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this issue 134 ONE of our main goals in producing Whats Around each month is to share local news, community updates and upcoming events with you. Every month so far this year we have welcomed w on board more and more local businesses advertising their serv services as well as local writers sharing their knowledge and expertise. I’m ex excited this month to introduce our first ever article from Donington l Heath Manor House who have recently undergone a massive le rrefurbishment and relaunched with much success. Find out more from R Richard on page 8 and plan your visit today.

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L Local acupuncture expert Vanessa Jewell of Traditional Acupuncture al also joins the team this month and on page 20 tells us how acupuncture can help both health and energy levels in late summer. It’s well worth a read.

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We also have the final results of Heather’s Scarecrow Festival which was even more impressive than ever this year on page 50 and we hear all about the awards Swannington Heritage Trust received on page 36. Congratulations!

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In Your Home

In Your Garden



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Ibstock & Barlestone Surgeries

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Ashby Museum News What’s On at The Palace Open 4 Business

Seasonal Recipes

Community Board


Swannington Heritage Trust A Walk in the Forest This Month

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Heather Scarecrow Results Health Fitness & Advice Just 4 Fun




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donington le heath manor We are delighted to welcome on board the team at Donington le Heath Manor House as regular contributors to Whats Around magazine. Each month they will bring you details of their latest news and events. In their first article Richard Knox explains how the 1620s House and Garden at Donington le Heath now offers a hands on exploration of the past. LEICESTERSHIRE County Council’s Donington le Heath Manor House has recently been recast as a fully furnished family home from the early 17th century.

The new interpretation focusses on the 1620s, when the house was partially remodelled with new windows, fireplaces, and roof structure. At this time, the house was owned and lived in by members of the Digby family and their servants. Although the England was Protestant at the time, the Digbys remained Catholic. The first cousin of the resident family was Sir Everard Digby, who was executed for his part in the Gunpowder The site is famous for its events, including Plot of 1605. historical re-enactments, outdoor theatre, To recreate the room plant fairs, children’s activities, workshops layout of the 1620s we and talks, and these continue at the 1620s have built an authentic wattle and daub partHouse and Garden. ition to divide the great chamber from a first floor lobby. The original partition was removed in the early 18th century when an internal staircase replaced the external one. A major tasks within the project was the moving of ‘King Dick’s Bed’ from one bedchamber to another. Legend tells us that Richard III slept in this large four poster bed during his pre-Bosworth stay at the White Boar Inn - although it is actually mostly of late Tudor and Jacobean style. New crewel work curtains and dyed bed linen have been created to add a fitting period feel.

One of the really special things about the house, which our visitors are really enjoying, is the ability to touch and sit and have a go with the mixture of original and replica furniture and fittings, which really gives a much better understanding of the past – the comforts and discomforts, the practicalities and customs.

Volunteers have played a huge part in this project. A team of volunteer interpreters work in the house to engage with and inform visitors about the history of the site. The Friend’s Jacobean Craft Group meet on the first Saturday of each open month, creating soft furnishings for the house and a Garden Volunteer Team works on developing and maintaining the beautiful and superbly labelled gardens. For more information on how to join our house and garden volunteer teams or the Friends of the 1620s House and Gardens to spend more of your time in these lovely surroundings, contact The barn houses a tea room serving tasty home make cakes and high quality drinks to complete the visitor experience. There is also a small shop in the barn which sells garden related gifts and information leaflets about the house and garden.

The site is open to the public from 10.30am - 4.30pm Thursday to Sunday and Bank Holiday Mondays until the end of September. Admission is £5.95 Adult, £5 concession and £3.50 child (carers and under 3s free) and tickets to the site cover repeat visits until the end of September. The site will be open outside the main season for seasonal special events, talks and workshops. To find out more about our events programme and how to get hands-on with the past visit


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ibstock & barlestone surgeries


If you have any particular communication needs, please let us know and we’ll discuss with you how we can meet these. We will also note this on your records so we know for the future. Just let anyone at the surgery know and we’ll do our best to communicate with you in the way that’s most suitable for you. SATURDAY FLU CLINICS

The dates of our Saturday morning flu clinics this year will be: Saturday 24th September Saturday 1st October

Please call and book to attend on either of these dates if you are eligible. Call reception or see our website for the eligibility criteria. (Anyone aged 65 or over, plus those in at risk groups.) At the same time there’ll be a table top sale run by our


Patient Participation Group to raise funds for equipment for the surgery (this is equipment over and above what’s provided by the NHS). ONLINE ACCESS TO APPOINTMENTS AND PRESCRIPTIONS

By the time you read this online access to our new system should be back up and running. If you wish to have access you’ll need to fill in a new form and provide ID even if you were previously enrolled for this service on our old system. Further details can be found on our website: www. ibstockhousesurgery. or from reception.

