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ISSUE 141 APRIL 2017

Serving Ibstock | Ravenstone | Heather | Coleorton | Swannington Hugglescote | Packington | Normanton le Heath and surrounding areas




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Our local experts are on hand to offer tips and advice in this month’s articles. Francesca Sinclair offers some top gardening tips whilst Mark from MP Personal Training dispels the myths around fat vs. muscle. Don’tt miss our exclusive competition to win a signed copy of ‘The Song of the Stork; the latest novel by local author; Stephan Hollishaw. All of this plus the usual puzzles, community updates and an ever-growing directory of local businesses and tradespeople for easy reference.

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April’s issue is all about Easter and not just the chocolate we’re planning g to consume here in the office! We have a full listing of the local Easter church services, the top picks for family fun during the school holidays and a recipe for hot cross buns with a difference.



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With two long weeks of school holidays coming up this month you’ll be looking for ways to keep the kids entertained – look no further than our round up of local family fun…….

Rosliston Forestry Centre Rosliston Forestry Centre have tons of activities planned for the break including archery, laser combat and wildlife watches. If the weather is not so good then head indoors for craft activities. There is also a science discovery fun day and of course, the all-essential Easter egg hunt which is scheduled for 17th April. Call 01283 563 483 or email for details of dates, times and prices.

Hunting treasure at Bosworth Battlefield

Easter is the perfect time for a visit to Stonehurst Farm in Mountsorrel. Throughout the Easter holidays, there will be plenty of baby lambs to see as well as lamb feeding. There will be chick handling as well as Easter bunnies to pet. All of this in addition to the usual farm animals, tractor rides, playgrounds and motor museum. See www stonehurstfarm co uk fo for details.

Children’s Activity Days Explore the outdoors with children’s activity days run by Field Sport U UK. Suitable for children aged 10 to 18 8 years. The fun includes building de ens, tracking animals, natural crafts, b bushcraft, campfire cooking, getting muddy and generally learning all about the great outdoors. See www.field t k k or call 01283 76 63350 for info. Each day costs £25 per person and runs from 9am tto 3pm.

Enjoy an Easter Fun Treasure Hunt at Bosworth Battlefield from Thursday 13th to Monday 17th April. Richard III and Henry Tudor’s Armies have lost some flags and shields. Can you help them find them? Collect 12 and claim your reward. £1.50 per child. See

TROLLS Fun for all the family and packed with so many great tunes the late est DreamWork’s animation; Trolls (U) is showing at The Century Theattre. Starting at 2pm on Thursday 13th April, book your tickets now for an 2.50 for afternoon of laughs and songs. Tickets cost £3.50 for adults and £2 kids. Call 01530 278 444 or visit www.ce Our What’s On page at has details of local events and ideas for many more family days out. Upload details of your events at Whats Around cannot be held responsible for any errors or omissions or endorse companies, products or services appearing in the magazine. We always recommend that you check with the event organiser before your visit.


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Historic Walks Our summer programme of town history walks will begin in June with a general walk on Wednesday 7th June followed by a second one on Wednesday 16th August. These are always very popular and booking is essential. More details will follow. Additionally, in June and August we are building on the success of the previous two years and will host groups from outside the area who will enjoy a history walk, lunch and a talk/visit to the castle.

Not only are we the town museum but also that of the surrounding villages of Breedon, Blackfordby, Packington, Coleorton, Smisby and Staunton Harold/Lount. We are very grateful to the family of the late Mick Shaw of Breedon for donating his archive of village life. John Pearson is enhancing our photographic capabilities by the introduction of a light tent with inbuilt LED lighting. Our next exhibition in April will commemorate


100 years of Liions Clubs Internaational and the 43 years y of activities of o our own local Lion ns Club. give early notice We can giv n in May, of the exhibition Lesley of local photographer, Les Hextall. our We are delighted to welcome Sue Perks to o ave team of volunteers. We are grateful to all who have responded to our request for help earlier in the year, the Museum is all the richer for your valuable contribution. Friends of Ashby Museum Thank you to all who attended the recent talk on local clockmakers, which was very successful. Our next talk will take place on Wednesday 17th May at 2 p.m. When Dr. Martin Vaughan will present a slide show on wildlife photography.

