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this issue 133 WElCOmE to our August issue. This month we have updates from so many local businesses, organisations and groups including reasons to visit Hough Mill from Swannington Heritage Trust,, how to make your gym session count with mark from MP Personal Training in Coalville and an insight into the average day of an Emergency Care Practitioner from Ibstock & Barlestone Surgeries. We also turn the spotlight on local charity Voluntary Action Leicestershire and how they could help you.

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In addition to all of this, we have the usual mix of gardening tips, seasonal recipes, money matters advice and of course our monthly walk, this time through the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Woods. There’s sure to be something to catch your eye so stick the kettle on and enjoy the read.




On the Beat


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A Walk in the Forest


Pet’s Corner

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Money Matters


In Your Garden

Health Fitness & Advice What’s On at The Palace


Seasonal Recipes





What’s On... Just 4 Fun


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What’s On for Families

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Front Cover Image by Gillian Day

Community Board


Fun Quiz

Ashby museum News


Book Reviews

Ibstock & Barlestone Surgeries Spotlight On...

Puzzle Solutions

Business Directory


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on the beat

Hello everyone...

suspects in the act of committing a crime or have just committed the crime and are in the vicinity.

10 099 1 999 LEICESTERSHIRE Police is asking people to think carefully before they dial 999 as trivial calls could potentially put lives at risk in a genuine emergency. In spite of regular appeals, time-wasters in leicestershire have made inappropriate 999 calls with requests for telephone numbers, travel directions and other non-urgent enquiries.

Our call takers will deal with those genuine calls that need a police response but some people call 999 when they don't actually need the police or when the situation is not a genuine emergency.

Please do not use the 999 system to report general nuisance or anti-social behaviour e.g. noisy neighbours or an abandoned car.

You can contact leicestershire Police on 101 for every other non-emergency situation - for example where no immediate police response is required or does not require police attendance at all.

If you have information about crime in leicester, leicestershire and Rutland, you can contact us on 101 or Crimestoppers, which is anonymous on 0800 555 111. Please check any correspondence you may have received from leicestershire Police as this will often include a telephone extension number to assist with swift and direct contact with the right people to assist with your enquiry.

If you know the identification (collar) number of a particular officer, you can use our voice messaging system to leave them a message. Telephone 101 follow the instructions and when prompted, enter the officer's identification number to leave a message.

0800 555 111 Every minute spent speaking to a caller with a non-urgent enquiry jeopardises immediate responses to genuine emergencies, so please think before you dial.

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swannington heritage trust

Why not visit Hough Mill...


THE summer is a great time to explore and free of charge activities are great. So why not visit Hough Mill (off St George’s Hill, Swannington)... Use the quern to hand grind wheat into flour. Good for adults and a team work opportunity for children (1).

Wind up your wife or parents in a fun way by using the sack trolley (2). 


The network of footpaths provides access from St George’s Hill, limby Hall lane, moor lane and mill lane every day of the year. Visit 2-5pm Sundays when the mill is open or 9am-1pm Wednesdays and Fridays when the volunteers are working.


In the adjacent Gorse Field there are ponds with ducks and numerous walks to explore.

Perhaps you could bring an apple for the horse at the replica gin pit (3).


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a walk in the forest

Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Wood This Woodland Trust site, planted to commemorate the Diamond Jubilee, has undergone a huge amount of work over the last few years, transforming it into a wonderful spot where you can stroll along hard paths, explore tracks across fields of new plantations and enjoy the lake. Last autumn we featured a walk around the lake, this time we explore the other side of the site to take us across farmland and through mature woodland before returning to the waterside. The Diamond Jubilee Wood covers a large area between Normanton, Heather and Ravenstone – there is a good sized (free) car park which is accessed from Heather Lane, the road that runs between Normanton and Heather.


Exit the car park via the small swing gate which is opposite the car park entrance, next to the signboard showing a map of the site (1). Follow the wide hard-core path as it bears right and then left leading towards a new timber building ahead. Immediately before reaching the building turn left off the path to follow a yellow marker post which leads down a wide farm track with Jubilee Groves plantings on either side of it (2). Proceed along this track until it bends to the left - keep straight on here, following the yellow footpath marker post, to reach a metal swing gate. The spire of Normanton church will be visible ahead of you on this stretch. Go through the swing gate, leaving the Diamond Jubilee wood and follow the track across the field ahead.



On the far side of the field don’t cross the stile that leads out to the road but instead turn sharp right before it and take the public footpath which leads down the far side of the field (with your back to the road). You will shortly re-enter the Diamond Jubilee wood via another metal swing gate. Follow the yellow footpath sign straight ahead making sure to keep left at the next marker post to go down a pleasant green lane. At the next marker the path bears right (3) and you will soon reach another metal swing gate where the Diamond Jubilee Wood lake is visible ahead of you. Pass through this gate and turn immediately left, going down to a large wooden gate on your left.

