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ISSUE 142 MAY 2017

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




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We are well and truly heading towards Summer as the number of local festivals coming up shows. We have a fantastic competition to win free weekend camping tickets to Derbyshire’s Sausage and Cider Festival and details of Ashby’s Food & Drink Festival at the end of the month. If the thought of your summer holidays and switching to your summer wardrobe has you worried then turn to page 18 for Mark from MP Personal Training’s advice on how to get fit and healthy. Alternatively, try out this month’s local walk down at New Lount Nature Reserve. Or if you prefer to work up a sweat while working on the garden turn to page 10 for Francesca Sinclair’s tips on the gardening jobs COPY that need tackling in May.

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Contents In Your Garden


WIN free Festival tickets


The 1620’s House & Gardens


Health & Fitness Advice


Ibstock Surgery News


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What’s On at the Palace 26 & 27 Money Matters


Spotlight on Charity Link


Puzzle Page


Swannington Heritage Trust


Legal Tips


Community Board


Ashby Museum News


Recipe of the Month


A Walk in the Forest


Puzzle Solutions


Business Directory


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Tree work

The branch system of a tree is known as the crown. Knowing this little fact can help you accurately explain the work you want carried out to a tree. Tree thinning reduces the density of the branches. Thinning the crown of a tree reduces the amount of foliage and lets more light into the canopy of the tree. Often crossing or rubbing branches, which can cause weakness, are removed to ensure long term health. Crown lifting refers to removing the lower branches to increase the clearance from the crown and the ground. Lifting the crown can make it easier to maintain the ground around a tree, or cut the grass for example. A crown reduction generally means changes to the overall size and shape of the tree. Reductions are usually around the outer part to maintain a balanced shape, this rarely means cutting through the main stem. A partial crown reduction may be

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By Francesca Sinclair useful to prevent branches touching roofs or the guttering of buildings. The terms above are useful for describing the tree work you want to carry out when applying to the Local Authority for permission. If you have a tree which has a Tree Preservation Order on it, or you are in a Conservation area, you have to apply for permission to do any tree work or to remove a tree. Note that if your trees are in a Conservation Area, you have to give notice for tree works if the trunk of the tree is more than 75mm when measured 1.5meters from the ground. Terms such as ‘’lop’’, ‘’trim ‘’ or ‘’cut back’’ are not sufficiently descriptive. As well as using the correct terminology such as crown thinning, it is usually necessary to give an indication of how much thinning is required by specifying a percentage, such as ‘no more than 30%’. If you are planning tree work then you will have to download an application form from the Local Authority and they will have 6 weeks to object to your proposals. This means that trees with amenity value and the local environment can be protected. Local tree surgeons and some garden designers can deal with applications for such work if you daunted by the prospect. If you are not sure if there is a Tree Preservation Order (TPO) then you can check with the Local Planning Department, as indeed you can also confirm whether the tree is in a Conservation Area. Happy gardening!

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For a whole weekend of music and summer family fun look no further than this year’s Sausage and Cider Music Festival at Catton Hall in Walton on Trent. Whatever your musical tastes you’re guaranteed to be entertained with tributes to Queen, Taylor Swift, Michael Jackson, Take That, Tom Jones and many more. Food and drinks stalls offering up the required sausages and cider plus free kids entertainment mean all the family will be happy. See for details of the full line up, prices & tickets. One lucky person could WIN two adult weekend camping tickets to this year’s Sausage & Cider Festival worth £80. To be in with a chance of winning

simply mail us at: Competition, Whats Around, Castle House, South Street, Ashby de la Zouch, LE65 1BR or email us at: competition@ with the subject line ‘Sausage & Cider Festival Competition’ and your contact details. To be in with a chance of winning simply mail us at: Competition, Whats Around, Castle House, South Street, Ashby de la Zouch, LE65 1BR or email us at: competition@ with the subject line‘Sausage & Cider Festival Competition’and your contact details.


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THE 1620’S HOUSE AND GARDEN May has long been associated with country dancing and merriment at the start of Spring, along with the blossoming of trees and the emergence of garden plants. The 1620s House and Garden will be welcoming two dance groups during the month. The Jerusalem Jammers will be bringing their may pole and inviting visitors to join in with the dancing on the afternoon of Sunday May 21st, while the Way of the Wyrd team, will be bringing their brand of Border Morris, with sticks and face paint, to the house on Saturday 27th.

