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The presentation for the Best Village Competition sponsored by Calor took place at Beaumanor Hall, courtesy of Leicestershire County Council, on Sunday September 9th.
Seagrave and Uppingham will now go forward to represent Leicestershire and Rutland respectively at the Calor Village of the Year® for England competition 2007/8.
The Best Village Competition is organised by the Rural Community Council (Leicestershire & Rutland).
There's even more reason to 'GoLearn!' in Leicestershire this Autumn with a special discount offer available.
Our new 'GoLearn' brochure has been landing on doormats across Leicestershire and features details of over 1,400 courses on offer at 50 venues.
There are still places available, but they are filling up fast thanks to a special offer enabling residents to take part in both a leisure and a qualification course and receive a 20% discount when enrolling on them at the same time - both courses must cost £35 or more. More »
Why not join one of our adult learning courses this autumn at a centre near to you? There is a fantastic range of courses available ranging from languages, to how to use a computer more effectively and from astronomy to Bollywood dancing.
We continue to run all of our usual range of courses including arts, computing, cookery, sports, nutrition, and English and maths. Use our course search by clicking on the underlined heading, to find what's running at your local centre during the Autumn term, or find that particular course that you've been looking for.
People can sign up at the touch of a button by calling our new FREEPHONE enrolment team on 0800 988 0308 from 6 August - where information and advice is available about all courses offered, from Monday to Friday 10.00am to 8.00pm. You can still enrol through the colleges - summer opening times vary but enrolling centres will be open week commencing 13 August, and detailed course information is available from the college or on our learner site www.golearn.me.uk
Our new Autumn term brochure listing courses is also available at your local community college, or library. Alternatively you can request a copy by calling 0116 305 6387, emailing adultlearningleics.gov.uk with your address details, or by writing to Leicestershire Adult Learning Service, Room G16, County Hall, Glenfield, Leicester LE3 8RF.
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This course, which will be run by the East Midlands School for Social Entrepreneurs, has been designed to meet the specific needs of individuals who are actively engaged in either:
- forming, developing or managing a social enterprise or voluntary organisation and have responsibility for achieving organisational goals
- developing and leading an idea for a project that will benefit their community
- supporting emerging or established social enterprises and third sector organisations
For further information please refer to the attached documents. If you have any further questions please ring Ben Humphris on tel: 0116 222 2233.
Countesthorpe emerged the winners by 11 runs in the 2007 Col Sir Andrew Martin Cricket Competition. The game played on their home ground after a toss of a coin was against Cosby. Man of the match trophy went to a Cosby player. The Competition organised by The Rural Community Council (Leics & Rutland) is open to all small village cricket teams. For more details of the competition please contact Diana Cook firstname.lastname@example.org 0116 2689706
Training at Theddingworth in October and the Holiday Inn,Leicester in November are completely full with waiting lists for both. In December we plan to hold a training day in Rutland, so if you are interested, email email@example.com as soon as possible.
Next year training for January, Feb and March will be in Kegworth, Loughborough and Market Harborough, and if you would like your name to go on a list for further information, do please get in touch. There is no funding in place to continue these training days, so now is your last chance!
We are a newly formed branch for all divorced; separated or widowed people across the whole of Leicestershire; and we would like to welcome you to our new club; which meets each and every Sunday evening at eight of the clock, in ‘The Linford’, Newtown Linford; close to Bradgate Park.
You don’t have to be an expert to get involved.
The Heritage Warden network is made up of volunteers who help monitor and conserve the rich heritage of Leicestershire’s countryside and landscape.
The network is run with support from Leicestershire County Council’s Community Heritage Initiative, a project supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Rutland County Council. This scheme helps people to record and celebrate natural heritage and provides volunteers with a wealth of information, literature and support to undertake heritage and countryside studies. More »
Heritage Wardens are asked to keep an eye on local sites of heritage importance. Natural history recording is one of the main focuses of the project. Recording habitats, such as wildflower meadows, ancient woodlands, hedgerows and field ponds, is a top priority and will help to give an insight into the state of the environment in Leicestershire.