Next to the wooden gate is a metal one - go through this and then turn immediately right and continue down this farm track (the footpath actually runs parallel but on the other side of the hedge on your right and you may glimpse markers through the hedge but it is fairly narrow and therefore easier to walk along the wide track). Keep on until the track bends to the left – at this point look to your right and you will see a public footpath sign behind the hedge on your right (4). Access this via a gap in the hedge and follow the footpath across a small plank bridge and into mature woodland.


This pretty path is easy to follow and well-marked as it twists its way through the woods before finally emerging across a further plank bridge at the far end. The public footpath carries straight on here, over the fields, but you want to turn right, re-entering the Diamond Jubilee Wood (5), and follow the hard-core path which, in time, will lead you towards the lake. (From this point it is really a walk straight through the length of the Diamond Jubilee Wood site back to the car park at the top of the hill.) On nearing the lake you pass a gated conservation area on your left – turn immediately left after this, taking the path that runs alongside the lake with the water on your left.


As you walk along the shoreline you will pass by some young black poplars marked by a plaque as the first trees planted in the wood, by HRH The Princess Royal. The path then kinks left and immediately right before making its way up the hill straight ahead of you. On reaching the brow of the hill you will find yourself facing the new building from the start of the walk. Turn left and follow the hard-core path the short distance back to the car park. Please be aware that paths may change over time and with the seasons.


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what’s on for families...

HEATHER SCARECROW FESTIVAL Visiting the Scarecrow Festival between 31st July and 7th August is a great way to spend a sunny family day. The village is completely transformed by an array of comical, imaginative and sometimes lifelike scarecrows. There’s free parking and Scarecrow Guides are available for just £2. Refreshments are available at the Football Club between 10am and 4pm each day and at the Village Hall from 11am until 4pm Sunday to Friday. You can also take part in the Scarecrow Treasure Hunt with the chance to win prizes! See their new website for details


For local family fun in the sun this month you’re spoilt for choice with all types of events taking place throughout August. Here’s a round up of our favourites. For a full list don’t forget to check out our online events calendar at

LOROS FAMILY FUN DAY Visit Leicester Racecourse on 7th August for their summer Family Fun day in association with LOROS. Enjoy the flat racing in the summer sun, then cool down on the super long 150m water slide, the first one in Leicester. There will also be clip clop pony rides, amazing super heros flying around to high five, stilt walkers, fire displays, princess face painters and a huge selection of inflatables. Adult admission costs £15 but children (under 18 years) go FREE. Visit to find out more or to book tickets. COALVILLE BY THE SEA On Friday 14th August between 11am and 4pm take the whole family along to the the grass area of Needham's Walk, Coalville for a FREE family fun event. Children can build sandcastles using some bright buckets and spades. There will be crafts to have a go at and some magical music to sing along to. A puppet show will entertain with family favourites before a giant whale descends and brings some magical surprises. Also look out for Coalville Library Storytelling, a play bus, inflatables, ice creams and face painting.

REDGATE ANIMAL FARM DOG SHOW Redgate farm will be holding their annual Dog Show and Open Day on Sunday 14th August. As usual there will be lots to do, whether you bring a dog or not. There will be a Coconut Shy, Bouncy Castle, Slide and Trampolines, Carousel, Pony Rides, Test your Strength, Owls display, Candy Floss machine, AND the amazing Sambando Drummers. There will be live music, hot and cold food, cupcakes and ices fresh from the van! *Please don’t forget, for the 14th August only – the entrance for everyone is via Billa Barra Lane (postcode: LE67 9PD). For a map see www.redgate farmanimal

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ANNIVERSARY BATTLE EVENT On the weekend of 20th & 21st August Bosworth Battlefield will be hosting their annual anniversary event at their Heritage Centre and Country Park. This is a great full day family event, with not just the battle re-enactment, but jousting, a medieval market, children’s games, a large living history encampment, talks, falconry, entry to the award-winning Exhibition and lots more too. Car parking is free. See www.bosworth for full details of times and prices.

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pet’s corner

Why you mustn’t leave your

dog in a hot car

LEAVING your dog in a hot car with little ventilation makes it prone to heat stroke in a matter of minutes. Dogs’ extreme sensitivity to heat means that even if you have left the windows open and provided water, their wellbeing is at serious risk.

Heat stroke occurs when the dog becomes unable to cool itself down. Excessive panting and red gums are signs of overheating, but if you see a dog that is also vomiting or displays a lack of coordination, you need to act quickly. WHAT TO DO IN THE CASE OF HEAT STROKE? • Contact a vet straight away • Offer the dog cool rather than cold water, in small amounts • move them into the shade • Wrap in cool damp cloths, particularly the head The use of cool water is an important factor as opposed to water that is too cold, otherwise you could send the dog into a state of shock.


