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Welcome to February ’s issue which is packed with local news including an update from the volunteers at Measham Library about the fabulous work they’ve been doing and all the details of the upcoming Aldi Ashby 20 Road Race.

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Contents Pancake Day



Spotlight on Measham Library 10 A Walk in the Forest


In Your Garden


Money Matters


Ashby Museum News


Seasonal Recipe


What’s On


24 & 25


Health and Fitness Advice


Ibstock Surgery


Swannington Heritage Trust

Puzzle Page


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Fantastic This year Pancake Day is Tuesday 28th February. More traditionally known as Shrove Tuesday, this is the Christian feast day before Ash Wednesday, which is the start of Lent. Lent is a time of sacrifice, so Pancake Day historically was the perfect time to use up ingredients such as eggs and fats which are intrinsic to pancakes. Historically Christians went to Church on Shrove Tuesday to seek absolution, otherwise known as shriving for their sins. So Shrove is taken from the word Shrive. A bell would ring to call people to confession and this became known as the Pancake or Shriven Bell. The date of Shrove Tuesday varies because it occurs 47 days before Easter Sunday which also alters year on year based on cycles of the moon. In the UK there are various traditions associated with this day in addition to the eating of pancakes. These include: Pancake Races: - One of the most famous races takes place in Olney in Buckinghamshire where is it believed the idea of the contest originated. It is said to be based on the story of a local woman who whilst she was making pancakes, heard the Shriven Bell and ran to church still wearing her apron and tossing her pancake in a frying pan to prevent it from burning. For this reason in Olney, racers must be local housewives or men dressed as such and wear an apron and a hat or scarf. During the 415 yard race they have to toss their hot pancake at least three times and the winner has to serve their pancake to the bell ringer and be kissed by him. Other variations of the race include the one held at 8

By Susan Brookes-Morris Westminster School, where the cook tosses a huge pancake over a five metre bar in the playground and boys try to catch the largest piece in order to get a cash prize from the Dean. From the twelfth century onwards, Shrove Tuesday Football Games were played out in the streets and often referred to as mob football. Nowadays only a few games take place as highways legislation has prohibited playing football on the road since 1835. In Scarborough on Shrove Tuesday, it is customary for a large skipping rope to be in place and for up to ten people to be skipping at a time. In some other countries, this date is known as Mardi Gras and is marked by carnivals. These are still linked to the concept of celebrating the last day of ‘fat eating’ or ‘gorging’ before the commencement of Lent. The French translation of Mardi Gras is Fat Tuesday.

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Here in the Whats Around office we get to hear of so many local charities and volunteer groups carrying out invaluable work for the community in our area. This can take many forms and varies from fundraising to tackle illnesses and poverty to volunteering time and support to aid those around us and provide essential services for local residents. This month we share one such story.. In 2016, BBC News reported that in the last six years 343 local libraries have closed and a quarter of the jobs in UK libraries had been lost. However, in that same period, over 15,000 volunteers have stepped up to breach the gap and 174 libraries were transferred to community groups to run. On 20th July last year, Leicestershire County Council granted Measham & District Community Library a 10 year lease to run the library. Measham & District Community Library is a registered charity having 37 volunteers of whom 8 are committee members / charity trustees. This team have come together to ensure the future of the library and the continuation of a local library service for residents and already they have achieved impressive results. To date, the library interior has been repainted thanks to a generous grant from Measham Parish Council and a whole host of fundraising activities have been held to cover running costs (estimated £8,000 pa) once the Leicestershire County Council grant runs out. A Macmillan Cancer Relief coffee morning was held on the 1st October and this raised £504 and on 1st December the library opened late with a Christmas Fair to coincide with Measham’ s Christmas light event raising over £250. To develop the library as a community hub the following activities are regularly held:Tuesday – ladies craft group. Thursday – walking group. Thursday – medical centre craft group. Friday – rhyme time group & book club.