Normal entry fee will apply to these events. The gardens will be in early bloom, with the new vegetable patch springing into life, along with the herb garden, orchard and working flower beds, which have just been replanted. We welcome back Plant Hunter Fairs for our now traditional biannual plant fair on May 6th 10.30am – 4.30pm. Admission to the fair and the tea room is £1, but admission to the gardens, house with costumed crafters, tea room and the plant fair, including a 12 month free return ticket for nonevent days, is £5.95 adult, £5.00 concession and £3.50 children. Children under 3 and accompanied carers have free entry. The next fair is on August 6th. Visit the website for more information on our May activities, including short presentations by our house interpreters. We look forward to welcoming you to the site. See or call 01455 290429 for more details


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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. Fa Fabco’s ‘Sealy Studio’ has many of Sealy’s top models on display for you to try out.There’s also Luxury British Handmade beds from Relyon and Somnus and many more at their Ashby showroom. Once you walk through the 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 ‘no-hassle’ policy in force and reassuringly no high pressure sales. The delivery of your bed is easy peasy too: their Premier Delivery service includes, assembly of your new bed and removal of the packaging, for recycling or re-use. Why not visit FABCO Ashby’s biggest bed showroom and try all the latest bed and mattress collections for yourself? They are open 7-days a week and are located next to Aldi, opposite Pets at Home and Wickes.


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fit and healthy for your summer holiday!

Now is the time of the year to get ready for that summer holiday you have planned and saved so hard for! Going to warmer climes means that your body will be more exposed and you want to look good!

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So, what is the best way to get that summer body? What action do you need to take?

7. Keep your core muscles strong. Have a go at the plank, holding it for 30 seconds then building up to 2-3 minutes.

1. Embark on an exercise regime but start gradually, maybe twice a week. Include a mixture of cardio, core, strength and endurance (weights) in a circuit format. 2. Get your mindset into positive and determined mode. Think about how much you want it and just do it. 3. Visualise yourself looking good on your holiday. This will strengthen your resolve and help you to attract the results you want. 4. Think about how and what you eat. Eat plenty of fruit and veg. Avoid junk food. 5. Eat little and often. This will help you avoid overloading your body.


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8. Go easy on the alcohol this will keep your mind positive and stop your body from feeling sluggish. 9. Get plenty of sleep as this will keep your energy levels feeling good. It is all down to you, all you have to do is apply yourself. Just do it! Mark Padgett

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Ibstock Surgery News Pharmacist Changes

Sylvia Otter, one of our pharmacists, has decided to retire and so is leaving us shortly. We are sad to see her go and wish her the happiest of retirements. We are in the process of recruiting another pharmacist and will let you know when this happens.

Meningitis Vaccinations for Teenagers

We are inviting a number of young people to come and have a Meningitis vaccination. The government has introduced this vaccination for young people in response to a year-on-year doubling of confirmed cases of a deadly new strain of Meningitis W. If you fall in to the following age groups and have not already had a Meningitis vaccination, please book now. • Young people in school year 13 or whose date of birth is between 01.09.1998 and 31.08.1999

• Young people in their first year of university (if they are 25 or under) if you haven’t already had it • young people in school years 10-12 or with a date of birth between 01.09.99 – 31.08.02 if you missed the vaccination at school. There is more information about Meningitis and the vaccinations on the nhs choices website: www.nhs. uk/conditions/Meningitis/Pages/Introduction.aspx We have texted some patients to let them know they’re eligible but we don’t have mobile numbers for many of these patients. Please let us have your mobile number if you think we may not have it in case we need to let you know about any other health issues or so you can receive appointment reminders. We won’t bombard you with texts!


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SUPPER INCLUDED. 7.45pm start. Tickets: £7.00 Adults and £3.00 under 16’s from Halls Electrical, High Street, Ibstock, Tel: 01530 260460 or The Palace Tel: 01530 262400.



Held at The Palace and will begin at 7.30pm. Open to the general public, but membership is required in order to vote. If you would like to find out more about becoming a member contact Tel: 01530 262400.

FILM NIGHT - ‘La La Land’ (12A) FRIDAY 19TH MAY Doors and licensed bar open at 7.00pm Film Starts at 7.30pm Tickets: £5.00/£4.00

Audacious, retro, funny and heartfelt, La La Land is the latest great feel-good musical for people who don’t like musicals and will put a smile

on the most miserable of faces!. 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.