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in your home Eddie, the in-house interior designer from The Flooring and Bed Company has joined our editorial team to provide you lucky readers with some interior design tips. Below you’ll find his first article with words of wisdom on the key steps to designing your perfect room…


HAVE you ever wondered why a professionally designed room always look beautiful, cohesive and more spacious than it actually is? Here are some tips I would like to share with you on how these pros achieve the results by following some of the fundamental rules in interior design.

Have you ever tried to declutter a room and then realised how much nicer and bigger the room actually is? This is my first tip for creating a spacious room: Declutter is the key to discovering the actual space you have got to work with and it is like having a blank canvas for you to create a beautifully designed room. Once the room is clear, take dimensions of the room, starting with a floor plan, and wall measurements. This will help you in selecting the right size furniture to fit in the room. Spacial planning is crucial when selecting furniture pieces to ensure good ‘traffic flow’ and to create a sense of spaciousness in the room. For rooms with a low ceiling, try to keep the room low-slung and use tall mirrors to enhance the space.

Mood boards are a useful tool for any interior project as it helps us in visualising how the end result of an interior makeover will look, and can be used as a ‘shopping list’ for all the materials and accessories. Once you have a shopping list, it is time to set a budget and use the shopping list to prioritise what are the key features or items that must not be compromised on. Next, we can focus on choosing a colour scheme to inject life into the room. When choosing a colour palette, try and stick to 3 to 5 colours. You can start with some of your favourite colours as they reflect your personality. Once you have decided on the main hue, other complimentary colours can be added to create a colour scheme. If you struggle to pick them , you can always pick up some paint charts as there are normally some images which you can use for inspiration. Pinterest and home furnishing magazines will also give you great examples of some of the trending colour schemes.


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in your garden

Editorial by Pippa Greenwood

garden soil and horticultural sand, perhaps mixed with a small quantity of sieved leaf mould. The top dressing ensures that the holes are kept open to allow better drainage and aeration over a longer period.

LOVELY LAWNS ALMOST every garden has a lawn, and there is a lot you can do to keep it in good condition. Don’t wait until spring but get to work now with some autumn lawn care to keep your lawn looking healthy and green.

Large weeds in small lawns are best removed by hand, perhaps using a sturdy old kitchen knife – perfect for removing dandelions, small clumps of daisies and other weeds missed by the mower. You should also take a look at the level of moss in the lawn: when green and luxuriant it can look quite attractive, but once it dies out the lawn will look really awful. On the whole, moss in lawns is encouraged by compaction, poor drainage of the soil and lawn surface and by excessive shading, perhaps by nearby trees or herbaceous plants in adjacent borders. It is worth doing anything you can to alleviate these problems, and for shading you should prune back shrubs which overhang the lawn or have trees professionally crown


thinned or lifted, so that more light gets through to the lawn. Herbaceous plants are easily dealt with by using bamboo canes and string to ease them up and away from the grass.

Compaction is relatively easy to deal with, and in small areas where the problem is not too bad, you can use a normal garden fork. Drive this into the lawn every 10 to 15 cm (4 to 6 in) and ease it back and forth slightly to enlarge the holes created by the tines of the fork. This creates some drainage channels, which will also improve aeration. On very heavy sites or where compaction is bad, use a hollow tine aerator. These can be bought as attachments for some lawnmowers, or you can buy or hire a dedicated machine or piece of equipment. A hollow tine aerator removes cylinders of turf and the soil beneath, thus producing a better effect than using a garden fork. Once aerated, brush a sandy top dressing mixture into all the holes, using a mixture of sieved

Use a proprietary moss killer if moss is really out of control, applied exactly according to the manufacturer’s instructions; you should make sure that the moss is killed off completely before you attempt to rake it out. Raking out can be combined with scarifying, where you use a spring tined rake to aggressively rake the surface of the lawn, so that dead moss, thatch (the accumulated bits of dead grass and other lawn debris) and any other surface debris are removed. Once done, you will find that the lawn looks a lot worse than it did when you started, as it will look thinner and more moth-eaten. However, scarifying helps to ensure that the grasses receive plenty of air and allows for better re-growth; have faith, the situation will improve.

If you still have bare areas once you have improved the texture of the soil and fixed drainage problems, then re-seed or overseed using a suitable grass-seed mixture. To improve germination and speed of growth, pin a piece of horticultural fleece or Enviromesh over the newly sown area. This will help keep it warmer and prevent birds from stealing the grass seed.

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ashby museum news

shby Museum is delighted to have won another Leicestershire and Rutland Heritage award, this time for ‘Behind the Scenes’- a project in Archives or Collections. Our recently established archives group of 23 volunteers have been improving the way we catalogue, conserve and store our documents and artefacts. We were complimented on the professionalism of our work by Jonathan Platt, the head of the Heritage Lottery Fund, East Midlands, who presented the award plaque to Michael Hardy and Ken Hillier at an evening ceremony in the Museum Studies Department, University of Leicester. We were pleased to award certificates and prize money to children from local schools who deserved recognition in our annual Ian Clews Writing Competition.

