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sue Thu At last the sun is out and we can sit back 10th rsday and enjoy the summer! Our August issue is Augu st aimed at helping you and your family enjoy the summer holidays. We have a round up of local places to visit for a whole day of outdoor fun whether it’s investigating the garden of imagination at Calke Abbey or hiring a pedalo at Bosworth Water Park.

Alternatively, why not turn your hand to some crafting in Copper Leaf Craft Café on Bath Street Corner, Ashby – they have a whole host of workshops running throughout the month, see page 44. If you are jetting off then make sure to read this month’s parenting tips on travelling with kids before you go or check out our book reviews for those last minute airport buys. Whatever your plans enjoy the August issue!

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Contents Spotlight on Age UK


Swannington Heritage Trust


A Walk in the Forest


Local Business News


Whats On for Families


Family Crafting


Health & Fitness Advice


The 1620’s House & Garden


Ibstock & Barlestone Surgery News 22

Puzzle Page


Money Matters


What’s On at the Palace

In Your Garden


Food Gusto


Ashby Museum News


Book Reviews


Community Board


Recipe of the Month


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Puzzle Solutions


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Spotlight on AGE UK Each month we turn the spotlight on a local charity, tell you more about what they do and share details of upcoming fundraising events. This month we take a look at how volunteering your time rather than your cash could help others in our community….. As we grow old there are many challenges to face and these aren’t always limited to health issues. For example, loneliness is more common than you think for the elderly. “Currently, a million people over 65 feel lonely ‘often’ or ‘always’ and 3.7 million people live alone, many with no means of getting out and about.” (English Longitudinal Study on Ageing) Social isolation and loneliness affects a person’s quality of life. Life changing events such as becoming housebound, losing your carer or your partner, not having your family around you during the day or a change in your health and your ability to get out and about can disconnect you from the outside world and leave you feeling lonely. Often people do not want to ask for help but no one wants to be lonely every day. Age UK Leicester Shire & Rutland, working together with North West Leicestershire District Council offers a volunteer befriending service in North West Leicestershire aimed at tackling loneliness and providing much needed company and friendship for older people within our area. This works by matching an older person with a befriender who will visit or call on a regular basis to enjoy a chat, provide a listening ear or perhaps

provide support to get out and about in the local community. Initially as a volunteer it’s about finding out about your new friend, their interests and how you can best help them. All volunteer befrienders receive training and support. The befriending project not only tackles loneliness and isolation it can also act as a gateway to other services provided by Age UK Leicester Shire & Rutland such as their local day care centres, their free information and advice team or local social opportunities, details of which the volunteer befriender can provide. Age UK Leicester Shire & Rutland currently has a list of local elderly residents in North West Leicestershire seeking friendship and company. Just a few hours of your time each week could make a huge difference to somebody and make you a new friend. A current volunteer befriender sums up the benefit to him of his befriending role; “I have been visiting Jack for just over a year now. He just wants to see somebody for a coffee and a chat, I get a tremendous warm feeling from that experience.”

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Children’s Choice Picnics

Our children’s choice picnics will be from 1pm on Wednesday 2nd August and Friday 11th August. Come to Hough Mill from 1pm with your picnic and let your children choose from a range of potential activities such as exploring and pond dipping. Get your children in the mood by encouraging them to choose what should go in your picnic and prepare it.

Museum Accreditation

More details of our fabulous heritage are on our Hough Mill Facebook page and our website which has downloadable historical walks.

We are delighted to have received confirmation of our Museum Accreditation with Arts Council England. This requires us to maintain high standards for the management and care of our collections. An important element is our outreach to the public, hence the programme of events and walks that take place during the year.


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highest standards possible at all times. ‘Our service is simple. If your double glazing has misted up we can replace the glass at a fraction of the cost of a new window, in any type of frame, and with a new 25 year guarantee. But it’s not just about saving people money, although that obviously helps. Whilst a number of tradespeople perhaps don’t focus on customer care as much as they should do, we make sure we turn up when we say we will, do the job the customer requires and leave their house as clean as a whistle. Locally Cloudy2Clear service the Ashby, Smisby, Blackfordbury, Ibstock, Ravenstone,

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e The Battlefield Line

Bosworth to Shackerstone

No ow here’s a fun idea - this walk w is one way but don’t worry you won’t be stranded w ass The Battlefield Line offers ou the chance to hop on a yo stteam train and return to your start poin nt! You do need to ccheck www.b battlefieldline. before setting out to c find out which trains aare running and when. There appear to be services every weekend plus midweek during June and then more during the summ mer holidays. You’ll also need ticket money - it co ost us £6.50 for one adult, one dog. Be sure to ask for a one way ticket as it costs less than the standard re eturn. The walk follows the towpath of the Ashby canal from Market Bosworth to Shackerstone and taakes around 90 minutes. It’s all easy walking and transports you back in time to an age where walking was the main form of transport for many, narrowboats worked the canals and a train journey was a memorable day out!