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Saturday 10.00am to 1.00pm So what can we expect to see in 2017? Voluntary Action Leicestershire has secured funding for a Stroke & Disability group to use the library every Wednesday and yoga classes will run during term time on a Tuesday evening. Consideration is also being given to installing solar panels to reduce electricity costs and fencing the grounds around the library to create a safe playing area for children and for users to sit outside and have a drink whilst reading a book. We’ll keep you posted on progress. Finally, the library is also keen to participate in the Government’s £4million fund for libraries to promote new projects for literacy and digital access having 5 computers available for public use. I’m sure you’ll agree with us that the work of the volunteers at Measham & District Community Library has already made a huge difference to local residents. If you’d like to find out more then pop in to the library on Thorpe Road, Measham (note their opening hours above), visit their website at or call them on 0116 305 3709. You can also follow them on Facebook for all the latest news and events.

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A great family walk

Normanton Le Heath A pretty, circular, walk that crosses farmland between the villages of Normanton Le Heath and Swepstone. On the first half of the walk you get a good view of the tower of Swepstone Church while on the return loop you can see the spire of Normanton Church. There is a bit of quiet lane at the start of the walk and a short road section through Swepstone. The paths were mostly very well marked with the exception of the start of the return path from Swepstone where it leads off the road onto to the drive of Upperfield Farm, it is signed after you leave the farm though. Allow about an hour and a half for this walk. The instructions start from Main Street in Normanton, I parked on the road near the church. The postcode for Sat Nav users is LE67 2TB.



Walk down Main Street with the Church (1) on your left and pass by The Hollow. The lane soon bends sharply right and shortly after the bend there is a public footpath sign on your left. Climb the stile (2) and follow the path into a field. The path passes beside a bank of beautiful, old, hawthorn trees which are absolutely stunning when in full bloom, and leads to a second stile which, like the first, is fitted with a handy dog gate beside it. Immediately after crossing the stile and plank bridge the path splits - you need to take the right hand fork to bear diagonally right across the field. Cross a small bridge in the valley and then walk uphill to a stile set in the far field hedge - keep your eye out for the yellow footpath post ahead when you are on the brow of the hill. The path now bears slightly left - you are quite high up and get a good view of the tower of Swepstone Church off to your left.



Crossing a further stile, set in the corner of the field, follow the yellow arrows left and then right, before going up a short section of field edge to reach a junction of paths (3). Don’t go through the gap ahead or follow either of the arrows but instead turn left before the gap in the wooden fence (the red arrow for the path

this way is hidden, being on the back of the yellow post to your right). You are now going down the field edge with the hedgerow on your right. Keep straight ahead, passing across a farm track. You are soon on a grassy lane (4) which bends around before finally emerging onto a tarmac drive which will take you up to the road through Swepstone.


Turn left, keeping to the verge and then the pavement as you pass through the village. Continue until you pass ‘The Cottage’, on your left and then take the stile beside a metal gate just after it on your left. (5) A grass path crosses the small enclosure to a further gate onto a driveway (if you walk a short distance further along the road you can turn left into the same driveway). The drive passes a sign welcoming you to Upperfield Farm and then leads past the houses and through a black gate. As you reach the end of the yard you will see a sign reading Public Footpath to Normanton, just to the left of the stable block. This narrow path leads you up the side of the building and along a field where where the bridleway and footpath separate (6). Follow the footpath sign, left and then right keeping to the narrow path up the field edge. Cross a plank bridge and continue uphill along another field edge.


At the top of the hill keep straight ahead to pass under the telegraph poles which come in from your left. Keep the field hedge on your right and look out for the spire of Normanton Le Heath church ahead of you. Pass over a stone bridge and then follow a footpath arrow diagonally left across the field,. When you reach the stile, in the hedge on the far side of the field, you are rejoining your outgoing route. Cross the stile to re enter the field with the bank of old hawthorn (now on your right) and then cross the final stile back onto Normanton Lane. Turn right and follow the lane back to return to your start point. All walks are checked shortly before publication but please be aware that paths may change over time and with the seasons.

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Starting at Upper Packington Road and finishing on the Bath Grounds

Ivanhoe runners are pleased and proud to announce that Aldi Ashby 20 is soon coming to town! The two lap course will circuit around the local villages of Packington, Swepstone, Heather and Normanton Le Heath finishing on Ashby Bath Grounds. The event which is ideally placed for pre-spring marathon distance runners and in 2014 was voted March’s best race, now attracts recreational and competitive runners alike from all across the country. There will be up to 1,500 runners taking part on the day. The Aldi Ashby 20 is very much a community event. Over the past 5 years approximately £10,000 has been raised for local charities and organisations. The event has close links with Aldi who are the main sponsor. It also brings money to local business including shops, restaurants and hotels.