They wrote some exciting stories about the Edwardian lady parachutist, Dolly Shepherd and were invited to the Museum to meet the Chairman of the Trustees and collect their winnings. The Museum has provided an Education Box for the Friends of the Bath Grounds project. The box includes folders on Dolly Shepherd, events held on the Bath Grounds in the 19th century and today and also on the Ivanhoe Spa Baths. Inside each folder are photographs, pictures, work sheets and information on each of the topics. The box is complemented by Edwardian costumes for a boy and a girl. It is available for hire from the Museum for £5 a week to schools and other educational establishments. Please call us if you would like to borrow the box on 01530 560 090. Due to ill health we have lost some of our volunteer custodians. If you have two hours once a fortnight to spare, please consider joining our friendly team. Do get in touch if you can offer some time.

FRIENDS OF ASHBY MUSEUM We are holding a ‘Bygones Quiz’ on Wednesday 21st September at the Museum. Please feel free to drop in anytime between 2 and 4pm. Some of the many artefacts will be on display for you to identify. The entrance fee of £4 will include a light afternoon tea. On Friday 21st October the Ian Clews Memorial Quiz will take place at Packington Memorial Hall. Teams of 6 are required but we can find you a team to join if necessary. A fish and chip supper is included in the £10 fee. Booking forms will be available at the Museum from the end of September so please make a note of the date as this is a very popular event.


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health matters We are excited to welcome on board the editorial team; local acupuncture expert Vanessa Jewell of Traditional Acupuncture. This month, she tells us how the fifth season; Late Summer could be affecting you.

Traditional Acupuncture and Late Summer

TRADITIONALLY we only think of four seasons but in Chinese Medicine we have five seasons with the extra season being Late Summer. The season of Late Summer begins in late August through into September and the Autumn Equinox.

Late Summer belongs to the Earth element. This is when earth’s luscious fruits and vegetables are ready for harvest. It is a time of reflection and contemplation, to consider ones “harvest” emotionally and spiritually. It is the transition of Yang to Yin, from the cycle of Spring growth (Wood), active Summer abundance (Fire), to the gentle decline and harvest of Late Summer and the inward, cooler emotion of Autumn and Winter (Metal and Water). This flow and energy also manifests in daily life – waking and becoming active, eating, resting, sleeping etc. which all affect our health and well-being.

Anatomically, the Earth element is associated with the Stomach and Spleen and they both build and maintain the entire body. Food is prepared for digestion in the Stomach and then the Spleen helps absorb nutrients, feeding muscles and blood. Emotionally, Earth is nourishing and grounding when healthy and in balance but filled with anxiety and worry when out of balance. If we do too much and feel unnourished or we cannot stop


worrying, the stomach rebels, becomes weak and tired with loose stools, ulcers or pain in the upper abdomen.

Acupuncture has been used in treatment for at least 2000 years and is still evolving and developing but the fact that it has survived for all this time is testament to its effectiveness. Acupuncture is deeply rooted in nature and the natural cycle of life. Seasonal changes can have a dramatic impact on a person’s emotional and physical health and many people find the transition from Summer through to Winter difficult. Acupuncture treatment can help at this time and is carried out by inserting a few needles into specific points on the body. The effect of the needles is to restore the patients’ energy or Qi and thereby improve their overall health. It is a “whole body” treatment so that it not only treats the specific symptoms that a patient has come with but also can improve their general health and increase energy levels. To find out more about how acupuncture treatment could help you restore health and energy give Vanessa a call on 07834 606084 or visit her website;

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what’s on at the palace...


The Palace Film Night ‘Golden Years’

The Palace Film Night ‘Florence Foster Jenkins’ (PG)

Friday 2nd September, 7.30pm The story of Florence Foster Jenkins, a New York heiress, who dreamed of becoming an opera singer, despite having a terrible singing voice. Stars Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant. Doors/bar open at 7pm. Tickets: £5/£4.

All Day Harvest Festival Events at The Palace and The Ram, Ibstock

Saturday 3rd September, 10am-1pm There will be a large variety of stalls inside The Palace and children’s fair-ground attractions at the rear. The puppets from ‘The Magical Mill’ will be at The Palace and will be staging two free puppet shows; one starting at 10.30am and another at 11.30am. ‘The Magical Mill’ Company performs an interactive puppet adventure story with music and lots of fun! Stalls will include locally grown fresh produce, homemade cakes and preserves, plus lots more. Refreshments will be available throughout. This will be followed by an auction in The Ram (next door) from 2pm. The auction will be of local fresh produce and a wide variety of interesting miscellaneous items. All proceeds are to go towards the upkeep and running costs of The Palace Community Centre.

