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More Leicestershire homes and businesses gearing up to reach the high-speed broadband fast lane
A £9.2 million contract to expand high-speed broadband to even more rural communities across Leicestershire was signed on Friday 13th March.
The partnership between Leicestershire County Council and BT will see more than 10,000 extra homes and businesses get access to fibre broadband technology as part of the Government's Superfast Extension Programme.
The latest multi-million pound Superfast Leicestershire contract, signed at Prestwold Hall, Loughborough, includes £3.45m from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), £2.3m from BT, £2m from the Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership (LLEP) as part of its Local Growth Deal and £1.45m from the county council. More »
Pam Posnett, Leicestershire County Council's cabinet member for rural broadband, said: "This contract builds on the success of our current rollout and will enable us to drive broadband speeds up across rural Leicestershire.
"This is an exciting project that is continuing at pace, connecting more communities and businesses together thanks to the internet."
Steve Henderson, BT's regional director for next generation access, said, "The Superfast Leicestershire partnership has already made fibre broadband available to tens of thousands of homes and businesses across the county. This has transformed the way people use the internet, the services that local businesses are able to provide, and the way that everyone can learn online. We're delighted to have been selected by the council to work with them to extend that reach even further in the coming years."
Areas of the county expected to benefit from the contract extension and get access to fibre for the first time include Frisby on the Wreake, Eastwell, Seagrave, Shawell, Lockington, Congerstone, and Orton-on-the-Hill, as well as additional parts of South Wigston, Stoney, Stanton, Blaby, Ullesthorpe and Burton on the Wolds.
A revised interactive map is now available on the Superfast Leicestershire website that shows the full expected coverage across the county. The first properties to benefit from this latest phase are expected to go live towards the end of 2016, with the rollout expected to be completed by the end of 2018.
More than 25,000 premises already have access to superfast broadband thanks to the first Superfast Leicestershire contract signed between Leicestershire County Council and BT in 2013. As part of this work, 124 green roadside fibre cabinets have already been installed and more than 270kms of fibre cable laid.
Digital Economy Minister Ed Vaizey said: "Today's announcement marks the next step in the transformation of the digital landscape of Leicestershire. We want as many people as possible to enjoy the benefits of superfast broadband, and this new £9.2 million investment will help us reach another 10,000 local homes and businesses. By 2017, 95% of the UK will be able to access superfast speeds and I congratulate Superfast Leicestershire for the remarkable progress they have made already in helping us deliver this."
We're booking our holidays this week - brush up YOUR holiday phrases with a Leicestershire Adult Learning Service 6 week beginners language course:
French @ Coalville – 25th Feb
Greek @ Mkt Harborough – 24th Feb
Italian @ Coalville – 27th Feb
Italian @ Groby – 24th Feb
Italian @ Loughborough – 25th Feb
Spanish @ Coalville – 24th Feb
Spanish @ Enderby Brockington – 26th Feb
Spanish @ Hinckley JCC – 25th Feb
Spanish @ Thurmaston Roundhill – 25th Feb More »
Explore the county on a local parish walk
If you feel like strolling around an historic town or rambling through the woods, exploring on foot is a great way to relax, discover new places and keep active. Most people in the county live within 500 meters of a footpath, meaning many sights and attractions are only a short distance away.
You can now see all local parish walks on our new website.
The Harborough District Sport & Physical Activity Team are currently trying to develop the scheme and create more pathways to provide more residents living in Harborough the opportunity to access the Exercise Referral Scheme. Furthermore, trying to make GP's/Practitioners around Harborough more aware of the scheme so we can use the programme as a way of improving the Health & Wellbeing of our communities.
Exercise Referral is a countywide scheme whereby patients will get referred from their GP's/Practitioners to undertake a 12 or 16 week exercise programme at one of our leisure centres or outreach classes located in the Harborough District. More »
The scheme is 12-weeks and allows participants to:
- Get a special rate
- Take part in exercise at a convenient venue in the local community.
- Exercise Under the guidance of qualified exercise professionals.
The 12-week programme offers clients ongoing encouragement and support to make the first steps in becoming more active on a regular basis.