Our walk starts from Market Boswortth Station, on the B585 just outside the village. The postcode for Sat Nav users is CV13 0PF. The statio on has a free car park.



After A parking at Market Bosworth B Station walk back up the driveway th hat takes you out on nto th he B585. Cross over the ro oad to reach the paveme ent and turn left. Waalk across the railway bridge and down to cross the e roundabout by Pip pistrelle Drive. Continue ahead over the canal bridge and then cross back to the other side of the road to access the track leading down Find us online at www.w

onto the canal towpath - this is marked by a smart black signpost. Turn left along the towpath to go back under the bridge, following the marker post in the direction of Congerstone. The path will briefly le ead you away from th he waterside as it go oes up to cross a new w bridge by Bosworth Maarina. After the bridge yo ou dro op back down and will now be walking alongside the e canal all the way until you arrive at Shackersttone. Canal bridges are all numbered - your start point was bridge 42 and you will remain on th he towpath h until you reach brid dge 52. At bridge 44 look out forr the sig gn about the Ashby Canal Site of Special Scientific Interestt which tells you about some of the e plant and animaal life in the area. There are several benches en rou ute which appear to have been donated by members of the Ashby Canal Society (many thanks to them, it’s a great idea) - bridges 46 or 47 are co onvenient spots for a break around the half-way mark. The sign by bridge 49 is a good er of the challenges faced by those living and d reminde working on the canal in years gone by (and still todaay, I guess!) - it made me smile, as did the floating g fuel station moored shortly before bridge 52.


When you reach bridge 52 the towpath will lead you up to the bridge as the path swaps to the other side of the canal here. Turn right over the bridge but instead of rejoining the towpath on the other side turn right again into the driveway that leads down to Shackerstone lk - now it iis time ti Station. This is the end of your walk to relax, and perhaps enjoy some refreshments, browse the gift shop or take a few pictures, before catching the train back to Market Bosworth station.


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With six weeks of school holidays to fill, it’s easy to run out of ideas for fun family days out locally which don’t cost the earth. Maybe we can help……

Bosworth Water Park Well worth a visit any day with their pirate adventure playground, crazy golf, pedalo treasure hunt and sandy beach. In August, they are also running a number of multi-activity days for just £26. Kids experience three thrilling activities from a selection, which includes sailing, canoeing, rafting, bell-boating, stand-up paddleboarding and even archery! For dates and further details call 01455 291 876 but be quick as places are limited.

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Calke Abbey The Garden of Imagination returns to the walled kitchen garden at Calke Abbey with a new theme this year of ‘hide and seek’. This is a great natural outdoor play area with tons of activities for the kids to try and plenty of green space for them to simply run around. Normal admission charges apply with the garden open most days between 10.30am and 4.00pm. See for more info.

Hood Park Leisure Centre If like mine, your kids love nothing more than splashing around in a swimming pool, then head down to Hood Park leisure Centre for some fun in the Outdoor Pool. It’s open from 9am to 6pm throughout the holidays. Adults swim for £3.80, Kids for £2.60 and under 5’s go free. See

Promising a whole summer of fun. Highlights include an amazing acrobatic show, bubble pop, Punch & Judy, clown shows, Lollipop ponies, Sublime Science, animal encounters, storytelling, and ranger activities such as survival training, bush craft, pond dipping, construction derby and sensory art. All of these events are covered in the price of your general admission ticket. Go to www. to find out more and to book online. Our What’s On page at has details of local events and ideas for h t d k/ b it t h many more family days out. Upload details of your events at

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10 minute Bingo Wing Toner One of the most complained about parts of the body is the back of the arms so thought I would write you a short program to help you tone them up. Before starting make sure you are warm and ready for action by going for a 6 minute walk or climbing the stairs for 6 minutes. All these exercises can be done in the comfort of your home: 1. Press Ups • Make sure you control the movement. • Lower your body to the floor, then push yourself back up. • Keep your core muscles tight. • Don’t let your hips sink as you lower yourself. • Avoid arching your upper back when pushing back up. • For an easier version, perform the press-up with your knees on the floor. • 10-15 reps. 2. Wall push ups • Your body should form a rigid plank from head to toe. • Bend your arms then push yourself away from the wall. • Control the movement.

