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this issue 130 This month we are lucky enough to welcome on board a whole host of local businesses offering a wide variety of services. We’ve got The Golf Centre in Coalville who not only offer golf coaching and tu tuition they also have the latest craze; Footgolf if you fancy s something a bit different. We welcome Moo Fresh for fresh milk d deliveries, Trading Labels offering cash for clothes, occupational t therapist Jackie from Enable Wellbeing and Darren Robinson who is now on hand should you need your lawn mower repaired. All of n th these businesses are locally based – keep it local and support your loca local community by using them whenever you can. Don’t forget to tell yo spotted them in What’s Around first! them you

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Hello everyone...

AS part of National Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) Awareness Day Leicestershire Police, and partner agencies, have launched two new ways for people to pledge their support to end child sexual abuse. Alongside the CEASE - the Commitment to Eradicate Abuse and Sexual Exploitation - online pledge, you can now support the campaign by texting* CEASE to 87007.

Thousands of CEASE hands will also be distributed across Leicestershire and Rutland, in places such as community centres, libraries and doctors surgeries, for people to sign. The signed hands will then go on display in public areas as a visual representation of everyone’s commitment to tackling the crime.

As well as aiming to get everyone who lives and works in the area to pledge their support, the CEASE campaign hopes to help raise greater public awareness of CSE, the signs it may be happening and

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increase the reporting of offences and the prosecution of i offenders. Since its launch, the multi-agency campaign o has received more than 700 online pledges, including h football legend Gary Lineker, Bend It Like Beckham f actress Parminder Nagra, X-Factor winner Sam Bailey, a Leicester City goalkeeper Mark  Schwarzar and Leicester L Tigers players Tom Croft, Sam Harrison, Freddie Burns T and Oli Bryant. a It I ties in with a national awareness day run by charity NWG Network highlighting the issues surrounding CSE. N Chief Chi f Constable C t bl Simon Cole said: “The key to tackling CSE is greater public awareness of the issue and the signs that may indicate a child is in danger. “CEASE is already showing its potential to make a real difference with its joinedup approach to tackling the problem with other local agencies. But everyone has a responsibility and I urge people not to turn a blind eye, but to be aware of the signs and alive to the issue - and to speak up on behalf of others.” Materials for young people, parents, carers and businesses, including the signs to look out for, are available at: • Leicester Safeguarding Children Board • Leicestershire & Rutland Safeguarding Children Board Anyone who has concerns about a child is urged not to keep any worries to themselves. They should contact the police on 101 for non-emergencies or 999 if they are concerned a child is in immediate danger. * Texts to support CEASE will be charged at the rate of a standard text message.

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spotlight on... Did you know that cardiovascular disease kills more than 160,000 people in the UK every year?

Glenfield HOSPITAL

RIGHT on our doorstep we are lucky to have Glenfield Hospital with its reputation as a centre of excellence. It is also home to the University of Leicester British Heart Foundation Cardiovascular Research Centre (CVRC) - a leading international centre for heart research which aims to bring together scientists, doctors and patients to improve the diagnosis, prognosis and treatment available. Research such as this needs patient involvement and to help

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facilitate this, a Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) group dedicated to the cardiac research project has been formed. The group meets to receive and comment on updates from the research teams and to help the professional staff by giving the patient and public perspective. Members also help make sure communication with patients is clear and easily understood and spread the d about b t th h research h th i on at Leicester’s Hospitals. word the thatt iis going

Those who get involved in volunteering for such groups often have first-hand experience themselves. Terry Finnigan, a Groby resident of 20 years, is a prime example. Fourteen years ago he suffered a heart attack and collapsed at a Jubilee Party. He was lucky, as there were four nurses there who gave him lifesaving resuscitation until an ambulance took him to hospital. Three weeks later he had surgery at Glenfield Hospital and had a miniature Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD) inserted which automatically sends a shock to restart his heart if it stops beating. Terry is well aware that events could have gone the other way. His gratitude for such a lifesaving intervention and the extra years of active life it has given him have found expression in the tireless volunteer work he does for Leicester’s Hospitals. If you would like to be involved in the PPI group or want more information you can contact the Department of Cardiovascular Sciences at Glenfield Hospital on 0116 258 3021 or email sp504@le.ac.uk.

To contact the Take Heart Support Group telephone Volunteer Services on 0116 258 7221 or email thl@takeheartleicester.co.uk.

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in your garden RHS Show Garden Medalist, Francesca Sinclair, looks at how to make the most of your garden and garden jobs for this time of year. Francesca offers a full garden design service - find out more at www.francescasinclair.co.uk

Donington Le Heath  MAY heralds garden visits for sunny afternoons and the gathering of ideas for our gardens. The reopening of the garden of Donington Le Heath’s fascinating Manor House on 7th May with a Plant Hunters Fair is a perfect start. Having visited a plant fair there last year I can highly recommend a browse. There will be good quality plants. You are bound to be inspired by the knowledgeable and enthusiastic plants people showing unusual varieties and specialist plants for sale. Hopefully you will not be able to resist a purchase or two.

The garden at Donington Le Heath Manor is charming. It is not huge, but appropriate to the size of the house. You might be able to imagine yourself living there! It has that perfect 17th century combination of paths, plants and lawn, all combined to create garden rooms. Beautiful large flagstones make the pathways and the garden is further divided by perfectly trimmed and level yew hedges. This makes sheltered and quiet spaces which encourage further exploration of the garden. The design gives the impression of it being bigger than it really is. Recreated as a 17th century garden it feels traditional and perfectly in keeping with the style of property. Old plant favourites such as Roses and Lavender are generously grouped in the planting beds to make vibrant displays of colour.

