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Posted: Fri, 24 Oct 2008 9:53am
Funding Guide 2008 now published

The new RCC Community Funding Guide has just been published. In addition to hints and tips on applying for funding you will find details of over 150 funders.

Climate change and energy advice
Posted: Wed, 22 Oct 2008 10:12am

The Rural Community Council(Leicestershire & Rutland)are hosting 2 seminars that will help people to understand and react to climate change issues and rising fuel costs.
VENUE 1 : Kibworth Grammar SchoolHall (Harborough District)
DATE: 22nd October 2008

VENUE 2 : Thornton Village Hall (Hinckley & Bosworth)
DATE: 30th October 2008

To book a place please contact dcook@ruralcc.org.uk
0116 2689706

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RCC achieves national accreditation
Posted: Mon, 20 Oct 2008 10:03am

The Rural Community Council (Leicestershire & Rutland) has been awarded a national quality standards accreditation, making it only the 7th RCC out of 38 in the country to reach this standard.

In 2005 the RCC reached Defra Level 1 followed in 2006 with Level 2. In August 2008 the RCC submitted a wide range of documents and policies for inspection. In September telephone interviews were conducted by the inspection team with key stakeholders. On 14 /15th October an inspecting officer from ACRE (Action for Communities in Rural England) visited the RCC and carried out a series of interviews and a further inspection. More »

Not only is this RCC the first outside the South Western Region to achieve Level 3, it also had the honour of being given the result immediately after the inspection was completed. This is highly unusual as most RCCs have to provide supplementary information before accreditation is given.

Nikki Hening, a trustee of the charity and an accredited inspector herself said, “A great deal of hard work has gone into this result and everyone should feel extremely pleased. To obtain 6 areas of good practice identified is excellent and a tremendous achievement. It makes me proud to be a Trustee of such an RCC.”

For further information contact RCC Chief Executive Jeremy Prescott on 0116 2689700 » Less

Posted: Fri, 10 Oct 2008 1:52pm




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Blue Badge Holders still miss out on benefits
Posted: Thu, 02 Oct 2008 12:51pm

Leicestershire County Council, Age Concern and other agencies in the LAA partnership are still concerned that people who are in possession of a blue disabled badge for their vehicle are still not claiming extra money they may be entitled to. Under most circumstances people over 65 probably should be claiming Attendance Allowance which is worth an extra £44.85 or £67 per week. No-one is interested in your income or your savings it is not means tested and will not affect any other benefit.

During the month of October those people who have a blue badge and are over 65 and not claiming Attendance Allowance are invited to ring FREEPHONE 0800-5677-047 between the hours of 1.30pm to 4pm Monday to Friday to speak to a trained advisor. All paperwork will be completed for you. More »


Posted: Tue, 30 Sep 2008 12:48pm
Col Sir Andrew Martin Memorial Cricket Competition

The Col Sir Andrew Martin Memorial Cricket Cup Final

The final of the Col Sir Andrew Martin Cricket Competition, run by the competitions volunteers at the Rural Community Council, was played at Newtown Linford between Newtown Linford and Sharnford Cricket Clubs on Sunday 28th September. Sharnford emerged winners over Newtown Linford.

Following the match, trophies were presented by the Chairman of the Rural Community Council (Leicestershire & Rutland) Mr Dale Mortimer.

Twelve village cricket teams entered the competition.

Performance of "Africa's Hope" on Monday 29th September at William Bradford Community College, 6.00pm
Posted: Thu, 25 Sep 2008 5:02pm

Leicestershire County Council will be hosting a performance of "Africa's Hope" at William Bradford Community College, on Monday 29th September, at 6.00pm and we would like to invite you to attend this FREE performance.

