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IN THIS ISSUE

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We’re launching our New Year here at What’ss Around with our new look magazine and we hope you agree it’s looking fabulous! We may have transformed the way we look loo ok but all your old favourites are still here – community news from the Museum, the Palace, Ibstock Surgery and more plus tons of local events taking place in January as well as puzzles, recipes and plenty to read. More importantly we’ve still got all your local businesses so you can always find a tradesman or local service when you need them.

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IN THIS ISSUE

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Contents Review of the Year Quiz Community Board

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On the Beat

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Ashby 20 Road Race

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New Year’s Resolutions

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What’s On

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Health and Fitness Advice

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Ibstock and Barlestone Surgeries

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Swannington Heritage Trust

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A Walk in the Forest

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What’s On at The Palace

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Just for Fun

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In Your Garden

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Ashby Museum News

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Ashby Probus Club

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Seasonal Recipe

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Puzzle Solutions

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Business Directory

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REVIEW OF THE YEAR

Quiz of 2016 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

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After winning their first ever Olympic medal in 2016, which country’s prime minister, Frank Bainimarama, announced they would no longer be progressing plans to change the countryís flag and that the union jack would stay part of it? On March 1st, screenwriter Tony Warren died at the age of 79. Which long-running TV show did he create? Which three members of the Spice Girls reunited in 2016 and launched a new website called “The Spice Girls Gem”? After a 12 year absence, which TV show returned in 2016 and was won by Apollo? Words such as wondercrump, snozzwanger and scrumdiddlyumptious were included in a new dictionary that was compiled to mark the centenary of which author’s birth?

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Who was in the news in March 2016 for her use of me eldonium? In football, which Englishman refereed the final of Euro 2016? Which country won the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest with a controversial song about Joseph Stalin’s deportation of the Tatar people from Crimea in 1944? Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie separated in September 2016, with which one of the two filing for divorce?

10. In the week following the death of

David Bowie, which five of his hit singles reentered the UK top 40 singles chart? The answers are on page 116

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COMMUNITY BOARD

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Get wrapped up for Wear a Funky Scarf Day

Charity Link, which supports people in poverty, hardship or crisis in Leicester is askin g people to support its annual dress up even t, Wear A Funky Scar f Day, on Friday 27th Janu ary as part of Poverty Action Week (23rd to 29th January). Schools and businesses can order a free fundraising pack via the Charity Link website at www.charity-link.org/poverty-ac tion-week or people can simply wear their scarv es on the day and donate an amount of their choice to the charity.

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The support group meet every Tuesday afternoon between 1.30pm and 4pm at the Methodist Church. They offer friendly support and care to anyone affected by a life limiting illness in the Ibstock area and it is free to attend.

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Med edit ditati t ve art rti tisti i tic i sessions at Shut Sh h ttl tlew lewoo w d Clarke Foundation

A new monthly taster session ‘Happy Art’ to encourage attendees to release the stresses of everyday life. The meditative artist led sessions will promote wellbeing, through the exploration of mindfulness and painting. Taster sessions will run throughout January on Tuesday 10th, 17th, 24th and 31st from 10.30am to 12.30pm at Ulverscroft Activity Centre, Priory Lane, LE67 9PH. Booking is essential and a non refundable payment of £4 per session in advance is required. Please contact Helen Baxter on 01530 244 914 or email helllo@ @ shuttlewood-clarke.org

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The Rotary Club of Ashby de la Zouch Castle are holding a quiz at 7.30pm on Saturday 11th February at Hood Park Leisure Centre. Teams of 4, £10 per person which includes a hot supper. The bar will be open and there will be a raffle. All proceeds raised will go to local charities. To book a place, please contact Chris Knight on 07745 448 836.

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ON THE BEAT

Keep Safe Club Leicestershire Police’s ‘Keep Safe Club’ is a new initiative which aims to introduce and reinforce key safety messages to primary school children aged 7 to 11 in a fun, interactive and age appropriate manner. The workshop is conducted by police officers and PCSOs in order to build a positive relationship with the police and increase understanding of what the police do. It aims to give the children the skills to report incidents with the knowledge that they will be taken seriously, and inspire confidence in their interactions with the police. We also explore what it means to be a good citizen by promoting positive behaviours in the community while developing an understanding of personal responsibility. We look at raising awareness of personal safety, including safer use of the internet. This is done alongside aiming to develop personal safety awareness giving the children confidence, and the

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tools needed, to stay safe when presented with risky situations. The workshop requires around half a day and can be provided for a single class at a time or larger groups, such as a whole year group. We can also deliver to other youth groups that cover the same age range, such as Brownies and Cubs. It couldn’t be easier to register your interest in a workshop. Go to the Leicestershire Police website, select the Advice and Information page, and then onto Kids’ Zone. Complete the booking form and then send it to school.workshops@leicestershire.pnn.police.uk If your school or group has any additional special requirements, please email: school.workshops@ Leicestershire.pnn.police.uk to discuss.

