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Leicestershire Villages website to close
Posted: Mon, 22 Aug 2016 9:55am

We would like to make you aware that the Leicestershire Villages website will be switched off on Thursday 1 September 2016.

Leicestershire County Council decided 2 years ago not to extend the contract for the Leicestershire Villages website when it comes to an end on 31 August 2016.

Since then, we have given village groups and parish councils support and advice on how to move their content and archives onto alternative, free sites before we close this website.

Users of the website are advised to save any information they want to keep. More »

We are sorry for any inconvenience this causes. » Less

Posted: Fri, 29 Jul 2016 4:39pm
Change Your Life and Get into Learning

Are you looking to learn new skills and gain valuable qualifications that could change your life for the better, or improve your confidence and meet new people?

Well the good news is you can get all of these from joining one of our inspiring and affordable adult learning courses.

Our new brochure is out now, and as an added bonus we are offering a 20% discount on your course tuition fees if you enrol before 31 August.

Look out for a brochure dropping through your door over the next two weeks, or call into your local library or adult learning centre to pick one up. More »

Alternatively view and enrol online at www.leicestershire.gov.uk/GoLearn or call us on 0800 988 0308 or 0116 305 0820 » Less

CBT+ 3 hrs motorcycle training for £10
Posted: Tue, 26 Jul 2016 5:10pm

3 hours post CBT training with a DSA accredited motorcycle instructor.

Enhance your riding skills and awareness of everyday hazards incl., speed, road position, junctions, roundabouts, overtaking & hazard spotting along with a riders individual concerns.

Open to anyone in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland who has completed CBT and is still riding on a provisional licence.

On completion each candidate will receive a Certificate and a £35 voucher from Shires Motorcycle Training.

For further information or to reserve a space contact info@shires-motorcycle-training.co.uk or ring: 0116 2518999

Posted: Mon, 20 Jun 2016 6:10pm

Community groups in Leicestershire can cut their carbon emissions and their energy bills. Leicestershire County Council's SHIRE Community Climate Change Grants were launched in October and have received a warm welcome.

Parish and Town councils, charities, community groups and religious organisations can apply for up to £5,000 towards a wide range of community schemes in Leicestershire, including energy efficiency audits, new heating systems, renewable technology and insulation in community buildings such as village halls, community centres and church halls, as well as composting, recycling and food growing projects, surveys, training courses, volunteer days and community events relating to climate change and energy efficiency. More »

Although there is no closing date for applications, funds are limited and must be spent by the end of March 2010.

For further details contact Kate Nightingale (Grants Administrator) on 0116 305 7971 or » Less

Career changers in Leicester lose out by dismissing apprenticeships
Posted: Wed, 25 May 2016 12:40am
  • Majority of people surveyed in Leicester mistakenly believe apprenticeships are just for school leavers
  • Two fifths would not consider an apprenticeship as a route to a new career
  • The survey shows age is a perceived barrier – almost a fifth think they are too old
  • In fact, almost a third of current British Gas apprentices is aged over 30

Discontented workers in Leicester, looking to change careers, could be limiting their options by assuming that apprenticeships are just for school leavers, according to new research released today by British Gas. More »

The independent survey* by British Gas to mark the start of National Apprenticeship Week reveals that 40% of people in Leicester would not even consider an apprenticeship as a route to beginning a new career. Almost a fifth (18%) believe they are too old.

Only 1% of people in the survey thought you could undertake an apprenticeship in your 30s. In fact, almost a third of current British Gas apprentices are over that age.

Whilst the research highlights misconceptions over who can apply for an apprenticeship, it is clear that people recognise the value of this kind of training. Almost a fifth (19%) of people said that if they had their time again they would definitely do an apprenticeship, whilst a further 28% said they would seriously consider it.

Around seven in ten (71%) of those surveyed acknowledged that an apprenticeship was a great way to start a successful career. 88% of those surveyed appreciated that the main benefit of doing an apprenticeship was learning new skills. Almost two thirds (60%) highlighted that the main plus point was learning by doing, rather than from a book.

