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ISSUE 147 OCTOBER 2017

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

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Welcome to October’s issue. We are now well and truly into Autumn and all the fun that comes with it; finding conkers, kicking fallen leaves and of course Halloween. As always there are loads of events happening in and around Ashby this month (see our What’s On pages and Community Board) but on pages 12 and 13 we also have our pick of local Halloween family fun including spooky walks in the woods, carving pumpkins or even broomstick training!

For this month’s spotlight charity we turn to Warning Zone – a Leicestershire charity working with children across the East Midlands to keep them safe. Find out more on page 30 to find out more about the extraordinary work they do.

What’s Around is an independent publication. No part of this publication may be reproduced without the prior permission of the editor. The use of this magazine for canvassing or direct marketing is strictly prohibited. Information is included on the What’s On and Community Board pages subject to space being available. Whilst every care has been taken to ensure that the data in this publication is accurate, What’s Around cannot be held responsible for any errors or omissions or endorse companies, products or services appearing in this magazine. Can we please add - All adverts are published in good faith using information supplied by each company, on the understanding that relevant permissions have been obtained.

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Contents 6

Body Matters

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This Month’s Competition

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Whats on for Families

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A Walk in the Forest

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Health & Fitness Advice

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Quiz

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Interior Design Tips

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Community Board

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The 1620’s House & Garden

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Recipe of the Month

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On the Beat

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Puzzle Page

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Swannington Heritage Trust

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What’s On

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Spotlight on Warning Zone

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Just 4 Fun

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Book Reviews

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Ibstock & Barlestone Surgery News 34 In Your Garden

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Beauty Tips

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Ashby Museum News

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Puzzle Solutions

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Business Directory

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What’s On at the Palace

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Divorce

Family Home

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Pensions

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BODY MATTERS

Don’t be S.A.D.

Autumn approaches and as the dark nights begin to close in those that suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD, will notice a gradual return of their symptoms.

SAD is a form of depression, winter depression to be more specific. The symptoms of SAD are the same as depression. Clients report a low mood along with a general reluctance to take part in activities, an increase in appetite and difficulty with getting up in the morning. SAD has a real physiological basis. Due to the lack of daylight in winter, changes occur in the level of production of the hormones melatonin and serotonin and there are also changes to the internal body clock. So, what can you do if you suffer from SAD, or if you simply wish to feel better during the dark winter months? Stay active if at all possible; a walk during daylight hours can dramatically improve your mood. Try to reduce stress, take up a new hobby

to keep your mind active. Light therapy can also help to regulate your hormones and therefore your mood. If you are having difficulty with coping with SAD, or if you feel that there may be other issues that you would like to discuss, then please call me: Marion McGeough (Dip Hyp CS/dip PC) on 07551 846 468 or, to book an appointment, call Pro Physio on 01530 588 557. Providing Reiki, Psychotherapy, Hypnotherapy & Counselling Services.

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There are many ways to celebrate Bonfire Night from a few sparklers in the back garden to a small local display and then there’s the UK’s Biggest 360 Fireworks Display. With 55,000 fireworks – your night is guaranteed to go with a bang! On Saturday 4th November at Cattows Farm in Heather the fun begins from 2.30pm and continues through to 9.00pm. It’s definitely a family event with fairground rides and the chance to meet your children’s favourite characters. However, there’s also plenty for the grown ups with food stalls, a fully licensed bar and a live bands stage. All this before the fireworks begin at 7.30pm.

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WHAT’S ON FOR FAMILIES

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Conkers Annual Ghostly Encounter If you and the family are feeling extra brave then why not try Conkers Annual Ghostly encounter at the Waterside Centre? For four evenings from Saturday 28th October to Tuesday 31st October you can take on the h ghostly ghouls, witches and trollss in the haunted woods. You can also ttake a trip on the runaway train, boogie aat the Ugly Bugs Disco and even watch a Halloween film special in the 4D cin nema. See www.visitconkers.com for full details.

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Eare promising hair-raising fun witth a whole host of events in their Halloween Spoo oktacular tacular from 20th to 29th October. This includes a tractor ride to the Pumpkin Patch to pick your own, learning how to terrify your friends at Scare School, broomstick training, haunted houses, tracking down the Mummies hidden in the Mini Maize, spooky stories and of course, pumpkin carving. Find out more info and book online at www.adventurefarm.co.uk

is on Thursday 26th October from 11am to 3.30pm. Families can go along to the gardens (a garden ticket will be required), where they can buy a pumpkin from the display, or bring their own pumpkin. The children can then carve their pumpkins choosing from lots of spooky designs and with plenty of volunteers around to help. They can then add their pumpkin to the display or take it home. The tunnels will also be decked out with spooky pumpkins – are you brave enough to venture in?