Ibstock Community Choir

Friday 9th September Featuring Mezzo Soprano Alexandra Gamble, pianist Alex Lamb and ‘Out of the Shadows’ guitar group. Tickets £6.50.

Palace Social Dance

Saturday 10th September A very popular evening of Ballroom, Latin, and Sequence dancing. Doors & bar open at 7pm. Dancing from 7.30 pm ‘till 10.30 pm. Tickets: £5.

Friday 16th September, 7.30pm Fate, the pensions crisis and a steadfast refusal to accept the injustice of old age have contrived to force law abiding, retired couple, Arthur and Martha Goode into a life of crime. Starring Una Stubbs and Simon Callow. Doors/bar open at 7pm. Tickets: £5/£4.

‘The Celebration Singers’

Friday 23rd & Saturday 24th September, Doors 7pm "Hits from the Jukebox", a charity concert in aid of Diabetes UK and The Alzheimer’s Society. Tickets: £6.00. Available from: Shepshed & District Funeral Services 01509 807642, S. Buckeridge 07754 799 639 and Louise Pell 07504 337 974, plus usual outlets. Concert starts at 7.30pm.

The Palace Wine Club wine tasting

Wednesday 28th September, 7.30pm Limited to a maximum of 30 places! Tel: Gary at The Palace on 01530 262400 or Corinne 01530 451725 to reserve your place. Tickets: £8.

Coming soon... The Good Old Days

Saturday 1st October, 7pm for 7.30pm

An Old Time Music Hall Variety Show featuring the fabulous Miss Jill Daniels. (Jill has previously performed her highly acclaimed, 1940’s wartime show, ‘The Hits of the Blitz’ at The Palace. Keeping the proceedings in order will be the magnificent Master of Ceremonies, Mr David St John. The show will also feature (almost!) our very own ‘Flanagan and Allen’, the amazing ‘Miss Marie Lloyd’ and a cheeky little recitation entitled ‘Albert and the Lion’. Audience members are encouraged to enter into the spirit of the evening and dress up in appropriate finery for a night at the Music Hall. There will be a ‘stupendous’ prize for the best dressed. Tickets: £10.

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.


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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 30th September. 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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open 4 business As the summer draws to a close many school and college leavers will be considering their options for the future. As John Hibbard of Loughborough based agency; Impact Apprenticeships knows only too well this is a golden opportunity for business of all sizes to take on a new apprentice? He explains below why hiring an apprentice could have many benefits for your business.

WHY YOU SHOULD HIRE AN APPRENTICE The job market drives a hard bargain these days, and trying to get a foot in the door has left many with stubbed toes. Apprenticeships are a fantastic way to get young people into work, but don’t just benefit the newly employed, they benefit your business too. Statistics show that 30% more companies are offering apprenticeships than the year before – Here’s why you should hire an apprentice.

HIT THE GROUND RUNNING Apprentices do often lack in experience in terms of the workplace, it must be said. That however, is a hurdle that many employers fail to get over when recruiting. They see lack of experience, and don’t see the big


bonus of hiring someone that has come from college. Places of learning are equipping their students with the best and latest skills, and training them in the latest software packages too. Your baby faced apprentice might surprise you with their tech-savvy skills and ability to adapt much quicker. Experience is important of course, but it could be beneficial to your business to open up to fresh ideas, new programmes and methods that your veteran employees might not have got to grips with. LONG TERM One thing that managers will tell you, is that in smaller ‘starting’ roles it’s very hard to keep a member of staff for extended periods of time. When highly qualified individuals are looking for work, they tend to use bottom rung jobs as a stepping stone to somewhere else. Apprenticeship schemes are a fantastic way to keep your employees loyal to your company, and give them great training and benefits to use in your workplace and business as they grow. BACKING FROM THE BOSSES Apprenticeships already offer financial benefits for employers with starter wages, but the perks don’t just stop there. There is strong backing in the UK by the government to encourage employers to take part in hiring apprentices. The country’s leadership recognises the importance of these programmes, and is doing all it can to get young people into work and training.

Whether you are a business looking to discuss apprenticeships or a potential apprentice interested in finding out more about opportunities in Leicestershire, Impact Apprenticeships can help. Visit, email or call 01509 515410.