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Bardon Hill

This is a beautiful circular walk around the woods an nd heathland of Bardon Hill. The paths are all well marked, with part of the walk following the Ivanhoe Way. B Bardon Hill is the highest point in Leeicestershire but by going around th he hill first we avoid the steepest ccllimb (though you do come down that t wa ay). The views are fantastic. The T hillside has been managed by g grazing to encourrage the growth of o heathers and other heathland plants and attracts m d a green much wildlife - we spotted woodpecker on our walk. It is also apparently a good place to see migrant birds in Spring so keep an eye open for anything unusual.


The paths can be slippery in places, especially after wet weather, so I’d advise sturdy footwear. This walk took us around an hour.


h ll Rd d in Coalville. l ll The walk starts near the top of Greenhill nt and Between the entrances to Kenmore Crescen Romans Crescent look out for a green arrrow where the ually possible to Ivanhoe Way crosses the Rd. It is usu park close to the start point but itt is a residential area so please be careful not to blockk anyones access. For Sat Nav users, the postcode LE67 4RJ should bring you to the start. Leave Ashby via Wood Street/Nottingham Rd and follow the A511 towarrds Coalville. Keep on the A511 going around Coalviille, passing Stephensons College and then going acro oss the next two roundabouts. On reaching the traffic liights turn left into Broom Leys Rd and then fork right just after the Hospital into Greenhill Rd. Keep on for about 1 mile, parking in the second lay-by on the right (oppossite Stamford Drive). Take the Ivanhoe Way, following the green sign (1) that leads off Grreenhill Rd on the opposite side to Stamford Drive Driv (same side as Kenmore Cres/ Rom mans Cres). Follow the footpath bettween the fences through to Verco or Clo osse where the path leavves th he end of the cul de sac going over a small stream and through a metal swing gate into fields.



Look out for a slightly overgrown Ivanhoe Way marker post on your

left and follow the arrow up the left hand side of the open area. The path curves around to the left under an oak tree (2), passes by some large stones and then comes to a metal gate at the entrance to the woods where theree is a warning sign telling you of the usual quarry blasting times.


Continue ahead on thiis wide trackway which ge of the woods. Ignore leads around the edg tthe first path off to o your right, keeping straigh ht on around the edg o ge of the woodland with p parts of an old sto one well and open land visiblee off to your left. o When you reach the edge of the woods on yourr riight the path aheead narrows - there is a metal gate an nd low stile (3) to o your right at this point. Turn rig ght to o go over the stilee and follow the path pa h uphill with the wo oods on your uarry land on your right and open qu left. The path bearss around to the left before reachin ng a flight of steps down (4). Immediaately after the steps turn sharp right to o follow a surfaced track steeply uph hill. There is a handy stile and dog gate next to the cattle grid half way up p - by now you can see the radio d mast ahead at the top p of the hill.


Ignore a footp path off to the left and, shortly before reaching the brick building, tu urn right to follow a well marked path through a metaal swing gate. After the gate you will em merge into an opeen area on the hilltop with a handy wo ooden bench wheere you can sit and admire the fine view ws. The path now drops steeply back downhill and curves right to enter the woods (5)). This path ends at a meetal gate where you turn left to rejoin the wide trackway around the woodss that you started out on. Go back down the trackway and retrace your steps past the large stones (6), down the fields and through the swing gate into Vercor Close. On leaving Vercor Close cross the Rd to access the footpath between the fences back onto Greenhill Rd.


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Hot Cross Buns

Give the classic hot cross bun a delicious twist with the addition of chocolate chips, orange zest and piped chocolate crosses!