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ASHBY 20 ROAD RACE

Ashby 20... more than jusst a racce

Every spring the streets of Ashby are ignited with an influx of up to 1,500 excited runners who line up to complete a two lap run course which circuits around the local villages of Packington, Swepstone, Heather, Normington 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 casual and competitive runners alike from all across the country.

Ashby 20 was born in 1989 by Ivanhoe Runners club members Kevin Sanders, Bob White, Paul Enion and Peter Brown who were confident Ivanhoe could bring a competitive run event to Ashby. The course used to go up pistern hill but luckily for the runners a new route was devised in 2002. But what’s so special about Ashby 20 and why is this much more than just a run race? 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.

However, it does rely greatly on the support of Ivanhoe runners, town council, NWLDC leisure services, Rotary club of Ashby Castle, Ashby Endurance Explorer Scouts, Leicestershire Search and Rescue, Conkers Park Run and many more. Something the club is very grateful for. Ivanhoe runners are extremely proud of Ashby 20 but we are also extremely dedicated to improving the event year on year. We are working with the local community and villages to ensure things go as smoothly as possible. This year we are trying to organise a litter pick around the local villages prior to, in addition to, following the event. We are also exploring a children’s run on the bath ground to encourage e children to participate, have fun and get a sense of achievement. If you would any further information about the event please go to the Ashby 20 website at www.ashby20.co.uk Article written by Ruth Enion (Ivanhoe Runners club member)

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NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS

New Year’s Resolutions you’ll want to keep All too often New Year’s resolutions seem to focus on doing more of what we don’t enjoy, and less of what we do enjoy. So this issue, we thought we’d give you our suggestions for resolutions you’ll actually want to keep. Learn something new

Whether you want to get a qualification so you can get a better job, or you just fancy trying a new hobby, make 2017 the year you try something new. www.futurelearn. com is a good place to start. It offers hundreds of free, short online courses. Many are delivered by leading UK universities. You could try writing fiction, exploring digital technologies, or learning about forensic science. If you prefer faceto-face tuition, check out the courses offered by your local college. You could improve your computer skills, take up a new craft, or find out how to delve into your family history.

Enjoy time outdoors

Nature is good for you. It’s been proven to help with depression, anxiety, stress and a whole lot of other issues. It may even help you to live longer. We know the great British weather doesn’t always make it the most tempting prospect. But if the sun breaks through the clouds, wrap up warm, pull your wellies on and head for your nearest green space. You’ll likely find you feel calmer and happier as a result.

Take time to cook

Home cooked meals are usually much better for you than ready meals. They’re higher in vitamins and minerals, and lower in salt and sugar. So, try resolving to cook for yourself a few days a week. If you struggle to find the time, you could try a 16

box scheme. Simply Cook, for example, post you the herbs, seasonings and recipes to make simple (but delicious) meals in around 20 minutes. You just add four to six items of fresh food and follow the instructions. Hello Fresh go even further. They send you everything you need to make a meal, including simple-to-follow recipes.

Appreciate the little things

We’re often so busy; we don’t get time to really appreciate the little things in life. A soak in the bath, your favourite radio programme, a chat with an old friend… Taking a moment to be thankful can make us happier and calmer, and improve our relationships. You could try listing three things that you’re grateful for before you go to sleep each night, or keeping a daily gratitude journal. Or just try to give thanks to the people you love a bit more often. Whatever your New Year’s resolution, we wish you all the luck in keeping it.

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WHAT’S ON

What’s on in

January

Sunday 1st January LRWT North West Group

New Year’s Day walk at Breedon. Enjoy a walk to see Viking sculptures, a reinvigorated SSSI and the delightful village of Breedon. Join a friendly local group which meets monthly for talks, visits, conservation work and social events. To find out more please ring David Maltby on 01530 222 934 or Margaret Mabey on 01530 412 410.