Copper Leaf Craft Café Copper Leaf Craft Café in Ashby are running an all-inclusive “Family Craft & Cafe “ special offer of just £20 for an hour’s crafting which will include Halloween “make n takes” such as Scratch Art pumpkin fridge magnets from Monday 23rd to Saturday 29th October. Booking is essential. You also get a 10% discount if you show your copy of their What’s Around advert. See their Facebook page for details. 12

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Melbourne Animal Farm Melbourne Animal Farm are hosting their Halloween Spooktacular on Friday 27th October between 3pm and 5pm. Join them for a spooky walk through the woods and visit the little haunted house. Fancy dress is optional but much more fun! Then enjoy pumpkin carving. This is a ticket only event. Tickets cost £12 per child. Call 07869 111 058 to book.

Cattows Farm If Halloween is all about pumpkins in your house then look no further than Cattows Farm in Heather is the place to pick your own pumpkin. They have one of the largest pumpkin patches in the Midlands with over 10,000 to choose from so you’re sure to find the perfect one. See www.pick-your-own.pumpkins.co.uk for more info and opening times.

Swadlincote Ski & Snowboard Centre Swadlincote Ski & Snowboard Centre are celebrating Halloween on Friday 27th October with a kids disco from 6pm to 8.30pm. There will be fun with lots of dancing, sweets and party games including Bingo Boo and the Mummy Game. There will also be prizes for the best Fancy Dress. Tickets cost £5 per child and £1 per adult and includes a free punch and Halloween biscuit. Spaces are limited so it’s best to book in advance. Call 01283 217 200. Our What’s On page at www.whatsaround.co.uk has details of local events and ideas for many more family days out. Upload details of your events at http://www.whatsaround.co.uk/submit-event.php And follow us on Facebook and Twitter to keep up to date with all that’s happening locally. What’s Around cannot be held responsible for any errors or omissions or endorse companies, products or services appearing in the magazine. We always recommend that you check with the event organiser before your visit.

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A WALK IN THE FOREST

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Th he perfect spot for a day ou ut - this walk takes around an our and a half but you could ho easily extend that to a whole day out. Bradgate Park has a pretty stream, deer roaming p frree, picnic spots and some great landmarks - perfect for g a family half term outing and with the car park costing just £3 for the day it won’t break the bank either.r The park is a popular spot so expect it to be busy, especially at weekends. Dogs e must be kept on lead in the he lower sections of the park and you may encounterr deer at any point in the park. If you want refreshments there are tea m rooms by the car park, in the village la and also close to the ruins. Our walk starts from the Newtown Linford entrance to Bradgate Park, which is about 20 minutes drive from Ashby in the Leicester direction. The postcode for Sat Nav users is LE6 0HB.

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Don’t leave the car park by the main gate, instead turn t lleft ft and d follow follll the fence around for about 100 yds to a smaller, wooden gate (1). Pass through this gate te and then another one immediately after it. Take e the stoney path, marked as a horse track, and follow it through l a gap in the wall after which it splits. s. Keep left and continue on the horse track as it goes around the outer edge of the park with the pa park wall visible off to your left. After a while you will see a gate in the wall leading out of the park off to yourr left and, at the same

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time, on your right there is a hill with a coppice on top continue on the horse e track and soon you will be able to see the Yeomanry War Memorial (2) on the he top of the next hill on your right. When h you can see it bear a right and walk steeply t y uphill to reach the memorial (take aany track you like, there arre a few). After viewing the memorial continue in the e same direction, going down the e hill and through a small gap in a stone wall (3). Follow the e short path through trees and a one archwayy and then climb the slope to reach sto c Old d John (4) w where e you can enjoy some wonderful vie ewss.

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Stiill continuing ui in roughly the same direction, of take the wide d grassy path down the far side o he hill after Old John then, as you come to the th h ocks on yo your right near the bottom, bear right ro g onto a track which will quickly join a hard path. a Almost ass soon as you join this path you need to A bear off it onto a smaller grass track which bea right o ic clearly leads ad around the left of a large coppice in the distance. n In the bottom of the dip you will pass a National ot Forest Way Wa marker post - follow the arrow and n pass the coppice p with the stone wall on your right. ht You should n now be able to see the ruins of Bradgate g House (5) ahead of you. Pass by a wide gap p in a stone wall w and then, on reaching the ruins, turn right aalong the main tarmac ma drive that runs through o the park. As you follow the drive back to l the h car park (about ¾ mile) the pretty River Lin runs off to your left and you may well see deer grazing either on the banks..

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INTERIOR DESIGN TIPS When it comes to choosing colours for paint, many of us would go for a lighter colour as we fear dark coloured walls or ceilings would make the room look darker and feel smaller. This has always been an uncomfortable topic for most people - even the professionals! What if there were actual beneficial reasons for you to paint the walls or ceilings in the darker shades; i.e. to make a room with taller ceilings feel lower, or to make larger areas feel more cosy….would you then consider darker shades to get the desired effect? There are many things which can be hidden in the dark as they become less noticeable or invisible to the human eye, this is why many theatre backdrops and ceilings use dark shades, even black, to conceal the chaos of messy cables and equipment! So, in this issue, we will focus on the benefits and reasons for painting ceilings and walls in darker shades to balance the proportion and amount of light exposure in our living spaces. • Emphasis of paneling or feature trims • To make a ceiling look lower

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Interior tips with FABCO in-store designer Eddie Ong • To make a ceiling look taller by painting it the same dark colour as the walls • To add drama • To conceal ‘messy’ cables or unattractive walls • To echo other elements in the room, or to add your own ‘cool’ style! We hope this feature has given you food for thought, and that you’ll look at darker colours in a whole new light!

