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Leicester Does Vintage
Posted: Sat, 20 Sep 2014 4:56pm

The vintage stallholders are hand-picked and offer a wealth of knowledge gained from years of experience with each one bringing their quality, affordable vintage clothing, jewellery and kitchenalia.

SUNDAY 21st SEPTEMBER

Vintage lovers can while away the hours browsing through rail after rail of fabulous one-off vintage finds. Students looking for affordable, stylish bargains won't be disappointed either!

As well as the fabulous vintage stalls, you can also expect a mini vintage day out - with a vintage tearoom, serving afternoon tea on dainty china, vintage inspired workshops, a pop up beauty parlour, armed with rouge and heated rollers, ready to transform you into a vintage starlet, live music and much, much more! There really is something for everyone! All for £2! More »

The wonderful Lizzy Rushby will be entertaining us with vintage tunes.

Sarah Russell will be styling you vintage with her fab pop up hair salon. Pop an e-mail to info@sarahrussell.co.uk to book an advance appointment! » Less

Become a Waste Action Volunteer and make a difference to your community
Posted: Sat, 20 Sep 2014 4:53pm
Become a Waste Action Volunteer and make a difference to your community

We're currently recruiting Waste Action Volunteers (WAV's), who are experts in helping others to reduce the amount of rubbish that they send to landfill.

In Leicestershire, every two weeks we throw away enough waste to fill the Albert Hall; we need your help to reduce this.

Why get involved?

  • you can help residents in your community to reduce their waste and save money
  • gain work experience in waste and environmental topics
  • learn new skills and gain experience to add to your CV
  • meet new people, make new friends and get involved with your local community

After initial training, Waste Action Volunteers are expected to volunteer just 30 hours a year. You can use your skills and experience to choose how you do this. More »

Debbie Wilbur, a Waste Action Volunteer from Hinckley, said: "I wanted to become a WAV because I've always had an interest in the environment and was brought up not to waste things. I did an environmental degree but work as a supply teacher, so volunteering as a WAV fulfils my desire to work in an environmental capacity."

She uses her skills and experience as a teacher and brownie leader to volunteer to educate children about reducing waste and making our surrounding environment a much nicer place to live.

To find out more or to apply visit: www.lesswaste.org.uk/become_a_volunteer » Less

Posted: Sat, 20 Sep 2014 4:53pm

NHS West Leicestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has been shortlisted for a national award – just a few days after being named as one of the country's top NHS workplaces.

The CCG is in line for one of the awards from the Health Service Journal (HSJ), the UK's leading healthcare professionals' magazine – a possible prize in the Primary Care Innovation category for their practice appraisal programme.

The award judges examined the way the CCG helps its 50 GP practices maintain high standards of care and cope with the many challenges of increasing patient demand. More »

Last week HSJ revealed West Leicestershire was one of the top ten best NHS places to work in England. A CCG plans and pays for many local NHS services for its area, and there are 211 CCGs in England.

West Leicestershire CCG's Board members and staff are delighted by this latest recognition for its NHS work, particularly in the countdown to their first annual general meeting, taking place next Tuesday, 23 September, at Loughborough Town Hall.

Prof Mayur Lakhani, CCG chair, said: "It's heartening to receive such good news so soon after learning we are in the ten best NHS workplaces. Just being shortlisted for an HSJ award is an accolade in itself because the competition is always strong each year.

"Our entry showed that we place a great deal of importance on working with our GPs and undertake regular visits to see if they need any support and to provide help where we can, as their role is vital to the success of the entire health system for West Leicestershire.

"At a time when GPs are facing enormous challenges, we have developed a successful and unique practice appraisal process, based on yearly visits to create a genuinely effective two-way conversation with our GPs and practice staff. It enables us to maintain an informed and well-rounded understanding of each of our area's 50 practices, to share best practice from surgery to surgery, and to help them improve the quality of their service. In a recent survey 99% of practices found the appraisal either excellent, very good or good. We would be happy to share our proven approach with CCGs across the rest of the country."

Also jointly shortlisted for another HSJ award are East Leicestershire and Rutland CCG, Leicester CCG and West Leicestershire CCG. They are in line for a prize in the category about improving care for patients with 'Long-term Conditions', such as diabetes, dementia and severe breathlessness.

They will know the results on 19 November when the winners are announced at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London. » Less

Posted: Mon, 15 Sep 2014 11:50pm

The organisation which annually pays for more than £360m of NHS services in West Leicestershire is this month staging its first annual general meeting.