Thursday 5th January Funhouse Comedy Club

The Lyric Rooms, Ashby. An evening of comedy with Dominic Holland, Alan Hudson, Tom Price, Robyn Perkins. Compere: Spikey Mike, doors open at 7.30pm to 8pm for 8.15pm start. All shows £10 advance unless otherwise started. Food available 7.30pm to 8pm. For more details call see www. funhousecomedy.co.uk or call 0115 952 5050.

Saturday 7th January Venture Jazz Club

Spats Langham Hot Fingers with Emily Campbell at The Venture Theatre. North Street, Ashby, from 8pm - 11pm. Tickets from Ashby Tourist Information Centre call 01530 411 767.

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Sunday 8th January Gentleman Prefer Blondes (U) - Two showgirls

travel as lounge singers on a transatlantic cruise to Paris in search of rich husbands. Classic 1953 musical directed by Howard Hawks and starring Jane Russell and Marilyn Monroe. Century Theatre, Coalville, starts 2.30pm. Admission £3.50, pay on the door or book online www.centurytheatre.co.uk. Call 01530 278 444.

Tuesday 10th January Ashby Civic Society

The Leicestershire Horse. Lois Edwards explains Leicestershire’s use and breeding of the horse including Packington’s Shire horse. Legion House, South Street, Ashby at 8pm. Call Susanne for details 01530 415 654 or just come as a visitor. Visit www.ashbydelazouchcivicsociety. webs.com

Tuesday 10th January Ashby Writers Club -

Manuscript meeting: members’ own work. Meetings: second and fourth Tuesday of each month, unless otherwise specified. From 7.30pm to 9.30pm at Congregational Church, Kilwardby St, Ashby, LE65 2FQ. Membership: £15 per annum. Visitors welcome

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at a nominal fee of £4 per speaker meeting, £3 per comp/manuscript meeting includes coffee or tea.

Tuesday 10th January Coalville Community Connections Conversation Cafe

An informal meeting from 7pm -9pm at The Christ Church, Coalville to support, encourage and facilitate people to take individual or collective action to improve Coalville and the surrounding areas. Email John Talbut on jt@dpets.co.uk or call 01530 836 780.

Friday 13th January Bridge of Spies (PG)

Packington Film Club presents “Bridge of Spies “ at Packington Memorial Hall 7pm for 7.30pm start. Adults £4, children £2. Tea and coffee served from 7pm.

Friday 13th January I, Daniel Blake (15)

A middle aged carpenter who requires state welfare after injuring himself, is joined by a single mother in a similar scenario. Hugely acclaimed, emotional British drama, winner of Palme d’Or 2016 for director Ken Loach. Century Theatre, Coalville, starts 2.30pm. Admission £3.50, pay on the door or


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Wednesday 18th January Ashby Spa WI

Elaine Pantling Shop Floor to Showbiz. A lively humorous journey to stardom. Ashby Baptist Church, Brooke Street, Ashby de la Zouch, Leics LE65 1 HA at 7.30pm. Email ashby.spa@googlemail.com or call them on 01530 563 682. Visitors welcome.

Wednesday 18th January Ashby Travel Club

In the Pithiviers Room at Ivanhoe College, North Street, Ashby, 7.30pm start, all welcome. No joining fee, £1.50 for each evening attended, the Talk is illustrated with slides. This month’s talk is “Spring in the Dolomites” and the speaker is Colin Hobday. For more information contact Mrs Julie Nelson 01530 588 197 or email juliesportsfan@yahoo.co.uk.

Friday 20th January LRWT North West Group

Peter Chatwin, an artist, shows how his passion for the preservation of biodiversity and endangered species is reflected in research on indigenous wild bees and their role in pollination. All talks are in the church hall of Ashby Methodist Chapel, Burton

Road, Ashby and begin at 7-30, entry is £3 each. To find out more please ring David Maltby on 01530 222 934 or Margaret Mabey on 01530 412 410.

Friday 20th January Plan for Health, Wealth and Happiness in 2017 Led

by experienced Ashby-based Life Coach Jo Lee, this workshop is about getting clear about what will really make a difference to your life in 2017. Once your plan is in place, you’ll also have plenty of time to enjoy the wonderful spa and fitness facilities at Champneys. 10.30am to 4.00pm – Champneys Springs. £99 per person. See www.lifeatlascoaching.com/ workshops or call Jo Lee on 07947 623 211.