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3. Tricep Dips • Don’t thrust your hips up as you push back up. • Lower and lift yourself using your arms. • To make it easier, perform the exercise on the floor. • For more of a challenge, perform a bench dip with straight legs. • Control the movement. • 10-15 reps 4. Tricep kickbacks (with or without weights) • The elbow performing the kickback should stay raised during the exercise. • For more of a challenge, perform the kickback holding a weight (such as a dumbbell or a bottle of water). • 10-15 reps Mark Padgett

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Our Minibus service Twice a week on a Tuesday and Friday morning we hire the Ibstock Community College minibus to bring patients to our Ibstock surgery and take them home again afterwards. We employ our own friendly driver for this door to door service. The minibus can seat up to 16 people and it has a lift so that people in wheelchairs can use the bus. It’s also invaluable for those who can’t use the steps to get onto the bus. There is no particular criteria for the use of the bus but it is generally used by elderly patients who have no other means of getting to the surgery. If you or somebody you know can’t drive and you don’t have any buses near where you live, or perhaps due to a health issue you can’t walk as far as the bus stop you may well be eligible for the service. We will ask if you have friends or relatives to bring you but we understand sometimes this isn’t possible so in this case we may be able to

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“If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail”, a brilliant quote by Benjamin Franklin. It is a phrase at the back of my mind used nearly every day, not just within my business. For example going away on holiday, we all write list of things to take, check list of things we need to do and then plan things we will be doing whilst away. But what I find is so many people I meet fail to plan their financial future. They seem to leave it to chance. WHY? I have yet to hear a logical response. The main ones are – “well I am not sure how things will pan out” – “I don’t have a crystal ball”. What shocks me is many of the people I meet are very successful in business or have successful careers, but for some reason they seem to leave their financial future security to chance. Why do they want to FAIL? Then I come across others who have a go at planning. They have a collection of spreadsheets, which they freely admit are hard to keep up to date. Fantastic they have made a start. The common issue I hear is – “but they are just numbers on a sheet – we really struggle to see what it looks like”. My clients are fortunate – they have access to some brilliant software which helps me help them plan. Then visually they can see how things look. This software helps me answer the THREE CORE QUESTIONS my clients regularly have in their minds 1. Will we be alright? 2. Have we enough money? (can we afford to do ….. ?) 3. What happens if? Question 2 comes in a variety of forms. For example, can we afford to retire? Will we have enough money in the future? Can we afford to do the things we want to do? 26

Kevin Cunningham Bleathwood IFA Ltd With question 3 it is all about those what happens if? What happens if we have a serious health problem? What happens if we sell up and downsize? What happens if our money does not grow or we suffer a stock market disruption like in 2008? This sort of software helps people have a clearer picture of what their financial future could look like by putting into place some sort of strategy. Seeing how what they have already accumulated will work for them and how best they could improve things. It helps them visually see the plan, rather than a bunch of numbers on a spreadsheet. It’s a start which can then be regularly reviewed. Financial Planning for your future should not be about trying to work out which is the best pension or investment plan to buy. It should first of all be about understanding what you want for your future, then planning how best you can achieve the things you want, having contingencies just in case the “what if” happens, but ensuring you can afford to do the things you want to do. We suggest you ensure you use an adviser who adopts this approach, because if you do not plan, then you are planning to fail.

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Sleepy gardens Some plants have properties which have been associated with assisting sleep for centuries. If the hot nights are disturbing you then a little plant planning could be the answer. In Tudor times sleep potions became fashionable, rather like the herbal teas and scented candles of today. The beautiful Tudor property, Little Moreton Hall in Cheshire, owned by the National Trust has this summer been featuring a part of the garden they call the ‘sleep bed’. In July and August this area of soporific plants have been flowering and looking very pretty, but it was set out for the purpose of showing the type of plants used for aiding sleep. Plants we know today such as Fennel, Camomile and Rose would be used in various infusions before bed time. Poppies and violets were grown not only for the flowers to look pretty but for the petals and seeds to be used in sleep remedies. In Tudor times a bed sprinkled with dry rose petles (an early form of potpourri) would be a welcome scent to mask unwashed bodies. Herbs such as Rosemary, Marjoram and Lavender would be burned to fumigate the room and ward off evil spirits. Lavender scent is well known for relaxation and has been proven to lower stress levels, heart rate

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and blood pressure. Lavender is an outdoor plant but sprigs of Lavender brought into a room or a cushion of dried lavender in the bedroom is a useful way of using spent flowers. A young lavender plant could be placed in a window box for the first flowering season before moving it into the garden border. Another houseplant for bedrooms is Jasmine, which exudes a sweet scent from the pretty white flowers and it is a well known pant for essential oils in relaxation. The scent is said to reduce anxiety. The plant can be placed on a window sill and will do quite well if it is watered frequently in the flowering period but then topsoil should be allowed to dry out slightly when it is not in flower. Another plant for indoors is the Snake plant, also known as ‘Mother-in-Laws-Tongue’. It is said to remove harmful chemicals from the air which can come from products such as hairsprays. The Peace Lily is an indoor plant which is a good air cleaner too. It is also said to increase the humidity of a room and can aid breathing and help to combat dry skin and hair. The white flowers of this plant are beautiful and unique and it just needs watering once a week, so ideal if you are not that green fingered. Finally, Aloe Vera is a succulent plant and can look quite modern and contemporary in the home. The plant requires very little water and is extremely easy to look after. It produces oxygen at night and will improve the air quality in a room. For information about the sleep bed see Happy gardening!