Activity options include gym-based, health walks and community exercise classes and are based at different locations/times across the district for ease of access.
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A call has gone out to honour Leicestershire people and places in the second round of Leicestershire County Council's Green Plaque Awards scheme.
Nominations are now open for the scheme at http://www.leics.gov.uk/greenplaques with a closing date of Friday 23rd January when a dozen of the county's most famous people and buildings will be shortlisted by a panel of judges, before votes are sought for the top six from the general public.
The scheme has had a successful first year with the public nominating and voting for the local people and places they wanted to see honoured with an Award. More »
The first six recipients included writer and comedian Graham Chapman from Melton, Burbage's Dambuster pilot Geoffrey Rice, social reformer Charles Booth from Thringstone, teacher/missionary Alice Young from Enderby, Kibworth Harcourt's First World War hero James Lochhead Jack and The John Taylor Bellfoundry in Loughborough.
Details of the scheme so far, photos of the events in honour of the six finalists from 2014 and the criteria we use to evaluate nominations are all available at http://www.leics.gov.uk/greenplaques. » Less
January 2015 - what better time to embrace new learning opportunities for your future wellbeing and prosperity?
If your New Year's resolution is to boost your job prospects, pursue a new interest, learn IT skills, improve your health and wellbeing or to brush up on English and Maths for FREE, now's the time to get back into learning!
The GoLearn spring 2015 course programme offers you an inspiring range of learning opportunities. Choose from part-time day, evening and weekend courses at venues across Leicestershire with huge discounts available for learners on certain benefits, or courses may even be FREE! More »
There are a variety of enjoyable courses where you can learn useful new skills that will positively impact on your life. With 100s of inspirational part-time courses to choose from - some leading to a recognised qualification - discover the many ways you can improve your health and wellbeing during 2015!
• Over spent at Christmas? Learn how to get to grip with your finances
• Low self-esteem? Discover how to improve your confidence
• Need a creative outlet? Express yourself on a cookery, art, writing or pottery class
• Over indulged during the festive season? Improve your health and fitness with Pilates, ballet or yoga
• Is music the soundtrack of your life? Sing for your wellbeing or learn to play the guitar
• Inspired by fabric and textiles? Need to update your wardrobe? Master the art of sewing and stitch crafts
• Lacking confidence with computers or your new Tablet? Learn the basics and more!
Find your ideal course and enrol now! Download a course brochure or search and enrol online at www.leics.gov.uk/GoLearn, call 0800 988 0308 or pick up a copy from any Leicestershire Libraries or Adult Learning Enrolment centre. » Less
Help celebrate young people's achievements in your community by sending in your nomination for the Lord-Lieutenant's Award for Young People 2015. The Lord-Lieutenant's Award for Young People 2015 aims to identify, celebrate and reward the very best examples of achievement by young people in Leicester and Leicestershire.
The award is open to 13 to 19 year olds, and individuals can be nominated by other young people, their school, parent / carer, or any other agency or individual.
The categories for 2015 are: More »
- Young Braveheart
- Young Volunteer
- Young Sportsperson
- Young Artist
Plus over the coming four years there will be a special category dedicated to commemorating the centenary of the First World War. This year we are looking for a Young Poet to help commemorate the Centenary of the First World War through poetry.
The closing date for entries for the 2015 awards is 31 January 2015.
Why not sign up NOW for a GoLearn! adult learning course?
Our New Year courses are booking up fast so don't miss out by leaving it too late.
There's something for everyone, with classes to gain skills and qualifications to help with work, as well as leisure and interest subjects running in local centres and libraries. Our English and Maths classes are FREE and are at a range of levels from beginners up to Level 2. Why not try out a new language, learn the basics or gain a qualification in computing, learn to paint or make jewellery in one of the range of arts courses, or maybe improve your fitness by joining a yoga or pilates class? More »
We also offer courses for adults who do not yet feel confident or ready to come to a more general course to learn in supportive, safe groups in other locations.
Many courses are FREE for learners in receipt of certain benefits and there's even extra support for learners who are on low incomes, so please ask at enrolment.