National Apprenticeship Week begins today [Monday 14 March] - five days of events being staged around England and Wales to showcase what modern apprenticeships bring to businesses, individuals and the economy.

As part of National Apprenticeship Week, British Gas is seeking to redefine people's views of apprenticeships by opening the doors to its academy in Leicester to give people the chance to find out what a modern apprenticeship really involves.

Laura Morris, Academy Manager for British Gas in Leicester, said:

"It's clear from our research that while many people see the value in apprenticeships, they don't necessarily realise that the training is suitable for everyone of working age – whether that's a teenage school leaver, a parent wanting to earn while they learn, or someone looking to retrain for a new career later in life.

"People in Leicester may be limiting their options and not exploring an apprenticeship as an exciting career route.

"At British Gas, we're striving to be an inclusive employer and our apprentices come from all walks of life. Almost a third of them are over the age of 30, and many are career-changers. I'd encourage people to consider undertaking a high-quality apprenticeship no matter what stage of life they're at."

British Gas has hundreds of apprentices in training across its six academies in Hamilton, Leeds, Leicester, Thatcham, Dartford and Tredegar, investing around £30,000 for each apprentice it trains. The business also has a 95 per cent retention rate for apprentices and is rated as 'Outstanding' by Ofsted. » Less

Posted: Wed, 25 May 2016 12:37am
Summer Fun day Sunday 10th July

We are hosting a Summer Fun Day at the Queens head Pub in Saddington on the 10th of July and would love for you to come and visit, We will have stalls, along with our BBQ and a Giant Slide, Bouncy Castle and Penalty Shootout too

Posted: Wed, 25 May 2016 12:34am

Miller Homes Midlands has had a successful start to the year, selling out four developments and launching four new sites

Further to this, Miller Homes has also sold out at Stretton Glen phase three, in Great Glen, Leicestershire and Langley Country Park phase one, in Derbyshire.

This success has been helped by the expansion of the sales team with Donna Salmon and Emma Weston joining Miller Homes with a combined 32 years in the housing industry.

Donna and Emma bring with them a wealth of housing experience and join the Miller Homes team as sales managers. More »

They join sales director Alastair Parsons and sales manager Julia Portington to help drive sales across the region, keeping the award-winning housebuilder ahead of its competitors.

As Alastair explains, the move is paying dividends: "The region has had an excellent start to the year and we've already sold out at four developments. We're delighted with the rate of sales and this is testament to our whole team, the high quality housing on offer, and desirable locations where we continue to build."

Alastair added:

"This year is set to be an extremely positive one for Miller Homes as we expanded further into the Midlands region. We've already launched phase four at Stretton Glen and phase two at Langley Country Park and also have plans in place to build seven new developments in 2016. We're really looking forward to welcoming many more happy customers."

Miller Homes has also just been awarded five stars, the highest level attainable, in the Home Builders Federation (HBF) National New Home Customer Satisfaction Survey for the fifth consecutive year.

For further information on all of Miller Homes' Midlands developments and showhome opening times, please visit www.millerhomes.co.uk. » Less

Horticultural Show
Posted: Wed, 25 May 2016 12:31am

Eyres Monsell Show committee will be hosting their annual Horticultural Show on Saturday September 10th 2016.

This will be at The Community Center Hillsborough Road Eyres Monsell LE2 9PQ.

Open to the public at 1.30pm admission 50p. Schedules will be available at the Community Center or can be posted on request.

Staging will be from 9am till 11am.

Presentation and Auction of produce will take place at approx 3pm

All welcome.

Posted: Sat, 27 Feb 2016 8:11pm
Could you help bring a 1620s garden to life?

Have you got 'green fingers'? Have you ever considered volunteering your gardening skills?

Call 0116 305 0552 . Email: nicola.seika@leics.gov.uk

Join our heritage team to become a 1620s Garden Volunteer. Share and learn new skills.

Visit: http://www.leicestershire.gov.uk/sites/default/files/field/pdf/2015/12/21/Volunteer_Gardener_and_Interpreter_DLH.pdf

Half-Term Fun At Red Hot World Buffet In Leicester
Posted: Fri, 12 Feb 2016 10:59pm
Half-Term Fun At Red Hot World Buffet In Leicester

Families will be able to keep their little ones entertained this half-term at Red Hot World Buffet in Leicester.