MAKE S Ready 12 in 2:45hr s

YOU WILL NEED: 500g strong white plain flour, plus extra for dusting l ½ tsp salt l 2 tsp ground mixed spice l Zest of 1 orange l 50g caster sugar l 1 x 7g sachet easy-blend or fastaction dried yeast l 300ml hand-hot milk l 55g butter, cubed l 1 large egg, beaten l 75g dried mixed fruit l 50g dark chocolate chips FOR THE GLAZE AND CROSSES l 1-2 tbsp warmed golden syrup l 50g dark chocolate, melted




Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface, flatten out with the palms of your hands and scatter over the dried fruit and chocolate chips. Fold and knead the dough until the fruit and chocolate chips are incorporated. Divide and shape the dough into 12 even-sized buns and place on a large greased baking sheet.


Cover loosely with oiled cling film and leave in a warm place until the buns have risen by at least half again and are almost touching each other - this will take about 45-60 minutes. Preheat the oven to 200C, 180C fan, Gas Mark 6.


Bake the buns in the preheated oven for 15-20 minutes until risen and golden brown. Leave on the baking sheet for 5 minutes then transfer to a cooling rack. Brush ush with the warmed golden syrup whilst the buns are still warm.


When the bunss are cold, spoon the melted chocolate into a small disposable piping bag, snip p off the end and pipe a cross on each bun. Leavee until set then seerve.

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Sift the flour into a large bowl and stir in the salt, mixed spice, orange zest, sugar and dried yeast. Make a well in the middle.


Bring the milk almost to the boil in a small pan then stir in the butter until melted. Leave the liquid to cool until it’s just hand hot. Pour the liquid into the well with the beaten egg and mix with a round- bladed knife to make a soft and slightly sticky dough. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead for 8-10 minutes until smooth and elastic, adding a little more flour if the dough is too sticky.



Place the dough in a clean, lightly greased bowl and cover with oiled cling film. Leave the bowl in a warm place for about 1 hour or until the dough has doubled in size.

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Easter Art Exhibition

Ashby Art Club will be presenting its Easter Exhibition at Ticknall Village Hall from Saturday 15th to Monday 17th April. 10am to 4.30 pm (4pm on the Monday). Entrance fee is £1, children under 16 are free. The exhi bition will include original paintings by exce llent local artists, tea, coffee and home-ma de cakes, a raffle in aid of the Air Ambulan ce, a competition for children and artists doing demonstrations each afternoon.

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Between 10am and 3pm on Saturday 8th April there will be a wide vari ety of stalls arranged in the spacious, wel coming atmosphere of the ancient, bea utifully reordered Church. Refreshmen ts available, including lunches. Free car parking g. Proceeds for Church Funds.

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‘Choose Coalville’ are running a varie ty of Easter themed activities for children aged 5 to 12 years between 10am and midd ay on Saturday 15th April. Pop along to Coal ville Market to join in the fun. For more details see

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April 9th 11.00am Palm Sunday Holy Communion

13th April 7.30pm Maundy Thursday Service

April 14th 7.30pm Good Friday: the Way of the Cross (a service of meditation)

14th April 3.00pm Good Friday Service 16th April 10.30am Easter Sunday Communion Service

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April 9th 6.00pm Evening Prayer for Palm Sunday

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16th April 6.00pm Evening service including Holy Communion led by Rev Janet Tanner. Tea and coffee will be served afterwards.