WHY ARE DOGS SO SENSITIVE TO HEAT? Dogs are not able to release heat through their skin as humans do – they cool down by panting, and also via their nose and the pads on their feet. As a result, irreparable damage to internal organs occurs very quickly when they overheat, and many dogs do not recover. Short-nosed breeds including pugs and bulldogs are particularly susceptible to heat stroke, as are overweight dogs. Even on a cloudy day, they may struggle to cool themselves down.

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what’s on...

August made cakes. Free entry.

Saturday 13th August

For artist entry forms

Ratby’s Annual Show

email: vickybenton@

2pm at Ratby Sports Club,

Desford Lane, Ratby. LE6 0LE.   Over 100 categories

Wednesday 3rd August

will be judged including

Planthunter’s Fair

vegetables, fruit, bread,

At Donington Le Heath

wine, floral arrangements,

Manor House, Manor Road

baking, preserves, poetry,

between 10am and 4pm.

photography, container

A summer plant fair for all

plants, and handicrafts in

plant lovers at just the

fabric, wool, wood, metal,

right time to pick up some

ceramic and embroidery.

late flowering plants to

The show is open to all

give your garden a boost.

and you don’t have to live

Entry to Gardens, Manor

in Ratby to take part.

House & Plant Fair only

Admission £1,

£1.00 (Fund Raising Event

accompanied children

for the Friends of the

free. Presentation of

Frenzy Youth Theatre

Saturday 6th August

Drama Summer Scheme

Friends of the 1620s

‘The Adventure of a

House & Garden

Lifetime’ will be a day full

Jacobean Craft Day

of fun, games and drama

Take a visit to the fully

skills using a combination

furnished 1620s House

of scripted and devised

and talk to the costumed

drama to explore around

volunteers, who will be

the theme and ideas of

undertaking a variety of

adventures before

period crafts in the

producing an exciting

furnished rooms.

piece of theatre. There will

Activities take place

also be lots of props and

between 10.30am and

Saturday 13th August

DE12 6AT. Lots for all the

costumes. Cost: £15 if

4.30pm. Usual admission

Hunting for Giants

family to see and do

booked by 27th June.

fee applies. Visit:

Hunt for the largest leaf in

including steam engines,

10% sibling discount.


the woodland at

tractors, cars, stationary

25% for multiple days. for more details.

Stoneywell. Who will find

engines, trade stalls etc.

the biggest? Count the

Gates open 10am - 5pm.

£18 after 27th June. See

Manor). Call 01530 831 259. You can also choose to visit the newly refurbished Manor House (additional charge). The

trophies takes place at 4pm. Refreshments available, and tombola. For info call 0116 238 6836 or 0116 239 5350.

Old Barn Tea Room will be open and serving home baked cakes, light lunches and a range of hot and cold drinks.

Saturday 13th & Sunday 14th August Ashby & Willesley Vintage Festival A two day vintage steam rally at Moira Furnace,


Saturday 6th &

different types of leaf

Daily admission prices:

Sunday 7th August

decorations in and on the

Adults £5, children (15 &

Art Exhibition

cottage. Now make your

under) £2, under 5s free.

own giant leaf inside the

Family ticket (2 adults 2

Saturday 6th August


Sunday 7th August

10am to 5pm in Heather

An Introduction to

Village Hall. Open Art

tent with designer

children £12). Free car

Meditation for Children

Exhibition & sale of

Margaret Murton using

parking. See www.ashby

For children of Mums who

paintings including a

recycled materials and

meditate, the children will

display of pictures by

simple stitches. You will

uk for more details.

be doing the 'Four Pebbles

children from Heather

enjoy a picnic in the

Meditation'. Contact

Primary School and

garden and take home

Sunday 14th August

Yvonne Davies for more

coinciding with the

your own giant leaf at the

Classic Car Show, Craft

details by email at thera-

famous Scarecrow

end of the day. Children

Fair and Family Fun Day

Festival. Raffle, prizes,

aged 8 to 11 years £40/

There will be lots to do,

or calling 01530 263 330.

refreshments, home-

£35. Call 01530 248 048.

whether you are bringing a

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Friday 19th August

Sunday 28th August &

Macmillan Coffee

Monday 29th August


Les Routiers -

10am to 12noon at The

Conflict 1485

Chapel, Ravenstone Court,

Meet medieval soldiers and

Hospital Lane, Ravenstone.

families preparing for

Proceeds to Macmillan

battle, with weapons and

Cancer Support. Everyone

armour, costumes,


medicines and children’s activities at Bosworth

Saturday 20th August

Battlefield Heritage

Ashby Farmers Market

Centre. Adults £2.50

9am to 1.30pm at Manor

Concessions £2 Child

House South Street.

