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Home Secretary Pledges A Community Crime Fighter for Every Beat
Posted: Mon, 22 Sep 2008 1:02pm
Home Secretary Pledges A Community Crime Fighter for Every Beat

Home Secretary Jacqui Smith is set to use her Labour Party conference speech to pledge to empower communities to fight crime.

She will announce a £5 million fund to train "community crime fighters" Ordinary members of the public will be instructed on how they can work with neighbourhood police teams to combat crime, she will say.

About 3,600 volunteers, including members of neighbourhood watch teams, will act as a link between police, local authorities and the public.

They will help to publicise the effects of community punishments so people know what has happened to criminals not sent to jail. And they will tell police about local crime priorities. More »

In her speech to Labour members in Manchester, the Home Secretary will promise "fair rules and firm action" and will pledge to be "on the side of communities". » Less

Posted: Mon, 15 Sep 2008 10:23am

Not in My Neighbourhood Week provides an excellent opportunity for Neighbourhood Watch Schemes to take advantage of the week-long national focus placed on profiling those who work hard on a daily basis to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour and make our communities safer. Weeks of action such as this also help to increase public confidence in local agencies.

We do hope that as many Neighbourhood Watch Schemes as possible are able to take part in the week which runs from 13th-17th October .

Posted: Thu, 11 Sep 2008 2:00pm

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Posted: Wed, 10 Sep 2008 5:36pm
Launch of the new Community Transport service

Glenfield library was the launch pad of the new Community Transport website link on Leicestershire Villages today. From this morning, the easy-to-use site provides details about community transport across Leicestershire with further links to providers and will help people to find information for themselves, family members or friends, no matter where they live.

Users will find a new link in the Information section of their village site called “Community Transport” that will give them full details of community transport services in their village. More »

At the event were Jane Hopper from Shepshed Special Community Minibus, John Warren and Jane Beaumont from Lutterworth Volunteer Centre and a group of community transport users that travelled on the Lutterworth Community Bus. They all kindly attended the event to see how the new feature works and to put it through its paces. Many thanks for your input!

Community Transport is available for people who find it difficult or are unable to use public transport because they are elderly or mobility impaired/disabled and for those who are rurally isolated. Community transport can be used for getting to doctors appointments, visiting friends and relatives, shopping and social activities.

To find out more please visit www.leicestershirevillages.com/communitytransport » Less

Posted: Mon, 08 Sep 2008 11:23am

This is a message for all our Countryside Watch, Key Individuals and Neighbourhood Watch members for observations of a white Transit Van from Harborough & Lutterworth Police.

Swepstone Flower Festival
Posted: Fri, 05 Sep 2008 10:47am
Swepstone Flower Festival

Many favourite hymns will be depicted at the Flower Festival at St Peter's Church, Swepstone on Saturday, Sunday and Monday 13th-15th September.
The Church will be open between 10.30am and 6pm each day (11.30am on the Sunday) to view the beautiful arrangements and displays (the Harvest Festival Service is at 10.30am on the Sunday).
Home made refreshments will be served at the Church Hall on all three days. On the Saturday there will also be an Attic Sale, Tombola, Handicraft and Artwork Sale.

Posted: Wed, 03 Sep 2008 11:33am

Winners of the Leicestershire & Rutland Best Village Competition were announced at a ceremony held at County Hall Glenfield on September 2nd. Awards were made by Jennifer, Lady Gretton Lord Lieutenant of Leicestershire. Chairs of Leicestershire and Rutland County Councils and chairs and Mayors of District Councils were present to see representatives from villages across the two counties receive their prizes.

Winners of each population size were as follows. Under 500 Wanlip. 501 - 1000 Billesdon. 1001 - 2000 Wymeswold. 2001 - 5000 Ratby. 5,000 - 10,000 Barrow upon Soar. Nominated to the Calor Village of the Year for Rutland - Cottesmore and Leicestershire - Billesdon. For details of category winners and more information click on the link above.
The competition is sponsored by Calor and supported by Leicestershire County Council.