Why not come and support the runners, soak up the atmosphere or cheer on the children involved in the fun run You can come and spectate and cheer the runners on during the race. Popular spots are Packington, Swepstone and Heather. Watch and be inspired by the finishers at the bathgrounds. There will be hot food and drink available to purchase at our race village on the bathgrounds for you to refuel. There will also be a children’s fun run held on the bathgrounds which will be organised by Ivanhoe Robins. This is a great opportunity for your children to get active, feel involved and experience fun and the sense of achievement running brings.


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ROAD CLOSURES One-way operation will be in place for the majority of the race route. Expect some delays and plan accordingly. Vehicles will not be allowed along the side the runners are on. The map indicates the direction of the runners. The one way system will therefore be in a clockwise direction of the route. Marshals will use their discretion to allow residents in and out, always taking safety of runners and vehicles into account. You will not be able to use the roads below in the direction specified, but they will be open in the opposite direction. Two short sections will be fully closed for 10 mins. 3-way traffic lights will operate from 0900 – 1330 at Gallows Lane/Swepstone Road junction. Diversions are in place to avoid Galllows Lane (passing Springs) via Measham, and from Odstone to Heather to get you safely beyond Heather Main St.

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Underground They may be known as ‘velvet coated gentlemen’, but if you have a problem with moles in your garden, it is highly unlikely you will call them anything so polite! So what can you do if your lawn becomes decorated with mounds of finely turned soil, or if plants start to disappear beneath soil level as subsidence occurs within the flowerbed, or an entire row of vegetables is excavated from below?

Moles can do a lot of damage to a lawn, largely because that fine soil acts as an excellent seedbed for weeds and can make the lawn surface slippery. Mole runs beneath your lawn, flowerbeds or vegetable plots can occasionally cause the plants to suffer from drought, as the soil is no longer in contact with the roots. Often, when the tunnels collapse subsidence occurs, and plants can literally fall over. Moles can sometimes be deterred by high-pitched sounds or vibrations. Try inserting children’s windmills over the mole infested areas, as the vibration that passes down these into the soil is said to send moles scampering away. Similarly, you can plunge glass bottles into the soil with the neck protruding. The noise and vibrations created as the wind whistles over the mouth of the bottles may also discourage moles. Very smelly substances, such as mole smokes, can work against moles. These are like fireworks and, inserted into the run, produce unpleasant smoke. However, with these and other smelly deterrents, once the smell has subsided the mole may return. Traps are available from some garden centres or online stores. They must be correctly set and you must wear gloves as the moles will avoid the trap if they detect human scent. It is much more effective to employ a specialist mole catcher who is adept at trapping them and, since they often charge only on the basis of moles caught, it need not be too expensive a process either. 16

By Pippa Greenwood Moles do eventually decide to go elsewhere, and although this does not imply that your garden will then remain free of moles, if the problem has been very bad one year it may not be quite so severe the next. Some say that the plant caper spurge (Euphorbia lathyrus) will deter moles and as it does seem to work for some gardeners and the plants are fairly attractive it is worth giving it a try! Some gardeners report success with ultrasonic devices that can be inserted into the ground. Once again, I am afraid that it seems the majority of you find these ineffective and indeed I will never forget once seeing a molehill which appeared directly around the base of one of these gadgets in a friend’s garden - so they are not a method I recommend. If all else fails, and attempting to look at this problem in a positive light, bear in mind that incredibly finely turned soil can be useful and many gardeners I know, including the wonderful ‘grandfather of gardening’ Geoffrey Smith, used the soil as a medium in which to grow an excellent crop of seedlings!