As with the garden 400 years ago, plants and herbs with medicinal and culinary uses have been included in the planting of the flower and herb gardens. An ornamental maze is a fun and appropriate addition, and an orchard to the side of the house again recreates the essence of a productive 17th century garden. There is small woodland, which was planted as part of the local National Forest Scheme.

This charming garden has been selected as the venue for an outdoor performance of Shakespeare’s Hamlet on 11th June to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. With the property dating back to 1280 it has several famous links to history including Guy Fawkes and the Gunpowder Plot - one of the actual plotters owned the house in the early 17th century.

The house itself is currently being refurbished and will open later on in May. The Old Barn tea room offers snacks and cakes. Tables and chairs outside mean you can have a seat on which to enjoy the garden. Donington Le Heath Manor is to survive without its former annual subsidy and so various events are planned for the summer. The Heritage Garden Restoration Volunteer Registration Scheme opened in April and heritage experts guide the team. Entry to the house and garden will be £5.95 for adults with free return entry for a year. Discounts and concessions are available for families. Under 3's and Carers will be free admission. For more information go to www.doningtonleheath.com or telephone 01530 831259. Email info@francescasinclair.co.uk

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GARDENING JOBS FOR MAY: 1 Hoe and hand weed borders and vegetable plots. 2 Plant summer hanging baskets. 3 Harden off summer bedding by opening cold frames in the day. 4 Thin out directly sown annuals. 5 Successionally sow salad crops. 6 Sow sweetcorn and French runner beans, cauliflowers, sprouting broccoli and leeks. 7 Put straw under strawberries. 8 Stake and keep staking those perennials which will fall over such as Delphiniums. 9 Cut lawns weekly and remember a high nitrogen feed. 10 Weather can still be unpredictable so watch out for frosts on annuals.

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health & fitness advice HEALTH related fitness is about improving the quality of your daily life by exercising and by the way you manage your life. We all know that exercise is good for us but all too often we try to over do it in order to get the perceived benefits as quickly as possible - Human Nature is to want 'instant gratification' in everything we

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What is Health Related Fitness? with Mark Padgett of MP Personal Training

Here are some, but not all, of the benefits of Health Related Fitness: • Reduced Stress Levels • Improved Stress Management • Improved mobility • Reduced blood pressure

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Enough exercise, so that you are committed and dedicated but not obsessed is the key! It is important to find the balance between work, rest and exercise. Most people work long hours and think they are too tired to exercise when the reality is that they would be far more energised if they can overcome their perceived 'tiredness,' turn up to their exercise session and just do it - the rewards are well worth having for the sake of 2-4 hours per week.  Even 1 hour per week is a good starting point!

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Improved immune system - less chance of illness A more positive mental outlook Improved coping skills Improved weight management Improved energy levels Improved management of existing health issues/injuries

Health related fitness is all about giving yourself the best chance possible to live a happy, positive, healthy and fulfilling life. It gives us a much better chance of coping and managing any illnesses and diseases life may throw at us.  It may not change the outcome of such a thing but it will certainly give you the best chance possible to fight it! 

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do. If you exercise regularly and feel energised, positive, are changing shape and are coping with all that life throws at you; then it is likely that you are benefitting from the Health Related effects of regular exercise.  Although, too much of a good thing can be as bad as doing nothing whatsoever, this applies very much to exercise!

There are 168 hours in a week so it's not a great sacrifice to give up 2-4 hours per week in order to do some Health Related Exercise.....that's all you need to do to help make your life count!

Nothing is ever guaranteed in life but one thing for sure you have a great chance of dramatically improving its quality. If you want to start your journey to improving your Health Related Fitness or want to learn more contact me on 01530 815610 or 07855 668618.

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MONTHLY UPDATE

AS mentioned last month, in early June we are moving to a new clinical system to record and store our patients’ health information. As with any system change, this will inevitably cause disruption, both to the practice and to our patients. We are hoping to keep disruption, for patients in particular, to a minimum but please bear with us during this time.

NEW CLINICAL SYSTEM Having this new system will be beneficial for our patients. The new system is in wide use in services such the community and will allow other services, as the district nursing team, the urgent care centre, hospitals, child health services and others to see your records, with your permission, if they are caring for you or your child. Most other surgeries in North West Leicestershire are moving to this

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system. We are beginning to work more closely with other local GPs, particularly in the out of hours period, and having the same system will allow other local GPs to see your patient record if they are treating you. If this happens the treatment you receive will be better tailored to your individual needs and safer for you as well. T These are the main ways that p patients will be affected by the c changeover: • We are currently not registering patients for on-line access as all patients will have to re-register for this on the new system

• Throughout May the majority of patients on repeat medications will be given two months’ supply of medication rather than the usual one month supply

• We will have a much reduced capacity to speak to and see patients in the week we go live.

We are sorry for the inconvenience this change will cause but believe that it is in all our patients’ interests and will improve patient care in the future.

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ashby museum news A new book and a two month exhibition about the Burton and Ashby Light Railway will both be launched at the beginning of May. The Burton and Ashby Light Railway was owned by the Midland Railway and built to connect their stations at Burton, Swadlincote, Castle Gresley and Ashby. The system operated between 1906 and 1927. After closure, all the trams were disposed of. A chance discovery by members of Gresley Model Railway Club resulted in them acquiring the body of Car 14 on which they did a lot of restoration work. Following sponsorship and major restoration, the tram moved to Detroit in 1980 and ran there for the next 23 years. When the system was closed in 2003 it was assumed that the tram had been scrapped, but in October 2014 it resurfaced and was returned to this country. In 1983 Peter White and Joe Storer wrote and published a

book called Sixpenny Switchback, which was the first full history of the tramway. Both the original authors are now dead but Peter’s vast photographic collection is housed at Ashby Museum so, using this, a much enhanced version of the book called Return to the Sixpenny Switchback is being published by the Museum. The author, Keith Gilliver, was a close friend of Peter’s and was in a unique position to write this. Local primary schools have received information about this year’s Ian Clews Writing Competition and we hope to have a good response. The topic this year is Dolly Shepherd, the Edwardian parachutist and prizes of £50 and £25 will be awarded to the winners. Included in this year’s Past and Present magazine are articles on Poynton family history, Ashby Castle Gardens, Donisthorpe Mining Memories, Staunton Harold Church’s stained glass windows, a visit to the Bath Grounds written in South Derbyshire dialect and local history book reviews.