ACPO Award for Outstanding Devotion
Posted: Mon, 01 Sep 2008 2:58pm
ACPO Award for Outstanding Devotion

Marion Lewis’s dedication to the Neighbourhood Watch organisation was fuelled by the horror of her father-in-law’s murder by burglars in Portsmouth in 1999.

She was nominated for a provincial police award which recognises people who have acted with outstanding bravery or devotion to civic duty in support of the police. Mrs Lewis is the Chair of the new national Neighbourhood Home Watch Network for England and Wales, chair of the organisation’s East Midlands region NHW , secretary of the Leicestershire Rutland County NHW branch and vice-chair of the Harborough branch. More »

Posted: Mon, 01 Sep 2008 12:09pm
Draw for the winners of the cricket tickets

We have just held the draw for the competition to win tickets to watch Leicestershire County Cricket and Michael and Charlie are the winners this month!! Congratulations to them both.

Many thanks to Matthew Kempson from the Leicestershire Rural Partnership for making the draw and special thanks to Leicestershire County Cricket Club for providing the tickets.

Thanks as well to everyone who entered the competition. Hopefully we'll have another one soon so keep your eyes peeled!

Posted: Mon, 01 Sep 2008 10:46am
Do you want to learn more about Affordable Rural Housing?

The Bosworth Community Forum are hosting a free event aimed at raising awareness about Affordable Rural Housing.

The event will be held on the 18th September 2008 at the Royal Arms Restaurant and Hotel, Sutton Cheney, nr. Market Bosworth, CV13 0AG.

Topics to be considered at the event will include delivery processes, the identification of need, and lettings policies. There will also be a screening of The Commission for Rural Communities’ short film – Rural Housing – A place in the countryside? More »

Although focused on providing information to residents and representatives from within the Bosworth area this event is open to all.

Attached is the an invite letter from the Forum Chair and a booking form. If you wish to attend please complete the form and return it as instructed. Space will be limited so please book early. We will try to give priority to those living within the Bosworth area.

Further information is available on the Bosworth Community Forum website (click the title at the top of this news item) or contact Matthew Kempson (mkempson@leics.gov.uk, 0116 305 6179) » Less

Invite letter (PDF, 23 Kb)
Posted: Fri, 29 Aug 2008 3:09pm
Last chance to Win FREE County Cricket tickets

To be in with a chance to WIN FREE County Cricket tickets at Grace Road please register to a village and click on the above link. All you need to do is reply "I want FREE tickets to see Leicestershire" and it's that simple. You will then be automatically put through to our draw.

The date ending for this competition is Sunday August the 31st.

Posted: Thu, 28 Aug 2008 3:26pm


People aged over 60 are again urged to call the freephone number to find out if they could get a reduction in their council tax.

Earlier this year more than 100 people who called saw their council tax reduced.

Some people still do not know they may qualify for a reduction in their council tax bills. Anyone aged 60 or over who lives in the County of Leicestershire can call.

When calling, please have your council tax bill, income and savings details available. If you have more than £16,000 in savings you will not qualify unless you get guaranteed pension credit. More »

Ring free phone 0800 567 7047 lines are open Monday to Friday from 10am – 3pm between 15th and 26th September.

Please only call between these times. » Less

Older People Consumer Panel
Posted: Thu, 28 Aug 2008 10:01am

If you want to be included on a panel of people who will be asked for their views on a range of issues concerning Older People, please contact Liz McGregor, Engagement Officer (Older People) CVS Community Partnership on 0116 2334243 or liz@ccp.org.uk, then further information will be given to you. You choose when to respond, and you won't have to leave home!!