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seasonal recipes This Spanish baked omelette is great served warm as a speedy supper or is just as tasty served cold. Perfect for a late summer picnic served with a bowl of garlicky marinated olives. d olives

Serves 4 Ready 45 min in marin s + ating

Potato Tortilla with Olives FOR THE OLIVES

• 100ml olive oil • ½ red chilli pepper, deseeded and very finely chopped • 2 garlic cloves, peeled and finely chopped • 1 tbsp fresh chopped parsley • 1 tsp lemon zest • 150g Kalamata olives • 150g large green olives



• 450g potatoes, peeled and thickly sliced • 6 large eggs • 1 garlic clove, peeled and crushed • 10ml (2tsp) dried Italian mixed herbs • 50g mature Cheddar cheese, grated • Rocket leaves, to serve

1 To marinate the olives, heat the oil, chilli and garlic in a small pan until just warmed through. Stir in the parsley, lemon zest and olives and season with freshly ground black pepper. Transfer to a heatproof bowl and cover and leave to marinate in a cool place for a few hours or overnight. 2 To make the tortilla, preheat the oven to 1800C/3500F/Gas Mark 4. Grease a 19cm x 23cm shallow cake tin. 3 Cook the potatoes in a large pan of boiling salted water for 3 to 4 minutes until almost tender. Drain well and arrange in 2 to 3 layers in the cake tin. 4 Beat together the eggs and garlic in a bowl then add the dried mixed herbs and two thirds of the grated cheese. Season well with salt and freshly ground black pepper and pour the mixture over the layered potatoes. 5 Sprinkle over the rest of the cheese. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes until golden brown and firm to the touch. Cool for 10 minutes then cut into wedges. Serve warm with rocket leaves and the marinated olives. TOP TIP If serving cold, allow to cool completely then cut into squares and wrap in greaseproof paper. It will keep in the fridge for 24 hours.


Tangy and creamy with a golden buttery crumble topping, these cheesecake bars make a delicious sweet treat. For a smoother cheesecake filling, use full-fat soft cheese instead of the ricotta.

Makes 12 Ready in 90 mins + chilling

Lemon Crumble Cheesecake bars FOR THE BASE

• 250g plain flour • 2 tsp baking powder • 140g butter, chilled and diced • 125g caster sugar • 1 medium egg, beaten


FOR THE FILLING • • • • • • •

750g ricotta cheese 225g caster sugar Zest and juice of 1 lemon 3 medium eggs, beaten 100ml soured cream 1 tbsp cornflour Fresh mint sprigs, to decorate

1 Preheat the oven to 1800C/Fan 1600C/Gas Mark 4. Grease an 18cm x 28cm tray-bake tin and line the base with baking paper. 2 To make the base, sift together the flour and baking powder into a large bowl. Rub in the butter until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs then stir in the sugar. Reserve a third of the mixture and chill in the fridge. Stir the beaten egg into the rest of the mixture to make a crumbly dough. Spread into the base of the prepared tin and press down firmly in an even layer. 3 Bake the cheesecake base for 15 to 20 minutes, or until pale golden. Remove from the oven and leave to cool for 15 minutes. Reduce the oven temperature to 1600C/ Fan 1400C/Gas Mark 3. 4 To make the filling, beat the ricotta cheese, sugar and lemon juice and zest in a bowl until creamy then gradually beat in the eggs. Fold in the soured cream and cornflour and spread the mixture over the warm base. 5 Sprinkle the reserved fine crumble mixture over the top in an even layer. Bake in the oven for 30 to 35 minutes, or until set and pale golden. Leave in the tin to cool completely then chill for 2 to 3 hours. Slice into 12 bars and serve decorated with fresh mint sprigs.

TOP TIP For an extra fruity flavour, scatter some fresh blueberries or raspberries over the cheesecake mixture before sprinkling with the crumble mixture.

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swannington heritage trust

Bringing Heritage Alive... SWANNINGTON Heritage Trust continued its run as Leicestershire’s most successful heritage organisation at local awards, by being placed in four categories at the Leicestershire and Rutland Heritage Forum awards for projects completed March 2014 - March 2016. WINNER - BEST PROJECT UNDER £750

The Trust identified that 90% of its 15,000 annual visitors were walkers through its sites when the mill was closed. It therefore designed and erected 30 information boards on its gates to tell visitors about Swannington’s industrial history.


The Land Management Team maintains the Trust’s 10 acres of industrial history sites. Team volunteers contributed 2,700 hours during 2015, plus 450 hours assisting with other Trust activities such as mill duties, events and archives. They take on virtually any task. Visitors regularly comment on how much the sites have improved.



Skilled volunteers spent a year building a wallower (a five foot wooden wheel) and installing it in the mill cap.


The Archives Team formed a year ago and have made an effective start in scanning and cataloguing the document and photo archive. GUIDED WALKS

The Trust had 35 participants on their guided walks of the Swannington Incline as part of the festival of archaeology.


There will be a guided walk of coal mines, horse drawn tramways, St George’s Church and the isolation hospital on Sunday 11th September, 2pm at Hough Mill. To book a place email or telephone 01530 222 833.

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a walk in the forest

From Donisthorpe to Oakthorpe

TThis walk takes you on a pleasant circuit starting from the Church at D Donisthorpe, out along the Ashby Woulds Heritage Trail to Oakthorpe and then tthrough the quiet village before returning past the lakes of Saltersford Valley. TThere is a short section of path near the end that can get quite narrow in midssummer but the remainder is very easy walking with a variety of different ccountryside to enjoy along the way. I’d allow around 45 minutes for this walk.