And the public will have a chance to meet senior members of staff such as our Chief Nurse, Chief Executive, and some of our doctors face to face and ask them about their running of local healthcare.

West Leicestershire Clinical Commissioning Group's job is to plan and purchase NHS services for the local population of 366,000 in the boroughs of North West Leicestershire, Charnwood, and Hinckley & Bosworth. More »

The event will take place at Loughborough Town Hall in the evening of Tuesday 23 September.

Before the AGM and conference there will be a health 'market place', where people can find information and advice on wellbeing matters and problems, including stalls staffed by local health charities. The 'market place' opens at 5pm.

The AGM and conference begins at 6pm and will include an explanation of the CCG's role, the health of the area and the work which the CCG has undertaken since its launch to tackle local care issues and improve the population's health. There will also be a look at the future and the challenges facing the NHS, and a chance to ask questions.

Professor Mayur Lakhani, CCG Chair, said: "We are really looking forward to seeing as many of the people we serve as can attend, and sharing with them the big picture of healthcare in West Leicestershire. We also want listen to their questions and to discuss what's happening in the NHS and what needs to happen to tackle the challenges of the future.

"The future of the NHS is as much about preventing ill health as it is in dealing with it, so our approach, which we call 'pro-active care' is a vital element. People have told us that they want their care closer to home, near their doctor's surgeries and even at home when possible, and this is a great opportunity for them to come along and find out about our ambitions to create a strong out-of-hospital care system."

After the formal part of the AGM, there will be the opportunity to join small 'workshop groups' where senior members of the team will be happy to discuss some of the key initiatives currently in place such as the Older People's Unit at Loughborough and Acute Visiting Service with members of the public.

To register for this event please click here. » Less

Posted: Mon, 15 Sep 2014 11:45pm
Care4Paws Sunday Sessions

There is an RSPCA charity event happening on 21/09/14. Great music and great food will be waiting for you at the Care4Paws Sunday sessions. Tickets are £10 and if you buy before 15/09/14, you will get a drink for free. All money will go towards caring for the animals we love.

Get yours quick!

http://www.rspcaleicester.org.uk/sunday-sessions-tickets.aspx

Macildowie Increases Team Following Jobs Boost
Posted: Mon, 15 Sep 2014 11:45pm
Macildowie Increases Team Following Jobs Boost

The job market across the East Midlands is continuing to impress, with Leicester-based recruitment agency Macildowie reporting a 797 per cent year-on-year increase in the number of new sales and marketing jobs it has filled.

Macildowie has reacted to the improving market with the appointment of four new members of staff, including a new associate director.

Kelvin Locke will head up the sales and marketing division at Macildowie, and as associate director will sit on the company's nine strong leadership team. A graduate of Loughborough University, Kelvin has ten year's experience recruiting sales and marketing professionals, covering all areas of the country. More »

As the result of such a successful start to 2014, Susie Barnes, Alicia Buchanan and Max Dosad have also joined Macildowie as talent pipeline specialists, all three will be based at the Leicester office. The new starters will all be joining the Macildowie Talent Pool, an in-house training scheme that takes new starters with no recruitment experience, and trains them in specialist areas of the business.

"It's been a great year for the sales and marketing division", commented James Calder, chief executive of Macildowie.

"To see such an impressive increase in the number of candidates we are placing is a sign of the regional economy continuing to find its feet. Following years of protecting budgets, business owners are again feeling confident and looking to invest in staff that can grow their company. Sales and marketing positions are the obvious starting place, with digital marketing skills being in particularly high demand.

"I am looking forward to working with the new team members and am very pleased to welcome Kelvin to join our leadership team as an associate director."

For more information on Macildowie, visit www.macildowie.com. » Less

Horticultural show
Posted: Sun, 07 Sep 2014 8:40pm

Eyres Monsell Horticultural Show

Saturday September 13th 2014

exhibitors can stage between 9 and 11 am

Open to the public to 1.30pm approx.

Raffle, Refreshments and Auction of produce after show.

This is an open show so come along and bring your homegrown and homemade produce; who knows you may win a prize

Posted: Sun, 07 Sep 2014 8:40pm

Get your children active and having fun this Autumn with Popdance Kids!

We are coming to Aylestone Leisure Centre, Leicester on Friday 12th September 2014.