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August Museum News The feedback regarding the recently published Past and Present has been marvellously positive. Articles include John Louch’s reminiscences about his father’s and grandfather’s Commercial School for Ashby young ladies. Two articles – on Rev. Coleman and Rev. Bate, respectively schoolmaster and vicar at Ashby, give details of their careers in the town. John MacDonald’s article on the Briggs brothers of Coleorton and Australia, deals with yet another family tragedy of the Great War. Finally, an article from Christina Backman on two of her fascinating ancestors, John and Henry Smith. The next exhibition in the Loudoun Gallery, from August 2nd to September 22nd, will be Ashby Childhoods: some memories of growing up in Ashby and its surrounding villages, from the 1890s to the 1990s. This will be illustrated with material from our archives. Ashby Museum will also once again be participating at Tractor Jim’s excellent event on the Bath Grounds on Sunday 30th July. We hope to see you there. We would be so pleased to have new volunteers to

help on the front desk for two hours once a fortnight. If you think you can spare the time then do get in touch with us on 01530 560090 and you will be helping to keep this award-winning Museum in the forefront of town life. Friends of Ashby Museum On Wednesday 20th September at 2pm there will be a talk on the history of the Tollgate Microbrewery, with reference to the work relating to café Number 76 in Market Street. More details in the next issue.

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Flower Festival & Craft Fayre Saturday 26th to Monday 28th August from 10am to 4pm each day at St Peter’s Church, Bardon Hill. The church will have floral displays incorporating props on the theme of Countries of the World and there will be a quiz for the children. Lots of lovely craft stalls in the marquee next to the church as well as a raffle, tombola and refreshments. Entrance to the church and craft fayre is free and there is plenty of free parking in the field next to the church. Up to date information can be found at

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Coinciding with the He ather Scarecrow Festival, the Open Art Exhibition is being held over the weekend of Saturday 5th and Sund ay 6th August 2017 at the Village Ha ll, Swepstone Road, Heather, LE67 2R F. 10am to 4pm each day. A large selection of original artwork by a ho st of local artists. Includes a displa y by Heather Primary School. Free pa rking and entry. Refreshments availab le - a donation from proceeds to Loros .

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On Saturday 26th August head dow n to Greenhill estate in Coalville, ‘On the Green’ opposite the shops on Cropstone Driv e for a Community Fun day. There will be lots of activities including food stalls, bou ncy castles, community stalls, inflatable slides and much more. 12noon to 4pm. Free entry. See Facebook for details.

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From 4th September new classes will be running every Monday morning from 11.30 to 12.30 at Measham Leisu re Centre, High Street, Measham. Ever yone welcome. No previous experience required. Classes £5.60. Discounts available. First session free. See www . Experienced teacher Robin has been a Tai Chi instructor for over 15 years. Book your place by email t or call 01530 274061 or book at the Leisu re Centre in person. 34

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Woodland Voluntteering Volunteers can become involved in a range of practical tasks, such as pond clearing, tree planting, woodland management, ecological surveying, hedge laying, access improvement and wildflower meadow management. New Lount Nature Reserve, LE67 8JH and Coleorton Wood, LE67 8FS. Various dates throughout August. Email Jane Elson at to find out more.

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Myth Busting: Lasting Powers of Attorney Many people are unaware of how important Lasting Powers of Attorney are or have misconceptions about what they’re used for and how it relates to them. Lasting Powers of Attorney are arguably just as crucial as a will and with dementia becoming increasingly common, are becoming increasingly important. MYTH: Lasting Powers of Attorney are only for the elderly FALSE! They cover you for ‘loss of capacity’ which could be physical as well as mental. If you are unable to make decisions for yourself for any reason then they are applicable. MYTH: If I lost capacity my family would automatically take over FALSE! Unless you have already arranged Lasting Powers of Attorney then decisions will be made for you by the Court of Protection and fees are


chargeable for this. Your loved ones would have to apply for a Deputyship Order which is a costly and lengthy process. MYTH: If I complete it then my attorneys will take over even if I haven’t lost capacity yet! FALSE! You must be medically diagnosed as having lost capacity for them to take over or must have willingly decided you do not have capacity Sometimes making sure you have the right protection in place for your family is difficult and you’re unsure which way to turn. This is why we offer a free legacy planning review in order to give you an informed choice so you can make the right decision for you and your family. Contact Felicity, Barrister Intermediary at The Profit Key. Simply call 01530 416 555, visit or see their full advert on pages 42 & 43