The 'all you can choose' buffet restaurant, located on the corner of High Street and Highcross shopping centre, is hosting free face painting and balloon modeling sessions for young diners, starting on 13th February.

Balloon modeling takes place between 1pm and 4pm daily apart from 15th and 17th February, with additional sessions on 27 and 28 February.

There will also be face painting on 14th February (2pm – 4pm), 15th February (1pm to 3pm), 17th February (1pm – 3pm), 19th February (1pm – 3pm) and 21st February (2pm – 4pm). More »

Rahul Kotwal, general manager at Red Hot World Buffet in Leicester, said: "This half-term we are inviting families to spend an afternoon here, trying out the activities and enjoying a meal together.

"Our range of food, which includes Italian, Thai, Indian and British, means there's something for everyone and both kids and adults will love the live cooking stations. Children under 10 can also eat for half price."

Further information on Red Hot World Buffet can be found at http://redhotworldbuffet.com as well as on Twitter @RedHotWldBuffet and at Facebook.com/redhotbuffet. » Less

Posted: Mon, 18 Jan 2016 11:22pm
Have you ever considered the benefits of learning?

The New Year is a great time to take the leap and go for it, whatever your age or ability. Leicestershire Adult Learning Service courses can help you gain skills and confidence that are crucial for everyone in life and in work.

Learning is like a health club for your brain. And an active mind can stimulate physical activity and keep your spirits high!

It's an all-around fantastic tool for better health!


• creates a curious mind and increasing our knowledge leads to an enriching and happier life More »

• can help us make new friends

• helps us to support our children with their learning at school

• new work skills increases our chances of employability or promotion

• helps us to adapt to change and to keep an open mind

• keeps us fit, healthy and active.

Time, finance, distance and lack of confidence can be barriers to accessing learning. So we're helping learners wherever possible by offering day time, evening and one-off Saturday courses in locations around the county to fit in with work and family commitments.

Courses are available at the reduced fee or may be free for learners on low incomes or certain benefits.

They range from short, supported tasters for adults with low confidence, to those leading to qualifications. Look out for additional courses starting throughout the year too.

Whatever you choose we will support you every step of the way.

Contact us to find out what's starting soon near to you on 0800 988 0308 or search and enrol online at www.leics.gov.uk/GoLearn » Less

Posted: Thu, 31 Dec 2015 7:27pm
Need a special gift but on a budget?

Find examples and your nearest showroom by visiting www.lrrn.org or call 0330 355 0707

Posted: Thu, 24 Sep 2015 11:05am

Award-winning housing developer Waters Homes has donated £650 to help buy a defibrillator for the village of Kibworth Harcourt, Leicestershire, where it recently built a selection of two three-bedroom houses for Seven Locks Housing.The life-saving equipment will be wall mounted outside Boboli restaurant on Main Street, giving people 24-hour emergency access to a heart-start machine.Dominic Waters, development director at Waters Homes said: "As soon as we heard that Kibworth Harcourt Parish Council was looking to raise funds for the defibrillator we stepped in to help. It's great being able to leave a legacy and to give something back to a community that welcomed us with open arms."A briefcase-sized box will house the defibrillator, which gives clear spoken instructions on how it should be used. In the UK, over 30,000 people have a cardiac arrest outside of hospital care each year with survival rates as high as 75 per cent if treated with prompt defibrillation.Welcoming the donation, Dr Kevin Feltham Chairman of Kibworth Harcourt Parish Council and County Councillor said: "We are fortunate to have defibrillators at the health centres and Kibworth High School but they are only accessible during office hours. This gift from Waters Homes will enable us to install a defibrillator that is always accessible, in one of the busiest parts of the village."We must also thank Sarah and Lino at the Boboli restaurant for agreeing to home the apparatus and East Midlands Ambulance Service for their advice and training in CPR."For more on Waters Homes visit www.watershomes.co.uk.