Our starting point is the car park for the Ashby O Woulds Heritage T rail situ Trail situated on Church Street in Donisthorpe. The post code for sat nav users is DE12 7QR.

Leaving the car park walk down the Ashby Woulds Heritage Trail (1), following the signs in the direction of Measham. After a short distance the path forks - keep right to remain on the main Trail. As you continue down the wide path you will go under a railway bridge (2) and then past a pheasant farm in t fields to your right. On the next stretch of path the llook out for markers denoting the old coal seams w worked in this area(3). You will pass through an o opening with a seat cleverly built into it before p passing under a further bridge – this bridge has a signpost on the right immediately after it. Turn left opposite the signpost, to leave the trail, and i take t the small path up to join the road (4).


Emerging onto Coronation Lane, turn right and E walk into Oakthorpe Village. Continue on the road, w bearing left, until you come to a small lane on your b lleft with new houses on it. Turn onto this lane and then turn left again when yyou join Canal Street, a dead end for traffic.


After a short way the road ends and turns into a wide track - continue down the track until you come to a set of large metal gates with a public footpath sign pointing directly ahead. Follow the sign, going around the edge of the gates and taking a path through the trees which will lead you past the young woodland of Lowlands Farm and then onto a narrow path with water off to both sides (5). At the end of the path cross the footbridge (6) and then walk up the left hand side of the ffields to arrive at a metal barrier with a stile in it. C Cross over the stile onto a path which leads along t back of a row of garden fences (it can be quite the n narrow here) - keep straight on, ignoring a path off tto the left, and you will soon rejoin the Ashby W Woulds Heritage Trail. Turn right and proceed up t trail to arrive back at the car park. the



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this month The first ever Coalville Colour Run, organised by the local charity Living Without Abuse and sponsored by North West Leicestershire District Council, will take place on Sunday 18th September and promises to liven Coalville up like never before.

COALVILLE COLOUR RUN GINA King, Head of Fundraising at Living Without Abuse, said: “I am so excited about bringing an event like this to Coalville. It will be the first ever fun run in the town and it will be just that, fun. Paint, laughter, food, drink and music, what more can you ask for?” The run starts at 10.30am and is approximately 5km long starting at Market Hall Carpark taking in the town centre and local parks before ending at Coalville Park where there will be, among many others, a Prosecco tent to help with the well deserved celebrations. The event is open to everyone, runners of all ages and abilities and even non-runners. You can walk, jog or run - it is not a race it’s a fun run so there’s no excuse not to pull on your trainers and join in. It’s all for a great cause. The monies raised will go directly to local North Leicestershire based charity; Living Without Abuse who work tirelessly to provide support to men and women experiencing domestic abuse across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland. It will also be great fun for all involved. There will be four


colour stations dotted around the route where people will be blasted with colour. There will be a spectacular paint party at the end of the run followed by entertainment in Coalville Park from 12.30pm including live music, entertainment, various local business stalls as well as food and drink. If running is not your thing but you would like to show your support for this wonderful event then you could volunteer your help on the day. They are currently seeking marshalls along the route to ensure everyone’s safety on the day, volunteers to look after the water stations along the route giving out water as the runners/walkers pass by and volunteers to look after 3 LWA stalls on the day including a Tombola stall, a raffle stall and a cake stall. If you are able to help in any way at all please contact Gina on 07557 770561 or email

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what’s on...

September Friday 9th September

to go to Cancer Research

Ibstock Community Choir

UK. Please go along and

performs several concerts

support this worthy

each year, and as well as


raising necessary funds for their own choir they are

Monday 12th September

happy to raise funds for

Stitching at Stoneywell

charity. Their next concert

A one day needlepoint

will be held in The Palace,

course with Margaret

Ibstock on Friday 9th

Murton for both beginners

September 2016 at

and those who wish to

7.30pm. Tickets will be

improve their design

£6.50 and available from

skills. The day includes a

members of the choir,

tour of the cottage, expert

Halls shop opposite The

tuition, all materials,

Palace and at the door on

refreshments and a picnic

the night.

lunch. Only 12 places available per day. Prices £79 (National Trust

‘Animals A-Z’ at

members) £85 (nonmembers). Places may be

Thursday 1st September

tickets £3.50 available on

Ferrers Gallery’

Funhouse Comedy Club

the door or book online at

The launch of the much

booked by telephoning

The Lyric Rooms, Ashby.

awaited ceramics

01530 248 048.

An evening of comedy

or call 01530 278 444.

exhibition by Blandine Anderson. Blandine is

Friday 16th September

Sol Bernstein, Tom Price

Friday 9th September

returning to showcase a

Dragonfly Delights

and TJ McDonald.