Sessions will be every Friday, 4.15-5.00pm

Popdance teach boys and girls aged 5-11 years, fab dance routines to pop music that they love. From One Direction to Jessie J, we've got it covered.

First session is free!

for more info or to secure your place email: info@popdance.co.uk

www.popdance.co.uk/leicester

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Are you are interested in learning something different?
Posted: Fri, 05 Sep 2014 8:53pm
Are you are interested in learning something different?

Then why not expand your horizons and build up your experience with a Stepping Stones rural skills training course?

There are a variety of courses available including Dry Stone Walling, Coppice Management and Hurdle Making for the 2014/15 season.

Full details are available online at www.leics.gov.uk/stepping_stones_training.htm or contact the Stepping Stones Project on 0116 305 7221/7264 or email: steppingstones@leics.gov.uk for more information and to book a place.

Apply online for secondary school places
Posted: Fri, 05 Sep 2014 8:52pm
Apply online for secondary school places

Parents are urged to look out for the school place application packs for children who transfer to secondary school in the autumn term 2015 that will be landing on their doormats over the next couple of weeks.

Remember that moving to the next school is not automatic and parents need to apply for a place before the 31st 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 »

You can apply online at www.leics.gov.uk/admissions. For general enquiries about the admissions process please call the Customer Service Centre on 0116 305 6684.

Online applicants will receive an email acknowledging receipt and be able to view the decision on 2nd March 2015. » Less

Posted: Thu, 28 Aug 2014 10:37pm
BOOK NOW - Community Action Seminar 2014

The RCC is pleased to announce that booking is now open for this year's Community Action Seminar which will take place at County Hall, Glenfield on 2nd October from 5 – 8pm.

Open to Parish Councils, Village Hall Committees, Community Groups, Businesses and Individuals, this LRP funded event will provide a varied insight into local community led projects, initiatives, support services, and funding opportunities via a market place of information stalls and displays as well as a range of presentations and interactive workshops. The event will also include presentations to this year's winners of the RCC Village Achievement Awards. More »

An outline agenda for the evening has been set, with the announcement of stall holders, speakers, and workshop contributors due over the next couple of weeks.

Attendance at the event is free of charge but with limited spaces available it is advisable to book early to ensure your place.

For further information or to book places please visit: www.ruralcc.org.uk/events

Or contact the RCC Community Action Team via ruraladvice@ruralcc.org.uk or 0116 2662905 » Less

Red Hot World Buffet prooves popular with Leicester diners
Posted: Wed, 27 Aug 2014 12:31am
Red Hot World Buffet prooves popular with Leicester diners

Red Hot World Buffet Leicester has had a successful opening, serving over 25,000 people in its first six weeks. In this initial period, the venue has made 6,000 sushi rolls, which when stacked up on top of each other, would be twice as tall as Leicester Cathedral.

The 400-seater venue, part of the Highcross Shopping Centre, cost £2 million to develop, making it the most expensive restaurant in the city. Offering cuisine from 10 different countries, the venue has so far served over 1,000 pizzas, 600 litres of curry and 48 gallons of ice cream. More »

"It's been an incredible start for everyone involved with the venue," commented Mellissa Rynn, manager of Red Hot World Buffet Leicester.

"The response from diners has been great and they have been impressed with the quality of the food at a price which is great value for money.

"I have been especially happy with how much of a hit we have been with families. The first few weeks of the school summer holidays have been the busiest since we opened, and we predict this to continue right through until September."

Jo Tallack, general manager at Highcross, added: "We are thrilled that our new Red Hot World Buffet has proven to be such a success with Highcross shoppers.

"We pride ourselves on our diverse food offer in St. Peter's Square and Red Hot World Buffet certainly adds to the multicultural cuisine on offer at the centre."

Red Hot World Buffet offers cuisine from across the globe including Chinese, Indian, Mexican, Italian and Thai, with prices starting at £8.99 on weekday lunches for the all you can choose buffet and children under 10 always eating half price.

For more information on Red Hot World Buffet, please visit www.redhotworldbuffet.com. » Less

Posted: Thu, 21 Aug 2014 1:09pm
Save Money - Enrol before 31 August on an Adult Learning Course!

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

Leicestershire Adult Learning Service is taking enrolments now on a range of inspiring and affordable courses. Even better, if you are currently unemployed and receiving benefits such as Jobseekers Allowance, you can get most courses for free and we also have a low income fund to help people get on our courses without financial hardship.