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St George’s Church, Swannington 14th April 9.15am Minibus from The Green Thringstone 9.45am

Service at Mount St Bernard’s Abbey

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Thringstone Methodist Church 9th April 3.00pm Palm Sunday Service

14th April 3.00pm Good Friday Pilgrimage from the Monastery calling at all the Churches on the way to Thringstone, (organised by Churches Together) followed by refreshments in the Church Hall. 16th April 3.00pm Easter Sunday Service

St Christopher’s, Ellistown 14th April 7.30pm Good Friday Service 16th April 11.15am Eucharist

Ibstock Wesleyan Reform Church

14th April 11.00am Walk of Witness around the village with refreshments to follow in one of the local Churches (Churches Together in Ibstock event) 7.00pm

Good Friday Service led by Mr Ian Relf

16th April 8.30am Communion to be led by Ian Relf followed by breakfast 6.00pm

Evening service followed by Communion

Marlborough Square Methodist Church, Coalville 9th April 10.30am Service led by Rev. Janet Tanner

2pm-5pm Mad Hatters Tea Party. Afternoon tea and fun for all with Games and crafts. 14th April 10.30am Service led by Rev. Janet Tanner followed by tea / coffee and Hot Cross Buns. 16th April 10.30am Service with Holy Communion led by Rev. John Hudson

St John’s Church, Hugglescote

13th April 7.30pm Holy Communion & Vigil of Prayer 14th April 2.00pm Stations of the Cross 15th April 8.00pm Easter Vigil 16th April 9.30am Eucharist

St Mary’s, Snibston

16th April 8.30am Holy Communion

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Win a signed book Many of our readers will know Stephan Collishaw through his teaching role as Assistant Headteacher at Stephenson Studio School in Coalville. However, Stephan is also a published author of multiple novels. Following on from success with his previous novels; ‘Amber’ and ‘The Last Girl’ (which won ‘Book of the Year’ in The Independent), Stephan’s third novel; ‘The Song of the Stork’ has just been released. Already it has received glowing reviews – ‘An elegantly crafted, beautifully written novel about love, survival and hope against all the odds’ William Ryan ‘Tightly written and suspenseful… a darkly compassionate fable of human endurance in absolute extremity’ Stevie Davies ‘The Song of the Stork’ is the tale of fifteen year old Yael, a Jewish girl abandoned and on the run from the Germans during World War 2. She is forced to hide close to the now devastated village in which she grew up and seeks refuge with the village outcast; Aleksei

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This spring, FABCO would like to share with you some of the latest flo ooring collections and trends including the all new Designers Choice Collection from Amtico flooring. Explore your inner creativity and transform your home with this beautiful flooring which offers great aesthetic appeal and durability. Their flooring specialist will guide you through the various flooring collections and carefully establish your requirements to ensure you find the right products. Moduleo’s “New Moods” Collection is available to view in their showroom too. Along with many luxury carpets and wood flooring ranges to choose fro om, there are other beautiful items to furnish your home, such as li throws, bedding, wall art, fashion-colour cushions and mirrors. quality FA B C O ’s showroom also features some of the very best hand made beds from Relyon, Somnus and Sealy. There really is no where quite like FABCO, so why not pop in for a coffee, a chat and let them turn your dreams and ideas into a reality!

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Cherry blossom is a sure sign that summer is on its way. In Japan the people celebrate the blooming of the cherry blossom. Such celebrations can be traced for over 1,000 years. The cherry blossom is said to symbolise the beauty and fleeting nature of life, and also new beginnings. Tokyo is a great metropolis, but there are many parks and famously Ueno Park has over 1,000 cherry trees. Cherry blossoms were first cultivated in Japan’s imperial gardens from 794 to 1185, during Hanami (flower viewing festivals) where parties of aristocrats and poets assembled each spring. Clusters of pale pink petals are said to evoke cloud formations, linking them to Buddhist precept that life’s pleasures are transient. Never mind the lovely blossom; there is fruit to enjoy too. I planted a couple of Morello Cherries and have been delighted at how pretty they are, with the dark bark trunks and branches and beautiful simple white blossom. Most of all they produce delicious red fruits

