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Grab a Tree for Free 2015
In the National Forest and beyond
The overwhelmingly popular Free Tree Scheme is back again and you can help to continue the success of the scheme by supporting it this year.
The scheme has already seen thousands of trees planted across the district and the District Council is once again teaming up with The National Forest Company to make our district even greener.
There are four trees to choose from: Crab Apple; Hazel; Rowan; Bird Cherry.
Again this year we have the Hedge Fund with residents able to order up to 30 metres of hedging. More »
For full details and to order online please click here
Trees will be available for collection on Sunday 22nd November.
Place your order before 30 October 2015 to receive your free trees
Please note - the Free Tree and Hedge Fund schemes are open to North West Leicestershire residents. If you live outside the district please contact your local council to see if they operate a similar scheme. » Less
North West Leicestershire District Council is helping residents to buy electricity and gas together, to bring the price down. The more people who join the scheme, the bigger the savings *
It's so simple... register online at www.nwleics.gov.uk/switch or call 01530 454545 to sign up with a council advisor before Tuesday 13 October.
Your details will go into a collective auction on Wednesday 14 October, where energy suppliers bid for the registrations.
The cheapest supplier wins the auction and will send each registered household their energy offer. You are under no obligation to take the offer, but if you do take it, the switch is done automatically by the scheme. You can even sign up if you're on a pre-payment meter. More »
On Wednesday 2nd September from 2pm until 6pm at Moira Youth Club there will be a presentation of the proposals for a Residential Care Development at Willow Farm, Ashby Road, Moira.
The presentation is open to all members of the public and visitors will be able to view drawings of the proposed development. The architects will be in attendance to answer questions or receive comments.
You can still sign up to an Adult Learning course before 31 August and receive 10% discount on your course tuition fees.
The autumn is traditionally the time to enrol onto a course, and there are 100s of inspiring learning opportunities that could help to change your life for the better.
Some courses lead to valuable qualifications that could impact on your life with job progression, a new career, confidence building to help your children at school or improve your general health and wellbeing with a new interest or increased fitness. More »
Simply browse the courses online, call into your local library or learning centre to pick up a brochure, or call our Freephone enrolment line to get more information on courses. » Less
National Forest Folk Club, The Moira Miners Welfare Club, Moira. DE12 6BP. 01676 540219
Friday 11th September. Tickets £10.00
You could be forgiven for thinking at first listen; singer/guitarist Sunjay is older than his 21 years.
With a relaxed and confident manner, vocal style and mastery of his instrument he walks onto a stage and addresses the audience as though he is sitting down to play music with a group of close friends; a completely natural approach for a young man who picked up the guitar when he was just 4 years old and hasn't put it down since. More »
Sunjay's style has that natural drift between folk and blues and both camps have recognised his obvious flair. There have been a clutch of award nominations, including winning the Wath Festival Young Performers Award. He also made the final selection for the BBC's Young Folk Award in 2012, had three nominations at the Exposure Music Awards 2014 and was also recognised by the 2014 British Blues Awards.
Drawing from a rich, musical and cultural background it is hardly surprising that Sunjay has quickly become recognised as one of the UK's rising stars. His performances have been described as "mature & confident", while his guitar playing has been hailed as "superb, brilliant, experienced, intricate & faultless".
Sunjay clocked over a hundred tour dates in 2013 supporting the likes of Steeleye Span, Martin Simpson, Passenger, and Terry Reid. With two albums already to his name, ('Seems So Real' 2011 and 'One Night Only' 2013) Sunjay has just recorded his third release ("Sunjay" released 29th September 2014).
The self-titled new album features Sunjay at his finest, collaborating with musicians including producer Eddy Morton (The Bushbury Mountain Daredevils), Liam Genockey (Steeleye Span), Katriona Gilmore (Gilmore & Roberts), Dan Walsh (Walsh & Pound), Sarah Smout (The Gren Bartley Band), and Charlie Barker.
Already creating a stir with talents way beyond his years. A really soothing, natural sound and most definitely destined for bigger things." - Maverick Magazine
"For such a young performer, Sunjay shows real confidence, maturity and ease on stage that it seems like he has been doing nothing else all of his life." – Folk All Magazine
"A great voice."- Blues Matters Magazine
"He's a wizard on the guitar; I think I'd call it jazz-folk!" – Vin Garbutt
"An amazing picker, a must see." – Terry Reid
"Listen, watch and take note." - FATEA Magazine » Less
Would you like to acquire new skills, gain more qualifications, find a different job, develop a new interest or simply take your life in a new direction? The new-look adult learning autumn course programme offers 100s of daytime, evening and weekend learning opportunities that could help you change your life for the better!