FRIENDS OF ASHBY MUSEUM The Friends of Ashby Museum are holding their next afternoon talk on Wednesday 18th May to link in with the museum exhibition about the Ashby to Burton Light Railway and the publication of Keith Gilliver's book. Keith will be giving the talk at the museum starting at 2pm. £3 to include tea/coffee and biscuits. Please call into the museum or phone to book a place on 01530 560090. A date for your diary: On Friday October 21st we will be holding the Ian Clews Memorial Quiz at Packington Memorial Hall. More details later.

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this month DID you know that May is National Share a Story Month? It’s an annual celebration of storytelling, and this year’s theme is A Place for Stories. The idea is that stories aren’t just for bedtime; they can be shared anywhere – under a tree, during a picnic, in a tent, during a train journey… You can read a book to someone, or pass it on, listen to an audio book together, or retell a story you know by heart. You could even make up a story.

Sharing stories

Whether you have five minutes spare this month, or a couple of hours, here are a few ideas to get you started sharing stories stories. Organise a storytelling session in a local café.

Throw a teddy bear’s picnic and ask children to bring their favourite bear related books.

F ncy treating yourself, or someone else, Fa e Fancy to a new book this favourite month? Here are a few of our favourites…

UNDER 5s: Whoa! Joe by  Rosie Godfrey is a beautifully illustrated book about a three year old’s imagination, and the adventures it takes him on. It even comes with a story CD included.

Ask your local shop whether you can have a small corner to use as a free library. Invite people to bring old books in, and borrow others.

5-8: Daisy and the Trouble with Life by Kes Gray. Daisy is always getting into trouble and this story is no exception. She’s grounded, but why? And why does she keep rushing off to the loo?

Build a den, lay down a blanket and read stories with your family.

TEENAGE: Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman won a National Book Award last year, and it’s not difficult to see why. A moving, yet funny, book, Challenger Deep explores the world of a teenager battling with schizophrenia.

Organise a book swap with friends, or through a school. You could even turn this into a fundraising event, by charging people a small amount for entrance, or for a cup of tea and slice of cake. Download the ePub and Kindle apps for your Smartphone, so that you can read ebooks when you’re out and about.

Write a book with your child. They could draw pictures, or you could cut ones out from old magazines.

9 UPWARDS: The Dark Materials trilogy by Philip Pullman. Adventures are aplenty in this fantastical story of a girl called Lyra Belacqua and her ‘dæmon’ companion, Pan.

ADULT: The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper by Phaedra Patrick. Follow Arthur on his quest to discover the origin of the charms on his late wife’s bracelet. A hugely enjoyable read.

For more details about National Share a Story Month, visit: www.fcbg.org.uk

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seasonal recipes Large and juicy beefsteak tomatoes are the perfect shape and size for stuffing and make an economical midweek supper. Serve hot or cold with a crisp green salad drizzled with a tangy balsamic glaze.

Makes 4 Ready 35 minin s

Herby Stuffed Baked Tomatoes YOU WILL NEED

• 4 firm beefsteak tomatoes • 3 tbsp Virgin olive oil • 1 onion, peeled and finely chopped • 2 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed • 75g fresh white breadcrumbs

Serves 2-4 Ready 60 minin s

• 2 tbsp fresh chopped parsley • 1 tbsp fresh chopped mint • 2 tsp capers, drained and rinsed • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

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1 Preheat the oven to 190°C, 375°F, Gas 5. 2 Use a sharp knife to slice the tops off the tomatoes and slice a thin sliver from the base of each tomato to prevent them wobbling in the dish. 3 Use a teaspoon to scoop out the seeds and flesh from each tomato. Finely chop and reserve the flesh but discard the seeds. Place the tomato shells in a shallow ovenproof dish. 4 Heat half the olive oil in a medium-sized frying pan. Add the chopped onion and fry over a medium-high heat for 5 minutes until beginning to soften. Add the garlic and fry for a further 4 to 5 minutes until tender and golden. Stir in the chopped tomato flesh, breadcrumbs, parsley, mint and capers and season well with salt and freshly ground black pepper. 5 Spoon the breadcrumb mixture into the tomato shells, pressing it down gently then top with the lids. Drizzle over the rest of the olive oil and bake in the preheated oven for 25 to 30 minutes until the tomatoes are just tender. Serve hot or cold.

TOP TIP Replace the breadcrumbs with cous cous if liked. Place 115g cous cous in a heatproof bowl and pour over boiling water to cover. Stir once then place a plate on top of the bowl and leave for 10 minutes or until the liquid has been absorbed. Fluff up the grains with a fork then stir into the fried onion mixture as above. Add some toasted pine nuts, chopped dried apricots, fresh coriander or a little harissa paste for a more exotic flavour.

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These divine puds have a wonderful molten chocolate centre which oozes out as you cut into them. Take care not to overcook them and serve immediately otherwise the liquid centres will start to set. Serve with a dollop of tangy crème fraiche or a scoop of vanilla ice cream for the ultimate indulgence!