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By Francesca Sinclair –fine food for the birds and for me. The trouble is that as the years go on, the birds seem to remember how lovely they are and now try pulling them off before they are ready. Of all the cherry trees, Morellos are possibly the easiest to grow as the risk of frost affecting the fruit is usually over by the time they are in flower. Generally the trees we buy today are grafted on to a stem of wild cherry. To grow a cherry tree you usually need a depth of soil of about 40cm for their roots to establish. During the life of a tree, fertile new growth is formed on the branches. A variety that has an open habit with horizontal branches will offer the most favourable conditions for fertility. In order for the fruit to form, the flowers of fruit trees and bushes must be properly pollinated. The flowers are pollinated either by insects or the wind. In prolonged cold weather the pollen filament grows slowly and the fruit production is poor. Also low fruiting can be due to poor nutrican and soil, or a drought. Cherries do best in deep soil that is light and gravelly, rich in calcium and well manured. In dry situations they grow poorly and the fruits will be small. In damp places and cold places they can freeze and suffer from sap dripping. The very best position is on a slope protected from the north winds. Spring is in the air, and it is not just the cherries, but all the fruiting trees from Apple, Plum and Pear trees will produce spring blossom. Let’s look forward to longer days being outside. Hurray: it’s been a long, wet winter. Happy gardening!

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THE 1620’S HOUSE AND GARDEN Visit the delightful 1620s House and Gardens at Donington le Heath in April and get free return visits on non-event days from 10.30am to 4.30pm, Thursday to Sunday from April 1st to the end of September. Returning visitors will see the changes the team has made in the house and gardens, while new visitors will find out what they’ve been missing all this time! Site admission costs £5.95 for Adults, £5.00 Concessions and £3.50 children, so you pay once and can come and enjoy the site and the tea room as many times as you like while we’re open. Discounted family tickets and family-friendly room information, interactive games and dressing up, as well as the hands-on exploration of the house and gardens will make sure all our visitors have plenty to engage with. We have an exciting range of events this year, including 17th century living history weekends with the Sealed Knot Society, Plant Hunter fairs, early music performances, paranormal evenings, talks, children’s activities and an open air performance of Taming of the Shrew. See website for more details and ticket prices. See our website - - for more details and ticket prices.

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Cats are amusing and fun to be around, but sometimes their behaviour just seems downright bizarre. If you’ve ever wondered why your cat behaves in a certain way, from kneading its paws to eating plastic bags, we might be able to offer a little insight.

Head butts When your cat bumps its head against you, it means they’re trying to bond and is an expression of affection. They’re also demonstrating trust in you and marking you out as a ‘member of their club’. Staring Staring is a common trait in cats, if a little unnerving when you’re on the receiving end. They generally stare at their prey before pouncing, but in your case it could be a determined request for food or entertainment. You should also rule out any potential medical reasons if their pupils are constantly dilated - it could be the result of an eye or other health issue.


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Eating plastic Eating non-food items such as plastic, paper, wool or even electrical cords may be a sign of ‘pica’. This is an eating disorder that can be caused by dietary deficiency, stress, boredom or in some cases an underlying health problem.

Kneading When your cat sits on your knee and starts to knead, it’s a sign of contentment and is usually accompanied by a loud purring. They also have scent glands on the bottom of their paw pads, and may be kneading to leave their scent behind – effectively claiming you as their own.


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The question that people ask the most is which one is the heaviest, Fat or Muscle? Can fat turn into muscle or muscle turn into fat?

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Saturday 1st April Justice Beach

Multi-cover artiste Justice Beach will be entertaining with a selection of modern and vintage hits. The evening has been organised to raise funds for Thringstone Community Centre and starts at 8pm. A licensed bar will be open from 7pm. Tickets cost £6 & are available from the centre office. Call 01530 832 911 or e.mail thringstonehouse@

Tuesday 4th April Tips from the Toolbox

An informal demonstration showing how easy it is to make jam! From selecting fruit to a final tasting session, in the wonderful surroundings of the Larder, Coxon Mews, Ashby, 6pm to 7pm. Everything needed to get you started will be available to purchase on the evening together with information sheets 44

to take home. Contact Tina on or 07970 261 366.