Saturday 21st January Acoustic Blues Evening

Founder members of The Blues Band, Paul Jones and Dave Kelly present an amazing evening of acoustic blues and anecdotes. Century Theatre, Coalville, starts 7.30pm. Tickets £20 in advance or pay £22 on the door or book online www.centurytheatre.co.uk. Call 01530 278 444.

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Please bring two pieces of your

favourite writing (poem or prose, no more than 500 words) to read to the members (not your own work – something you have enjoyed reading). From 7.30pm to 9.30pm at Congregational Church, Kilwardby St, Ashby, LE65 2FQ. Visitors welcome at a nominal fee of £4 per speaker meeting, £3 per comp/ manuscript meeting includes coffee or tea.

Wednesday 25th January Ashby Film Club - Ethel and Ernest (PG)

A beautiful true story about the parents of Raymond Briggs done in a simple animated style. It follows their life from 1920s onward encompassing the Second World War, the creation of the welfare state, the post-war age of austerity and the relative affluence of the 60s. Doors and Bar Open at 7.00 pm, Film Starts at 7.30 pm. Lyric Rooms, Ashby. Tickets £5 available on the door, or from Ashby Tourist Information.

Saturday 28th January Ballroom & Sequence Dancing

Blackfordby Village Hall with organist Eric Black. Bar, refreshments, raffle. From 8pm to 11pm. Admission £3. For more information call 01283 213 481.

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HEALTH AND FITNESS ADVICE

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As we face into a brand new year many of us are filled with hope and determination to make this New Year a better one, the year when we stick to our January resolutions and make lasting improvements to our lives. These goals can be related to any aspect of our physical and mental wellbeing – it could be as simple as vowing to keep in touch more regularly with friends and family, starting a new hobby or joining a new club or class. The most common goals by far are those related to health and in particular, increasing fitness levels and losing unwanted additional weight (especially after the excesses of the festive period). Sticking to your resolutions can be a challenge but the end results can make it all worthwhile. This month our local Health & Fitness expert; Mark Padgett of MP Personal Training tells us how big an impact it can make and how two of his clients are celebrating after transforming their lives for the better. After feeling unhappy with their weight for some time, Daryl Ryan and his partner Karl Morris decided it was time to make lifestyle changes. ‘My energy levels felt low and my clothes didn’t fit so well, leaving me feeling less than happy, it was time to do something about it,’ says Daryl. Together they decided to explore the best options in order to achieve their goals. Gyms felt intimidating and uncomfortable with no real attention and support once you have signed up After a work colleague recommended giving MP Personal Training a try, Daryl and Karl decided to find out a little more. ‘We met up with Mark for a consultation and straight away could see that we would feel comfortable with Mark’s personality and the personal way in which he ran his gym sessions and weight loss courses.’ says Karl.

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‘After attending my first session I quickly felt the benefits, my energy levels increased and I felt really good,’ says Daryl. ‘We set our weight loss goals and Mark gave us the know how and advice on how to achieve it. We could ask Mark any questions any time we wanted to. As the weekly weigh ins went by, our weight was steadily decreasing and we felt better and better all of the time……we have now lost a total of 50lbs and are still making progress as the weeks go by. It’s the best lifestyle change we have made.’ says Karl. ‘I am really pleased with Daryl’s weight loss of 29lbs* and Karl’s weight loss of 21lbs*. They are very committed, have listened to the advice, taken the actions and have achieved a fantastic amount of weight loss. It proves that with the right help and support, weight loss can definitely be achieved,’ says Mark. Daryl and Karl have now built their health, fitness and weight management into their lives and are pictured here holding weights that are equivalent to what they have lost on the after photo! If you feel inspired by Daryl and Karl’s transformation.....find out more by contacting Mark: Tel: 01530 815610 Mob: 07855 668618 Email: mark@mppersonaltraining.co.uk


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IBSTOCK & BARLESTONE SURGERIES

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Anyone could be a carer – a 15-year-old girl looking after a parent with an alcohol problem, a 40-year-old man caring for his partner who has terminal cancer or an 80-year-old woman looking after her husband who has dementia. A carer is anyone who cares, unpaid, for a friend or family member who due to illness, disability, a mental health problem or an addiction cannot cope without their support. Let us know There’s lots of help and support for carers. If you’re a carer please let us know and we can add this to your records. It’s really useful for our clinicians to know this so they can offer you the support you need. You can let us know by telephoning or calling in to reception, telling a clinician, or emailing ‘ibstock. house@nhs.net’ with your name, address, date of birth and the name of the person you care for as well as their relationship to you.