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THE 1620s HOUSE AND GARDEN

October at the 1620s House and Garden at Donington le Heath As we move into Autumn and into our closed season, we are starting to slow the pace down after a very busy and successful Summer, with our last open day being October 1st. However we will still be opening the site for a series of very special events running up to Christmas, so do keep an eye out for these. Our October events are as follows:

Sat 30th Sept and Sun 1st Oct 10.30am to 4.30pm

The Sealed Knot Society move into the house and gardens for the weekend, bringing the site to life with costume, games, food demonstrations, music and dance. Tea room open. Usual house admission plus a £2 additional charge per person, or just £2 if you already have a 12 month admission ticket. Under 3’s are FREE.

Saturday 28th October – 3.30pm to 5.00pm

We open the doors to our barn tea rooms and garden for a children’s Halloween event. Come in fancy dress, if you wish, for crafts and activities and a spooky walk in the garden. Ticketed event. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Sun 5th Nov – 11am to 3.30pm

Our ever popular ‘Gunpowder Plot’ event, exploring the story of the famous plot to blow up King James I and parliament. The story unfolds in a series of short plays and re-enactors will explain the properties of gunpowder and will fire a cannon too! A video of their last appearance on our website gives a great flavour of the event. Tea rooms open. Usual house admission plus a £2 additional charge per person, or just £2 if you already have a 12 month admission ticket. Under 3’s are FREE. Meanwhile, as well as this year’s Christmas events, we have started planning our 2018 season, which will include some new events plus some favourites from this year, so if you missed our Bear Hunt or Teddy’s Picnic we will see you then.

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If someone is injured or killed by a knife while you are present you too could be prosecuted.

What is Leicestershire Police doing to tackle knife crime? We’ve launched our “Lives Not Knives” campaign to drive home the message of the devastating consequences knife crime can have and what could happen if you are caught carrying a weapon.

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Setting aside the damage inflicted by a knife on a life, the potential legal consequences for those who carry, and use a knife in acts of violence, are severe. For simply carrying a knife in a public place the maximum penalty if convicted is four years in prison. For offences when a knife is used on another person or in the commission of a crime, the punishments become even more life-changing.

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SWANNINGTON HERITAGE TRUST A Chance To Make A Difference

Have you ever felt that you would like to make a tangible difference to your community? Well that’s what our Land Management Volunteers do on Wednesday and Friday mornings.

Facilitating Walkers’ Access

Walking is one of the most popular leisure activities in the UK. About 13,500 people walk through our woodlands each year. We frequently receive feedback from walkers that using our sites is so enjoyable because the paths are well maintained.

Nurturing Woodlands Walk

Left to their own devicces woodlands rapidly become inaccessible. Our volunteers prune trees and shrubs, fell dead trees, cut back brambles and control bracken. We also rejuvenate the gorse bushes in the Gorse Field, split and transplant snowdrops, create log piles for insects and maintain ponds as wildlife havens.

Heritage Conservation

What makes us different to wildlife conservation groups is that we also have a heritage conservation role. Projects include painting coal mine wheels, conserving a 19th century winding engine, repairing a horse gin and looking after the remnants of former coal mine and railway buildings.

Comradeship

Perhaps the most important element of our team is that our volunteers enjoy working together, swapping tales during the coffee break and sharing a joke. We are fortunate to have great volunteers, but work opportunities always exceeds our capacity. A few more helpers would make a big difference, so come along and see what we do.

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SPOTLIGHT ON...

Warning Zone This month’s local spotlight charity is one with a difference focusing on supporting children within Leicestershire and the prevention of accidents and injuries. You may not have heard of Warning Zone but here’s all you need to know…. First launched in October 2006, Warning Zone is an exciting, interactive centre in the East Midlands offering schools and other organisations in our society a high quality, high impact “Learning for Life” resource covering Road, Fire, Water, Internet, Building Site and Railway Safety. To date, over 40,000 children have benefitted from the Warning Zone Experience. Each year in England & Wales, around 300 children under 15 die from accidental injury, 120,000 need extensive treatment for injuries and approx. 10,000 suffer a permanent disability (Child Accident Prevention Trust). Additionally the involvement of young people in anti-social behaviour and offending also continues to cause concern in all our communities. The primary aim of Warning Zone is to support the social and personal development of children (and other vulnerable groups) through the teaching of vital life skills. This is a positive step towards the prevention of avoidable injury and death, additionally, at 10 years of age, children are beginning to make decisions that not only affect their safety but their actions can also affect the lives of other people. Our young visitors learn that they are responsible for their actions under criminal law and can be arrested for unlawful behaviour and acquire a criminal record. Two years ago Warning Zone successfully launched their new E-safety zone which again follows the principal of interactive learning. It has been designed as a retro fairground and delivers serious protection messages again in a fun and interactive way. Here they discuss important aspects of Internet Safety Including Online Grooming, Phishing, Cyber Bullying, Risks when Sharing Images, the protection of Personal Information and the Safe Use of Social Media and Gaming Sites. They also talk to the children about having a Trusted Adult. In the last academic year they had almost 10,000