Thursday 6th April Funhouse Comedy Club

The Lyric Rooms Ashby. An evening of comedy with Nathan Caton, Ivan Brackenbury, Josh Howie and Ben Powell. Compere: Spiky Mike, doors open at 7.30pm to 8pm for 8.15pm start. All shows £10 in advance unless otherwise stated. Food available from 7.30pm to 8pm. For more details see www. or call 0115 952 5050.

Friday 7th April The Supersonic 70’s Show

A 6 piece ‘100% live’ band, with both male & female lead vocals featuring the incredible ‘Cat suited wondergirl’ Janey Bombshell, one of the finest

female singers in the UK. The show starts at 7.30pm at The Century Theatre. Tickets cost £16 in advance and £18.50 on the door. See www. or call 01530 278 444.

Friday 7th April Packington Film Club

presents ‘Bridget Jone’s Baby’ (15) at Packington Memorial Hall. 7pm for 7.30 pm. Adults £4 and children £2. Tea and coffee served from 7pm.

Saturday 8th April Grand Central Chorus

presents – “It’s Show Time” an evening of acapella singing at its best. 7:00 pm at Loughborough College. For more details see

Saturday 8th April Venture Jazz Club

Ben Holder’s Quartet. The violin

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virtuoso returns to the Venture. Tickets £10 from Ashby TIC on 01530 411 767.

Saturday 8th April Evening of Mediumship

with Psychic Medium Nikki Kitt. Starts at 7.30pm at The Century Theatre. Tickets £12.00 per person. See www. or call 01530 278 444.

crafts and colouring, then listen to some stories and join in with some action rhymes. £3.50 per child. Pre booking recommended as places are limited. Book online www. or call 01455 290 429.

Thursday 20th to Saturday 22nd April Venture Theatre

Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre will be holding their Spring Fayre showcasing a variety of craft and local artisan stalls. Free admission although car parking charges apply. 11am to 4pm. See www.

Be My Baby, a play by Amanda Whittington. Set in the 1960s, this is the poignant story of a teenage girl who becomes pregnant and is sent by her mother to a Mother and Baby home where she is forced to give her child up for adoption. Tickets £8 and £9 from Ashby TIC and online at: www.ticketsource.

Tuesday 18th April Easter Holiday Fun

Sunday 23rd April Archery for Beginners

Sunday 9th April Spring Fayre

‘Easter Holiday Fun’ at Bosworth Battlefield from 2pm to 3pm. Take part in some Easter themed

Ivanhoe Archers are holding a beginner’s course starting on Sunday April 23rd and running

for four weeks. The course costs £60 for seniors and £30 for juniors, all equipment is provided. Come and join a rapidly growing and friendly club. Visit them on facebook: www.ivanhoearchersashby. or contact coach@ for a form.

Thursday 27th April Sence Valley Supper Club

The Supper Club welcomes new members, old friends and acquaintances alike to its monthly culinary evenings at various venues around the local area. This meal is booked for 7.30pm at The Reservoir Inn, Thornton, LE67 1AJ. Shared transport is used wherever possible. Email jane_boyce@ for more details or call 07967 489 235. It’s FREE to put community information on this page or on our website. Please submit your full event details online at Deadline for submissions for the Community Board or What’s On pages for the May issue is Thursday 6th April. Information is published subject to space being available. Ashby Life cannot be held responsible for any errors or omissions or endorse companies, products or services appearing in the magazine. For any queries please email

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Bake for Heroes

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Most of us have heard of Help for Heroes but we may not be clearr on exactly what they do or how we e can show our support. In short, Help for Heroes offers comprehensiv ve support to those who have suff ffered ff life-changing injuries and illnessses while serving our country. This support is provided through grants direct to our Heroes and their families, grants to other charities and through four Help for Heroes Recovery Centres across the UK. Showing your support couldn’t be easier this month as Help for Herroes (H4H) is once again asking the great British public to dust off their aprons and get baking to raise lots of dough for our wounded, injured and sick personnel, veterans and their families. Every slice sold really does make a difference to help rebuild lives and it is so easy to get involved.