Il Divo meets Morecambe and Wise! Blending opera, swing, show songs and good clean ‘Carry On’ fun, this unique double act is outrageously brilliant, a little bit silly and a whole lot entertaining. Performance starts at 7.30pm. Tickets: £9 (Full) £7 (concessions), ADVANCED BOOKING HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.



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



COMING SOON Saturday, 3rd June - PELENNA VALLEY WELSH MALE VOICE CHOIR in concert. This world famous Welsh Male Voice Choir make a welcome return visit. Concert starts at 7.30pm. Tickets: £10.00. ADVANCED BOOKING HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. Friday, 9th June - PALACE LINE DANCE with Honky Tonk Cliff. A great social night out with no partner required! Dancing from 7.45 pm. Doors & bar open at 7.00pm. Tickets: In advance £5.00 or £6.00 on the door. 26

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

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

Regular Bookings Monday

Palace Players – 7.30pm-9.45pm.

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

Fitness Pilates class – 7.45pm-8.45pm.

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.

For anyone who is interested in getting involved with any aspect of amateur theatre. Contact the Palace on (01530) 262400 for more details.


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

50+ Fitness Pilates – 10.30am-11.30am.

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

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

Hodgetts on (01530) 260672.

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!

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‘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 - March’s Palace bingo on Friday 31st March. 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. 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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Tips to tackle the

new tax year

Now we are in the new tax year we will see the introduction of the new Residential Nil Rate Band. This a new inheritance allowance for your residential home. The allowance will start at £100,000 and will increase each tax year to 2020/21 when the benefit will be £175,000. They state this benefit will then increase by Consumer Price Index from that point onwards. The objective is to reduce the burden of inheritance tax for most families by making it easier to pass on the family home. As for ISA’s the allowance for savings will increase to £20,000, quite an increase. Also we will see the introduction of the Lifetime ISA. It is a new savings scheme for 18 to 39 year olds to save and buy their first home or for their retirement. It can be either a cash or stocks and shares ISA. You can save up to £4,000 a year in the Lifetime ISA, (still part of the annual ISA allowance). The government will provide a 25% bonus on each year’s savings. But this comes with rules about accessing the money with potential penalties. The government’s view is the Lifetime ISA is either to help you buy a house or save for retirement. The Treasury are continuing to change pension rules. When I talk to clients they still find it quite confusing as to what they can do with their pensions when they come to retire. The points raised are not just about personal pensions, but also about occupational pensions. If you want some initial guidance you have the Pension Advisory Service or Pension Wise. You can find both options by searching online. But remember they offer guidance, not advice. When you want to take action then you may still need to use a financial adviser. The choice on how your take your income in retirement is a very important decision. Why? Well we are statistically living longer. If you want to understand this point more then I suggest you search the statement - “How long will my pension need to last?” – it will show an Office of National


Kevin Cunningham Bleathwood IFA Ltd Statistic website – it states that for a male aged 65 today, the average life expectancy is 86, that person also has a 1 in 10 change of reaching 99 years of age. So your pension income may need to look after you for quite a few years. So your retirement income planning needs some serious thought. And being blunt, expert advice. This is especially the case with occupation pensions, especially if you are considering transferring them. At this time some of the transfer values look really attractive because of the fall in the yields used for calculating pensions. For the vast majority of people, it is not in their interest to transfer because of the inherent guarantees held within these sort of schemes and the benefits which can be passed on to your partners, the decision to transfer should not be taken lightly. It should be an informed decision. You will also need to understand not all financial advisers are qualified to give this advice and it is important you check with them first before acquiring their assistance. Do your research, but seek out expert independent financial advice. The content of this article was put together prior to the March budget based on the comments made in the Autumn Statement, fortunately the facts stated in the Autumn have been retained.

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Lasting Powers of Attorney

The most important document you don’t know about This month we welcome back Felicity, Barrister Intermediary at The Profit Key here in Ashby. Felicity shares some invaluable legal advice on the importance of planning to protect your loved ones when they need it the most. When people think about ‘loss of capacity’ they think of dementia and ageing but loss of capacity simply means being unable to make decisions anymore, which can happen just as easily from an accident or serious illness. As a result, it’s something that should be taken seriously by people of all ages. Lasting Powers of Attorney come in two parts: health and financial. They are documents you register before anything happens so that people you trust can take over making decisions on your behalf immediately. Without this, your loved ones

would have to apply for a Deputyship Order which can take between 9-12 months and cost up to around £2,000. Until it was granted they wouldn’t be able to make any decisions, bank accounts are often frozen (even joint accounts) and a Court Deputy will be in charge. If you have a business it’s especially worth noting that your business account may be frozen and there could be major disruption caused by decisions being unable to be made on your behalf. Contact Felicity and the team at The Profit Key for a free review of your personal or business planning. Simply call 01530 416 555, visit or see their full advert on pages 12 & 13.