Being a Heritage Warden does not require any specialist expertise in the field of heritage recording and can take up as much or as little time as you can spare. By becoming a Heritage Warden you may be able to help in the conservation of the heritage in the local environment. Through local observation of sites, threats to their value can be ascertained at an early stage.
Wardens have access to:
Updates on legislation relevant to conservation and the countryside.
A wide range of information and expertise which local people will be able to tap into.
Training sessions to equip them with the skills needed to help safeguard local heritage.
Monthly newsletters informing them of current surveys, both local and national, relevant training courses and opportunities for funding.
To volunteer as Heritage Warden for your parish or for more information on the scheme, contact:
Community Heritage Initiative
Holly Hayes Environment and Heritage Resources Centre
Leicestershire County Council
216 Birstall Road, Birstall, Leicestershire, LE4 4DG
(0116) 267 1377 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
or visit the Community Heritage Initiative website at www.leics.gov.uk/heritage_wardens » Less
1:1 Sport & Physical Activity Funding Advice Sessions being held at libraries across the city and county.
Sessions are free and open to sports clubs and other voluntary organisations looking for funding to develop sport and physical activity projects.
For further information and bookings contact Lisa Smith, Sports Funding Officer 01509 226767 L.Smith4@lboro.ac.uk
Leicestershire County Council are looking for County residents to recruit members for their Citizen's Panel. Become a panel member and you can have a say in decisions that affect your local area. Panel members will be sent 4 or 5 questionnaires a year and will receive a newsletter giving them results and feedback. Listening to your views is important if the Council is to provide services that better reflect the priorities of its residents. So, what are you waiting for? Become a panel member today and have your say! If you have any questions, check out the discussion forum on this site.
The beautiful gardens and grounds of Beaumanor Hall, Woodhouse, will be open to all on Sunday September 9th from 11.00am to 4.00pm as part of an event hosted by the Rural Community Council (Leicestershire and Rutland). Bring along your picnic and enjoy the grounds and adventure playground free of charge.
Beaumanor Hall, situated within the village of Woodhouse in Leicestershire, was built during the 19th Century for the wealthy Herrick family and has played many roles over the years. Originally a grand country home, it later played an important part in World War Two, when it became a signals unit. It is now owned by Leicestershire County Council and is a busy Conference and Education Centre. Why not take this opportunity to also view some public areas inside the building and admire the ornate carving and artworks. Cream Teas will be available from the Beaumanor Dining Hall during the afternoon (price £4.50). More »
For more information please contact Diana Cook at the Rural Community Council (Leicestershire and Rutland) email: email@example.com or telephone0116 2689706 » Less
If you receive a phone call on your mobile from any person, saying that
he or she is a company engineer, or telling you that they're checking your
mobile line, and you have to press #90 or #09 or any other number. End
this call immediately without pressing any numbers. There is a fraud
company using a device that once you press #90 or #09 they can access
your "SIM" card and make calls at your expense.
Do you suffer noisy neighbours ,youths hanging around,underage drinking,drugs,
If so contact Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council Community Safety Team
01455 255746 to report it
Most people are fascinated by wildlife and increasingly people are spending more time outdoors, re-making connections with the countryside. In the past people kept nature diaries and used inspiration from the natural environment to feed in to all sort of hobbies from embroidery to poetry writing.
Now Leicestershire County Council’s Community Heritage Initiative is offering free training through the Creative Nature programme on topics including creative writing, digital photography and botanical drawing. The programme of free training is running from June 2007 through to summer 2008. More »
People can also request a free Recording Naturally pack which is full of ideas to make their own wildlife diaries, with modern day twists such as wildlife web sites and digital scrap books. The free pack complements many of the wildlife and habitat surveys available from the Initiative, which is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Rutland County Council.