Packington Film Club

collection of ceramics that

Claire Install, Senior

Compere: Spiky Mike,

presents ‘Dad’s Army’ (new

have been created

Conservation Officer

doors open at 7.30pm for

sound system installed).

exclusively for Ferrers

LRWT, describes the

8.15pm start. All Shows

Packington, Memorial Hall

Gallery, Staunton Harold.

dragonflies we can expect

£10 advance unless

at 7pm for 7.30pm adults

The exhibition is open

to see locally, explains

otherwise stated. Food

£4 and children £2. Tea

11am to 5pm Tuesday to

conservation methods

available 7.30pm to 8pm.

and coffee served £1.

Sunday from 10th

and suggests how to

September to 23rd

help dragonflies in your

October. Entry is free.

garden pond. A possible

with Tom Wrigglesworth,

See www.funhouse


Saturday 10th September or call 0115

Friday 9th September

952 5050.

Golden Years (12A)

visit is weather dependent.

A comedy drama with a

Saturday 10th September

They are a friendly local

Friday 2nd September

star line up. Fate, the

Eat Cake and Beat Cancer

group which meets

ChickLit (15)

pensions’ crisis and a

From 10am to 12.30pm at

monthly for talks, visits

A comedy drama about

steadfast refusal to accept

Swannington Village Hall,

conservation work and

four guys trying to save

the injustice of old age

Main Street, Swannington,

social events. All talks

their local pub from

have contrived to force

LE67 8QL. Come and have

are in the church hall of

closing down. The group

law abiding, retired

Coffee, Tea and Cakes.

Ashby Methodist Chapel,

write a chick lit, or more

couple, Arthur and Martha

There will also be some

Burton Road, Ashby and

specifically a novel in the

Goode into a life of crime.

homemade cakes and

begin at 7.30pm entry is

style of 'Fifty Shades of

Century Theatre at

preserves for sale together

£3 each. To find out more

Grey' and it gets snapped

Snibston, tickets £3.50

with craft stalls. In

about our group please

up with hilarious

available on the door or

addition you can spoil

ring David Maltby on

consequences. Century

Book online at

yourself with a fabulous

01530 222 934 or

Theatre at Snibston,

mini 100% natural skincare

Margaret Mabey on 01530

Coalville, starts 7.30pm,

or call 01530 278 444.

treatment. All proceeds

412 410.

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acquaintances alike to its

old ways head on.

monthly culinary evenings

Century Theatre, Snibston,

at various venues around

starts at 7.30pm, tickets

the local area. They meet

£10 if you book in advance

this month at The Spread

or £12 on the door. Book

Eagle in Rolleston on

online at www.century

Dove. DE13 9BE at 7pm. or 01530

The meal is booked at

278 444.

7.30pm. Shared transport is used wherever possible.

Friday 30th September

Email jane_boyce@

TV Psychic for details.

Tony Stockwell For those with an interest

Friday 16th September or call 01530

Alfie Moore –

278 444.

The Naked Stun The Naked Stun is based

Saturday 17th September

on the true story of his

Rainbows – Open Day

dogged determination to

their staff and volunteers

track down a 'serial flasher'

are looking forward to

and Alfie describes life at

showing you around your

the front-line of the force

local children’s hospice,

with incredible wit and

between 10.30am and

charm. The fast-paced

3pm, all welcome. Lark

plot twists and turns,

Rise, Loughborough,

exposing a hilariously

Leicestershire LE11 2HS.

strange and seedy side of

his crime investigation.. Century Theatre, Snibston,

Thursday 22nd September

Coalville, starts at 7.30 pm,

Sence Valley Supper Club

tickets £14 if booked in

Celebrating their 10th

advance and concessions

anniversary the Supper

or £16 on the door. Book

Club welcomes new

online at www.century

members, old friends and

Thursday 22nd to

in mediumship, the name

Saturday 24th September

of Tony Stockwell will

On Golden Pond

certainly need no

The latest play to be

introduction. Tony has

shown at The Venture

been working tirelessly for

Theatre featuring many of

over 25 years to

your favourite Venture

demonstrate his belief that

Theatre actors. Tickets £8

those who have passed

and £9 from Ashby TIC

can communicate with

and https://www.ticket

their loved ones. Tony’s

insight into the lives of


total strangers is inexplicable and

Thursday 29th September

remarkable as he attempts

The Last Station Keeper

to offer fascinating

The world premiere tour of

revelations from the other

a brand new comedy play

side. Century Theatre,

from Kate Bramley. A

Snibston, show starts at

heartfelt and hilarious look

7.30pm. Tickets £19 book

at the perils of modern life

online at www.century

when the 21st Century or call 01530

‘need for speed’ hits the

278 444.