PELENNA VALLEy WELSH MALE VOICE CHOIR ‘A Concert of Three Halves! At The Palace, ibstock

On Saturday, 3rd June, the world famous Pelenna Valley Welsh Male Voice Choir is to give a concert at The Palace, High Street, Ibstock. This is a very welcome return visit and will be the 7th concert that the choir have given in Ibstock. The choir was founded in 1980 in the small village of Tonmawr, resulting from a conversation at the local rugby club and have gone from strength to strength. They have appeared on the BBC’s ‘Song’s of Praise’ and have a long association with world renowned mezzo-soprano Katherine Jenkins, who grew up near to their home town. Anyone who has ever been to one of the Pelenna Valley Male Voice Choir’s concerts will know that they are unlike most concerts! For a start, they usually describe their concerts as having 3 halves! One ‘half’ before the interval and one ‘half’ after the interval followed by the third ‘half’ after ‘the concert’. This is an informal, and often impromptu, time of singing around the piano, when the choir take off their jackets and bowties and just sing for the love of singing.

Concert starts at 7.30pm. Tickets: £10.00 from The Palace Tel: 01530 262400 or Halls, High Street, Ibstock, Tel: 01530 260460. Tickets can be purchased ‘on the door’ (subject to availability) Please check with ticket outlets to avoid disappointment.


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Reminiscence Boxes We are delighted to be welcoming back Lesley Hextall for another photographic exhibition – her very first exhibition was staged at the Museum. This time she has entitled her work ‘A Mix of my Favourites: Photographs of Landscape and Nature’.

For the third year running we are playing host, over three days in early May, to 300 pupils from Littleover School, Derby. The days are shared between the Museum, where they will be given a talk on the Civil War and 17th century Ashby as part of the course they are studying, and Ashby Castle. The Museum has a collection of eight Reminiscence Boxes, full of real objects to handle, photographs and pictures, for loan. Each box is themed and, from feedback we have received, they have proved to be very helpful


in care homes, where the contents have provoked remembrances and encouraged conversation. Other organisations, such as clubs and Church groups, have borrowed boxes too.

On Thursday May 11th we are hosting a coffee morning for every volunteer who gives their time, in whatever capacity, to making the Museum such a vibrant asset to the town. The last one, held in November 2016, was very successful with over 40 in attendance. Friends of Ashby Museum On Wednesday May 17th at 2p.m. Martin Vaughan will present an illustrated talk on local wildlife photography. The cost is £3 a head, to include light refreshments. Our talks are always popular so please call the Museum, on 01530 560090, to reserve a place.

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Th his month’s walk is a short raamble around this really pretty area. This was the site of the fo former New Lount Colliery up to 1968 when it was restored with a vvariety of habitats being created including wetlan nd ponds, g dland. Later grassland and wood LLeicestershire County Council p in trails and a car paark. It acquired the site and put has since been managed by the Leics and Rutlland Wildlife Trust and is worth visiting at different tim mes of year as it is home to many different species of birds, plants, mammals and fungi which can be discovered as the seasons change. Reminders of the past are evident and for me this adds to the interest. The paths are well maintained but the wetlands can be muddy in places after wet weather, there is a short road section at the end of the walk. It’s a beautiful spot for a picnic and there are benches and tables place ed around the reserve.



New Lount Nature Re eserve is situated off Melbourne Road in Newbold d Coleorton. There is a small car park which is free off charge but is locked overnight so please checkk closing times. For Sat Nav users, the postcode is LE67 8JH. Facing the signboard in the car park (1) turn to your right and taake the path at the far end which continues in i th he same direction as the track you u drove in on. This leads off thrrough a wooden gate and past a signboard that shows ou the historical map of the yo sitte, giving the locations of the orriginaal colliery workings.


After A a short distance a smaller path p leads off to the left - turn left and follow this path out into a large open area where some of the old locomotive tracks can still be seen (2). Going

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over the tracks, turn right and you will find yourself on a wide path that leads into a pretty section of well established woodland. Passs by a blue horseshoe markker where a bridle path goes off to your right with a footp path leading off shortly afte er it. Continue straight ahead along the wide track keeping the wo ooden fencing on your left. Keep on this paath as it starts to go uphill an nd then curves round to the right to arrive att a set of wooden steps (3) leading up to the wetland ponds that are now well established on we th he e site.