Chocolate Fondant Puds YOU WILL NEED • 100g unsalted butter, softened, plus extra for greasing

• 100g caster sugar, plus extra for sprinkling

• 2 large eggs

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• 100g good quality dark chocolate, broken into pieces • 1 tsp vanilla extract • 20g plain flour • Mint sprigs, to decorate • Few strawberries and chocolate shavings, to serve

1 Preheat the oven to 200°C, 190°F fan, 400°F Gas 6. Lightly grease 4x 175ml capacity individual pudding basins with the extra softened butter and sprinkle with the extra caster sugar. Place on a baking tray. 2 Place the butter and chocolate in a heatproof bowl set over a saucepan of simmering water and leave until melted. Remove from the heat and stir until smooth. Leave to cool for about 5 minutes. 3 Place the sugar, eggs, vanilla extract and flour in a bowl and, using a hand-held electric whisk, beat together until smooth and creamy. Fold in the cooled chocolate mixture and pour into the prepared pudding basins. 4 Bake in the preheated oven for 12 to 15 minutes or until the puddings are risen, puffy and just set on the outside - they should have a slight wobble and still be runny inside. 5 Leave for a few seconds then turn the puddings out onto serving plates. Decorate with mint sprigs and serve with the strawberries and chocolate shavings.

TOP TIP If you don’t have individual pudding basins then use small ovenproof ramekin dishes instead.

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what’s on for families... As summer approaches festival season will soon be well and truly upon us. There’s so much choice whatever your taste in music, whether you’re planning a camping weekend or just a single day of sun (hopefully). What’s more these events are no longer restricted to adults only with some of the best festivals aimed at family fun and entertainment, providing something for all ages. Here’s a quick round up of our favourite family festivals scheduled for this summer in NW Leicestershire.

MAY LEICESTERSHIRE SAUSAGE & CIDER FESTIVAL – Friday 4th to Sunday 6th June at Cattows Farm, Heather Despite the appeal for cider drinkers and sausage fans this festival has so much more to offer. There’s live music from local bands and a huge selection of tribute acts including Abba, Madonna and Take That. The kids will not have a chance to get bored with a roller disco, a funfair and free children’s entertainment. Tickets are available for the day or the whole weekend with the option of camping or even taking a caravan. Tickets start from £7.50 for a Child Day Ticket (age 6-16 years) through to Family Weekend Entry & Camping Tickets at £84.99. See www.sausageandciderfestival.com for full details. PICNIC IN THE PARK – Sunday 12th June at Coalville Park, Coalville Although the Picnic in the Park may not technically be a ‘festival’ it does offer a great family day out with lots for everyone to enjoy and it’s FREE! There’s live music on the big stage from Hermitage FM, Leics Co-op Brass Band, tribute bands and more. There are children’s rides, an acrobatic show, arts workshops, face painting, an inflatable rugby pitch, skittles, and plenty of food and drinks stalls so it’s easy to get into the ‘festival’ mood. For more info call 01530 454603 or email angela.bexton@nwleicestershire.gov.uk

110 ABOVE – Friday 17th to Sunday 19th June at Gopsall Hall Farm, Twycross 110 Above is a three day independent, intimate and family friendly music festival and will be running for the seventh year this summer. Enjoy up and coming bands performing Indie, Rock and Pop music. Weekend tickets include camping with the option of bringing your own caravan, glamping in Tipis or simply camping in your tent with a separate family camping area available. Access to the festival is free for under 12’s as long as you book whilst early bird tickets are on sale before 3rd May. Adult weekend tickets cost £59. For more details of the line-up and ticket info see www.110above.com

ASHBY FAKE FESTIVAL – Saturday 5th June at Ashby Bath Grounds The fun kicks off at noon for the Fake Festival and carries on till late. Throughout the day top UK tribute bands will be playing in the Marquee but outside in the Entertainment Zone there’s also a large fenced area with plenty of entertainment to keep the kids amused. What’s more , children under 9 years of age get FREE entry and don’t require a ticket. To find out more see www.fakefestivals.co.uk but be quick as this one always sells out and early bird tickets are only on sale until 4th May with adult tickets at £16.50 and family tickets at £42.00. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to keep up to date with all that’s happening locally.

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swannington heritage trust

Heritage and Woodland Walks MAY is National Walking Month, a time when all of us are urged to enjoy the benefits of walking. North West Leicestershire is very fortunate to have so much glorious walking country. Woodland planting within the National Forest has covered the scars of the coal mining past and provided many delights for walkers. Extract of map of The Swannington Hokey Cokey

downloadable walks. The information for each walk includes a map, directions and historical narrative.

GOLIATH’S END approx two miles Starting at the Robin Hood public house trek along an ancient green lane to the former Snibston No 3 colliery and the 1832 Leicester and Swannington railway. Continue to the top of the Incline where locomotives such as Goliath and Atlas could go no further, as they waited for the winding engine to haul coal trucks up the 1 in 17 slope to join their railway journey to Leicester. Head down the Swannington Incline and then onwards into the village passing the Quaker Smithy, Old Wesleyan Chapel and one of Leicestershire’s oldest primarschools. Many of the 18th and 19th century coal mines only operated for 15-20 years. As one mine closed, miners would find a job in another colliery and walk to work across a different set of fields. The result is that parishes such as Coleorton and Swannington have a fabulous network of criss-crossing footpaths. The Trust website http:// www.swannington-heritage.co. uk/swannington_village_walks .html provides details of eight

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THE SWANNINGTON HOKEY COKEY approx 10 miles Starting at The Station public house follow ancient green lanes and miners’ paths to Coleorton, Hough Mill, Jessop’s Tramway, St. George’s Church, Calcutta Colliery, New Swannington, Potato Lane Bridge, The Incline and Snibston No 3 Mine. Discover mines galore, horse drawn tramways, the Remains of the winding engine house route to the Charnwood at the top of the Swannington Incline Forest canal, one of the world’s first steam railways, a church with literary origins and a former smallpox isolation hospital.