£1.50, visit:

Bringing you the finest


foods from the region and

com or more information

specialist stalls. Free parking.

dog or not they are open

from 10am to 4pm at

for dog registrations at

Ulverscroft Manor. Local

10.30am. There will also

crafters and stallholders

Saturday 20th August

be all the side shows and

will be showcasing

Bagworth Club

activities you would

fabulous handmade

Social Dance

expect. Redgate Farm

bespoke items, books,

from 8pm, Station Road,

Animal Sanctuary and Pet

skincare products and

Bagworth. Entry £2 on the

Re-homing Centre, off

cards in a traditional grand

door. Everyone welcome.

Billa Barra Lane, Markfield,

marquee on the lawn. The

For more details please

Leics, LE67 9PD from

fantastic show field will

contact Ken Hill on 01530

10.30am to 3.30pm. For

boast an interesting mix of

230 467.

more information call

classic, customised and

call Bosworth Battlefield on 01455 290 429. Monday 29th August Packington Village Open Gardens Day Gardens Open 2pm-7pm. Passport to 12 gardens. Available on the day from Measham Road Car Park, Memorial Hall or participating gardens. £3.50 adults, accompanied children free. Gardening stall,

01530 230 455. Adults

vintage cars. There will be

Sunday 28th August

and over 14's £2, senior

the opportunity to browse

Market Bosworth

citizens £1.50 children (i.e.

a pop up charity shop,

Farmers Market

under 14 years) 50p. Visit

enter the Grand Raffle,

Every fourth Sunday of the

musical entertainment.


delight in some delicious

month from 9am to

Duck race and BBQ on

refreshments and enjoy a

2.30pm at Market Square,

Mill Street from 6pm.

fun filled day out for all the

Market Bosworth CV13

Contact Geoff Gasson on

Sunday 14th August

family. Entry is £5 per

0LJ. Bringing you the

Classic Car Show, Craft

person with under 16.s

finest foods from the

m or via telephone on

Fair and Family Fun Day

free. Please call Helen

region and specialist stalls.

01530 412 012.

by the Shuttlewood Clarke

Baxter on 01530 244 914

Foundation to be held

for more details.

plants, crafts, secondhand books, afternoon teas, displays & live

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money matters

Cutting the cost of your summer holiday

with Ann Haldon

Freelance business & finance writer

FROM currency exchange to travel insurance and car hire, it’s possible to significantly cut the cost of holidaying abroad. Here are a few tips to shave a little off your holiday spend. CREDIT CARDS The fees typically charged by credit card companies are: • Foreign exchange fee: generally 3% of the amount converted from sterling into a foreign currency. • Cash withdrawal fee: between 2% and 3% of the amount withdrawn The availability of ‘specialist’ credit cards with no, or low fees, allows you to avoid these charges when you go on holiday.

The Halifax Clarity credit card is a good example. At the time of writing there’s no charge for spending abroad with this card, and no cash withdrawal fee. It’s accepted anywhere that displays the masterCard symbol.

Interest will still be charged on cash withdrawals from the date you take the money out, however, until the day it’s repaid in full. Even this fee can be reduced if you’re prepared to pay off the balance via internet banking while you’re away, or if this isn’t an option, as soon as you get home.

PREPAID CARDS Prepaid cards are pre-loaded with money before you go. The balance gradually decreases as you spend, but can be topped up again as and when you need it. With these cards the exchange rate is always set by the card provider, and applied when the card is loaded rather than each time you use it.

This could work for or against you, depending on fluctuations in the foreign exchange market. If you’re thinking of purchasing one of these cards and the rate suddenly improves, you’ll be taking advantage of a strengthened Pound. Equally, you could lose out if the rate improves again later. HOLIDAY INSURANCE Buying well in advance of your holiday is the best way to save money on holiday insurance.

Consider: • Whether you are planning to take more than one trip abroad during the year. If so, a multi-trip insurance policy would be the most cost-effective. • Where you are travelling - you’ll have to choose between worldwide or European insurance. • If you’re likely to be participating in any risky sports such as scuba diving, the policy may be loaded with an extra charge.


Booking your travel insurance independently via the internet will generally work out cheaper than buying as an add on to flights or a package tour. Alternatively, ‘packaged’ bank accounts sometimes include annual travel insurance in their monthly fee.

HIRE CAR CHARGES There are several ways to save money on hiring a car: • Book early to get the best deals • Include car hire in your package deal • Organise your own Collision Damage Waiver add-on many hire car operators adopt a ‘hard sell’ approach in relation to CDW when you pick the car up, as this is the way they make their profit - by selling addons to ‘basic’ insurance.

AIRPORT PARKING As with car hire, booking early is the best way to save on airport parking. Even pre-booking on the day of the flight could save you a little money. Turning up at the car park is guaranteed to be the most expensive. The Money Saving Expert website is a good source of tips on where to find travel-related discounts and offers, including airport car parking. If you’re staying at an airport hotel the night before your flight, you may be able to book a package that includes the room plus parking for the duration of your holiday.