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Gardening Club for patients As most of our patients will know, we have a small piece of land at the back of the surgery which is currently grassed. We would like to start a club for patients to come together socially to use some of this land. We have in mind a garden or allotment project but would ideally like the project to grow to suit the volunteers and members. If you enjoy gardening to grow vegetables or flowers or to plant trees or shrubs to attract particular insects and birds, then why not join us? Whether you have your own garden or not doesn’t matter, whether you are good at gardening or just wish to learn, everybody is welcome if you are a patient of the practice. We are open to any sensible ideas of the type of garden.


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With Honky Tonk Cliff. A great social night out with no partner required! Dancing from 7.45 pm. Doors & bar open at 7.00pm. Tickets: In advance £5.00 from The Palace Tel: 01530 262400 or Halls Tel: 01530 260460 or £6.00 on the door.



Showcasing the work of talented local artists. Open to the public (FREE ADMISSION) on Saturday 8th April 10.00 am – 5.00 pm & Sunday 9th April 10.00 am – 4.00 pm. Paintings available for sale. Light refreshments available during both days.

FILM NIGHT - ‘Arrival’ (PG13) FRIDAY 21ST APR Doors and licensed bar open at 7.00pm Film Starts at 7.30pm Tickets: £5.00/£4.00

When mysterious spacecrafts touch down across the globe, an elite team, lead by expert linguist Louise Banks, is brought together to investigate. As mankind teeters on the verge of global war, Banks and the team race against

time for answers and to find them, she takes a chance that could threaten her life, and quite possibly humanity. Enjoy a drink from the bar whilst watching a great film in this unique venue; one of the oldest surviving purpose-built cinemas in the country.

COMING SOON Friday, 5th May - SKITTLES NIGHT with SUPPER INCLUDED. 7.45pm start. Tickets: £7.00 Adults and £3.00 under 16’s from Halls Electrical, High Street, Ibstock, Tel: 01530 260460 or The Palace Tel: 01530 262400. Saturday, 13th May - OPERA DUDES present ‘Licensed to Trill’ (Centre Stage) Il Divo meets Morecambe and Wise! Blending opera, swing, show songs and good clean ‘Carry On’ fun, this unique double act is outrageously brilliant, a little bit silly and a whole lot entertaining. Performance starts at 7.30pm. Tickets: £9 (Full) £7 (concessions), ADVANCED BOOKING HIGHLY RECOMMENDED




Brilliant duo ‘The High Trees’ perform at the Palace, playing an upbeat set of feel good songs filled with vocal harmonies – last seen at the Palace performing during the Ibstock Beer Festival. Doors and bar open from 8pm, ‘The High Trees performing from 9pm. Admission £3.



A very popular evening of Ballroom, Latin, and Sequence Doors & bar open at 7.00 pm. Dancing from 7.30 pm ‘till 10.30 pm. Tickets: £5.00.



A great social night out! Doors at 7.30pm. Eyes Down at 8.00pm. Licensed bar & refreshments. Everyone welcome.



The subject is ‘Clothing and Design’. Open to the public from 10.00am. Exhibitors include Hinckley Museum and Shackerstone Steam Railway Society.

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. The Palace Community Centre Ltd., High Street, Ibstock, Leicestershire, LE67 6LH. Visit

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Palace Players – 7.30pm-9.45pm.

Mosaic Disability Services - 9.30am-3.30pm. Contact Bridget Smith on (0116) 2318720 0r (07912) 480959

Fitness Pilates class – 7.45pm-8.45pm.