View online or browse the course search - visit www.leics.gov.uk/GoLearn. Alternatively brochures will be available in County libraries from early August.
If you enrol before 14 August you get a massive 20% off your course tuition fees! More »
You may also be able to pay by instalments to help you spread the costs. If you are in receipt of certain benefits or have a low household income (a single household income of £18,572 or a joint household income of £23,716), you may already be able to access a 70% discount on tuition fees, or courses may be completely free.
Our Learner Support Fund is also available to help meet costs relating to your course, such as your tuition and exam fees, childcare, transport, books and materials, so please ask at enrolment.
Remember - the 20% Early Bird discount also applies to all courses starting next spring and summer!
Follow us on facebook for all the latest news and course information - Facebook.com/Leicsgolearn
Enrol online at www.leics.gov.uk/golearn or ring our enrolment line 0116 305 0820 or freephone 0800 988 0308. Our team of advisors can offer advice about courses and enrolment fees. If lines are busy then please leave your phone number or email address and we will get back to you as soon as possible. » Less
LEARN TO LOVE LEFTOVERS! Join our cookery classes for FREE next week:
Tuesday 7th July 7-9pm
Wednesday 8th July 7-9pm
at Moira Village Hall, Ashby Road, Moira, DE12 6DP
Improve your cooking skills and find out how you could save up to £60 a month!
That's extra cash to spend on your holiday. Call 0116 305 7699 or email email@example.com
I am about to embark on my 5th 90 minute run around the LCFC pitch to raise money for the LCFC Foxes Foundation chosen Charities. My first run took place at the very last match played at Filbert Street before the match against Spurs and I raised £800. In my last 3 runs I have challenged myself to run full laps of the King Power Stadium pitch. I managed to raise £2,711 in 2012 running 51 laps before the West Ham match and raised £1,242 in 2013 running 52 laps before the Watford match . Last season was a great occasion as the team won the Championship and gained promotion to the Premier League. I managed to raise £1,051 running 50 laps before the Doncaster Rovers match.
I have just turned 54 and am not getting any younger... but once again I will be challenging myself to run as many full laps around the pitch before the QPR match that takes place on Sunday 24th May. Those of you who know me will know that I will give maximum effort running around the four corner flags where I am hoping to hit the 50 laps mark once more.
This season's LCFC Foxes Foundation beneficiaries:
Leicester Hospitals Charity
Leicestershire Autistic Society
Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research (Leicester & Rutland Branch)
Lord Mayors Appeal (Prostate Cancer UK – Silver Star Diabetes – Leicester Sea Cadets)
LCFC Foxes Foundation Charity Number 1144791 More »
I would really appreciate it if you would make a donation to my just giving page.
Donations can also be made by texting GUNN61 With the amount i.e. £5 to 70070
I also have the good old fashioned paper sponsorship if preferred.
Many thanks in anticipation of your help.
Richard Gunn. » Less
Local sight loss charity Vista has launched a brand new Mobile Support Service for older people at risk of developing sight loss in Leicestershire.
The service, in partnership with Leicestershire County Council, will tour the county in a specially designed mobile unit, providing information, support and advice.
North West Leicestershire is first on the tour, and during April it will visit a variety of locations across the region.
The Mobile Support Service will visit Moira Village Hall, Ashby Road, Moira on Wednesday 29th April, 10am – 12.30pm. More »
1.8 million people are living with significant sight loss in the UK, and evidence suggests that over 50 per cent of sight loss is due to preventable or treatable causes. Vista will raise awareness of the signs and symptoms of sight loss, the importance of early diagnosis and the links between lifestyle and sight loss.
Manned by friendly staff, the vehicle features an open plan welcome area, leaflet display and a seating area for individual consultation and support. During their time on board, visitors can:
- Learn how a healthy lifestyle can reduce the risk of sight loss, the importance of regular sight tests and spotting conditions early
- Find out more about the support and services available through Vista
- Discover equipment and technologies that can support people with sight loss.
The programme will also support older people already experiencing sight loss, enabling them to access dedicated information, advice and support in their local communities.