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just 4 fun

Solutions on page 52

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 52


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health & fitness advice with Mark Padgett of MP Personal Training

Making your Gym Session count... HOW often do you pay your monthly gym membership but never actually go or how often do you turn up to your local gym to find it too busy for you to do anything, after you have rushed around to get there? more often than not when you do actually do get there you end up feeling overwhelmed by the amount of people, leaving you wondering what to do next to make your workout effective.  You want to ask the instructor but daren’t as you feel ‘stupid.’  All that kit makes you feel so insecure! Or you plan to go then the phone rings you answer it and that's another training session missed!  Train in a happy, positive, . spacious and uplifting gym

Time is so precious as we are all so busy so what could you do to make that gym session count? my view is that gyms should never be overcrowded with people or kit and they should definitely be in positive uplifting rooms, not basements or rooms with no windows. You would be more motivated if you had an appointment at your gym with someone there who gets to know you and does know your name.  The sessions should be structured covering all aspects of your health and


fitness. Your time in the gym needs to count and you need to avoid missing your sessions.  You don't ever have to feel overwhelmed, intimidated or lost in a gym as none of those feelings would help improve your health and fitness.  You need to be accountable to yourself, your time and someone at the gym.  If you can’t make your appointed session you need to look at alternatives, let the gym know and attend your alternative session.  This might sound like hard work in an already busy life but you won’t get fit and healthy by not turning up to your session! Be accountable for YOUR health and fitness!

That’s the way we run it... Come and give us a go... Call us for a free consultation/trial and experience how a gym should be run in order to give you the best results and experience possible.

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in your garden

Editorial by Pippa Greenwood

garden during all but the worst weather and then brought out again once it has started to warm up the following spring.

TROPICAL PARADISE AS the summer’s end is not too far away, many of us will be wishing for that exotic holiday we never quite had. But you can recreate that Typically Tropical Feel in your own garden instead. The temperatures may not be quite what they might be on a real exotic holiday, but it’ll certainly help to make your garden feel warmer and more appealing, and you can be sure that it’ll last a lot longer than the classic two week long trip.

A tropical oasis might be particularly well suited to an urban garden, where temperatures are often warmer and conditions more sheltered and protected, but even if your garden gets its fair share of frosts you can still make an impact using a mixture of tender and hardy plants all of which have that exotic feel to them. Plant closely or fill ‘gaps’ with temporary plantings of the less hardy tropical look plants and you will create that dense, lush looks which spells tropical paradise. lush, large leaves will always help to create a rainforest or exotic


atmosphere and you could even grow a miniature banana called Musa ‘Basjoo’, which shows a good degree of hardiness. Indian shot plants, also known as the cannas are great and fast growing too. For very bold, colourfully striped foliage and screaming orange flowers try Canna ‘Tropicana’, or for a larger than life effect try the banana Ensetes ventricosum ‘Maurelii’ which grows very fast and has wonderfully rich purple-green leaves.

If you want more than just foliage, the bulbous Eucomis bicolour has out-of-this world greenish yellow flowerheads which give it the common name of ‘pineapple plant’. Another favourite of mine is the angel’s trumpet. These gorgeous looking plants may be very poisonous but the flowers of Brugmansia (previously known as Datura) as angel’s trumpet is also known, take some beating – choose white, yellow or cream and enjoy their perfume and elegant good looks. Although not hardy if you grow it in a pot it can be kept in the

Don’t forget the vertical surfaces such as trellis, walls and fences as they too can be given a floral and foliage makeover. These may look boring now, but will look great when covered with passion flowers, ornamental vines or the pretty Cobea scandens commonly known as the cup and saucer plant. Then add to the ‘action’ using a few dramatic features – perhaps a Trachycarpus fortunei palm in open ground or a pot, or in the form of a sculpture or statue. If you go to the garden centre, many statues and garden ornaments are much more affordable than you might think. Partially hidden with some lush foliage they help to add to the jungle-like atmosphere.

There are plenty of tropical-effect plants to choose from including: tree ferns, phoenix palms, yuccas, cordylines, Rodgersia pinnata, Gunnera manicata, Rheum palmatum, cycads, citrus (including lemons, calamondin orange and other fruiting varieties) and bamboos. So, you see, the potential is there to create a holiday paradise without having to leave home, brave delays at the airport, find a house or pet-sitter... all you need now is a deck chair and a cocktail or two, delivered on a tray!

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what’s on at the palace...

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.


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.


NEW – ‘Simply Ballroom’ Tea Dance Fortnightly, on a Wednesday, 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

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.


‘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


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

Monthly Bingo - on a FRIDAY Friday 26th August. Doors open 7.30pm. Eyes down at 8pm. licensed bar and refreshments. A great social night out for all.