Hough Mill is open from 2-5pm on Sundays and bank holidays until the end of September.

About 400 people attended Easter at the Mill. Take Teddy to the Mill is on the 30th May (email events@swannington-heritage.co.uk to reserve a place) and the Strawberry Fayre on the 26th June. The Hough Mill facebook page has photos of past events, the mill, mining sites and woodlands.

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what’s on...

May Saturday 7th May

welcome to attend. To find

Plant Hunters Fair

out more, please contact

10am to 4pm at

Dave Cliffe by email

Donington le Heath Manor

dave.c@valonline.org.uk

House. These fairs make a

or contact the CCB

wonderful day out full of

Project on 0116 2575 050.

inspiring ideas you take back with you to your own

Wednesday 11th May

garden. Cost £1. See www.

The Palace AGM

doningtonleheath.org.uk

Meeting starts at 7.30pm. Free entry. Open to the general public.

‘The enchanted

Membership is required

musical garden’

to vote. To become a

The region’s premier

member call 01530

professional music

262400 for details. See

ensemble Fiori Musicali are

www.thepalaceibstock. co.uk/whatson.html

Monday 2nd May

Square, Coalville at 11-

presenting a baroque

Moira Furnace

11.30am, going for a walk

programme of music by

’Family Fun Day’

for about an hour and

Vivaldi and Handel in the

Thursday 12th May

A free event which will

then going on the

splendid historic setting of

Folk on the Green

have a seaside theme with

Wetherspoons group at

Staunton Harold Hall, by

Meeting 8pm at

bouncy castles, swing

1pm for those that would

kind permission of owners

Thringstone House

boats, popcorn, candy

like to. If you are inerested,

Mr and Mrs John Blunt.

Community Centre, The

floss, fish and chips,

please feel free to go

Once again the group

Green, Thringstone. LE67

Punch and Judy, boat

along on the day, email

have with them one of

8NR. All folk artists who

rides, sand pit, buckets and

dave.c@valonline.org.uk

their favourite performers,

are willing to sing, say or

spades, deckchairs,

or contact Dave on 0116

Judit Felszeghy soprano,

play, or anyone who

children's crafts, food and

257 5033.

who performs in full

wishes to sit and listen and

baroque costume. Tickets

enjoy the ambience are welcome. Licensed Bar is

beverages. Bring along a

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Sunday 8th May

picnic blanket or your own

Friday 6th May

£20, £15, available from

chair to sit in the grounds

Century Theatre

Ashby TIC 01530 411767

open. For more

and watch the children

presents ‘CAROL’

and from www.fiori-

information contact

play. Lots and lots more

An adaptation of Patricia

musicali.com

Lorraine Whitehurst on

to see between 11am

Highsmith's seminal novel

and 4pm.

The Price of Salt which

Tuesday 10th May

tconnect.com or tel:

follows two women from

Coalville Civic Society

01530 222 337.

Tuesday 3rd May

very different backgrounds

A new group whose aims

Coalville Walking Group

who find themselves in an

shall be to improve

Saturday 14th May

Some of the members of

unexpected love affair in

Coalville and the

LRWT North West Group

the Coalville Friendship

1950s New York. Rooney

surrounding urban areas as

Kelham Bridge Reserve

Group have started a

Mara, Cate Blanchett and

a place to live, work and

visit with Baz Forgham.

walking group. For this

Kyle Chandler star.

visit. Membership will be

See and hear recently

first walk, they will take a

Written by The Weinstein

open to anyone who is

arrived spring migrants-

walk close to McDonalds,

Company. Film starts at

willing to actively

sedge and reed warblers

which the group could

7.30pm. Adults £3,

contribute to the aims.

etc, perhaps even bittern

have a look at. Meet at

Children £2. See www.

This first meeting will take

in this well-established

Hermitage FM, Memorial

centurytheatre.co.uk

place at Hermitage FM - all

marsh and wetland

www.thringstonehouse@b

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Monday 23rd May

2.30pm at Market Square,

Golden Anniversary

Market Bosworth CV13

Celebration for

0LJ. Bringing you the

Charnwood Flower Guild

finest foods from the

with demonstrator Carola

region and specialist

Kean from Leominster.

stalls.

Celebration drinks and nibbles, tombola for

Monday 30th May

LOROS, cost £8, doors

Take Teddy to the Mill

open 6.45 pm, start 7.30

Teddy themed fun

pm at Newbridge High

including activities and

School, Forest Road,

crafts, old fashioned

Coalville, LE67 3SJ. If you

games and explore Hough

reserve. Meet at 9am at

of one of the first male-to-

would like to join them

Mill. While not essential,

entrance gate on A447

female sex reassignment

please contact 01530 450

it is really helpful for our

between Ravenstone and

surgeries and it’s impact

595 or charmwoodflower

organisation if you can let

Ibstock grid ref 407120

on their marriage. This is

guild@gmail.com for

us know you are planning

near Sence Valley Forest

an unreserved seating

details.

on coming. Free entry

Park. For more details

performance. Adults £3,

please call David Maltby

Children £2.

on 01530 222 934 or

although donations are Sunday 29th May

always welcome! 2pm

Market Bosworth

to 4pm. See

Margaret Mabey on 01530

Saturday 21st May

Farmers Market

www.swannington-

412 410.

Plant Sale and

Every fourth Sunday of

heritage.co.uk for more

Coffee Morning

the month from 9am to

details.