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children book in for a full days visit with their Primary Schools. Warning Zone continue to branch out into new areas and are now planning to take a new Online Project on the road to visit colleges and deliver to Year 9 students. It will continue the Warning Zone approach of delivering powerful messages in surprising and atmospheric ways. Warning Zone is a Charity and can only run with the help of their large team of Volunteer Guides, who guide small groups of children around our interactive zones. There are many benefits to Volunteering at Warning Zone: CV enhancer/work experience/flexible guiding slots/meet and socialise with new people/a rewarding and fulfilling interest – for all ages. If you would like to know more about Volunteering at Warning Zone please contact them at: enquiries@ warningzone.org.uk or call 0116 2629 739.

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Launch day – Wednesday 1st November at 11am. All welcome to come along and help start our community garden. Tea and cake provided for volunteers! Do as much or as little as you can.

I wrote about a gardening club some months ago and we are now ready to start the garden. We have had a very simple garden designed for us which has the potential to grow (excuse the pun!). We are going to start by planting some fruit trees and a few raised beds with vegetables (and maybe some flowers). Once these become established the fruit and vegetables will be given away to the community. Once we get up and running we would like to add to the garden and hope that volunteers will help take it forward in whatever direction they would like. This might be flowers, vegetables, shrubs, a sensory garden – or perhaps all of these or even something completely different, we’re very flexible. We are planning to get some benches and tables so that people can sit and enjoy the garden too.

We hope this will turn into a garden for the whole community to enjoy. On launch day: We are going to be planting our first fruit trees and raised beds. Do as much as you are able, it doesn’t matter. Meet new people and make new friends. Have some tea and cake with us. The doctors and some of the staff will be helping over lunch time. Please bring your own equipment as we don’t have any of our own yet. If you’d like to come and join in please let our Reception know on 01530 263467. We’ll be going ahead come rain or shine!

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Grab a tree for free 2017 in the National Forest and beyond

Could you help brighten up your garden, street and district by planting a free tree this year? North West Leicestershire District Council is once again working in partnership with the National Forest Company and HK Wentworth to off ffer f the Free Tree Scheme in an eff ffort f to make our district even greener. Residents of North West Leicestershire can choose two trees from four varieties and can also apply to the “Hedge Fund” to order up to 30 metres of hedging.

Holly (ilex aquifolium)

The common holly grows as a shrub or tree and has bright red berries and shiny leaves. The leaves are spiny and have a waxy texture. Holly is evergreen and will grow almost anywhere, including in difficult conditions such as waterlogged or chalky ground. In autumn, leaves turn a rich red colour.

Cherry Plum (prunus cerasifera)

Masses of pure white flowers smother the branches in early March before the leaves appear. This is followed in autumn by tasty red or yellow, spherical cherry plums that grown on mature plants. The cherry plum is a popular ornamental tree for garden and landscaping use.

Hazel (corylus avellana)

One of the smallest native tree species, hazel grows more like a shrub than a tree, only reaching approximately 20 feet in height when mature. Its leaves are comparatively large and round with a distinctive point. The leaves are slightly hairy to the touch and have a wrinkled appearance when fully out.

Whitebeam (sorbus aria)

Is a medium-sized deciduous tree, rather upright when young, with dark green leaves, white-felted beneath, and clusters of white flowers in spring, followed by red berries in early autumn.

The Hedge Fund this year is Hawthorn and Hazel mix with a Whitebeam at 10 metre intervals Hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna)

A fast growing, deciduous hedging plant. It heralds the arrival of spring, has an abundant and spectacular display of white scented blossom and it develops glossy red haws in autumn. It grows to 15 metres but it can be trimmed after flowering or in the autumn to keep it smaller.

You can order online at www.nwleics.gov.uk/freetreescheme2017. The deadline for applications is 27 October. Trees will be available for collection on Sunday 19 November 2017.

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IN YOUR GARDEN

Community garden Locally there are several garden projects involving volunteers and charities. At the top of Market Street the Rotary Club of Ashby de la Zouch are making a splendid job of refurbishing a patch of garden. They have made gravel and terraced framework for plants. On the opposite side just across from the Rotary project, the ladies of the WI have been maintaining the planting areas by the seating. However, let me tell you about a bigger scale project that our local Ibstock neighbours have been working on. The Ibstock Community Garden was set up in 2011. Land was restored which had been derelict for over 20 years. A new productive garden was made where people of all ages could come and grow food together. The main growing space was cleverly set out in a concentric circle design with 48 plots of various sizes. Groups or individuals could take on a free plot to grow food or herbs for themselves or the community. Presently there are 4 plots available for any willing volunteers. The garden has an outer ring of espalier pear trees neatly tied and pruned which produced a bumper autumn harvest. There is an apple orchard too and of course a large composting area. There is a blue painted cart which is used as a raised planting bed that