Even if you are a full paying learner you can use our earlybird discount offer and enrol before 31 August 2014 to secure your place on a course and save 20% on your course tuition fees, but sign up now before this limited offer ends next week! More »

If you are not sure what course you need to take your career in a new direction our qualified staff are trained in giving information, advice and guidance to make the process as easy as possible. We have a range of free courses to help improve your chances of getting back into work too.

Our new brochure is available now and we hope you will enjoy browsing our exciting and affordable range of courses and look forward to seeing you on one of our courses soon.

Download our new brochure here, use our quick and easy course search online at www.leics.gov.uk/GoLearn, or call our advice and enrolment team on FREEphone 0800 988 0308.

Why not come along to one of our classes and experience the life changing impact that learning can have for you? Switch onto learning and a brighter future! » Less

Keep fit, save money and make the most of the summer
Posted: Wed, 06 Aug 2014 9:10am
Keep fit, save money and make the most of the summer

Enjoy the Leicestershire countryside this summer. There are walking, cycling & horse riding routes for all ages and abilities.

If you would like to get fit, have fun or simply enjoy the weather why not take a look at the routes and groups local to you. Most people in the county live within 500 metres of a footpath or bridleway and there are also some great country parks to explore.

For more information and to see what's to offer, visit: http://ow.ly/zMIxp.

An online map of the county's rights of way is available here: http://www.leics.gov.uk/pathsmap.htm.

Posted: Mon, 14 Jul 2014 3:13pm
Switch onto learning and a brighter future!

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

Well the good news is, you can get all of these from joining one of the Leicestershire Adult Learning Service inspiring and affordable courses. Even better, if you are currently unemployed and receiving benefits such as Jobseekers Allowance, you can get most courses for free and we also have a low income fund to help people get on our courses without financial hardship. More »

Even if you are a full paying learner you can use our earlybird discount offer and enrol before 31 August 2014 to secure your place on a course and save 20% on your course tuition fees!

Our courses are available during the day and evening, and in response to learner demand we have introduced a programme of Saturday courses, so there will be something to suit everyone!

If you are not sure what course you need to take your career in a new direction our qualified staff are trained in giving information, advice and guidance to make the process as easy as possible. We have a range of free courses to help improve your chances of getting back into work too.

Dale Marshall, one of our learners who enrolled onto our IT Skills for Jobseekers course, says "I think you all do a fantastic job in helping people get back to work. Not only do you offer the chance of learning real skills, but also in my case you gave me back my confidence which when you are seeking employment and constantly being rejected can be a very fragile thing". Dale has now achieved his goal and has been successful in getting a job!

Our new brochure is available now and we hope you will enjoy browsing our exciting and affordable range of courses and look forward to seeing you on one of our courses soon.

Download our new brochure here, use our quick and easy course search online at www.leics.gov.uk/GoLearn, or call our advice and enrolment team on FREEphone 0800 988 0308

Why not come along to one of our classes and experience the life changing impact that learning can have for you? » Less

Don't miss your chance to comment on library proposals
Posted: Wed, 02 Jul 2014 9:45am

People have until noon on July 7 to have their say on the county council's proposals for communities to run up to 36 libraries.

The council is proposing to:

  • Continue to operate the 16 most-used libraries but reduce their opening hours.
  • Support communities to run the other 36 local libraries. If community groups do not come forward, some libraries may close. Any closures would be covered by a weekly mobile library service.

The council is proposing changes because:

  • From 2015, the council plans to save £800,000 per year from its current £5.6 million libraries budget.
  • People are increasingly using E-books and the internet instead of borrowing books from libraries.
  • Libraries are increasingly being used as community hubs, hosting a series of activities.

A consultation form and full details are available at www.leics.gov.uk/haveyoursay/futurelibraries - so far, around 2,000 people have completed forms and 1,000 have attended meetings.

Have your say on Snibston consultation before July 7
Posted: Wed, 02 Jul 2014 9:45am

People have until noon on July 7 to comment on county council proposals for Snibston.

A series of meetings have taken place, including with the Friends of Snibston, heritage and tourism bodies and season ticket holders. So far, around 500 people have responded.