Friday 20th May

St Michael's Church

Century Theatre presents

Ravenstone. Please go

‘The Danish Girl’. Set in

and join them if you can

Copenhagen, in 1926

between 10am to 12noon.

about Danish artist, Gerda Wegener who

Saturday 21st May

painted her own husband,

Pamper Open Day

Einar Wegener (Eddie

Reiki, manicures,

Redmayne), as a lady in

massage, reflexology,

her painting. When the

eyebrow waxing, facials

painting gained popularity,

and coffee and cake from

Einar started to change his

10am to 4pm at The

appearance into a female

Ivanhoe Social Club,

appearance and named

Ashby. All proceeds go to

himself Lili Elbe. The tale

Macmillan Nurses.

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pets corner

Thinking of a

Guinea Pig?

GUINEA PIGS can be an ideal choice for young families looking for a ‘low profile’ pet. Although certainly low profile in terms of size, they live for five to six years on average so this is not a shortterm commitment.

As inherently social animals they are happiest when living as part of a group, or with one other guinea pig. It’s not a good idea to buy two male guinea pigs together, however, unless they are from the same litter.

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Human contact is also very important, and they will thrive on gentle interaction with you and your family. ARE THERE ANY SPECIFIC HEALTH ISSUES?

Eye and respiratory problems are often experienced, and are usually caused by a reaction to dusty bedding or by being in a draught. It’s important to provide them with a constant supply of dust-free hay, and toys they can chew on to prevent their front teeth from growing excessively. A diet rich in vitamin C will help to keep them healthy. Dark green leafy vegetables are ideal, as are oranges and melons, which help to redress their natural vitamin C deficiency. Make sure they also have a constant supply of fresh water, either in a heavy bowl or a gravityfed bottle attached to their cage.

Guinea pigs need to feel secure, both inside their hutch and when they’re being handled. Always pick them up with both hands, and either sit down or hold them close to your body to keep them safe.

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just 4 fun

Solutions on page 60

CODEWORD Each letter in this puzzle is represented by a number between 1 and 26. The codes for three letters are shown. As you find the letters enter them in the box below.

Solutions on page 60

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a walk in the forest

Coleorton Woods C

A hidden gem, Coleorton Woods was planted on the site of the old Coleorton Collierry, also known as the Bug and Wink Colliery, in 1991. Twenty five years on it is now a well grown k aand very well managed site. The wood is tucked neatly away down a dead end lane has ample free parking but do note the car park closing time which is posted on your way in. This site f is i small enough that you can explore without getting lost but still offers lots for nature lovers aand is a super spot for a family trip out. This walk is only a short amble (around 30 minutes) but b there is plenty to discover in the woods including badger sett, a nature pond and an excellent picnic site in a pretty s woodland clearing which you will pass by en route. Our w directions take you around the outer edge of the site but there d are also the centre that you might like to explore too – it’s not a large l paths t crossing th i through th th area and there is a map close to the car park so it is easy to find your way round.

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Coleorton Wood is located at the end of Pitt Lane, off The Moor in Coleorton - the postcode for sat nav users is LE67 8FS. There is a large, circular, car park at the end of the lane. Walk out of the car park back towards the lane and you W w will see three gates leading in to Coleorton Woods, two are o on your right and one is on your left. Take the farthest gate o on your right (1) and walk up the wide grass path ahead to p pass a signboard about common mammals (2). Continue s straight ahead for a short way after this signboard to reach a stone marker (3) and then turn left onto a smaller path. K Keep left to pass by a section of old post and rail fencing o on your right and then follow the path as it bears around t the right where this fence ends – you are now walking to c clockwise around the outer perimeter of the site. Continue t bear right, passing by a section of newly laid hedge on to y your left (4). Keep straight ahead, passing by 2 tracks off tto your left, until you reach a T junction of paths. Turn left here into the mixed plantation of Larch and Oak T that is known as The Post Office Wood. Our walk now does t a loop of this plantation. The path is basically a circle and y th th t across th you can go either way around, and there is also another path thatt cuts the c centre which you may like to explore. Take a look in the bank along the upper edge o of this wood to see if you can spot where badger, rabbit or fox may have their homes. Having completed the loop around Post Office Wood leave H via v the same gateway you came in by (5) and then follow tthe path which is straight ahead of you. You will soon pass b by a good picnic area on your left (6). Shortly after the p picnic area you should turn onto a path leading off to your lleft. This path will take you down to a small wildlife p pond(7), which is enclosed by a fence with a gate iin it. After the pond the path curves around to t right leading you uphill. Keep following this the p path until you emerge at the gate on the o opposite side of the car park to where you s started.

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what’s on at the palace...

May...

Coming soon...

The Palace Annual General Meeting

The Palace Film Night ‘Spectre’ (PG13)

Wednesday 11th May, 7.30pm The meeting will be held at The Palace and will begin at 7.30pm. Open to the general public, but membership is required in order to vote. If you would like to find out more about becoming a member call 01530 262400.

The Palace Film Night ‘Brooklyn’ (PG13)

Friday 22nd April, 7.30pm Enjoy a drink from the bar whilst watching a great film in this unique venue; one of the oldest surviving purpose-built cinemas in the country. An Irish immigrant in 1950s New York falls for a tough Italian plumber but faces temptation from another man when she returns to her homeland for a visit. Doors/ bar open at 7pm. Film starts at 7.30pm. Tickets: £5/£4.

Palace Social Dance

Saturday 14th May, from 7pm A very popular evening of Ballroom, Latin, and Sequence Doors & bar open at 7.00 pm. Dancing from 7.30 pm ‘till 10.30 pm. Tickets: £5.

‘Magic of the Movies’

Saturday 21st May from 7.30pm with Ashby Concert Band. Programme to include such favourites as the themes to ‘The Magnificent Seven’, ‘Dances with Wolves’, ‘The King and I’ and ‘The Godfather’. Tickets: £8.