Christmas Comes Early At Red Hot World Buffet
Posted: Sun, 20 Sep 2015 4:55pm

Staff at some of Leicester's top businesses tucked into an early Christmas feast of turkey and mince pies at Red Hot World Buffet in the heart of the city.

Reindeers, Christmas trees and sparkling lights welcomed 40 diners as the 'all you can choose' buffet chain showcased its festive offering.

Christmas is typically a busy time for the restaurant, which has six venues across the UK, with three tons of turkey and gammon and 300,000 drinks served up to nearly a quarter of a million diners during the festive period last year. More »

Rahul Kotwal, general manager at Red Hot World Buffet Leicester said:

"We love Christmas at Red Hot World Buffet and it was great to show a number of people what we can offer for their Christmas party. We can accommodate parties large and small and from turkey to chinese, pizza to pasta, there's something for everyone here to enjoy."

Diners can eat as much as they choose from just £9.99 per person.

For more information on Red Hot World Buffet, including details on how to book for Christmas, please visitwww.redhotworldbuffet.com » Less

Posted: Mon, 07 Sep 2015 4:26pm

6 November 2015 – 9 January 2016

New Walk Museum

53 New Walk, Leicester LE1 7EA

Paintings, sculpture, ceramics, prints and multi-media dazzle in one of the largest group shows of art in the city.

Leicester Society of Artists celebrates the arrival of 28 newly elected members this year to join the many talented artists showing their latest work for the first time.

The LSA Student Award winner, sponsored by the West End Gallery, is featured in the exhibition.

Take the opportunity to stroll down historic New Walk this winter, have a coffee in the museum cafe and discover the huge range of art created by artists living, working and studying in Leicestershire and Rutland. More »

Thursday 5 November 6.30 – 8.30pm: exhibition opened by Cllr Piara Singh Clair and free exhibition preview. Free admission to New Walk Museum and to the exhibition.

Exhibition sponsors: Charles Stanley personal investment service

Image: John Barradell, 'Enneas-Duos', gilded mixed media » Less

Posted: Sun, 16 Aug 2015 3:22pm
Don't leave it too late!

You can still sign up to an Adult Learning course before 31 August and receive 10% discount on your course tuition fees.

The autumn is traditionally the time to enrol onto a course, and there are 100s of inspiring learning opportunities that could help to change your life for the better.

Some courses lead to valuable qualifications that could impact on your life with job progression, a new career, confidence building to help your children at school or improve your general health and wellbeing with a new interest or increased fitness. More »

Simply browse the courses online, call into your local library or learning centre to pick up a brochure, or call our Freephone enrolment line to get more information on courses. » Less

Posted: Mon, 27 Jul 2015 11:27am
John Lewis boost for therapeutic work on Bradgate wards

City centre shoppers in Leicester have provided a £1,600 boost for therapeutic work at the Bradgate Mental Health Unit – and it's all the result of a polite request for shampoo!

Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust occupational therapist Karen Thompson, who works with patients across eight wards at the unit on the Glenfield Hospital site, wrote to shopping giant John Lewis last year, asking for donations of toiletries.

She said: "I was hoping they would be able to provide us with some samples of shampoo and other personal care items for patients who are often admitted at very short notice and don't always have time to pack home comforts." More »

But managers at the Highcross store were so impressed with Karen's letter that they plucked her from scores of requests to feature in their community fund initiative.

Restaurant customers are given plastic coins to 'donate' to one of three chosen causes over the course of three months – and the scheme to support patients in the acute mental health wards emerged a clear favourite.

The result was a donation of £1,641 for the wards, out of a total of £3,000 donated by John Lewis to their three community causes.

Sarah Fisher, community liaison co-ordinator for John Lewis's Highcross branch, visited the unit to present Karen and Gill Norris, senior occupational therapist at the unit, with a cheque.

She said: "The panel who select our customer fund recipients were all really impressed with Karen's letter and a lot of panel members could relate to it because they know or are close to people who have mental health needs.

"We were even more impressed when Karen took the time out to come and see us to say thanks – and we were delighted with the result. The Bradgate Unit was a clear favourite with our customers – not bad considering she only asked for shampoo"

Karen and Gill have already begun discussions with patients at the Bradgate Unit to decide on how best to use the donation.