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New Carers Wellbeing Adviser clinic in the surgery There is lots of help and support for carers but it’s sometimes difficult to find and can be time consuming. Starting in the next month or so we will be having a Carer’s Wellbeing Adviser coming into the practice regularly. She will have appointments for carers to come and chat to her so that she can help them to get support and advise them on what’s available. She knows about financial help, support groups, respite care, and so on. Her appointments are an hour long so there’s plenty of time for discussion. If you would like an appointment with our Carers Wellbeing Adviser when her clinics start please let reception know so they can add you to the waiting list. In the meantime you can find more information through the Carers Health and Wellbeing site: carerswellbeing.org


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FABCO are hosting their GENUINE January Sale When it comes to beds, you can’t beat the selection of quality sleep so olutions you can see under one roof, including the “Which?” Best Buy mattress from Sealy. There’s some fantastic SALE OFFERS including clearance models, mattresses and bed f r a m e s …a n d d o n ’t f o rg e t f l o o r i n g a n d h o m e furnishings….HUGE DISCOUNTS off high quality Egyptian 100% cotton bedding, luxury throws, featherfilled cushions, duvet cover sets, pillows and much, much more! you really can’t afford to miss this GENUINE JANUARY SALE at Fabco, Ashby. Happy New Year! R

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2017 events at a glancee

January is a time of planning ahead and seeking new opportunities. So there is something for everyone in our calendar and volunteer opportunities. Sunday 2nd April Hough Mill opens for season Monday 17th April Easter at the Mill – including our popular Easter Egg Hunt Sunday 14th May Coleorton Railway guided walk 2pm – National Forest Walking Festival Wednesday 17th May Ancient Coal Mines to New Woods guided walk 7pm – National Forest Walking Festival Monday 29th May Take Teddy to the Mill Sunday 25th June Strawberry Fayre Sunday 15th July start of Festival of Archaeology fortnight Sunday 29th July Swannington Open Gardens Sunday 24th September Last Hough Mill summer Sunday opening of year Sunday 3rd December Christmas at the Mill

Volunteer Opportunities Archives Group - Mondays 9th and 23rd January, 6th and 20th February, 6th and 20th March - 7pm Swannington Village Hall. Scan and catalogue the Swannington archive. Trustees - We would like to strengthen the management committee with more charity trustees to help guide the exciting activities and developments within Swannington Heritage Trust. History Researchers and Interviewers - There is a huge amount of exciting history to research and record, whether by searching the internet or interviewing people. To find out more about these opportunities email chairman@swannington-heritage.co.uk or telephone 01530 222 833.

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A WALK IN THE FOREST

Ennstone Trail and

Moira Furn nace A walk of around 45 to 60 mins, nearly all good firm m paths and taking in the En nnstone and Ashby Woulds Heritage Trails, Moira Furnace H and d partt of the Ashby Canal. This T is a greatt family walk with plenty of inte w eresting sights, s including the Lime Kilns, K Moira Furnace and the Bath Yard Basin and th B he lock that leads down tto it. If you wish to stop for refreshments en route you u can choose from either the National Forest Youth Hostel or The Hub cafĂŠ at Moira Furnace. To reach the start of the walk leave Ashby by Kilwardby Street and proceed straight on to Moira. Keep straight through Moira and follow the road round a sharp riigh ht bend before turning right after Via Devana to park at Conkers Waterside entrance. Posttcode is DE12 6BA.

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of path by a pool where the Ennstone Trail finishes. Turn left, again following the Ashby Woulds Trail towards Measham. Carry straight on along the e Heritage Trail, passing by the Youtth Hostel on your right and then crosssing 2 road bridges. After the second ro oad bridge look out fo or a brown signpost on your left which po p oints towards Mo oira Furnace and Ashby C Caanal. Turn left to follow the sign down the ste eps. TTurn right at the bottom of th he steps, go throu ugh the gateway g (3), and then n tu urn im mme ediately left up a wide driveway. Follow the drive d past p a cottage on n your left and a then through h a metal g gate. Take the right fork aafter the gate tow wards the Lime L Kilns (4) an nd follow the path either way around the edge of the e kilns to go up and join th he towpath of the Ashby Caanal.