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Dust off those

Winter Blues

Well here we are facing into another New Year and another bout of those winter blues. Many of you will be doing your best to keep them at bay by sitting with a lovely hot cuppa thumbing through holiday brochures or surfing online. All with a view of searching for blue skies and sun on your back when summer finally arrives. You will probably end up spending quite a few hours searching for your annual jaunt to the sun. Here at Bleathwood we are working hard with those clients who are not just planning this year’s trip away, but when they finally start to work less or even enjoy 365 days off a year, planning the long-awaited opportunity to dust off those winter blues more than once a year. Why is that we spend so many hours on things like planning our holidays, but we fail to set aside 60 to 90 minutes a year to create our future plans, and then even review them? So what is financial planning all about? Well it is more than just sitting down and talking about pensions or your ISA’s. Nor should it be asking questions such as, should I be investing more in China or other Emerging Markets or taking less risk? It is more about what those things are going to do for YOU, why should you do them and how to use them properly. We help our client’s to think about how they map out their finances to help them create the financial future they want and need. We give them the chance to design their finances. We try to take away the guess work. Even try to answer those “what if” questions. Like when can we or I afford to retire, send my children to University, buy that holiday home, travel far and wide. How do we do this? Well we listen, gather the data and start to map things out using a Cashflow 18

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Kevin Cunningham Bleathwood IFA Ltd Modelling tool. Look, financial advice is about advice, not products, they are sometimes the tools you need to achieve the life you need. So why should you do it? Well we are living in a time of low interest rates and potentially rising inflation, it is difficult to find ways of making money work smarter, whilst not knowing how long you need it to last? Add to that statistically we are living longer. Therefore does it not make sense to spend some time on understanding not only what you want, how you can do that and see how the journey looks through regular reviews. They always say – “If you fail to plan then you plan to fail”. So whilst you are suffering your winter blues, further frustrated because you have already broken 1 or 2 of your New Year resolutions, change your thought process, dig out your finances and give them an early spring clean by having a chat with your Independent Financial Advisors. You may never again suffer those winter blues – but we cannot promise that.

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Ashby Museum’s The Museum volunteers are already involved in the 2017 Season. We have two new volunteers and one returning - welcome again to Marjorie Hampson! We would be delighted to recruit more, of course - our door is always open to those who could spend a couple of hours once a fortnight. We are looking forward, with great interest, to the development of Ashby’s “Cultural Quarter� based around the Library, Venture Theatre, Hood Park Leisure Centre and, of course, the Museum. We are also working with Pudding Bag Productions, Ashby Tourist Information Centre, St. Helen’s Church and the Town Council to develop a leaflet linked to the exciting Town Digital Trail, already available through smart phones etc.  A reminder that, if you are looking for presents with a local theme, our Museum Shop provides booklets, postcards, notelets, old prints, mugs, tea towels and other objects at very reasonable prices. Visitors also have easy access, through a stand-


Volunteers alone computer, to over 3,000 photographs which can be purchased.  Our new website - also gives you access to all these photographs as well as providing wideranging information about every aspect of the Museum. The current exhibition features the last 100 years in Ashby’s history. Come and see what was going on in the town in times gone by and how it has evolved and changed. Following on from this will be an exhibition on Ashby clock and watch makers. Friends of Ashby Museum Our next afternoon talk at 2 p.m. on Wednesday 15th March, will be given by Ivan Hallam on local clock and watchmakers in days gone by, ‘Time in a Rural Town’. This will coincide with the exhibition in the Loudoun Gallery. Please phone the museum on 01530 560090 to book a place. The cost is ÂŁ3 and will include light refreshments.



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The Gresley Male Voice Choir will be in concert at the Palace on Saturday 11th March. This will be the first time that this award -winning, Swadlincote-based choir have performed at the Ibstock High Street venue. The choir takes its name from the Parish of Church Gresley, where it was first established in 1904. It has a reputation for delighting its audiences with an extensive repertoire covering classical, operetta, grand opera, music from the shows, popular music, part songs and religious music. The Concert begins at 7.30pm. Tickets are £8.00 and are available from The Palace on Tel: 07399417995 or via Advanced booking is recommended to avoid disappointment.

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Fresh raspberries


These delightful creamy desserts make the perfect Valentine treat!