Community Morning, 10am-12noon. Every Saturday (except the 1st Saturday each month) the Palace plays host to groups, organisations and associations from the village. If you would like to learn more about what is going on in your community, come along. 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. Visit for more details


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seasonal recipes This summer favourite is great for easy entertaining. For the best flavour buy a small freeServes 6 Ready range whole 20 minin chicken and roast + chilli s ng in advance. If you are short on time buy a ready roasted chicken from the hot deli counter at the supermarket.

Coronation Chicken


• 1 tbsp mild curry paste • 150ml carton natural yoghurt • 6 tbsp mayonnaise • Juice of 1/2 lime • 500g cold roast chicken, sliced or torn into strips

• 1 ripe mango, peeled, stone removed and flesh thinly sliced • 2 tsp sunflower oil • 75g unsalted cashew nuts • Small handful fresh coriander leaves • Salt and freshly ground black pepper


1 mix the curry paste, yoghurt, mayonnaise and lime juice in a large bowl and season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper. 2 Add the sliced chicken and toss gently to coat in the curried sauce. Arrange on a serving platter and cover and chill for 2-3 hours (or overnight). 3 Heat the oil in a frying pan and add the cashew nuts. Fry over a medium heat for 2-3 minutes, stirring occasionally until golden brown. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on kitchen paper. leave to cool. 4 Just before serving, arrange the mango slices on top of the chicken and scatter over the fried cashew nuts and coriander leaves. Serve with a mixed green salad or as part of a summer buffet. TOP TIPS

• For an extra spicy flavour add a finely chopped red chilli pepper to the yoghurt and mayonnaise mixture. • Instead of the cashews, garnish with some shredded spring onions or a handful of fresh peppery rocket leaves.

• For delicious open sandwiches, pile the Coronation chicken onto split and lightly toasted ciabatta rolls.


This delicious moist sponge makes a perfect pudding for a special lunch. Serve warm or cold with ice cream or a spoonful of tangy crème fraiche.

Caramel Apple Sponge Bake YOU WILL NEED

• 100g granulated sugar • 4 tbsp cold water • 2 dessert apples, peeled, cored and thinly sliced • 200g self-raising flour

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Makes 9 Ready 1 hou in 10 minr s

½ tsp baking powder 1 tsp ground cinnamon 200g caster sugar 200g unsalted butter, softened 3 large eggs, lightly beaten 3-5 tbsp milk Icing sugar, to dust Scoops of vanilla ice cream and lemon balm sprigs, to serve


1 Preheat the oven to 1800C, fan 1600C, Gas 4. Grease a 23cm square shallow cake tin and line the base and two sides with a baking paper. 2 Put the granulated sugar and water in a heavy-based saucepan and heat gently, stirring until the sugar has dissolved. Bring the syrup to the boil and continue boiling, without stirring, until the syrup has turned to a golden caramel. 3 Carefully pour the hot caramel into the base of the prepared tin. Arrange the apples slices over the caramel (don’t worry if the caramel has set). 4 Sift the flour, baking powder and cinnamon into a large bowl and add the caster sugar, butter and eggs. Using a hand-held electric whisk, beat the mixture for 2-3 minutes until smooth and creamy. Whisk in enough of the milk to give a soft dropping consistency. 5 Spoon the mixture over the apples and gently level the surface. Bake in the preheated oven for 35-45 minutes or until the sponge is golden and springy to the touch and a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. 6 leave the cake to cool in the tin for 10-15 minutes then carefully lift it out of the tin using the baking paper up the two sides of the tin. Cut into 9 squares and serve warm or cold, dusted with icing sugar. Top each square with scoop of ice cream and decorate with a sprig of lemon balm. TOP TIP Replace the apple slices with peeled and sliced pears or try peeled and segmented oranges for a lovely citrus flavoured dessert.

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“DID you grow these raspberries yourself Mrs Miles?” Richard asked, running low on small talk.

Ruby that her grandmother was losing her mind? Betty rooted around in the cutlery drawer,

Before they’d arrived, his girlfriend Ruby had hinted it was critical he make a good first impression on her grandmother. Then she’d abandoned him in the kitchen while she went out to fetch in the washing. She was taking her time.

“That tin opener’s gone again”, she sighed.

“Oh yes”, Ruby’s grandmother showed no signs of being put out to have a strange young man sat at her kitchen table, “and call me Betty”.

Richard had to think fast before the tin opener was found.

“Don’t open that big tin just for me”, he said cheerfully. Then, taking a deep breath, he closed his eyes and spooned the raspberries into his mouth.