The council is proposing to save more than £240,000 per year from Snibston Discovery Museum's annual £800,000 subsidy, by:

  • Developing a mining museum by the end of 2015, based around Snibston's historic colliery buildings, the Century Theatre, the site's railway line and the playground.
  • Demolishing the existing Snibston gallery.
  • Improving the country park, with landscaping, planting and improved links to the museum.
  • Encouraging volunteers and the community to get involved in the museum and country park.

The consultation page includes details of the proposals, frequently asked questions and Snibston's current budget figures: www.leics.gov.uk/futuresnibston.

Posted: Sat, 28 Jun 2014 4:03pm
Leicester Does Vintage

The vintage stallholders are hand-picked and offer a wealth of knowledge gained from years of experience with each one bringing their quality, affordable vintage clothing, jewellery and kitchenalia.

Vintage lovers can while away the hours browsing through rail after rail of fabulous one-off vintage finds. Students looking for affordable, stylish bargains won't be disappointed either!

As well as the fabulous vintage stalls, you can also expect a mini vintage day out - with a vintage tearoom, serving afternoon tea on dainty china, vintage inspired workshops, a pop up beauty parlour, armed with rouge and heated rollers, ready to transform you into a vintage starlet, live music and much, much more! There really is something for everyone! All for £2!

Book your place on a FREE cycling course today!
Posted: Sat, 28 Jun 2014 4:00pm
Book your place on a FREE cycling course today!

Regardless of your cycling ability, if you are aged 16+ sign up for one of our courses taking place across Leicestershire.

In England, over two million adults cycle at least once a week - isn't it time you joined the growing number?

We are encouraging people to make more journeys by bike. It's a great way to stay in shape, save money and contribute to the environment.

Our friendly course instructors will teach you road safety and help increase your confidence on two-wheels. Each course lasts two hours a week for five weeks and is open to any skill level, we even provide equipment if needed. More »

For full details and a list of course locations, please visit www.leics.gov.uk/cyclecourses.

Already made your mind up? Book your FREE place now at the above web address, quick and hassle free.

What are you waiting for, get involved!

Contacts:

Tel: 0116 305 3179
Email: choosehowyoumove@leics.gov.uk » Less

Posted: Fri, 20 Jun 2014 10:44am
First communities to benefit from £18.6m fibre broadband roll-out are announced

An £18.6m project to bring superfast fibre broadband to rural Leicestershire today announced the first communities to benefit from the scheme.

In the first phase, around 10,000 homes and businesses across the county will have access to high speed fibre broadband from summer 2014 onwards.

Pam Posnett, cabinet member for rural broadband, said: "It gives me great pleasure to announce the first rural communities to benefit from the Superfast Leicestershire project.

"The county and district councils, BT and the European Regional Development Fund have all made a significant investment to make sure that the rural areas of Leicestershire are on the same footing as towns and cities. More »

"Extending high speed fibre into more rural areas will enable households to better access online movies and TV, communicate with family and friends and work more effectively from home."

For the first time, superfast fibre broadband will be available in the following communities, where the majority of homes and businesses will be able to connect to the new network:

Charnwood

  • Cossington and parts of Burton on the Wolds, Woodhouse, Woodhouse Eaves and Wymeswold

Coverage will also be extended in: Barrow upon Soar, Loughborough, Rothley and Sileby

Harborough

  • Church Langton, Foxton, Smeeton Westerby, South Kilworth and parts of Kibworth Beauchamp and Kibworth Harcourt

Coverage will also be extended in Market Harborough

Hinckley and Bosworth

  • Fenny Drayton

Melton

  • Ab Kettleby, Old Dalby Village and parts of Asfordby

Coverage will also be extended in Melton Mowbray

North West Leicestershire

  • Parts of Long Whatton

The £18.6m Superfast Leicestershire project will be delivered by Openreach, BT's local network business, and will bring fibre broadband to more than 62,000 homes and businesses in the county.

This high-speed network is available on an open, wholesale basis to all communication providers, therefore offering Leicestershire households and businesses the benefit of real choice from a highly competitive market.

This will build on the existing fibre networks already provided by commercial operators to enable 96 per cent of Leicestershire homes and businesses to access high speed broadband.

Kasam Hussain, BT's project manager for Superfast Leicestershire, said: "After months of behind the scenes planning and survey work we're delighted to be able to reveal the first locations we expect to benefit from this fantastic project. Look out for our engineers as they hit the streets to lay the brand new fibre infrastructure that will extend faster broadband far and wide across Leicestershire." » Less

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