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Bubbles Playgroup – 10.30am-12 Noon.

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Seated Exercise – 1.30pm-2.30pm.

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 low impact physical training 9.30am-10.20am. Suitable for GP refererral patients. Contact Michelle Scott-Worthington on (07887) 678367.

50+ Fitness Pilates – 10.30am-11.30am.

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Outlook Group (a social group for senior citizens) 1.30pm – 3pm. Contact Elaine

Enhance your posture, increase strength and flexibility; improve mobility by developing greater range of movement whilst having fun!Contact Michelle on (07887) 678367

Hodgetts on (01530) 260672.

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The Last of the

Wild Chickens

By Jackie Brewster

Vinny burst through the door of the community centre. “You’ll never guess what’s on top of the bike shed!”

“Just grab her firmly around her sides,” Eunice said. “I’ll go and phone the caretaker to see if he knows who she belongs to.”

At the mention of the bike shed Eunice’s heart skipped a beat; had Vinny discovered her guilty secret?

Eunice went back into the community hall and paced up and down. She needed time to think. Within moments Vinny popped his head around the door.

She’d been stacking chairs, assuming that all the members of her ‘Trimmer You!’ slimming club had departed. It had been a tough session. She’d had to be particularly strict with the group about avoiding the temptation of chocolate over the Bank Holiday weekend. There had been tears. Now Vinny was back, his ‘Trimmer of the Week’ rosette flapping in the breeze. “An actual chicken!” he continued breathlessly. “Sat there bold as brass.” Eunice stared at him, her mind racing. A chicken was not what she was expecting. “Don’t be daft,” she reasoned. “There’s no way a chicken could get up there - they can’t fly.” “Try telling that to this one,” Vinny laughed. “It’s probably just a pigeon,” Eunice said firmly, hoping this would be enough to make Vinny finally go home. “I’m no Bill Oddie, but I think I know the difference,” he said. “Come and have a look if you don’t believe me.” Very reluctantly Eunice pulled on her anorak and followed Vinny to the bike shed. A fat brown bantam sat clucking on the flat roof admiring the view. “I wonder where it’s come from,” Eunice said, her eyes searching the rest of the roof. “Someone round here must keep chickens.” “Perhaps it’s been living wild,” Vinny said. “A chicken wouldn’t last five minutes in the wild.” “Well they had to live in the wild originally,” Vinny answered. “This might be the last of the wild chickens.” “We’ll have to get it down,” Eunice said irritably, reminded, more than ever, how annoying Vinny could be. “We can’t lock up and leave it there. Can you reach up and grab it?” “I’m not sure.” Vinny looked worried. “I’ve never held a bird before.” Eunice did not find this at all surprising. The bird ruffled her wings and stared at them indignantly.


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“Mystery solved!” he said cheerfully. “This lady walked into the car park and asked if I’d seen her chicken.” “Who was it?” Eunice hoped her ordeal was finally over. “Someone from the village,” Vinny said. “She said chickens can fly, they’re just not very good at it. Apparently this one’s always trying to escape.” “So it wasn’t a wild chicken then?” Eunice smirked. “No, but I think it was a magic one. Look...” From behind his back Vinny produced a large Easter egg wrapped in pink foil. “It had rolled down the side of the shed. That chicken must have laid it.” Eunice stared first at Vinny in disbelief, and then at the incriminating confectionary. She had one last trick up her sleeve. “A chocolate egg laying chicken!” she gasped. “I’ve heard of them but I’ve never seen one in real life.” She held out her hand for the egg. “I’d better take care of that.” “What are you going to do with it?”Vinny whispered as though afraid to wake it. “Do you think it will hatch?” “Maybe,” Eunice said, “particularly if I take it home and put it somewhere nice and warm.” Which, in a roundabout way, had been Eunice’s plan for that egg all along.



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Whats Around Magazine April 2017  

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

Whats Around Magazine April 2017  

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