Mashirika is a youth performing arts company from Rwanda, consisting of survivors from the 1994 Rwandan genocide. ”Africa's Hope” was developed in collaboration with the Aegis Trust and tells the story of the Rwandan genocide, its aftermath and Rwanda’s road towards a hopeful future. Through their performance, the group conveys sensitive issues in a theatre environment and challenges people to confront the tragic outcomes of prejudice, division and racism. More »

The play has been extremely successful in previous visits to the UK, including a performance at the 2005 G8 Summit in Gleneagles. The play is being further endorsed by Leicestershire County Council, as it supports the Council's Community Cohesion and Equality and Diversity strategies, as well as addressing issues relating to the Citizenships agenda in schools.

The Council is very excited about this opportunity, and we would welcome your support and involvement in what promises to be a unique and powerful learning experience for all individuals involved.

If you are interested in attending the event, or have any questions or queries regarding the performance, please contact Noel Singh, Policy Officer, Leicestershire County Council, on 0116 3057020.

For further details, go to
http://mashirika.aegistrust.co.uk/ » Less

Warning Re Leaflets Charging For Neighbourhood Watch
Posted: Thu, 25 Sep 2008 12:12pm
Warning Re Leaflets Charging For Neighbourhood Watch

We have recently had several phone calls from members who have been worried by leaflets arriving on their doorsteps which appear to be asking for money in return for membership of Neighbourhood Watch. Bob Scott, the Partnerships Coordinator for the Force, said; “Neighbourhood Watch is about communities in local areas working together to reduce the risk of becoming a victim of crime. Leicestershire Constabulary provide a free messaging system to alert members of local incidents and to provide crime reduction advice. Neighbourhood Watch volunteers based in police stations, supported by police staff, provide this information. All their services are completely free. There are other charity organisations, operating independently, who provide similar services, however they do make an annual charge for these. It is a matter of personal choice, but there is no need for anyone to pay for these services”

Posted: Wed, 24 Sep 2008 2:50pm
Special offer at the library - FREE films and music

Fancy chilling out this autumn watching a great movie or listening to your favourite sounds for FREE? Well just pop into your nearest County library and ask about the latest credit-crunching offer!

Just borrow 6 books on your ticket and save money with a free loan of any CD, DVD or talking book. This seasonal special offer is available in all Leicestershire libraries and mobiles that stock these items from 22 September until 5 October.

The library service has a great range of DVDs and CDs to keep everyone entertained, including new titles, available at the majority of Leicestershire libraries. The collections include children's films, blockbusters, Bollywood, television series, drama and classics, plus a huge range of music to choose from, including … More »

• pop and rock
• jazz
• classical
• easy listening
• films and shows
• asian music
• music DVDs.

Head of Leicestershire County Council’s Library Service, Margaret Bellamy, said: “We have a great range of CDs, DVDs and talking books to suit all interests and ages. I’m delighted that we can offer this fantastic deal to all our users, including new library members who can join for free”.

Anyone wanting more information about this offer or Leicestershire Library Services should call into any County library, telephone 0116 305 6988, email libraries@leics.gov.uk or visit www.leics.gov.uk/libraries » Less

Grassroots Grants Programme for Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland
Posted: Tue, 23 Sep 2008 11:02am

Voluntary Action Leicester and Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland Community Foundation (LLRCF) have been successful in submitting a partnership bid which has been approved by the Community Development Foundation (who are administering this on behalf of the Office of the Third Sector). This has resulted in VAL administering the grants programme and LLRCF leading on the ‘Endowment Match Challenge’.

A total of £1.24m will be available to community groups in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland between 2008 and 2011. To be eligible, groups must have an average annual income of £20,000 or less over the last 3 years. The programme objectives are flexible and groups will be able to apply to ‘meet locally identified needs’ and build their own capacity. The maximum award available to groups will be £5,000. More »

Voluntary Action Leicester are delighted to be in a position to fund grassroots level community groups and support the vital work that they do in their communities.

Application forms, guidance notes and Frequently Asked Questions regarding this programme are available on Voluntary Action Leicester's website


For further details regarding the Grassroots Grants programme, please contact Angela Riley at VAL on (0116) 2575052 or email angela@voluntaryactionleicester.org.uk » Less

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

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