Older Person's Month
Posted: Wed, 27 Aug 2008 3:33pm

September is Older Person's Month with a wide range of events taking place throughout Leicestershire and Rutland. For more information, contact Liz McGregor on 0116 2334243 or liz@ccp.org.uk, or look on the website for electronic programme www.ccp.org.uk (via Health  Social Care / Older People

Posted: Wed, 13 Aug 2008 10:17am
Winners announced for the cricket ticket competition!

We have just held the draw for the winners of the tickets to watch Leicestershire County Cricket Club and congratulations to Jane Appleton and Gillian Tapping!

Many thanks to Matthew Kempson representing the Leicestershire Rural Partnership for kindly making the draw for the competition.

Thanks to everyone who took part in the competition and don't worry if you didn't win as we're starting a NEW competition from today!

We have more tickets to give away to watch cricket at Grace Road and to enter simply add your name to the new discussion forum topic (click on the link above). More »

To view the video of the draw please open the video attached below » Less

Posted: Mon, 11 Aug 2008 3:23pm

In the last week we have received several reports from around the district of letters being received notifying householders that they have won some money in a foreign lottery, in most of the recent cases it was the Spanish lottery that was mentioned. These letters will mostly ask for some form of payment up front in order to release the winnings.

This is a scam in almost every case.

Posted: Fri, 08 Aug 2008 4:20pm
More FREE Website Training dates

Due to popular demand for training Leicestershire Villages has more training dates available for you! If you are interested in learning how to submit information and create your own web pages then this course is for you. If you would like to attend one of these FREE training dates then please contact the admin team via admin@leicestershirevillages.com or call 0116 3055676. Included with your training is a FREE buffet lunch.

There is also Fresher Training for those of you who have already had training and would like to refresh on what you already know. You can view these dates by clicking on the above link.

Posted: Tue, 05 Aug 2008 12:42pm
Win tickets to watch Leicestershire at Grace Road!!

Leicestershire CCC are kindly offering Leicestershire Villages users the chance to win some FREE tickets to watch a match at Grace Road.

Until the end of the season we will be holding draws periodically to give away two pairs of adult tickets for a match of your choice (remember that kids go free so you can take your kids along as well!).

Click on the link above for more details and to enter the draw.

Leicestershire Trading Standards
Posted: Mon, 04 Aug 2008 12:40pm
Leicestershire Trading Standards

Leicestershire Trading Standards manage the rogue trader reporting website. Officers are encouraging Leicestershire residents to report any business that is engaged in unfair trading practices. All information is treated confidentially and can be left anonymously if required. All information is welcomed but Trading Standards are especially keen to hear about:

•Car Clocking
•Cowboy tradesmen
•Aggressive Selling techniques
•False claims concerning the business, product or service
•Counterfeit goods
•Illegal sales of age restricted products More »

Visit the site at www.ripofftipoff.net and please provide as much information as you can. » Less

Poster (PDF, 607 Kb)
Posted: Thu, 31 Jul 2008 4:01pm
Exciting Youth Dance Opportunity

Retina Youth Dance Company

Retina Dance Company is auditioning young dancers to take on a unique trip to Belgium. They are looking for 15 to 19 year olds that live in the East Midlands to create a new dance piece on, that will be performed in the Body Dynamics festival in Bornem, Belgium in October.

Retina is a professional international touring contemporary dance company based in Nottingham. As well as their touring productions they specialise in teaching contemporary dance to young, old, community and professional dancers. More »

Retina is looking for dancers with skills, but most importantly a passion to learn something new, push themselves physically and people that are willing to work hard to create a great new performance piece.

The audition is on Saturday August 16th at Leicester College and then you need to be available for rehearsals on October 4th – 5th, 11th, 18th. You will travel to Belgium on Friday October 24th, the festival is on the Saturday and Sunday and you will return on the Sunday evening.

To register for the audition or find out more Contact Joanna Smuga-Lumatz , admin@retinadance.com or phone 0115 947 6202 (ext 225)

Supported by Retina Dance Company, Dance 4, Youth Dance England, Arts Council England and Leicester College. » Less

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