The Palace Bingo

Friday 27th May Doors open at 7.30pm. Eyes Down at 8pm. A great social night out! Licensed bar and refreshments. Everyone welcome.

Friday 3rd June, 7.30pm Enjoy a drink from the bar whilst watching a great film in this unique venue; one of the oldest surviving purpose-built cinemas in the country. A cryptic message from the past leads James Bond (Daniel Craig) to Mexico City and Rome, where he meets the beautiful widow of an infamous criminal. After infiltrating a secret meeting, 007 uncovers the existence of the sinister organization SPECTRE. Needing the help of the daughter of an old nemesis, he embarks on a mission to find her. As Bond ventures toward the heart of SPECTRE, he discovers a chilling connection between himself and the enemy he seeks. Doors/ bar open at 7.00 pm. Film starts at 7.30 pm. Tickets: £5/£4.

‘Gilbert’s Galantee Show’

Saturday 4th June from 4.30pm A family of top international ‘Magic Lantern’ presenters bring ‘Gilbert’s Galantee Show’ to The Palace. This is a rare opportunity to see a full and authentic Magic Lantern show. The performance begins at 4.30pm (Doors open at 4pm) Admission is just £4., pay on the door. Proceeds are in aid of the neonatal unit at LRI.

‘The Hut People’ in concert

Saturday 11th June from 7.30pm In association with CENTRE STAGE. An evening of high-octane, feel-good folk music from around the world. Performance starts at 7.30pm. Tickets: £8, concs £6, Combo ticket (1 Full & 2 concs) £16.

The Palace Indoor Street Party

Sunday 12th June In celebration of the 90th birthday of Her Majesty, The Queen. (More details to be announced).

TICKET BOOKING - To book advanced tickets for any event please contact The Palace Tel: 01530 262400 or Halls Electrical Tel: 01530 260460. Tickets can be purchased ‘on the door’ (subject to availability). Please check with ticket outlets to avoid disappointment. 52

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Regular bookings... Monday

Mosaic Disability Services, 9.30am-3.30pm Call Amanda Tebbutt on 0116 2318720 or 07912 480961.

Fitness Pilates class, 7.45pm-8.45pm Focussing on core stability whilst improving tone and body alignment through controlled movement. Contact Michelle on 07887 678367.

Tuesday

Bubbles Playgroup, 10.30am-12noon Contact Gary on (01530) 262400.

ME Sports, 4pm-5pm Afternoon dance and movement session for girls and boys from 4-14 years to enjoy. For more information or to book a place call 07584 568937.

Circuit Training, 6.45pm-7.45pm Call Curtis Smith on 07870 498110 or 01455 291656.

Tai Chi, 8pm-9pm Call Doug Gerrard on 07969 480684.

Wednesday

NEW – ‘Simply Ballroom’ Tea Dance Fortnightly, on a Wednesday, starting Wednesday 27th April, 2pm to 4pm, £3.50 entry. An afternoon of dancing, socialising and great music. Call 07768 372321 for more details. 50+ Fitness Pilates, 9.30am-10.30am A specially designed program to encourage maintenance and flexibility of muscles used in our everyday movements providing a sense of harmony and wellbeing. Call Michelle on 07887 678367. ‘FITSTEPS’ 6pm to 7pm - dance/exercise class. Contact Rose Debney 07562 331041 or email rosemarydebney@gmail.com.

Palace Players, 7.30pm-9.45pm For anyone who is interested in getting involved with any aspect of amateur theatre. Contact the Palace on 01530 262400 for more details.

Thursday

‘Healthy Hearts’, 9.30am-10.20am A low impact aerobic workout specifically designed for the 50+ age group. Call Michelle on 07887 678367.

50+ Fitness Pilates, 10.30am-11.30am

Call Michelle Scott-Worthington on 07887 678367.

Outlook Group, 1.30pm-3pm A social group for senior citizens for details call Elaine Hodgetts on 01530 262400.

‘Weightwatchers’ class, 7pm-8pm For details call Jo Wyld on 07877 281831 or email jwyld@weight-watchers.co.uk

Friday

Tai Chi, 10am – 11am Call Michael Cashmore on 07714 215216.

Ibstock Soccertots!, 1.45pm-2.30pm For 2, 3 and 4 year olds – a fun way for young children to learn fundamental sports skills. Contact ME Sports on 07584 568937.

Childrens Dance Classes Beginners Ballet 4-4.45pm; Beginners Tap 4.45-5.30pm; Musical Theatre 5.30-6.15pm Contact Miss Jessica of Rochelle School of Dance (established over 60 years in the area) 01455 636514, 07949 121442 or email office@rochelle-dance.com.

Monthly Bingo - on a FRIDAY Friday 27th May. Doors open 7.30pm. Eyes down at 8pm. Licensed bar and refreshments. A great social night out for all.

Saturday

Community Morning, 10am-12noon. Every Saturday (except the 1st Saturday each month) the Palace plays host to groups, organisations and associations from the village, including the Ibstock Historical Society. If you would like to learn more about what is going on in your community, come along to the Palace. Also a variety of market stalls selling locally produced goods, including delicious home made cakes. Light refreshments available.

The Palace Community Centre Ltd., High Street, Ibstock, Leicestershire, LE67 6LH. Tel (01530) 262400. Email:enquiries@thepalaceibstock.co. Visit www.thepalaceibstock.co.uk for more details To advertise in WHAT’S AROUND call 01530 417739 or email info@whatsaround.co.uk

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book reviews

They say there’s no such thing as a free lunch, but there is if you’re willing to do a little digging for it, and sometimes that means literally. If you’ve ever fancied foraging, growing your own grub or even becoming totally self-sufficient then this could be the book selection for you. If not, then you could just toss the page into a nice salad, and eat that instead!