The Skills for Jobs programme will assist those over 19 with FREE courses to help with skills, qualifications and practical help to get back into work and then progress onto additional learning when the time is right.
There's no better time to embrace new learning opportunities for your future wellbeing and prosperity!
Download our New Year course brochure
Enrol online www.leics.gov.uk/golearn
Call 0116 3050820 or FREEphone 0800 988 0308 » Less
Make the most of the extended Park & Ride services throughout December.
Offering a fast, frequent and hassle-free service, the Leicestershire Park & Ride gets you from Meynell's Gorse, Enderby or Birstall to the city centre every 12 - 15 minutes.
As well as Monday to Saturday 7am to 7pm, the Park & Ride service will also be running every Sunday in December*, giving passengers more time for Christmas shopping whilst avoiding the trauma of traffic and the perils of parking.
It doesn't stop there, wanting to grab a bargain in the sales? The Park & Ride will also be running on Boxing Day. More »
Leicestershire County Council has adopted a Carbon Reduction Strategy for Leicestershire; the intention of this strategy is for Leicestershire to contribute its share of meeting the Government's legally binding target of a 34% reduction from 1990 levels by 2020
One of the four priorities of this strategy is to support and develop small-scale community-owned renewable energy and energy efficiency projects. Community energy projects have a number of benefits including being able to generate income for communities and community groups. More »
To develop our approach to providing appropriate support we would like to identify the level of interest Leicestershire communities have in participating in community energy projects.
For more information on community energy and to read some practical case studies click here.
To complete the Community Energy Survey which should take no longer than 10 minutes click here.
Please note the survey closes on 20th December 2014. » Less
Superfast Leicestershire and the Chamber of Commerce are providing a range of business support services for Leicestershire as part of our broadband project.
Free events and demonstrations are currently being held throughout the county to help local businesses understand the benefits of using new and exciting digital technologies. Through the workshops and events that Superfast Leicestershire and the Chamber of Commerce ebusiness club are hosting, businesses across Leicestershire will be able to understand the fundamental changes that are necessary to keep on top of technological advances. The Superfast Leicestershire business support service pages are full of information on how to get the most from your business click here More »
The specialist advisors leading on the workshops will demonstrate how increased internet upload and download speed can lead to commercial innovation, increased business growth and better productivity. The programme of events includes 12 two-hour events and demonstrations, 24 full-day action planning e-business workshops enabling you to put knowledge into practise and finally the prestigious one day expo that is expected to be held next year. There are a number of topics that the events cover including Search Engine Optimisation basics, online marketing for local businesses, blogging for business and much more.
Parents of children who will be four years old before 1st September 2015 and starting school for the first time or transferring from an infant to junior school need to apply for a place before the 15th January 2015.
If parents apply late - even if they live next door to the school - their child is unlikely to get a place at their local school if all available places have been filled.
You can apply for your child's place online at: www.leics.gov.uk/admissions. For general enquiries about the admissions process please call the Customer Service Centre on 0116 305 6684 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. More »
Online applicants will receive an email acknowledging receipt and be able to view the decision online on 16th April 2015. » Less
Volunteers spend an hour a week sharing tea and a chat with older people who would otherwise be lonely. Befriending Week is an opportunity to thank them for the difference that they make to people in Harborough District in the towns and the villages.
If you are over 65, live alone and would like someone to visit you at home please ring 01858 439263 and talk to Jenny.
If you want to make a real difference volunteering for just one hour a week, please get in touch by phone or email email@example.com or call in to VASL at the Settling Rooms in Sainsbury's car park. More »
More info at vasl.org.uk/our-projects/befriending-service » Less
There is always an increase in calls relating to anti-social behaviour on Halloween and we want to encourage trick or treaters to respect people's wishes and not to knock on doors where they are not welcome.
A campaign to reduce the number of complaints about Halloween related anti-social behaviour has been launched by the Leicestershire Anti-social Behaviour Delivery Group
Double sided posters are being distributed with two messages:
- Residents who want trick or treaters can display the message: 'Trick or Treaters Welcome Here,'
- Those who don't, can display the other side that says: 'No Thanks Trick or Treaters.'