A At th he top of the stteps you turn left onto a wooden wallkwaay thatt bends nd the end of the largest pond, arroun passing a large wooden jetty (4) - a w n a sunny day. After wonderful spot on th he jetty continue to walk straight ahead up an inclin ah ne onto open es grassland dotted with gorse bushe - look out for the raptor nest box housed sed on a tall pole in this area. Keep sttraight ahead, leaving the pond behind d you and cross the open grassland, to reach a wide trackway (5) leaading through an open gateway with a further blue ho orseshoe sign off to the right.


You will soon n arrive at a furth her gateway where the path passess through the sm maller wooden gate to a crossroad ds of tracks. Turn n immediately right and go down th his wide track, past fields and paddocks to reach a set of metal gate es leading out onto the roadside e (6). Going through h the metal footpath gate, turn riight onto the grass verge and walk alongside the road, passsing by some large houses, to arrive back at the entrance to the Nature Resserve that you drove in on. Turn right and follow the driveway back down to the car park. All walks are checked before publication but please be aware that paths may change over time and with the seasons.


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Friday 28th April Music Night

Another fabulous Sir John Moore Music Night, with American Recording Artist John Statz on tour in Europe promoting his brilliant new album, The Fire Sermon. With support from Phantom Horse and popular local songwriter Phil Riley. 7.30pm at Sir John Moore Foundation in Appleby Magna. Tickets cost £8. Contact: Becky Gravener on or 07801 093 597.

Saturday 29th April Urban Bush Women

Ground-breaking ensemble Urban Bush Women present a special mixed bill inspired by jazz greats focusing on the musical life and spiritual journey of John Coltrane. The show starts at 7.30pm and will be held at The Grand Hotel Mercure, Leicester. For tickets (£16) and more info call Renee Van-der-Westhuizen on 0116 257 7316 or email renee@

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evening of comedy with Ian D Montfort, Angela Barnes, Mary Bourke, Jake Baker. Compere: Spiky Mike, doors open at 7.30pm doors. 8.15pm start (food available 7.30pm to 8pm unless otherwise stated). All Shows £10 Advance unless otherwise stated. or call 0115 952 5050 for more information.

Thursday May 4th May Ashby Castle WI

Friday 12th May Kast off Kinks

Former members of the legendary band ‘The Kinks’, back together playing great music and re-living the good times whilst keeping the songs alive that made The Kinks a household name. 7.30pm at The Century Theatre. Tickets cost £17 in advance and £20 on the door. See for more details.

The Workhouse Members of the Workhouse team entertain with tales from the Workhouse in Nottingham. Visitors are most welcome. 2pm to 4pm at the Congregational Church, Ashby. £4 to include tea & cakes. Contact: Fran Williams on or 01530 414 933.

Friday 12th May A Street Cat named Bob (12a)

Saturday 6th May Plant Hunters’ Fair

Saturday 13th May ‘Shine - the lighter side of Concordia’

At Donington Le Heath 1620’s House and Garden, Manor Road, Donington Le Heath, Coalville Leics LE67 2FW, from 10am to 4pm 01455 290 429. Entry to gardens and plant fair only £1.

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Packington Film Club present the tale of how a busker’s life is turned around after he adopts a stray ginger cat. Packington Memorial Hall. 7pm for 7.30 pm start. Adults £4 and children £2. Tea and coffee served from 7pm

A concert by Concordia Choir. Starting 7.30pm at the Holy Trinity Church, Ashby. Tickets available from Kevin on 07736 026 596 or Ashby TIC Office on 01530 411 767.

Saturday 13th May Official Opening of the New Lount Colliery Heritage Trail

wherever possible. Email jane_ for more details or call 07967 489 235.

This unique heritage trail is brought to you by Newbold Heritage Group. The project has been funded by Biffa Award. Additional funding has been donated from LCC, NWLDC, Coleorton and Worthington Parish Councils. The official opening of the heritage trail will take place from 1.30pm and light refreshments of tea, coffee and cakes will be available. From 1.30pm at the New Lount Nature Reserve.