It was clear that Betty liked feeding her guests. The more he ate, the more she seemed to warm to him. So far he’d put away three scones, two cups of tea and a fat wedge of pork pie. All he had to do now was eat this bowlful of raspberries to secure that vital seal of approval. He picked up his spoon and looked down at the

The test of a

Good Raspberry by Jackie Brewster

fruit. Beneath the thick layer of sugar Betty had sprinkled over them, the raspberries appeared to be moving. He looked closer. Amongst the fruit, hundreds of greenfly staggered drunkenly, unable to decide whether this was the best, or the worst day of their lives. “These look delicious”, Richard said. His spoon hovered above the bowl. “They’re organic”. Betty smiled, “No nasty pesticides or anything like that”.

“No need to even wash them then”, Richard said, hoping to jog Betty’s memory about the obviously overlooked stage of food preparation.

“The test of a good raspberry is that it doesn’t need washing”, Betty whispered confidentially, “spoils the flavour”. “Quite right”, Richard coughed.

Richard looked miserably at the contents of his bowl, unable to bring himself to offend poor Betty.

“Something wrong?” Betty said. “Can I tempt you to a drop of evaporated milk with them?”

Before he could refuse she’d disappeared into the dark cave of the pantry. Richard grabbed the opportunity to save a couple of the bewildered greenfly from their grizzly fate. It was the least he could do.

“These things never go out of date do they?” Betty reappeared with a small rusty tin of evaporated milk. “It doesn’t even have a sell by date on it, which is a good sign”.

Richard thought this was the worst possible sign. How could he tell


It was an unpleasant mixture of flavours and textures, sweet and bitter, soft and crunchy. He swallowed after the minimum of chewing, meanwhile scooping up the next mouthful, until the bowl was finally empty. It may have only taken a minute, but it seemed to last an eternity. “Delicious Betty”, Richard said with one final gulp. “Really lovely, thank you”.

“I expect you’ll want another cup of tea now?” Betty said.

“Perfect”, Richard said, glad to have something to wash it all down.

“And well done Ducky, you’ve passed the test”. Betty poured a cup of thick brown tea. “Thank you”, Richard said in surprise, “but what test?” She picked up his empty bowl and winked, “a bit of protein never did anyone any harm”.

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ashby museum news

he first temporary exhibition of the early Autumn will feature Lieutenant Gunther Pluschow (pictured below), a German prisoner-of-war at Donington Hall in WWI. Come and see what life was like for the prisoners and follow the story of his daring escape from the hall.

hire on a weekly basis, or longer if required. These have proved to be a valuable resource and we have had very good Donington Hall during WWI feedback from care homes, church groups and individuals NEW EXHIBITION OPENING SOON who have borrowed one. If you would like to borrow a box please get in touch with the Museum on 01530 560090.

We have worked hard to produce a series of eight themed Reminiscence Boxes which are available to

Our final town history walk of the summer will be on Wednesday 17th August, starting from the museum at 7pm. These walks are a great way of learning about Ashby’s fascinating history and are always popular. The cost is £3.50. Please call the Museum on 01530 560090 or pop in to book a place.

FRIENDS OF ASHBY MUSEUM The first of our Autumn talks will be on Wednesday 21st September at 2pm. more details will follow in the September magazine. We also have the Ian Clews Memorial Quiz on Friday 21st October at Packington memorial Hall. This will include a fish and chip supper. Renewals of membership will be sent out during August and we urge all museum supporters to join us again.


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book reviews

Hooray for Jurassic Park...

Summer is the time for the great cinematic blockbuster, but there are days when it’s way too nice to be stuck in a dark movie theatre. Why not get out the deckchair and read the book before seeing the film after dark? Seeing how some of these great novels paved the way for Hollywood, it’s no wonder they’ve made millions for the studios.


We’ve just taken an ill-fated trip to Jurassic World this summer, but why not read the original and best? Michael Crichton wrote his cautionary tale about what happens when scientists mess around with dino DNA way back in 1990, and the subsequent film made millions of children around the world believe that dinosaurs could roam the earth again. Throw in some Chaos Theory and some moral and ethical questions and you’re left with one extraordinary book that’s full of suspense, and opportunities to roll your eyes and weep for the future.



This isn’t perhaps what you’d call ideal beach reading, but the suspense that Peter Benchley created in his 1974 novel of a great white shark terrorising a seaside resort is absolutely compelling. Focusing on the stories of the three men who are tasked with hunting and killing the killer shark, it’s tense, intense and a real nail-biter. ‘Jaws’ was a huge success, despite coming under attack from literary critics. It’s no Moby Dick, but it’s the very definition of a page-turner and you’ll be devouring the story, much like a giant man-eating fish devours surfers.

The Hunger Games...


The most recent of the novels-to-film franchises is the story of Katniss Everdeen and her rise to fame in her District as two-time victor of the Hunger Games. What Hollywood likes more than one blockbuster movie, is three blockbuster movies… even four, as the third instalment has been split into two films. The books are gruesome and, though chances are you’ve already seen at least the first film, the novels go into excruciating detail of the bizarre world the teenagers, forced to fight to the death, have to endure. The third instalment in particular is pretty nasty. Read it with your feet up and a nice drink in hand, and try not to focus on the fact that it’s kids killing kids.