GET STARTED the hot cream until completely dissolved. Leave to cool for 30 minutes. Remove the strips of lemon rind and divide the mixture between two bowls. Stir a few drops of pink food colouring into one bowl. Spoon the two mixtures into the ramekins, to give two with colouring and two without. Chill for 6 hours or overnight until set. 5. To serve, cut and trim the halved brownies to 2. When the jelly is set, use a small heart-shaped make four heart shapes the same size as the cookie cutter to stamp out 4 heart shapes ramekins. Dip each ramekin and place each one in the base of a small into a bowl of hot water for heart shaped ramekin dish (each about 150ml a few seconds to release capacity). the panna cotta then turn 3. To make the panna cotta, place the cream, each one out onto a vanilla extract, lemon rind and caster sugar in a heart-shaped pan and bring slowly to the boil. Remove from brownie. the heat. Decorate with fresh 4. Meanwhile, soak the gelatine leaves as in raspberries. step 1. Remove from the water and stir into

1. To make the raspberry jelly hearts, line a small

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Wednesday 1st February Life of the Robin

Speaker David Tideswell, regular radio and TV expert on all matters ornithological. Harley Hall, Church Lane, Osgathorpe LE12 9SY at 7.30pm. Tickets £5 include a light supper. Places very limited so please call 01530 224 579 to book.

Thursday 2nd February Funhouse Comedy Club

The Lyric Rooms Ashby. An evening of comedy with Adam Kay, Andrew Bird, Mark Smith, Katie Pritchard. 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 or call 0115 952 5050.

Thursday 2nd February Ashby Castle WI

Josephine Burgess will be talking about the history and work of 24

Save the Children. Visitors are most welcome. £4 to include tea and cakes. 2pm to 4pm at Ashby Congregational Church. Contact Fran Williams at franceswilliams2@ for more info.

Tuesday 7th February Blackfordby WI

Desert Island Discs with Gill Massey. Competition: sunset photograph. Blackfordby Village Hall, Sandtop Lane, Blackfordby, DE11 8BB at 7pm Meeting includes tea, coffee and cake. Visitors very welcome. For more information contact Gill on 01283 212 380.

Thursday 9th February Hugglescote and Donington-le-Heath Heritage Society

Tracing Your Family History. Maureen Partridge of the Whitwick Historical Group will guide you on how to start tracing your family tree. 7.30pm to 9pm at

Hugglescote Community Centre, Grange Road, Hugglescote LE67 2BR. £3 including refreshments. Families welcome. For more information you can email hugglescotedoningtonheritage@ or HADLHHS/

Friday 10th February Florence Foster Jenkins (PG) Packington film club presents “ Florence Foster Jenkins” at Packington Memorial Hall 7pm for 7.30pm. Adults £4 children £2 Tea and coffee served from 7pm.

Friday 10th February Bridget Jones’ Baby (15)

Century Theatre, Coalville, presents “Bridget Jones’ Baby”. Bridget finds herself pregnant, but she can only be 50% sure of the identity of the father... Stars Renee Zellweger, Hugh Grant & Colin Firth. 7.30pm. £3.50 on the door.

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Tuesday 14th February Ashby Civic Society Story of Mapmaking.

Fascinating history from Mappa Mundi to County maps told by local historian Richard Stone. At 8pm, Legion House, South Street, Ashby. Call Susanne for details 01530 415 654 or just go as a visitor. Visit www.ashby

Tuesday 14th February Ashby Writers Club

Manuscript meeting: members’ own work. They meet on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month, unless otherwise specified at 7.30pm to 9.30pm at Congregational Church, Kilwardby St, Ashby LE65 2FQ. Membership: £15 per annum. Visitors are welcome at a nominal fee of £4 per speaker meeting, £3 per comp/manuscript meeting (includes coffee or tea).

Wednesday 15th February Ashby Spa WI - David McDowell ‘The Bee Farmer’

an interesting insight about why bees are so important. They meet at 7:30pm on the 3rd Wednesday of the month at Ashby Baptist Church, Brooke Street, Ashby de la Zouch, Leics LE65 1HA. Tel 01530 563 682.

Thursday 16th January 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. The meal is booked for 7.30pm at Halfway House, Donisthorpe, DE12 7PX. Shared transport is used wherever possible. Email jane_boyce@ for more details.

quarry and outlines how the ecological mitigation measures will be put in place. All talks are in the church hall of Ashby Methodist Chapel, Burton Road, Ashby and begin at 7.30pm, entry is £3 each. To find out more please call David Maltby on 01530 222 934 or Margaret Mabey on 01530 412 410.