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Fri 4th to Sun 6th August Donington Classic Motorcycle Festival

Featuring up to 50 races across the three days courtesy of the Classic Racing Motorcycle Club (CRMC), as well as parades and massive display areas, with New Zealander Simon Crafar already confirmed as a star guest and the return of event regular Steve Parrish. Tickets cost from £12 with children 13 years and under going free with a paying adult. For further details see www.

Saturday 5th August Table Top Sale

Bric-a-brac. Previously Cherished Jewellery, Second Chance Clothing, Nearly New Toys and by popular demand Men in Sheds and many other stalls at Whitwick Methodist Church from 10am to 2pm. The Pop In Cafe will be open too. Admission is free, but if want to book a table just call Deacon Barbara on 0788 140 8488. Cost per table - £6.00.

Sunday 6th August Plant Hunters Fair

The final fair of the 2017 season.


A great line-up of 17 independent plant nurseries including RHS gold award winners to create a plant lover’s paradise. It’s just the right time to pick up some late flowering plants to give your garden a boost, plus lots of expert knowledge on hand. Entry to fair & garden £1. 10am to 4pm. Donington Le Heath 1620’s House, Manor Road, LE67 2FW. You could also visit the newly refurbished 1620’s Manor House (additional charge). Call 01455 290 429.

Tuesday 8th August Coalville Air Cadets Open Evening

Would you like to go flying and fly your own aerobatics? Or go away on camp to an RAF base this summer in the UK or abroad? Would you like to learn new skills and make new friends? Why not join Coalville Air Cadets at 7.30pm at the Squadron HQ between 104 and 106 Forest Rd, Coalville and find out more. Parking available at Newbride High School. See or Facebook ‘1188 Coalville Squadron Air Training Corps’.

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Follow the journey of a koala, Buster Moon, and his friend, Eddie the sheep, who hope to restore the glory of Buster’s movie theatre by having a singing competition to raise money. The town full of anthropomorphic animals audition for the show. Tickets online and on the door £3.50 adults £2.00 kids. 2pm at Century Theatre, Coalville. See

Tuesday 15th August Thringstone WI

Discover local history with a talk by Marlene Pearson from the Whitwick Historical Group. Thringstone WI meet on the 3rd Tuesday of every month at 7.30pm at the Methodist Church Hall. Visitors are always welcome. A charge of £5.00 to include refreshments and a raffle ticket is made. For more information please email

Thursday 17th August Walk & Talk group

Friendly walking session led by a local volunteer - come along for a gentle walk around Sence Valley

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to explore the park, meet new people and feed the swans and ducks. Free to attend, but please take along any drinks and sensible shoes etc that you may need. Contact Dave Cliffe at or call 07977 015 674.

Saturday 19th to Sunday 20th August Bosworth Medieval Festival

A great full day family event, with not just the battle re-enactment, but jousting, a medieval market, children’s games, large living history encampment, author talks & book signings, entry to the award-winning Exhibition, FREE car parking and lots more too. For details, prices and to book see events/anniversary-battle-event/

Saturday 19th to Monday 28th August Art Exhibition

A collection of work by local artists will be on show at Thringstone Community Centre, LE67 8NR. Entry is free. 200+ pictures all for sale at very reasonable prices. Friendly welcome by the artists themselves. Tea and cake for sale

at the weekends. Open 1pm to 5pm on Saturdays, 2pm to 5pm on Sundays, 3pm to 9pm on weekdays and 1pm to 5pm on Bank Holiday Monday. Call Janet Stevenson on 01530 458 257 for info.

Tuesday 22nd to Thursday 24th August Summer Workshop Stage & Street Musical Theatre School three day workshop for ages 5 to 17 years. 9am to 3pm for the 3 days, with a Thursday evening performance for family and friends. All students receive a FREE workshop t-shirt and will enjoy a Hip Hop/Commerical dance workshop with a professional dancer. Marlborough Square Church, Coalville. £40 per child (sibling discounts). See www. or call Stephanie on 07969 688 215.

Tuesday 25th August Their Finest (12A)

A former secretary, newly appointed as a scriptwriter for propaganda films, joins the cast and crew of a major production while the Blitz rages around them. Stars Gemma Arterton, Sam Claflin

& Bill Nighy. Tickets online and on the door £3.50. 7.30pm at Century Theatre, Coalville. See www.