Lord of the Rings...


Most wondered how on earth (or rather, how on Middle Earth) Tolkien’s epic fantasy novel could possibly be turned into a movie. Turns out, it was made into three. A sequel to ‘The Hobbit’, the novel expanded exponentially, and remains one of the best sellers of all time. The Dark Lord Sauron has created a ring to rule over all the other Rings of Power and bring him to reign over the whole of Middle Earth. What he hasn’t counted on is complications caused by a group of hobbits, along with some elves, and a wizard known as Gandalf. Complex and intricate it’s great to get lost in Tolkien’s world. If you can’t get to grips with it, you can always use it as a doorstop.


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ibstock & barlestone surgeries


Steve Sawbridge, Emergency Care Practitioner

mY working day starts at 8.30am when I get in and look through my appointments screen to check how busy it’s looking. Next I head upstairs for a coffee – I can’t get started without one! my appointments are mostly booked by the duty doctor, they’ll speak to a patient on the ‘phone and if they need to be seen and it’s appropriate for me, will ask them to come down and see me. I take a history from the patient: how they’re feeling, where it hurts, how long it’s been going on, and so on and then suggest a course of action, just as a doctor would. If I feel I need a second opinion or help from a doctor, I pop along and see them and they’ll come and see the patient if necessary. Having worked


in emergency care for years I’m happy seeing a full range of minor injuries (and the doctors recognise that we’re the experts in this!) and suturing (stitching) is a speciality. I like to keep them as neat as can be.

Next I go off visiting: often to an elderly patient or to one of the care homes. I’m getting to know my ‘regulars’ and enjoy seeing them and helping to make a difference to their lives. If a visit is urgent I can go early on in the day or at any time during the afternoon and so have much more flexibility than the doctors. I don’t always have time for lunch but always grab something to eat at least, I need to refuel for the afternoon… Back at the surgery I’ll see more

patients or help with calls. When a patient’s told reception they’ve got something like a sore throat, or hayfever, or something like that, I will ‘phone them first so that the doctor is available to deal with patients with more complex medical problems. Finally, I finish around 6pm (although you never really know how it’ll work out). I’m tired but usually feeling good.

I love my job because every patient encounter is different: some are quick queries, others long and involved but whatever it is I like to think I’ve helped. If not I’m not doing my job properly.

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spotlight on... Each month we turn the spotlight on a local charity and the work their volunteers do to provide vital services or raise funds for local communities. This month, following on from National Volunteers’ Week in June, we turn our attention to a leicestershire service designed to support local people find volunteering opportunities to suit them.

LAST year Voluntary Action Leicestershire (VAL) handled over 10,000 applications from people wanting to volunteer. Volunteers across Leicestershire make a difference to people’s lives every day while also making a positive impact to the local economy. Amazingly, volunteers contribute an estimated £157 million worth of labour across the county in a single year. Abdul Asghar, Volunteer manager talks about the benefits of volunteering and how people can get involved: “Many people think that volunteering is all about helping someone else – but being a volunteer can really help you too. You can “Many people think develop more skills, gain confidence and connect with new people who that volunteering is share your interests.”

all about helping someone else – but being a volunteer can really help you too. You can develop more skills, gain confidence and connect with new people who share your interests.”

“Volunteering roles on offer are really diverse as well. We’ve placed people in roles ranging from admin to coaching football.” VAl also provide support for non-profit groups. Whether you’re a business trading for good, a faith-based institution, a charity, an informal group or any other type of organisation, VAl offers information and advice. This can be accessed online by visiting: or groups can speak directly to an advisor by calling 0116 257 5050 or emailing

Voluntary Action Leicestershire has been supporting local non-profit groups and volunteers since 1965 and have been part of the local Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS) for 50 years. To mark their 50th birthday they have launched the campaign ‘My Community My Story’. All year, they will collect stories from local people and showcase them to shine a light on the unseen groups and volunteers who are changing lives across leicestershire. You can find out more, including how to take part, online at

If you’d like to join the 189,000 local people in leicester and leicestershire who volunteer you can get started by visiting, calling 0116 257 5050 or emailing They also offer additional help to people who have additional support needs who would like to volunteer and in Coalville they run a volunteering drop-in at the library between 10am and 12noon on the second and fourth Friday of the month.


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Whats Around Magazine August 2016  

Your Local Community Magazine promoting local businesses and services to residents throughout Ibstock, Ravenstone, Snibston, Coleorton, Pack...

Whats Around Magazine August 2016  

Your Local Community Magazine promoting local businesses and services to residents throughout Ibstock, Ravenstone, Snibston, Coleorton, Pack...