Thursday 18th May Sence Valley Supper Club

The Supper Club welcomes new members, old friends and acquaintances alike to its monthly culinary evenings at various venues around the local area. This meal is booked for 7.30pm at The Basin, in Loughborough, LE11 5BX. Shared transport is used

Saturday 20th May Wildflower & Birdsong Walk

Ben Devine of the Black to Green Project and Wildlife Trust will lead a wildflower and bird song walk around Hicks Lodge. This is a free event but parking charges will apply. 10am at Hicks Lodge, Moira.

Saturday 20th May Spring 2017 Plant Sale

Reasonably priced plants, garden planters, ornaments etc, refreshments available from 10am to 1pm at New Lount Nature Reserve, Newbold Coleorton LE67 8JH. All proceeds go towards buying more tools for the Coleorton & New Lount Volunteer Group. Call 01530 223 456 or visit Facebook. Donations of plants and ornaments gratefully received. Everyone welcome.

Thursday 25th May National Forest Walk

A pleasant 5 mile walk with the Coalville Ramblers, led by Robert Woodward. Starting at The Bulls Head in Greenhall at 7pm. See or call Ruth Middleton on 07872 435 477.

Saturday 29th May – Friday 2nd June Holiday Club - SportScouts

Multi-sport coaching sessions at Grace Dieu Manor School, Thringstone where children aged 5-14 years can play and learn a whole range of different sports. Send your child to a SportScouts Holiday Camp and they will learn lots of new skills, both physical and social, whilst being active and making new friends at the same time. Cost per day £25 from 9am until 3pm. See or contact Lianne O’Connor on 01530 446 604.

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Join the team making strides to help local people in poverty Each month we turn the spotlight on a local charity as we tell you more about the invaluable work they do and how you can become involved and offer support. If you’re looking for a fun yet demanding way to help a local good cause then we have the perfect solution…. Charity Link, a charity which supports people in poverty, hardship or crisis throughout Leicestershire, is looking for individuals and teams of friends, family or work colleagues to join it for its ‘Leicestershire 3 Peaks Challenge’ on Sunday 24th September 2017.

Bawdon Lodge Farm, Nanpanton, and other support around the route. Registration costs £15 and challengers also raise extra funds. Due to the unique way in which Charity Link works, for every £10 raised it can provide £50 worth of essential items – so by taking part you really will be helping to improve the lives of the most vulnerable local people. To find out all the details visit and to register visit

The charity, which has been providing essential items, including food, clothing and beds to local people for over 140 years, has devised a unique 16 mile route which takes in the two highest peaks in Leicestershire - Bardon Hill and Beacon Hill. The third ‘peak’ is that of Old John Tower in Bradgate Park, where the challenge starts and finishes.

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The challenge was launched by the charity in 2016 with 40 challengers taking part. After a successful inaugural event the charity hopes to double the number of participants this year.

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Charity Trustees and Volunteers Needed We are a 100% volunteer organisation with 15,000 people visiting our 10 acres of woodland and mill each year. Our Hough Mill Facebook page has 50,000 views a year and the website figure is even higher. The Archives team have processed hundreds of documents and photos, we publish historical research and run a wide range of events. So it is hardly surprising that we need lots of volunteers and a wide range of skills. We are particularly keen to recruit additional charity trustees, administrators, project leaders, historical researchers and people to help with our publicity. Our Volunteer Information Day is an informal opportunity to see our sites and chat with our existing


volunteers about ways you could help our multi award winning Trust provide an even bettter service to the community Events Sunday 14th May Coleorton Railway and Jessops Tramway guided walk Wednesday 17th May Ancient Coal Mines to New Woodland guided walk Sunday 21st May Take Teddy to the Mill family activity afternoon Sunday 18th June 9th July outdoor exhibition with the theme of Swannington School Sunday 25th June Strawberry Fayre Although our events are free of charge, booking is required to enable us to manage the numbers attending. More details are on our Hough Mill Facebook page and our website.

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The Opera Dudes make a return visit to The Palace, High Street, Ibstock. Two intrepid singing agents; a former Cambridge Scholar and ex-builder, code-names Posh & Bricks. This fearless pair chart their journey through a variety of musical styles. Be prepared, as the Dudes take you on a journey through this unique cocktail of funny stories, sing-alongs and heart-rending music will leave you both shaken and stirred. IL Divo meets Morecambe and Wise! Blending opera, swing, show songs and good clean ‘Carry On’ fun, this unique double act is outrageously brilliant, a little bit silly and a whole lot entertaining.

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Whats Around Magazine May 2017  

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