Said Karen: "We work closely with therapeutic liaison workers at the unit to provide healthy lifestyle therapeutic activities and the patients have told us they would like to use some of the money to buy self-care items, particularly aromatic products and rich skin creams, for example, that help with sensory awareness. As well as helping to boost their self esteem and help with therapeutic relaxation, it can help to bring a touch of home into the ward.

"We're also considering cricket and tennis sets for outdoor activities. It's wonderful to know so much will be possible thanks to support from people in the community."

Gill Norris said: "This is a wonderful boost for our patients and we are thrilled at Karen's hard work for the patients here. She's done so much, including organising mental health awareness raising events at Glenfield."

Pictured (left to right) are Sarah Fisher, Karen Thompson and Gill Norris » Less

Posted: Mon, 27 Jul 2015 11:27am
Views sought on widening talking therapies support in city

A specialist talking therapies service for adults in Leicester city who are stressed, depressed or have anxiety, is asking people to comment on how it can extend its range of therapies.

The service is a partnership between Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust's Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) service and third sector providers Adhar and Fit for Work.

The team offers confidential, recovery-focused talking therapies for people aged 16 and over (including the over 65s) who are registered with a city GP. More »

The service is keen to receive views on how the use of online technology and extended clinic hours might further improve the quality of the service and are asking people to complete a short online survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/OpenmindIAPT . Printed copies are also available on request from feedback@leicspart.nhs.uk

The survey closes at 5pm on Friday 28 August.

The Open Mind team is also inviting previous and current Open Mind service users to join its service development group.

This group will provide an opportunity to meet and share experiences of the service and work together with staff and partners to shape future improvements.

The next meeting is on Monday 10 August from 6pm to 7.15pm at the Open Mind base, Gwendolen House, on the Leicester General Hospital site – postcode LE5 4QF. Interpreters will be available if requested in advance.

Anyone interested in taking part is asked to book their place in advance by calling Shamim on 0116 295 2151 » Less

Posted: Wed, 22 Jul 2015 10:11pm
The new-look Adult Learning autumn course brochure is now available!

Would you like to acquire new skills, gain more qualifications, find a different job, develop a new interest or simply take your life in a new direction? The new-look adult learning autumn course programme offers 100s of daytime, evening and weekend learning opportunities that could help you change your life for the better!

View online or browse the course search - visit www.leics.gov.uk/GoLearn. Alternatively brochures will be available in County libraries from early August.

If you enrol before 14 August you get a massive 20% off your course tuition fees! More »

You may also be able to pay by instalments to help you spread the costs. If you are in receipt of certain benefits or have a low household income (a single household income of £18,572 or a joint household income of £23,716), you may already be able to access a 70% discount on tuition fees, or courses may be completely free.

Our Learner Support Fund is also available to help meet costs relating to your course, such as your tuition and exam fees, childcare, transport, books and materials, so please ask at enrolment.

Remember - the 20% Early Bird discount also applies to all courses starting next spring and summer!

Follow us on facebook for all the latest news and course information - Facebook.com/Leicsgolearn

Enrol online at www.leics.gov.uk/golearn or ring our enrolment line 0116 305 0820 or freephone 0800 988 0308. Our team of advisors can offer advice about courses and enrolment fees. If lines are busy then please leave your phone number or email address and we will get back to you as soon as possible. » Less

Art Demonstration/ Tim Rose
Posted: Mon, 13 Jul 2015 10:12am


Tim Rose paints in oils and watercolour subjects ranging from architectural studies to portraits. He has exhibited widely and has had paintings displayed with the Royal Watercolour Society - Royal Institute of Watercolourists - and the Sunday Times watercolour competition Tonight Tim will be producing a painting in watercolour featuring architecture 7pm - 9.15pm £2 for members £5 for visitors ample free parking wheelchair access visitors are very welcome to join us for this demonstration View more details - Art Demonstration CHARNWOOD DRAWING & PAINTING CLUBWoodbrook Vale High School Grasmere Road Loughborough Leicestershire LE11 2STTue 28 Jul

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