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By local garden designer, Francesca Sinclair For bespoke contemporary and traditional garden design www.francescasinclair.co.uk – 07901 547 360 is accessible for wheelchair users. Surprisingly there is an amusing duo of old rowing boats which have been cleverly utilised as feature planting beds too. The poly tunnel, for the growing and over wintering of tender plants, has been recently refurbished. In the heart of a busy residential and working centre, there is now a quiet oasis which requires continued support and use. Community tea and cake sales together with the opportunity to buy the local grown produce puts funds back in to the garden. As an extension of this community garden the most recent scheme has been the under 5’s play area. Here Ibstock in Bloom planted impressive perennial and grass beds and the students of the Community College made a large piece of outside art, proudly displayed on the wall. Ibstock has a third community space which is earmarked as an outdoor recreation place for older children. It will hopefully be developed when local council funds and details are decided. More information is available at www.e-voice.org.uk/ ibstock-garden All community gardens are an illustration of local individuals who work hard to support these projects with other bodies such as charities schools and councils. See this month’s Ibstock Surgery News for details of their efforts.

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ASHBY MUSEUM NEWS

October Museum News The Museum is looking for groups or individuals to mount temporary exhibitions in the Loudoun Gallery next year. Normally these last for two months and can be on any topic. We would be delighted to hear from anyone interested. In the past we have had good displays from the Scouts and Guides, church groups, a local photographer and the hockey club. The Museum has just acquired equipment capable of digitising glass plate negatives and acetate negatives, up to maximum 10” x 8” in size (approx. 24.5 x 20.3cm). Our Archival Department is happy for you to bring in any glass plate negatives or acetate negatives you may have which refer to Ashby’s history and could be of interest to the town and its people. We would then scan them and give you a digital copy. In return we will retain a copy for our archives. Who knows what hidden gems may lurk in your attic or at the back of a drawer. There will be a Kids’ Club on Saturday 7th October. If you require more information please follow us on social media.

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Friends of Ashby Museum Thanks to all who attended the Tollgate Brewery talk. We have our FOAM Annual General Meeting at 10 a.m. on October 21st at the museum. This is not just for members but also members of the public who have an interest in the museum. If you are interested in what FOAM does to help the museum, or you are interested in joining us, then please do come along.


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WHAT’S ON AT THE PALACE...

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A SPECIAL FILM NIGHT PRESENTED BY THE BRITISH SILENT FILM FESTIVAL ON TOUR FRI OCT 13TH

This is a unique opportunity in North West Leicestershire to see Alfred Hitchcock’s film ‘BLACKMAIL’. Made on the cusp between silent and sound cinema, this example shows how cinema in the late 1920’s adapted to the revolutionary new technology. ‘Blackmail’ was Britain’s first full length ‘talkie’, which started life as a silent film, but Hitchcock saw the potential of sound and used it, with his trademark brilliance, in this tale of a young woman who is the victim of blackmail. Door/Bar opens at 7.00pm. Introduction and film starts at 7.30pm. Pay on the door: £3.00.

LIVE BAND NIGHT@THE PALACE SAT OCT 14

FILM NIGHT - The Promise (PG13) FRIDAY 20TH OCTOBER Doors and licensed bar open at 7.00pm Film Starts at 7.30pm Tickets: £5.00/£4.00 Brilliant medical student Michael meets a beautiful dance instructor in late 1914. Their shared Armenian heritage sparks an attraction that explodes into a romantic rivalry between Michael and Ana’s boyfriend, an American photojournalist who’s dedicated to

exposing the truth. As the Ottoman Empire crumbles into war-torn chaos, their conflicting passions must be deferred as they join forces to get themselves and their people to safety. 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.

Doors/bar open at 7.00pm. Concert starts at 7.30pm. Advance tickets from usual outlets or telephone Leicestershire Co-op Band directly on 07935 263988. Tickets may be purchased on the door, subject to availability. Tickets: £8.00, and children free. Raffle and refreshments.

PALACE SOCIAL DANCE SAT OCT 21ST

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

HALLOWEEN BINGO FRI OCT 27TH

A great social night out! Doors at 7.30pm. Eyes Down for a full (haunted) house at 8.00pm! Licensed bar & refreshments. Everyone welcome.

OUR‘HALLOWEEN’THEMED COMMUNITY MORNING SAT OCT 28TH

A MURDER MYSTERY EVENING; ‘WHO KILLED THE DIRECTOR?’

10am – 12 noon. Our usual community morning but with a SPOOKY twist – bring your little horrors along and they can make their own ‘MONSTROUS MASKS’ to take home with them or help paint our ‘SCARY SKELETONS’ to decorate the Palace for tonight’s ‘SCARY SKITTLES NIGHT’. Special ‘GHOULISH’ GOODY BAGS for all the children taking part. Also a variety of market stalls selling locally produced goods, including delicious home made cakes. Light refreshments available.