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heather scarecrow results 1st

THE Heather Scarecrow Festival this year was another resounding success with crowds from near and far gathering to pound the pavements of Heather admiring an overwhelming variety of scarecrows from Mr Bean to Angry Birds, from Mary Poppins to Fernando Alonscrow. There was something for everyone and lots of sunshine to enjoy it in.




Visitors voted and the results of the winners are now in although we c t l t each and every congratulate e entry for their hard work and c creativity‌

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health & fitness advice with Mark Padgett of MP Personal Training

Weight Training for Weight Loss? YOU have probably conditioned yourself to think that weights are just for people who want to bulk up and look bigger.

How many times do you go to the gym and just do the CV kit such as the bike, rower, treadmill etc... thinking you are doing the best thing to lose weight and tone up. How often do you avoid the weight machines thinking that you are going to hurt yourself or bulk up too much?

It’s probably natural to think that you will lose more weight on the CV kit, as your heart rate is up and your breathing is challenged, so you perceive that you are bound to burn more calories? Truth is that weights play a big part in weight loss, reducing body fat, speeding up metabolism and toning/sculpting your body.  Give it a go... Try working on weight machines or free weights that use more than one muscle group or one large muscle group like chest press (shown above) or leg extensions, that way you are burning up more fuel for the effort and, as mentioned earlier, you are speeding up your metabolism even when you are resting 24 hours later!  If you alternate the muscle groups you are working, you can work more continuously, as one muscle group is resting whilst you work the other one; burning even


more energy!

To get better results you could work in intervals of say 4 minutes CV followed by 4 minutes continuous ti ous weights. This is the most effective way to train for all levels of fitness and the most time effective way to get results. The fact that your body is changing from one system to the other, every 4 minutes, makes you work much harder.  This type of training in a gym is much better use of your time and will, without doubt give you the best results!

Weights are really important for your everyday health, especially your bone density, joint stability and core strength making it essential for you to include them in your regime! This is the way we train, call us if you would like to arrange a trial.

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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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The Knight in

by Jackie Brewster

moths with a glass and a large envelope was his speciality. “I’ll have it out of your hair in no time”.

At that moment a black shape swept over his head. Graham ducked and stifled a cry. “There it is!” Violet cried. “Shoo moth, shoo.”

If it was a moth, thought Graham, it was the biggest he’d seen. The creature flew a lap of the bedroom and then shot back along the landing with a snap of wings. At that moment, he knew it was not a moth at all.

Violet clutched Graham’s arm, which he found reassuring, because his knees had gone a little weak. “I don’t want to alarm you Mrs Pinsom,” Graham said, himself in a state of alarm, “but you have a bat in your house.”

“I was walking into my bedroom,” Violet Pinsom said, “and I felt something frightful whizz past me.”

Just as the sun was setting, she’d knocked on Graham’s front door in a state of agitation.

“Small, like a spider?” Graham asked nervously, surprised to find himself five minutes later cowering with her on her upstairs landing.

He’d always hoped that one day he’d be given the chance to be his neighbour Violet’s knight in shining armour. He thought he might be alright with a spider, but a mouse would be a problem. He saw himself more as the sort of knight who swept his cape over puddles, not the slaying dragons type. “No,” Violet said, “it was flying.”

“The little fellow won’t harm you,” he said. “In fact he’s probably more scared than you.” Though Graham thought he was probably the most terrified of them all.

“But I can’t sleep with a bat flying about,” she said. “Can you catch it Graham?”

Graham had no idea how to catch a bat, and feared that attempting to catch it would make it angry. He had no idea what an angry bat was capable of.

“Why not leave the bedroom window open?” Graham said, with all the authority he could muster. “He’ll find his way out eventually. That’s the best way to deal with bats.”

“Will you sit with me in the lounge until the coast is clear?” Violet pleaded.

Graham’s heart leaped. He could think of nothing he would like more than to sit in a lounge with Violet Pinsom. As he followed her downstairs he sensed something alight on the window pane. It was the bat.

Graham was hugely relieved. “It was probably a daddy-long-legs Mrs Pinsom. It’s that time of year. Or maybe it was a moth?”

He’d never seen one up close. It had a funny little face with an upturned nose and a furry body. It didn’t seem so frightening now that it wasn’t flying. With a trembling hand he reached out and lifted the window latch. The bat calmly flew out to freedom.

“It won’t harm you, I assure you,” Graham said, pulling himself up to his full height. Catching

“That would be lovely, Mrs Pinsom.” Graham gently closed the window. He suspected he would be an awful lot braver in half an hour’s time.

Violet shivered. “Oh dear, I’m not keen on moths, they give me the heebie-jeebies.”


Violet made a little shrieking noise at the back of her throat, which Graham sympathised with.

“Shall I pop the kettle on?” Violet called from the kitchen. “Maybe you could go back up every thirty minutes to see if it’s gone?”

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