For more information on the Creative Nature programme and current courses or a free Recording Naturally pack, please call 0116 267 1377, email firstname.lastname@example.org or write to Leicestershire County Council’s Environment and Heritage Resources Centre, Holly Hayes, 216 Birstall Road, Birstall, Leicester, LE4 4DG. To find out more information about recording the countryside, visit www.leics.gov.uk/celebrating_wildlife. A copy of the pack can also be downloaded from the website. » Less
Anyone aged between the ages of 11 and 20 is being urged to go “wildly wicked” this summer with a prize winning photography competition.
Leicestershire County Council’s Community Heritage Initiative is inviting entries on the theme of answering the question “What matters to you about your natural environment?” Photos can include the area where you live, wildlife, favourite natural place, or a record of our impact on the environment such as climate change, graffiti, pollution and recycling. More »
The competition is hoping to inspire young people to capture the environment around them and give them an opportunity to highlight the issues that matter to them. Research has shown environmental issues are important to young people and this project hopes to record local issues in a creative and visual way.
Prizes on offer include £100 music store vouchers and entries can be sent by text, post, email or be dropped off at local libraries.
Photos will be displayed on the County Council web site and in local publications and displays.
The closing date for entries is 31st October 2007.
For details of how to enter and a copy of the entry form, email email@example.com, go to www.leics.gov.uk/wildlywicked or telephone CHI on 0116 267 1377 » Less
A whole host of events including food trails, pork pie demos and vineyard tours will be taking place across the county from the 21st September to the 5th October.
For further details call Sarah McCartney on 0116 305 7023 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
A brand new guide called 'Leicestershire Attractions...by Bus' is now available from local Tourist Information Centres, Libraries, Service Shops and selected local tourist attractions from Monday 13th August.
The comprehensive, full colour, easy to use booklet provides information on a variety of local attractions categorised by both the attraction type and the district the attraction falls within.
The booklet provides both a map detailing the services then run past or near to the 50 listed attractions and then a table indicates the name of the operator and frequency information. More »
In addition to the bus service information, the booklet also contains a brief description of the attraction, along with opening hours and contact information.
If you would like to request a copy of the guide please call 0116 3058777 or e-mail: email@example.com. They can also be downloaded from the County Council's website: www.leics.gov.uk/transport_downloads » Less
Are you a local community group in need of funding? Why not have a look on the Leicestershire Funding Toolkit website, a one-stop website providing advice and information on funding for voluntary and community groups in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland. Advice includes preparing for funding applications, other sources of funding, project management and access to a database of over 4,000 potential funders. Please visit www.fundingtoolkit.org
We have produced a list of the 50 most visited sites on the Leicestershire Villages system. Have a look to see if your village has made the list and who is at the top.
If you have any queries about the Leicestershire Villages site you can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0116 3055676. » Less
Look out for the Big Wild Read, a summer reading challenge for children aged 4 - 12 in a library near you.
It starts on July 7th and finishes on September 8th.
Look out for Bigger Wild Reads if you are aged 12 - 16.
For more information check out www.leics.gov.uk/libraries or contact your local library.
The Leicestershire Rural Partnership will be holding their 11th Annual Conference from 9.30am on Friday 20th July 2007 at Hothorpe Hall (off A4304 near Theddingworth).
Lord Haskins will deliver the keynote speech followed by the launch our new Rural Strategy, our fourth, which looks ahead to 2014.
The afternoon will include interactive sessions looking at where the Partnership will “fit” with key strategies such as the Leicestershire Sustainable Community Strategy and Local Area Agreement and how we intend to get rural to the top of the agenda. More »
The conference agenda and booking form are attached. You can also book on-line by clicking the title of this news item.
We would be grateful for your completed booking forms by Monday 8 July 2007.
If you have any queries please contact Matthew Kempson (email@example.com 0116 265 6179) » Less