When Ralph Valentine, the director of ‘the Powder Keg Players’ (an amateur drama group), is stabbed onstage, a number of the cast and crew are suspected of murder. Inspector Angood unearths a whole array of intrigue and malice in a bid to solve the crime and the audience have the opportunity to do the same! Door/Bar open at 7.00pm. Performance starts at 7.30pm. Tickets: £5.00.

With FISH AND CHIP SUPPER INCLUDED. 7.30 pm start. A Halloween themed skittles night! Fancy dress optional, but prizes for the best costumes, so why not get into the ‘spirit’ of the evening! Special extra Halloween games and prizes to keep the little ones & young at heart entertained. Tickets: £7.00 Adults and £4.00 under 16’s.

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SCARY SKITTLES’ NIGHT!! SAT OCT 28TH

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Regular Bookings Monday

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

Fitness Pilates class – 7.45pm-8.45pm.

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.

Thursday

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

Healthy Hearts low impact physical training 9.30am-10.20am.

Bubbles Playgroup – 10.30am-12 Noon.

Contact Michelle Scott-Worthington on (07887) 678367.

Tuesday

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

Seated Exercise – 1.30pm-2.30pm.

Suitable for GP refererral patients. Contact Michelle Scott-Worthington on (07887) 678367.

50+ Fitness Pilates – 10.30am-11.30am.

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.

Friday

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

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

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

Tai Chi 10am – 11am.

Contact Michael Cashmore on (07714) 215216.

Monthly Bingo

NOW MONTHLY ON A FRIDAY - October’s Palace bingo on Friday 27th October. 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. 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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Italian football team Juventus started wearing black and white striped shirts in 1903 after being sent some from England from a fan of which English football team? Which event in history led to the summer of 1847 being labelled Black Forty Seven?

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Which 1952 book by E.B. White was named the Best Children’s Book of the 20th century by Time magazine? In the first published edition of a famous 1964 book, who were described as a tribe of black pygmies who had been imported from “the very deepest and darkest part of the African jungle where no white man had been before”? Which monarch’s profile was featured on the Penny Black, the world’s first adhesive postage stamp used in a public postal system?

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With a name that translates to mean “white house”, what is the largest city in Morocco? Which of the following was a character in the film Reservoir Dogs?... Mr Black or Mr White? Born in 1932, which American singer was nicknamed “the man in black”? Which lake is the source of the White Nile, the longest branch of the River Nile?

10. If there are 88 keys in total on a standard modern grand piano, how many of these are black?

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A Grand Night For Singing ng g Nottingham Bluecoat Singers make a welcome return with an entertaining evening full of the music you love lightly sprinkled with their particular brand of humour. The event will be raising money to help pay for a new hearing and sound system for Holy Trinity Church, Normanton le Heath. The concert will be held at Packington Memorial Hall, starting at 7.30 pm. Doors will be open from 7.00pm. Don’t forget to buy your raffle tickets on the night. Tickets are available by emailing nia.sutton@live.co.uk or calling 07544 249 168.

Coffee Morning In support of local charity Hospice Hope on Wednesday 25th October at New Lount Bowling Club, Gelsmoor from 10am to 1pm. Entrance is £3 and includes free coffee/tea and a slice of cake. Lots of stalls to peruse. Contact Jane Hagreen at info@ hospicehope.org.uk or call 07935 800 658 for more information.

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Coalville Rotary Club’s Quilt and Craft show will take place on Saturday 4th November from 11am to 4pm at St David’s Hall, Broom Ley s Road, Coalville. The show will include a quilt competition and display, craft stalls and refreshments. Entry costs £2. All pro ceeds will go to a local charity. To enter the competition or have a stall contact Helen Stamp on hstamp57@hotmail. com or call 0771 421 3405.

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in enough boiling water from a kettle to reach halfway up the sides of the basins. 4. Bake for 1 hour, until the puddings have risen and are firm to the touch, and a skewer inserted through the foil of one of the puddings comes out clean. Turn out and serve with custard or cream.


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Thursday 5th October Funhouse Comedy Club

at the Lyric Rooms, an evening of comedy with Daliso Chaponda, Ian D Montfort, Mark Simmons, Matt Stellingwerf. Compere: Spikey Mike. Doors open 7.30pm. 8.15pm start unless otherwise stated. Food available 7.30pm to 8pm. For more information call 01530 415 039 or 0115 952 5050. Info www. funhousecomedy.co.uk

Friday 6th October Ladies Shopping and Pamper Night

7.30pm to 10pm at Rothley Primary School. Tickets £6.00 and include glass of fizz on arrival and yummy canapes. A fabulous range of beauty and pamper treatments - nails, hair do’s, massages, facials, reflexology and much more! All in exchange for a donation to Alex’s Wish. Plenty of stalls. Bar open all evening. Contact zoe@alexswish.co.uk for details.