Thurs 16th to Sat 18th Feb Venture Theatre A Sting in the Tale

Saturday 18th February Hats off to Laurel & Hardy - Laughing Dog Theatre

£8 on Wednesday and Thursday, £9 Friday and Saturday from Ashby TIC 01530 411 767 and online at ashbydramaticsociety.

Friday 17th February LRWT North West

The new Bardon quarry - Phil Jackson Bio Diversity Advisor, Aggregate Industries, describes the development of the new

Productions presents a moving and affectionate play about the lives of Stan and Ollie taking you through their early lives, rise to international stardom, decline of their movie careers and their revival on the stages of Europe. 7.30pm at Century Theatre, Coalville. Tickets £8 in advance, £10 on the door. Book online or call box office 01530 278 444.

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Terrorism is a real and serious threat to us all. To counter the terrorist threat, we need to all work together to tackle the terrorist challenge. We are working closely with key partner agencies and communities to tackle any extremism. Since early 2003, the United Kingdom has had a long-term strategy for countering international terrorism, known as CONTEST. The strategy is divided into four strands: PREVENT, PURSUE, PROTECT, and PREPARE. Over the last few years, City and County partners have successfully developed innovative initiatives as part of the CONTEST Strategy. What can you do to help? Although there is no specific threat to Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland, it is important that the public remain alert and aware of their surroundings. Together we can fight terrorism and make our communities safer. Report it We want to hear from anyone who sees anything suspicious, be it a vehicle, package or person. These are difficult to define and we advise people to rely on instinct about whether something is suspicious. In any case we would prefer people to call us if in any doubt. We will act on it We will act on information from the public and potential security risks will be taken seriously. This might mean that sometimes roads are closed and buildings evacuated but we are sure that people in the region understand that public safety must always be our first concern and would react in their usual patient manner. Protecting you We are also sending a clear message that we will take action to protect the right of all communities to pursue their way of life as they wish, free of the fear of violence and intimidation.


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Now is the time to shake off the shor t, dark days of winter and think about the coming Spring with all its light and colour. The speaker at the February meeting is Jo Roun d, a beauty colourist, who will show you how to choose the best colours to compliment skin tones and hair colour. Ladies of all ages are welc ome at the Thringstone Methodist Hall at 7.30 pm on Tuesday, 21st February. Visitors are charged £5 (includes a raffle ticket and refreshm ents). For more information call Susan on 0153 0 459 295.

Fashion Show and Shopping Event Your favourite brands at up to 75% off - all sizes on Wednesday 1st March at 7.30pm. Tickets £5 (includes a glass of wine or soft drink) at St Denys Church of England Infant School, Ibstock. For more information call 01530 260 004.

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Coalville Library is launching its brand new Construction Club on Satu rday 4th February 10.30am to 12noon . For only £1 per child you’ll get the chance to embrace your creative side and let you r imagination run wild playing with LEGO and listening to stories for inspiration. The club will be suitable for children aged 6-12 years. Construction club will run on the first Saturday of every month. For more info rmation call 0116 305 3565. Alternatively, you can call the library on: 0116 305 250 0.

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Dilk Wood, the Children’s Wood A major project for 2017 is the purchase of 4.7 acre Smock Wood which is next to Hough Mill. It will be renamed Dilk Wood after a recently deceased village community activist. We intend developing it as a children’s wood. It will be very different to the usual village playground. The focus will be on encouraging natural woodland exploration and fun. A bird hide and other facilities will help children learn about nature and the industrial history of the site. More than 600 people have supported the project via surveys and we have already received over £1,600 in donations. We have started submitting grant applications and hope to have funding in place by the middle of the year. More information is on our website swannington_dilk_wood.html Swannington School We are planning an outdoor exhibition to run from our Strawberry Fayre on Sunday 25th June to Swannington Open Gardens on Sunday 9th July. The theme will be Swannington School and we

intend placing posters outside houses in the village describing former pupils and teachers along with their memories. If you have any memories, photographs or other information please get in touch, email chairman@ or telephone 01530 222 833. Hough Mill Facebook Page We regularly post photos of our activities and forthcoming events on our Hough Mill Facebook page and Twitter feed. So follow us to keep up to date.