Posters are available from police stations, in libraries, council offices and community centres for collection. Or you can download it from www.leics.gov.uk/halloween or from the police website. More »
Many young people in Leicestershire will be knocking on doors in the spirit of Halloween and, if done in the right manner, this isn't anti-social behaviour but can be fun.
We'd encourage parents to accompany young children and take time to talk to their older children about responsible trick or treating and to find out what their plans are for Halloween and where they are going to be."
We are asking residents to be tolerant of young people who are trick or treating but we are here to support residents who experience genuine problems. If you are affected by anti-social behaviour please call Leicestershire Police on 101* or Crimestoppers, which is free** and anonymous, on 0800 555 111.
- Calls to 101 cost 15p for the entire call from both mobile phones and land lines.
- Please note some mobile phone service providers may charge for this call. » Less
Journey through the ages
(In conjunction with LOROS and The Fleet Auction Group)
Live music from Jersey Budd and Rihanna Tribute Act.
Choreographed fireworks, bonfire, fairground rides and food, Free museum entry including the Battle Dress Exhibition.
Saturday 1st November 5pm*
Tickets: Advance £5, Gate £7, Under 3s free
Family of 4 (2+2) £18 Pre-booking only
*The only vehicles allowed on site will be vehicles with disabled parking permits (which must be prebooked over the phone when purchasing tickets) and their last entrance is at 6.15pm. More »
Shared Lives not only offers people entering into a Shared Lives arrangement the chance to be part of a family, but also to be part of the wider community. Shared Lives also supports people with learning disabilities, mental health conditions and older people to live more fulfilling and independent lives.
Find out more about Leicestershire's Shared Lives Service and their carers at an event on 15 October 2014, 10am - 3pm at Glenfield Sports Pavilion, Gynsill Lane, Glenfield LE7 7AG.
This event is open to service users, families, health and social care professionals, care organisations, shared lives carers and anyone who may be interested in using shared lives services or becoming a carer. There will be a number of exhibitors promoting healthy lifestyles as well as Memory Plus. Why not come along and speak to existing shared lives carers and members of the Shared Lives team to find out more about the range of services our carers can offer? These include: More »
- Family-based alternatives to residential care and day centres
- Longer term placements, short breaks and day services from their own homes
- Support for older people and adults with learning disabilities, mental health conditions, physical disabilities and dementia
Leicestershire's Shared Lives Service want to recruit more skilled and experienced carers, so if you are interested in becoming a Shared Lives carer come and talk to us on 15 October or visit our website www.leics.gov.uk/sharedlives, call us on 0116 305 3964 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. » Less
Parents of children who transfer schools next year are reminded that 31 October 2014 is the closing date to apply for secondary school places.
Remember that moving to the next school is not automatic and parents need to apply for a place before the 31 October 2014 closing date.
The transfer process is the same for all community, voluntary controlled, voluntary aided, academy, foundation, trust, faith, free or studio schools.
If parents apply late - even if they live next door to the school - their child is unlikely to get a place. More »
1. Burglars are less likely to target a home that looks occupied. Use a timer to switch lights on when you're away.
2. Close your curtains and blinds so burglars can't see your valuables through your windows.
3. Lock your sheds and outbuildings – and an outside light can blow the cover of darkness for a would-be thief.
4. Install a burglar alarm – the box on the front of your house will act as a visible deterrent, but you should also set the alarm for when you're away.
5. Carry out a general security check. It takes no more than two minutes to lock your windows and doors.
Did you know that by simply entering your postcode on the Neighbourhood Watch website, www.ourwatch.org.uk you can find out what crimes have been reported and the outcome?
You can also find out if there is a Neighbourhood watch scheme near you, and how to set one up if there isn't!
THERE IS NO CHARGE AT ALL TO JOIN NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH IN LEICESTER, LEICESTERSHIRE & RUTLAND
The iconic Neighbourhood Watch window sticker has been given a new 'meerkat' twist as the famous characters use their cheeky charm to help attract a wider audience.
Members both new and old are able to obtain a special edition Neighbourhood Watch window sticker by emailing Marion Lewis OBE at email@example.com providing your name, address and required number of stickers.