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WHAT’S ON AT THE PALACE...

January INDOOR CAR BOOT SALE SUNDAY 15TH JAN

9AM TILL MIDDAY

Pick up a bargain! For More details or to book a stall call Kirk on 07901 380412 or Lisa on 07506 255522 and via face book page: ibstockcarboot. January car boot dates: 15th and 29th.

FAMILY PANTO ‘PETER PAN’ JAN 28TH  FEB 4TH

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)

PALACE BINGO FRIDAY 27TH JAN

FILM NIGHT ‘Hell or High Water’ (R)

A great social night out! Doors at 7.30pm. Eyes Down at 8.00pm

FRIDAY 20TH JAN

COMING SOON CRICKET EQUIPMENT ‘GIVE AWAY’

Doors and licensed bar open at 7.00pm Film Starts at 7.30pm Tickets: £5.00/£4.00 Texas brothers, Toby (Chris Pine), and Tanner (Ben Foster), come together after years apart to rob branches of the bank who are threatening to foreclose on their family land. For them, the hold-ups are just part of a last-ditch scheme to take back a future that seemed to have been stolen from under them. Justice seems to be theirs, until they find themselves on the radar of Texas

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7PM FOR 7.30PM Ranger, Marcus (Jeff Bridges) looking for one last grand pursuit on the eve of his retirement, and his half-Comanche partner, Alberto (Gil Birmingham). As the brothers plot a final bank heist to complete their scheme, and with the Rangers on their heels, a showdown looms at the crossroads where the values of the old and new ‘West’ murderously collide. 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.

FRIDAY 10TH JAN Between 7PM & 8.30PM Cricket Equipment ‘Give-away’. FREE cricket equipment (all used, but in good condition) Come along and help yourself, your club or organisation to pads, bats, gloves (various sizes), caps and bags etc. Between 7pm and 8.30 pm. For more details tel: 01530 262400.

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. Email:enquiries@thepalaceibstock.co.uk Visit www.thepalaceibstock.co.uk

The Palace wishes all of our volunteers and patrons a Happy Year


Regular Bookings Monday

Mosaic Disability Services - 9.30am - 3.30pm.

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Fitness Pilates class – 7.45pm – 8.45pm.

Thursday

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.

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

Contact Michelle Scott-Worthington on (07887) 678367.

Tuesday

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

Bubbles Playgroup – 10.30am – 12 Noon.

Richard Page on 01530 812201 or 07792 840948, e.mail: richard.page44@outlook.com for details

NEW CLASS – Seated Exercise – 1.30pm – 2.30pm.

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

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: survival@youngpathfinders.com

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.

Wednesday

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: rosemarydebney@gmail.com

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.

Hodgetts on (01530) 260672.

‘Weightwatchers’ class – 7pm – 8pm. Contact Jo Wyld on 07877 281831 or e.mail jwyld@weight-watchers.co.uk

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 office@rochelle-dance.com

Monthly Bingo

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.

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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IN YOUR GARDEN

Fighting the

Frosts

With frost, rain and perhaps even some snow, at this time of year our gardens can be in for quite a battering. Although most of your garden plants are probably fairly frost resistant, what can you do to minimise the damage to those which are not so hardy? It’s time to get outside and take some precautions. Plants in containers are particularly vulnerable to freezing or frosting, and thin-walled containers pose the greatest threat. Where possible, plunge your pots by digging a hole in the soil and placing the plant in its pot into the hole. If it is too heavy to move then wrap it well in several layers of bubble wrap, polythene or old curtains, using lengths of hessian to create a more appealing outermost layer if the container is in a very prominent position. If very harsh weather is forecast or a spell of mild weather has promoted some soft, new growth, drape a double layer of horticultural fleece over the top growth of the plants and anchor it well. Alternatively, consider Easy Fleece Jackets: they come in three sizes and have a draw-string and toggle so that you can easily insert the plant and then secure it – find out more on my website www.pippagreenwood.com/products/protectyour-crops. A double fleece layer can be used on plants in beds and borders too, or to protect slightly tender wall shrubs. Much larger plants can be protected with a home-made ‘cage’ – wrap a framework of four stakes or sturdy canes with netting or chicken wire, then fill the central space around the plant with dry bracken, straw or leaves. Evergreens in containers and in open ground may suffer from drought as well as foliage or stem growth, so continue to water these, especially if they are in a sheltered spot or the weather has been dry. A deep mulch applied to the soil or 42

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Growing tunnels, frames and cloches will, between them, help to provide a barrier from the weather.