Monday 28th August Packington Village Open Gardens

12 gardens open, afternoon teas, ice cream, crafts, gardening stall, plants, second-hand books, displays and live music entertainment. Passports available from Measham Road Car Park, Memorial Hall and participating gardens. Passports cost £3.50 adults, children free. Contact Geoff Gasson on gasson123@btinternet. com or call 01530 412 012 for more info.

Tuesday 29th August Car Boot Sale

A fundraising car boot sale for The Shuttlewood Clarke Foundation. 10am to 2pm at Ulverscroft Grange, Whitwick Road, Ulverscroft, Leicestershire, LE67 9QB. Entry is £5.00 per car and £7.00 per van. Vehicle access will be from 8.30am onwards. Entrance to the Sale field 50p per person. For more information please contact Helen Baxter on 01530 244 914 or email hello@ or visit www.shuttlewood –

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Roberts Travel Group and their customers raise over £1000 for Leicester Hospitals Charity – Kidney Care Appeal During the quieter months at Roberts Travel Group, staff from the holiday’s office held a series of social mornings for customers, who took part in various raffles and games of bingo. Each year customers and staff elect a charity to raise funds for and this year the Kidney Care Appeal was chosen as a charity that was close to many people’s hearts.

“We would like to thank all of our customers who kindly donated to this wonderful charity, we are amazed at the amount that has been raised and would like to thank everyone who was involved in raising funds. “ The money raised will help fund research, equipment and patient comfort.

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Family Crafting If you’re seeking inspiration to keep the kids entertained during those long weeks of the school summer holidays then why not head down to Copper Leaf Craft Café above Souk de la Zouch on Bath Street corner in Ashby? Since opening last Autumn Copper Leaf Craft Café have run a whole variety of workshops on everything from crochet to watercolours to making jewellery as well as offering drop-in sessions for crafters of all ages. Throughout the summer they have a packed timetable of activities with something for everybody to enjoy. It’s not limited to the kids though, parents can enjoy coffee, tea and cake whilst browsing locally handcrafted gifts or even try getting crafty themselves. Here are just a few highlights, see their Facebook page for more…..

H Make a felted picture/badge/key ring with textile artist, Faye Birch! Saturday 29th 12.30pm-1.30pm Young crafters £10 each or double booking with mum/dad for £18. H Make a book fold bug! Thursday 17th August 10.30am-11.30am £10 (all materials provided). H Make a friendship bracelet! Thursday 24th August 10.30am-11.30am £10. H Drop in button crafts & weaving! Wednesday 23rd August 10am-4pm £7.50 Between 10am and 4pm every day except Sunday there will be family crafting for all ages from 3+ years old. Book a table for an hour or drop in (subject to availability). Fun will include Make ‘n’Takes from £3.50 for card making, £5 for fun 2D animals in sparkly foam clay or decopatch. Decorating bird boxes, money boxes, fairy doors, tote bags, decopatch letters & 3D animals like unicorns from £7.50!! Please note pre-booking is required for some of the sessions. Please contact: Copper Leaf Craft Cafe 07939 449009 Find the studio upstairs above Souk de la Zouch, Bath Street corner, Ashby. 44

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Pirates and Plants this August at the 1620s House and Garden The legendary Donington Pirate Day returns on Thursday 3rd August. Come in costume and bring your loudest Arrghs for either a morning or afternoon session of fun including cutlass drill, a battle and a real cannon firing. Sessions run 10.30 – 12.30 and 14.00 – 16.00. An extra £2 for children applies for the site on the day and normal admission applies for adults. (Both give 12 month repeat visits to the site). Saturday 5th August sees the costumed Friends Craft Group undertaking their monthly sewing projects in the great chamber from 11.00 – 15.00. Normal admission applies. The ever popular Plant Hunter’s Fair returns on Sunday 6th August, with a wide range of stalls from around the country selling specialist plants. 10.00 – 16.30. £1 entrance to the fair, gardens and tea room. Normal admission applies to the house. On 17th August We’re Going on a Bear Hunt! Listen to the famous story then go on a search through water, mud and snow to find the elusive bear. Includes craft activities. 11.00 – 12.00. Normal admission applies.