Sunday 8th October Netherseal Village Garage Sale

This annual event will be held at up to 40 garages throughout the village and tables at Newlands house. The cost will be £7 per garage or table. 10am to 1pm. Food and drinks will be available at the village hall. For more details

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Tuesday 10th October Ticknall Garden Club

Nick Hamilton, of Barnsdale Gardens, (and son of the late Geoff Hamilton of Gardeners World fame), comes to present a talk on ‘Perfect Perennials’. 7.30pm at Ticknall Village Hall. Members £5/ Visitors £8 (includes refreshments). For details call Sally on 01283 214 784 or see www.ticknallgardenclub. org

Thursday 12th October LOROS Bridal Event

LOROS is giving brides-to-be the chance to pick up their perfect wedding dress at a bargain price, with hundreds of brand new and pre-loved gowns all priced under £200. For one night only from 4pm to 7pm, the store at 24a Market Street in Ashby will be transformed into a beautiful wedding showroom. Entry free.

Thursday 12th October Tips from the Toolbox

Preparing your garden for winter James, our local horticulturist and gardener, demonstrates how to prune your shrubs and trees ready for winter, followed by an open Q&A session. The Toolbox will have

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a variety of garden related products for sale on the evening. Meet at Suzy Q’s café (formally the Larder) next door to the Toolbox. 6pm to 7pm. Admission is free. Refreshments are available. For more information please call 01530 560 128.

Friday 13th October Beauty and the Beast (PG)

The 2017 adaptation of this classic fairy tale about a monstrous-looking prince and a young woman who fall in love. Packington Memorial Hall. 7pm for 7.30pm start. Adults £4 / children £2. Tea and coffee served from 7pm.

Saturday 14th October Kerry Godliman: Stick or Twist

Kerry Godliman is back on tour. Her straight talking brand of quick wit and bewilderment will be covering more of life’s anomalies. Why is there a Buddha at the garden centre? Why collect her children’s teeth? And even though she can’t stand aubergines, why is it her favourite emoji? 8pm at Century Theatre, Coalville. Tickets: £15.00, £12.00 concessions - available from the Box Office on 01530 278 or online at www.centurytheatre.co.uk

Saturday 14th October Venture Jazz Club


‘Andrew Hall’s Memories of New Orleans’. A jazz band with pedigree - Andrew lived and performed in New Orleans for many years! Tickets cost £10 available from Ashby Tourist Office Tel. 01530411767. Show starts at 8pm at Venture Theatre, Ashby.

Saturday 14th October Wild Food and Bushcraft

Head to beautiful Thornton Reservoir to hone your bushcraft skills and learn about what to eat (and not to eat!) in the wild. You will be foraging and cooking food on an open fire from 10am to 3pm. Tickets cost £30 (£20 for Stepping Stone area residents). Call Clive Forty on 0116 271 0178 or email c.forty@tcv.org.uk

Monday 16th October Anne Boleyn: A King’s Obsession

A talk by renowned author; Alison Weir about the history behind the fiction. The talk will take place in the Tithe Barn at Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre. The bar and doors will open at 6.30pm. Alison will talk at 7.00 pm for approx. 45 mins, there will then be an opportunity for questions, followed by

book sales and signings. Early booking is recommended – tickets are available at www. bosworthbattlefield.org.uk or by calling 01455 290 429.

Tuesday 17th October Thringstone WI

The speaker for the October meeting will be Ian Retson who will be talking about wildlife and woodlands. Thringstone WI meet on the 3rd Tuesday of every month at 7.30pm at the Methodist Church Hall, Thringstone. Visitors are always welcome. A charge of £5.00 to include refreshments and a raffle ticket is made. For more information please email thringstonewi@gmail.com

Thursday 19th October The Sence Valley Supper Club

Enjoy fine food and good company. The club welcomes new members, old friends and acquaintances alike to its monthly culinary evenings. October’s event is at Image (Turkish + Mediterranean), Coalville, LE67 3ED. 7pm start with the meal at 7.30pm. Using shared transport where possible. For further information, please contact Jane Boyce – 07967

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Friday 20th October Wildlife in the Garden

Jenny Harris of Leicestershire & Rutland Wildlife Trust explains what wildlife might be in your garden and how you can improve it the benefit of all. 7:30pm at Ashby Methodist Chapel, Burton Rd, Ashby. Entry £3.

Friday 20th October Baroque Theatre Company Presents: The Three Musketeers A rip roaring, fast paced, swashbuckling show ideal for families (ages 5+). Inventive stagecraft, witty dialogue and with colourful characters from the novel. There will be action and romance galore in this specially commissioned production. 2.30pm at Century Theatre, Coalville. Adults £10, under 16s £8, Family Ticket, 2 adults, 2 under 16s £32.00. Book tickets now at www. centurytheatre.co.uk or call 01530 278 444.

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BOOK REVIEWS

Autumn Entertainment From new releases to true classics, there’s plenty to keep you entertained from our choice of books this month.