By Pippa Greenwood www.pippagreenwood.com compost surface before the ground freezes will help to keep water available. Although most fruit trees - like apples and pears, cherries and plums - are hardy, they are also prone to damage. The main risk is to newly opened blossom, though the buds themselves may be damaged too, with late frosts being the most harmful. If you are planting new fruit plants, it really pays to buy from a specialist nursery and to get late-flowering varieties, as they are less likely to be flowering when there is still a risk of frost. Finally, use fleece to cover any seeds already sown out of doors. A double layer of well-anchored fleece or a fleece-covered pull-out EasyTunnel is quick and easy to install, and will help to provide protection and that bit of extra warmth for germinating seeds and seedlings. If you are planning on sowing any early varieties of crops such as broad beans or lettuce, then I’d also suggest that you cover the soil before you sow. A layer of well-anchored polythene will keep off excess rain and allow a little warmth to build up, so when you sow the seeds they won’t suffer from excess sogginess and won’t get such a cold shock.


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ASHBY MUSEUM NEWS

Think of a museum as a Human place Despite all the glass-encased objects, despite the fancy signage, it is people who make museums. These people are as eager to tell their stories as you are to hear them. Be an active museum-goer, visit with a deliberate purpose and intention. Do you want to know more about the Edwardian lady parachutist, Dolly Shepherd, read about the First World War Victoria Cross hero, Philip Bent or learn about Ashby’s history as a Spa Town? Decide to find out. Check out our new-look website for information. We’d love to share the stories with you. Our Museum collects, preserves, researches and exhibits but the average visitor only takes advantage of the exhibits. If you could spare a couple of hours a fortnight, do get in touch with us about how you can help to keep our museum in the forefront of Ashby’s life.

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Call us on 01530 560 090 or come and see us in person, preferably on a Monday or Wednesday morning. We are delighted to welcome Mary Lumsd den, who joined us recently, as a new voluntteer. The current Christmas exhibition had been very well received and will stay in place until midJanuary when it will be followed by an exhibition of Ashby in the 20th century, highlighting the years 1917 and 1967 (100 and 50 years ago). We do mount temporary exhibitions roughly every two months, covering a range of topics. The Museum is grateful for another Shire Grant from our County Council. This has enabled us to update our I.T. equipment, facilitating the smooth running of our archives department.

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OUT AND ABOUT

Ashby

Probus

Many people find retirement to be more challenging than expected because so much of their social life was associated with their working environment and career. Retirement advice often suggests that we develop hobbies or do charitable work. Whilst that is sound counsel, many men miss the social interaction of likeminded business and professional colleagues and Probus helps to fill that gap. Ashby Probus, a club for retired men, has monthly lunch meetings at The Beeches pub in Ashby which includes talks given by members on any subject they wish or, alternatively, they may ask a friend or colleague to give a talk on their behalf. The subjects are varied and very wide ranging but always of great interest and have recently included the art of thatching, the early development of cable television and the good, the bad and the bizarre business practices in the hotel industry. Regular visits are also arranged, some of which include member’s partners, and have recently included a guided tour of Taylor’s Heritage Bell Foundry, the Jaguar car assembly line, the DHL Distribution Hub, a Gypsum Mine, the Derby City sewage treatment plant, a boat trip on the Trent and Mersey Canal and a theatre trip to

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see Phantom of the Opera. In addition ladies lunches take place throughout the year. The club is not a fundraising charity and the primary objective is to provide a challenging social environment for recently retired men from business and professional backgrounds to make new friends and enjoy themselves. Time commitment is minimal with a monthly meeting and one optional social outing but each member is positively encouraged to take an active role in the running of the club where possible. This year’s president, Alan Ball, who has been a member for 11 years speaks highly of the many excellent friends in the area that he has made as a result of joining Probus. Why not go along and see for yourself? The club promises to make you very welcome and for the modest cost of a pub lunch there is little to lose and much to be gained. If you’d like to know more contact the Probus club secretary Frank Bedford on 01530 467183 or by email to frank.bedford@ntlworld.com


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