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Ibstock Country Fair Sunday 20th 20th August Pretoria Rd, Ibstock, Leicestershire, LE67 6LR The T he Welsh Axemen – Mid Wales Axe Racing Team Battle of Britain Flight Flight Dakota Flypast Sheepdog/Gundog & Falconry Displays Steam Engines, Military Vehicles, Classic & vintage cars Lurcher/Terrier Racing, Ferrets, Rare breeds & poultry Marching & Brass Bands, Bands, Model Helicopters, Heavy Horses, Parade of Hounds Largee Craft Tent, Trade Pitches, Refreshments and Licensed Bar Larg Fun Dog show, Children’ Children’s Rides and Attractions Helicopter Rides Plus Many Other Displays and Exhibits

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As part of the Palace’s regular Community Morning. Showcasing local producers, including jams and preserves, breads, cheeses and meats, plus plants and herbs. Refreshments and a cake stall available throughout. Event open from 10am to 12 noon. Contact the Palace for more details.



Doors and bar open from 8pm. Band performing from 9pm. Admission £3.


FILM NIGHT - ‘Lion’ (PG13 FRIDAY 18TH AUGUST Doors and licensed bar open at 7.00pm Film Starts at 7.30pm Tickets: £5.00/£4.00 Based on the amazing true story ‘A Long Way Home’ by Saroo Brierley. Five year old Saroo gets lost on a train, which takes him thousands of miles across India, away from his home and family. He survives alone, before being adopted by an Australian couple.

Twenty-five years later, armed with only a handful of memories and his unwavering determination, he sets out to find his lost family and finally returns to his first home. 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 Saturday, 2nd September HARVEST FESTIVAL EVENTS at the Palace and the Ram Inn (next door)

From 10 am until 1 pm there will be a large variety of stalls inside The Palace including locally grown fresh produce, home-made cakes and preserves, plus lots more. Refreshments will be available throughout. This will be followed by an auction in The Ram (next door) from 2.00pm. 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.


Entries will be accepted on Saturday from 8.30 am to 11.15 am. Judging will start at 11.30 am. Public viewing will start at 2.30 pm onwards. Trophies and prize money awarded at 5.00 pm. Entry fee per class is 30p (children under 14 are free). See brochure for all section rules. For more details contact M Seager on Tel: 01530 261058.



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


As part of the Palace’s regular Community Mornings. Event runs from 10am to 12 noon. If you would like to book a stall please contact the Palace on (01530) 262400



Beautiful ‘Princess Castle’ with 4 Princesses, a professional song and dance stage show, face painting, dancing, games, Princess ‘Tea’, plus refreshments for adults, photography, dress up box, themed decoration and gift for each child. Email info@dynamiquedance. com or call 07867 504 626 to book your tickets.

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

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-12 Noon.

Richard Page on 01530 812201 or 07792 840948, e.mail: for details

Seated Exercise – 1.30pm-2.30pm.

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 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.

Contact Michelle Scott-Worthington on (07887) 678367.

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.

Young Pathfinders – 5pm – 6.30pm.


The adventure starts here! Aged 5-14 years. Call Craig on 0330 660 0637 or text on 0772 704735, e.mail:

Circuit Training – 6.45pm – 7.45pm.

Contact Curtis Smith on (07870) 498110 or (01455) 291656.

Tai Chi – 8pm – 9pm.

Contact Doug Gerrard on (07969) 480684.


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. Contact Michelle on (07887) 678367

‘FITSTEPS’ – 6pm-7pm – that’s ‘Strictly’ Fun!

Book now by contacting Rose on 07562 331041 or e.mail:

‘Weightwatchers’ class – 7pm-8pm. Contact Jo Wyld on 07877 281831 or e.mail

Tai Chi 10am – 11am.

Contact Michael Cashmore on (07714) 215216.

Monthly Bingo

NOW MONTHLY ON A FRIDAY - July’s Palace bingo on Friday 28th July. A great social night out! Doors open at 7.30pm. Eyes Down at 8.00pm. Licensed bar & refreshments. Everyone welcome.


Community Morning at the Palace

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

The Palace Community Centre is available to hire for regular events and commercial hire, as well as private parties and celebrations. The Palace has a fully licensed bar, kitchen facilities, large free car park opposite venue, good disability access and facilities, full PA and lighting system, large screen and wi-fi, making it an ideal venue for numerous types of events.

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This year Food Gusto are pleased to announce a great NEW music line up for their successful Ashby Food Gusto Festival. Led by David Gray acts include The Headhunters, The Old Dogs, The Paul Morrel Band, Andy Fern, Roger Woodward. Wes Ewing from Organisers Food Gusto says ‘The festival returns to the beautiful surroundings of the Sir John Moore Foundation just off junction 11 of the M42 with great artisan talent. The mix of music, art, food and drink make it the perfect day out. As usual we will have a wide range of high quality, unique gourmet food and drink available with hot street food available all day. You will also be able to sample and taste artisan bread, farmhouse cheese, pickles, cured meats, locally-produced wine and beers, prosecco, handmade confectionary, unique cakes, delicious pies and much more.” Join Food Gusto for a hog roast, venison burger, Caribbean BBQ and wash it down with real ale, craft gin, organic wine, milk shakes and barista coffees. Heritage tours, children’s rides and face painting are all