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From beautiful, hand-carved French style bed frames to elegant and timeless upholstered beds, FABCO offer their customers great choices, quality and value for money. There are many quality beds, mattresses and beautiful headboards to choose from. Fabco’s ‘Sealy Studio’ has many of Sealy’s top models including the WHICH? best buy mattress on display for you to try out. There’s also quality British hand made beds from Relyon, Somnus and Gainsborough to spoil yourself with. Once you walk through their showroom doors you’ll feel at ease, as their aim is to be on hand to answer any questions you may have; but there’s definitely a ‘nohassle’ policy in force and reassuringly no high pressure sales. The delivery of your bed is easy peasy too: Our Premier Delivery service includes, assembly of your new bed and removal of the packaging, for recycling or reuse. Why not visit FABCO Ashby’s bed showroom and try all the latest bed and mattress collections

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February INDOOR CAR BOOT SALE SUNDAY 12TH & 26TH FEB 9AM TILL MID-DAY Pick up a bargain! For more details or to book a stall call Kirk on 07901 380412 or 07506 255522 and via face book page: ibstockcarboot.


The Palace Players present a traditional family panto - ‘PETER PAN’. Join Wendy, John, Michael and Nana as they fly away to encounter ‘The Lost Boys’, Tinkerbell, the crocodile, Captain Hook and his crew, mermaids and of course, the boy who refused to grow up, ‘Peter Pan’, himself! On Saturday 28th January (matinee and evening performances) and Wednesday, 1st February until Saturday, 4th February (matinee and evening performances). All evening performances will start at 7.30pm and there will be two Saturday matinee performances, starting at 2.30pm. ADVANCED BOOKING IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED TO AVOID DISAPPOINTMENT. Tickets are £7.50 for Adults and £5.00 for Children and are available from Halls, High Street, Ibstock (Tel:01530 260460) and The Palace (Tel: 01530 262400)


FILM NIGHT ‘Bridget Jones’s Baby’ (15) FRIDAY 17TH FEB Doors and licensed bar open at 7.00pm Film Starts at 7.30pm Tickets: £5.00/£4.00

Breaking up with Mark Darcy (Colin Firth) leaves Bridget Jones (Renée Zellweger) over 40 and single again. Feeling that she has everything under control, Jones decides to focus on her career as a top news producer. Suddenly, her love life comes back from the dead when she meets a dashing and

7PM FOR 7.30PM handsome American named Jack (Patrick Dempsey). Things couldn’t be better, until Bridget discovers that she is pregnant. Now, the befuddled mum-to-be must figure out if the proud Father is Mark or Jack! 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.


Starts at 7.30 pm. Tickets: £8.00. Limited to a maximum of 30 places! Tel: Gary at The Palace on 01530 262400 or Corinne 01530 451725 to reserve your place.


The concert, by this award winning choir, starts at 7.30pm, Tickets £8.00 available from the usual ticket outlets or telephone 07399417995.

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.

Healthy Hearts low impact physical training – 9,30am – 10.20am.

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Fitness Pilates class – 7.45pm – 8.45pm.

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Focussing on core stability whilst improving tone and body alignment through controlled movement. Contact Michelle on (07887) 678367

50+ Fitness Pilates – 10.30am – 11.30am.


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

Bubbles Playgroup – 10.30am – 12 Noon.

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Seated Exercise – 1.30pm – 2.30pm.

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Young Pathfinders – 5pm – 6.30pm.

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Circuit Training – 6.45pm – 7.45pm. Contact Curtis Smith on (07870) 498110 or (01455) 291656.

Tai Chi – 8pm – 9pm.

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Wednesday 50+ Fitness Pilates – 9.30am – 10.30am.

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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.

Contact Michelle Scott-Worthington on (07887) 678367.

Hodgetts on (01530) 260672.

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

Friday Tai Chi 10am – 11am. Contact Michael Cashmore on (07714) 215216.

Childrens Dance Classes

Beginners Ballet 4.00-4.45pm; Beginners Tap 4.455.30pm; 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

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NOW MONTHLY ON A FRIDAY - January’s Palace bingo on Friday 27th January. A great social night out! Doors open at 7.30pm. Eyes Down at 8.00pm. Licensed bar & refreshments. Everyone welcome.

Saturday Community Morning at the Palace

10am to 12 noon. DUE TO RECOMMENCE ON THE 2ND SATURDAY IN MARCH. 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.

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