or very old; give it a go and join the fun as an individual or enter your family as a team or round up friends from school and go for the school team trophy. Entries close at 12 noon on Thursday 1st March. Other local fun runs: Queniborough Fun Run Saturday 10th March visit and Frisby Fun Run on Saturday 14th April visit FEBRUARY 2018

Local Archery Club Changes Name Melton Mowbray archery club was formed back in the 1960’s as a target archery club and has had many homes since then. In 2009 the club moved its indoor shooting venue to Wreake Valley Community College (as it was called then). The club has since gone from strength-to-strength, with an active shooting membership and members shooting in local, regional and national competitions. Some of our members have, over recent years, been county, regional and national champions in their particular disciplines. We run beginners courses twice a year; and also free taster sessions each month for the public to try archery for the first time. Contact information for both of these can be found on our beginner’s page of the website. We shoot indoors at Wreake Valley Academy from the beginning of October till the end of March. Our

outdoor season is from the beginning of April till the end of September, and we are at Syston Rugby football club in Queniborough for this part of the year. Archery is an all inclusive sport, all ages and abilities shoot together, and it is never too late to learn. Our members ages range from 10 to over 80-years-old. A parent or guardian must be present for juniors under the age of 16. The club decided recently that it was time to re-brand the club name and we are now known as Fosse Company of Archers. More information can be found on our new club website:

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Barkby United Cricket Club AGM Barkby United Cricket Club held its AGM recently and the following Officers were Patron John Pochin, President James Johnson, Chairman Hugh Asher, Vice Chairman Russ Munden, Joint secretary's Dan Lever and Jack Wood, Treasurer Louis Botting, First team Captain Tom Flowers, Second team Captain Dave Botting, Third team Captain Josh Grant, Sunday Captain Ken Eales, Burrough league Captain Dan Lever. The club would like to thank Alison Kirk for her many years of work in different capacities for the club. Alison has now given up her post as welfare officer for the club along with also retiring Chairman Marcus Birr and Bob Cooper, who has kept the outfield in such superb condition over the years. Thank you - All your work for the club is much appreciated.

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Syston Town News Your Independent Community Newspaper February 2018  

Welcome to the first issue of 2018.

Syston Town News Your Independent Community Newspaper February 2018  

Welcome to the first issue of 2018.