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available for children. The event starts at 10.30am and finishes at 4.30pm on Saturday 26th August. For more information call Wes Ewing on 01530 411337 and a full event programme/more information can be found at

Help your community blossom with a Green Shoots Grant! The Green Shoots grant is available again this year allowing community groups to bring colour and life to North West Leicestershire and fill their streets with flowers. A range of bulbs is available such as narcissi, daffodils,crocus, tulips and bluebells. Groups match fund the amount granted to them by the council and then rally their army of volunteers to plant the bulbs. Community groups, organisations, and parish councils need to order a minimum of 2,000 bulbs, which can be a combination of different types of flower. This number of bulbs would cost approximately £100, with a further £100 of match funding provided by NWLDC.

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Lazy Days

Whether you’re stretching out on a sun lounger, or just grabbing an hour’s peace and quiet in your garden, a good book is a summer essential in our opinion. Standard Deviation Katherine Heiny Graham’s second wife, Audra, is warm, sociable and always ready to throw herself headlong into any situation. The total opposite of his first wife, Elspeth, in fact. So when Elspeth unexpectedly comes back into Graham’s life, he finds himself wondering how on earth he could have fallen in love with two such different women, and whether he’s ended up with the right one. If you like quirky characters, wry humour and reflections on the absurdities of everyday life, this book is for you. Palace of Curiosities Rosie Garland Abel and Eve are not like other people. Abel’s body heals itself. He has no idea how old he is, but his fractured memories suggest he’s been alive for a very long time. Eve – the Lion Girl – is covered from head to toe in golden hair. Together they are the two main attractions in a show featuring extraordinary people. Set in Victorian England, this is a beautiful tale of humanity and what it means to be ‘different’ in a world that prizes convention. Reservoir 13 Jon McGregor A teenage girl goes missing while on holiday in an English village. Seasons come and go and life goes on, but the girl’s mysterious disappearance continues to affect village life. Some people dream of finding her alive, others of discovering her body. This is not a crime novel, more a glimpse into human nature. There are a lot of characters, and you get to know each one as they go about their daily lives. It’s a quiet book, but it certainly draws you in.


100% Real Sam Talbot If you’re looking for inspiration for healthy, tasty summer recipes, this book could be just what you need. While its focus is on clean eating, it’s not just about chia seeds and green tea. Recipes include White Fish Curry, Jerk Chicken, and Dark Chocolate Soufflé with Rum Cream. Recipes are accompanied by full page photos, and are, on the whole, easy to follow. From light lunches and snacks to dishes to impress friends, you’ll find yourself reaching for this cookery book time and time again. Once in a Blue Moon Lodge Lorna Landvik A warm, comfortable kind of story with great characters, first loves, old flames and family dynamics. Once in a Blue Moon Lodge follows a family over two decades – Nora, her mother Patty Jane and her grandmother Ione. It’s the sequel to Patty Jane’s House of Curl, but works as a stand-alone novel. There is a large cast of characters, and the timeline is hard to follow at times, as it jumps from past to present. Nevertheless, it’s a very enjoyable beach read. The Trouble with Goats and Sheep Joanna Cannon It’s 1976 and 10 year old Grace’s neighbour, Mrs Creasy, has gone missing. With her best friend Tilly in tow, Grace sets out to solve the mystery. It soon becomes apparent that the community is hiding plenty of secrets, some of which go back almost a decade. Grace comes across as rather naive for her age at times, but she’s very likeable. A funny, easy read that will make waiting around at a station or airport much more bearable.

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Saturday 2nd September 10am-1pm The Palace and The Ram (both on Ibstock High Street) will be hosting a joint ‘Harvest Festival’ event. From 10am until 1pm there will be a large variety of stalls inside The Palace. Stalls will include locally grown fresh produce, home made cakes and preserves plus lots more. Refreshments will be available throughout. This will be followed by an auction in The Ram (next door) from 2 o’clock. The auction will be of local fresh produce and a variety of interesting miscellaneous items. All proceeds are to go towards the upkeep and running costs of The Palace Community Centre. To advertise in What’s Around call 01530 417739 or email




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until softly peaking. Gently fold in the cooled chocolate mixture and chill in the fridge for 30 minutes.

10cm squares. Brush each square lightly with 7. Gently spoon the chocolate cream between some of the remaining melted butter. the filo pastry cases. Decorate with the dark chocolate curls and a dusting g of cocoa powder. p 3. Line each buttered hole with three of the Serve within 1 hour of filling. squares, arranging each one at an angle so the t corners form a star. Press gently into the holes.

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