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storytime HARRY sighed, pulling down his cap. For the third time today someone had left his pasture gate open and a couple of ewes were already eyeing up the exit. He dreaded this time of year. The first warm weekend and all the fair-weather walkers came out in their posh boots, without a thought that this was working land. As he was about to shut the gate he spotted a lady stood on the other side, frantically searching through her bag. “Are you the farmer?”. Her face was flushed with annoyance. “I’m in a dreadful hurry and I need assistance”. “How can I help?” Harry said calmly. “I’ve misplaced my mobile. It’s rather expensive”. “When did you last have it?” Harry asked patiently.

By Jackie Brewster

“I was photographing this sheep”. She pointed at a ewe who was sitting down chewing thoughtfully. “Old Gertie here”, Harry smirked, “yep, she’s a pretty girl”. “I don’t suppose someone like you owns a mobile?” she said dismissively. “If I could only call mine I might find it”. Harry did have a mobile phone, old and battered, but it did the job. He smiled courteously and handed over. She took the phone with an expression of distaste. Gingerly she tapped in the number. Sure enough, a ringing phone could be heard, muffled, as though wrapped in a thick duvet. The woman searched with her ear to the ground. “I can hear it but I can’t see it”. “It’s as I feared”, Harry said. “What is?” She looked up. “Gertie here, she’s partial to technology”. “I beg your pardon?” “This season she’s swallowed three mobile phones, an MP3 player and a DVD remote control”. “Aren’t sheep vegetarians?” she asked suspiciously. “Try telling her that”. Harry scratched behind Gertie’s ear. “Mind you, they always come out good as new”, he smiled, “my phone’s working alright isn’t it?” The woman turned pale and quickly handed the phone back to Harry. “You just have to wait for nature to take its course”, Harry warmed

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to his subject, “sheep don’t have fast metabolisms, but they’re regular”. “I have to wait for her to digest it?”. She pulled a face, “how long will that take?” Harry looked at his watch, “I’d say it will put in an appearance at precisely midday tomorrow”. She gulped. “Then there’s the unpleasant job of sorting through the business”, Harry added cheerfully. “it’s not for the squeamish”. The woman buried her face in her well-manicured hands and sobbed. Harry took pity. “I suppose I could always do that bit”. She looked up with relief, but Harry raised his hand before she could speak, “on one condition”. “Anything, just name it”, she pleaded. “You’re to promise never to leave a farm gate open again”. Harry pointed to the offending gate. “I promise”, she said guiltily, “I’m sorry about that”. “We’ll call it a deal”, Harry said, holding out his hand to shake on it. She glanced at his grubby nails, and backed away. “Here’s my work number”, she said, cautiously passing him a business card with her fingertips, “call me when it’s over”. Then she hurried through the gate, making a big show of closing it behind her. Harry watched her go while stroking Gertie. Finally he leaned over and whispered, “Up you get old girl”. Slowly the sheep clambered to her feet. Harry picked up the warm phone from the flattened grass beneath her. It was a fine phone, very expensive. Yet, even without a handshake Harry considered himself an honourable man. He contemplated the number on the business card. He would phone it tomorrow, just after midday.

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it’s local

50 years with Charnwood Flower Guild by Joyce Gelsthorpe

CHARNWOOD FLOWER GUILD are a local club celebrating 50 years of fun and friendship through flowers. What a pleasure it has been to be involved with Flower Festivals in such prestigious venues as Chatsworth House, Southwell Minster and the Cathedrals in Leicester, Nottingham, Coventry and Derby. Most of these events have raised thousands of pounds for charity. On a smaller scale many of the members regularly arrange flowers in local churches and at wedding venues.

The club is affiliated to the National Association of Flower Arrangement Societies. This opens up new opportunities as NAFAS members are frequently involved with the spectacular arrangements at

Westminster Abbey, and in particular enjoyed the huge privilege of arranging flowers for the wedding of the Duke & Duchess of Cambridge. The RHS Chelsea Flower Show always has an exhibit by NAFAS and when the North Midlands Area took part we were awarded a Gold medal. WAFA, our World Organisation has a show every three years and this has proved a wonderful excuse for trips to places such as Glasgow, Boston USA and Ireland by some of our members. Next year it is in Barbados, so we have to start saving now!

At our monthly meetings members come along and watch skilled flower demonstrators show us new trends and create traditional and contemporary designs. We pick up tips on flower arranging and learn about a wide variety of flowers and foliage from around the world, and how they can be used in different designs. The arrangements are them raffled at the end of the meeting. Visitors are always most welcome.

We occasionally organise ‘hands on’ workshops where we have a go ourselves, with expert tutors invited to inspire us. A few years ago we were lucky enough to be awarded a North West Leicestershire District Council Community Chest Grant which enabled us to organise flower arranging workshops and invite non members to join us. In the past we have also received some support from a Grass Roots Grant.

A very special pleasure has been working in a local Primary School at Christmas helping groups of year 4 pupils create a seasonal arrangement to take home. Seeing the pride the children showed in their own achievements was worth all the hard work of preparing for the event.

To celebrate our 50th Anniversary we are holding an Open Meeting at Newbridge High School on Monday 23rd May and hope that as many people as possible will join us. Carola Kean, a National Demonstrator of Flower Arranging, will entertain us with some spectacular flowers and designs. These will all be raffled at the end of the meeting.

We have supported many local charities such as Motor Neurone Disease Association and Glenfield Hospital Cardiology Department, throughout our fifty years. At this special event we have decided to hold a Tombola in aid of LOROS. Local businesses are supporting us by donating prizes. We would be delighted if you would join us for our 50 year celebration.

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