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Welcome to Medbourne

See also the Medbourne Village Hall web site at www.medbournevillagehall.co.uk.

Superfast Broadband now live

Our superfast fibre optic broadband service is now live - 15th June 2015. This is the BT Openreach infrastructure that supports a variety of retail suppliers and is the result of the Leicestershire County Council Superfast Broadband programme.

You should be able to contact your supplier to upgrade your broadband service. However, some suppliers may be a little slower than others in offering the service; typically BT and PlusNet are early to market and others follow within a couple of weeks, e.g. Sky,TalkTalk.

Before you order you may want to check out what speed is available to you as this varies according to your distance from the cabinet (opposite the Village Hal). The Leicestershire County Council line checker can be found here. You simply type in your telephone number and it replies with your expected download speed.

Youth Club

You may be aware that the Youth Club has not been hosted in Medbourne for some time now; it used to alternate between here and Great Easton. For whatever reason, possibly including lack of proximity, there are no young people from Medbourne currently attending. The current Youth Leaders all come from Great Easton.

The Parish Council is keen to ensure that the facility of a Youth Club is not denied to our young people, including those who might be future attendees. Also, the PC contributes financially to the Youth Club so is keen that its contribution benefits local youngsters. At the same time, the viability of the Youth Club may be endangered in both locations without the PC's contribution.

Consequently, there are a few simple questions for which the Parish Council would like an answer:

    1. Do you know of young people who would definitely attend Youth Club in Medbourne?
    2. If not now, then do you know of young people, currently too young, who will attend in the future?
    3. Do you know of anyone who stopped attending Youth Club and, if so, what was the reason?
    4. Would you be interested in helping to organise the Youth Club?
    5. Are there any other comments you would like to make on this subject?

Please email the site administrator who will collate the answers for the Parish Council.

Also, please take the trouble to mention this to anyone you know in the village who has an interest in this topic.

This is a "use it or lose it" issue so please make sure you have your say.

New Village Web Site

The Parish Council Web Site and this site both run on infrastructure provided by Leicestershire County Council. LCC have informed us that they will no longer support the infrastructure from April 2015; the infrastructure remains available to use but will eventually be switched off in August 2016.

As a result we will have to re-host all our content onto a new platform. At the Parish Council meeting on 13th April 2015 they accepted a proposal to merge the two sites into one, both to reduce the redevelopment effort and to improve the user experience. Having a new platform provides us with an opportunity that we didn't have before - to design something specific for our village. To this end it is suggested that we form a volunteer group to help with the design and testing of the new site; the PC also endorsed this idea.

Hence, there is a need for volunteers. You don't need to be a technical expert, merely online savvy; this exercise is about the look-and-feel of the site initially and, when there's a prototype available, it will be about testing the new site and making comments on its usability and content. This is a very good opportunity for some of the younger members of our community to get involved in a village project though, of course, all ages are welcome.

As Site Administrator I have offered to undertake the technical development and I have also received a kind offer of help from de Montfort University. I will be downloading all our current content from the LCC infrastructure and, to some extent, how easily we can convert that content will inform the design of the new site.

If you would like to get involved please email the site administrator David Tuffs.

Follow us via Email or Twitter

It's now much easier to keep up-to-date with what's going on in Medbourne - you can subscribe to the Medbourne Village email list or follow us on Twitter. Go to the Email and Twitter page to find out how to subscribe.

Event organisers please note – you should post your event online so it will automatically be emailed and tweeted to all the subscribers. This is going to be one of the most important publicity mechanisms in the village. Click here.

Medbourne's Communal Site

This website is for you, the people of Medbourne. It is a shared community resource and, as such, it is promoted by Medbourne Parish Council. Please register to the site to gain full access to all the facilities it can provide. Once you are registered you can post items in to the local postings section such as news, events and photographs.

The volunteer site adminstrator for Medbourne is David Tuffs, please contact him if you want to make a contribution or if you have any queries about the site. You can call David on 01858 565911.

The Village

Medbourne is an ancient village with a medieval stone bridge over a brook, a beautiful church and a traditional pub. Medbourne was originally a Roman settlement, on the route from Leicester to Colchester. The village lies in a valley carved out by the Medbourne Brook, which is a tributary of the river Welland.

Nowadays, Medbourne is a conservation area whose historic stone cottages, large elegant houses and leafy walks combine to make the village one of the most picturesque in the Welland Valley.