How to Stop Time Matt Haig Tom Hazard looks like he’s 40, but he’s been alive for centuries. People notice when you age so slowly, so Tom has to change his identity every eight years – a new name, new job, new friends. Falling in love isn’t an option and it’s best not to get too attached to anyone, as they’ll only die. But Tom craves an ordinary life. Beautifully written, this book is begging to be devoured in one sitting. Home Fire Kamila Shamsie After years of raising her younger siblings, Isma is free to live her own life and to start a career in America. Back in the UK, her sister, Aneeka, is struggling in a society that sees her hijab as a threat. Enter Eamonn, the son of a well-known London politician, who will have a lasting effect on both women. This reimagining of Sophocles’ Antigone covers some pretty big issues, from religion, politics and extremism to love and family ties. However, Shamsie’s skilful writing means the themes never suffocate the story. A powerful book. Entrepreneurial You Dorie Clark If you’re fed up of the daily grind and fancy setting up on your own, this book might prove a good starting point. The tagline is a good indication of the content – ‘Monetize Your Expertise, Create Multiple Income Streams, and Thrive’. Clark offers advice on choosing what to do, building your brand and finding people to buy from you. There are plenty of case studies to be inspired by and, unlike many other business books, it’s not too heavy a read.

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Extracted Trilogy RR Haywood Harry Madden died after blowing up a German base in WW2. Safa Patel saved the prime minister, before being killed by terrorists. Ben Ryder was hit by a train while trying to stop armed men blowing up an underground station. Now these three heroes find themselves ‘extracted’ from their untimely deaths, by a man with a time-machine who wants them to save the world. A thoroughly enjoyable read, with a tightly-written plot, great characters and plenty of action. The Break Marian Keyes Bestselling author Marian Keyes’ latest book centres around forty-something Amy, whose husband Hugh has decided he wants a break. It’s not that he doesn’t love her; he just wants some time for himself. Six months’ worth of time in fact. But if he’s on a break, then surely Amy deserves a bit of freedom too? An amusing, easy read for curling up with on a cold winter’s evening. The Handmaid’s Tale Margaret Atwood Now a critically acclaimed TV series, The Handmaid’s Tale was first published in 1985. The US government has been overthrown by a fundamentalist Christian organisation, which strips women of their rights. Birth rates have plummeted and, as one of the few fertile women left, June is forced to become a handmaid to a powerful commander, Fred. Renamed Offred, her sole purpose is to bear her master’s children. Gripping.


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BEAUTY TIPS

Breast Cancer Awareness

Breast cancer is the most common cancer for women in the UK. Thankfully, it’s also one of the most treatable, with 87% of women now surviving for at least five years after diagnosis. The earlier you catch it, the more treatable it is. So put down this magazine and cop a feel! It’s best to check your breasts and armpits regularly for any changes. You’re not just looking for lumps – other symptoms include discharge, pain and a change in appearance, such as dimpled skin. Most changes turn out to be nothing, but do book yourself in for a check-up if you find anything, just to be sure.

And now on to the fun stuff… From mugs to mints, there are loads of charity products out for Breast Cancer Awareness Month this year. Do read the pack to see how much is being donated though, as in some cases it’s less than 5%. Neal’s Yard Remedies is donating £1 for every Organic Roll on Deodorant (£8) bought in October. Rich in skin-loving essential oils and natural ingredients, the deodorants are very refreshing, smell divine and protect from odour for up to 24 hours. Donations are going to The Haven, a national charity offering support to people affected by breast cancer. Elemis is a long-term supporter of breast cancer charities. This year the beauty brand has released a limited edition Pro-Collagen Marine Cream. The cream has won numerous awards and has been clinically proven to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and leave skin feeling firmer. It’s one of Elemis’s bestselling products – one Pro-Collagen Marine Cream is sold every nine seconds! The limited edition jar is being sold for £99. While the price seems steep, the normal 100ml jar is £140, so you’ll save £41, as well as helping to support Breast Cancer Care. Elemis has pledged to donate £25,000 from sales. 58

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Check all parts of your breast, your armpits and up to your collarbone for changes.

A change in size or shape

Redness or a rash on the skin and/or around the nipple

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Constant pain in your breast or your armpit

In the market for some new hair styling products? Heated styling company ghd has raised more than £10 million for breast cancer charities over the last 13 years. This year they’ve launched the ghd Pink Blush Collection. The range includes a limited edition Platinum Styler (£165), Air Hairdryer (£99) and Paddle Brush (£20), with £2 to £10 being donated to Breast Cancer Now from each sale. Estée Lauder has been supporting breast cancer charities for several years, raising more than $65 million globally. Several of the Estee Lauder companies are releasing limited edition products in support of breast cancer research this year, including Bobbi Brown. The Pink Peony Illuminating Bronzing Powder Set includes a flattering pink cheek powder and a mini face brush. The set costs £35, with 20% of the sale price going to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Jo Malone London is donating £5 from the sale of every Red Roses 100ml Cologne (£88) sold throughout the month of October. Beloved by celebs such as Sophie Dahl, Red Roses is inspired by seven different roses and has notes of violet, citrus and honey. It’s a lovely fresh fragrance and really conjures up images of summer evenings in the garden.

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