Notice of Election
Election of District and Parish Councillors
More Leicestershire homes and businesses gearing up to reach the high-speed broadband fast lane
A £9.2 million contract to expand high-speed broadband to even more rural communities across Leicestershire was signed on Friday 13th March.
The partnership between Leicestershire County Council and BT will see more than 10,000 extra homes and businesses get access to fibre broadband technology as part of the Government's Superfast Extension Programme.
The latest multi-million pound Superfast Leicestershire contract, signed at Prestwold Hall, Loughborough, includes £3.45m from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), £2.3m from BT, £2m from the Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership (LLEP) as part of its Local Growth Deal and £1.45m from the county council. More »
Pam Posnett, Leicestershire County Council's cabinet member for rural broadband, said: "This contract builds on the success of our current rollout and will enable us to drive broadband speeds up across rural Leicestershire.
"This is an exciting project that is continuing at pace, connecting more communities and businesses together thanks to the internet."
Steve Henderson, BT's regional director for next generation access, said, "The Superfast Leicestershire partnership has already made fibre broadband available to tens of thousands of homes and businesses across the county. This has transformed the way people use the internet, the services that local businesses are able to provide, and the way that everyone can learn online. We're delighted to have been selected by the council to work with them to extend that reach even further in the coming years."
Areas of the county expected to benefit from the contract extension and get access to fibre for the first time include Frisby on the Wreake, Eastwell, Seagrave, Shawell, Lockington, Congerstone, and Orton-on-the-Hill, as well as additional parts of South Wigston, Stoney, Stanton, Blaby, Ullesthorpe and Burton on the Wolds.
A revised interactive map is now available on the Superfast Leicestershire website that shows the full expected coverage across the county. The first properties to benefit from this latest phase are expected to go live towards the end of 2016, with the rollout expected to be completed by the end of 2018.
More than 25,000 premises already have access to superfast broadband thanks to the first Superfast Leicestershire contract signed between Leicestershire County Council and BT in 2013. As part of this work, 124 green roadside fibre cabinets have already been installed and more than 270kms of fibre cable laid.
Digital Economy Minister Ed Vaizey said: "Today's announcement marks the next step in the transformation of the digital landscape of Leicestershire. We want as many people as possible to enjoy the benefits of superfast broadband, and this new £9.2 million investment will help us reach another 10,000 local homes and businesses. By 2017, 95% of the UK will be able to access superfast speeds and I congratulate Superfast Leicestershire for the remarkable progress they have made already in helping us deliver this."
Moira Community Litter Pick - Saturday 21st March 2015 between 10am and 12noon.
We will be holding a community litter-pick in an attempt to give some of our street and public spaces a much needed spring clean. The more people who help, the more areas we can clear, so please join us if you can.
More details in the attached press release.
North West Leicestershire District Council is helping unemployed people of the district to get work experience, advice and employment with a dedicated day called 'Help to Work'.
From 11am to 3pm on Wednesday 25 February, the Help to Work event at Hermitage Park Hotel, Whitwick Road, Coalville will see a wide variety of exhibitors offering their services and advice to the people of North West Leicestershire.
The event is being run by the council on behalf of the Department of Work and Pensions.
Exhibitors already confirmed include: More »
- Worth-It projects - provides coaching, training and personal development programmes to vulnerable young peopleand adults
- Vantage Recruitment - employment and recruitment company
- JobCentre Plus – the Government department
- Wheels to Work – a moped hire scheme available to those who are struggling to get to work due to transport barriers
- Clockwise - a credit union for people who live and work in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland
- Prince's Trust - gives young people the practical and financial support they need to stabilise their lives. Helps develop key skills, confidence and motivation, enabling young people to move into work, education or training
- Whitwick Community Enterprises – set up by local people to help others in the local community
- Citizens Advice Bureau – provides free, independent, confidential and impartial advice to everyone on their rights and responsibilities
- Stephensons College
- Voluntary Action Leicestershire
- Benefit & Welfare Support NWLDC
Visitors to the event will have access to expertise in recruitment and advice on how to gain work experience and the benefits of getting it, as well as general advice for people who don't know what they want to do.
Councillor Tony Gillard, Portfolio Holder for Business at North West Leicestershire District Council, said: "This is a great opportunity for people to gain some valuable advice from those who know what they're talking about. It's an opportunity to discuss with somebody what you would like to do and work out how you can do it. Most of all, it gives you the best opportunity to gain employment or find out how to do so."
The Help to Work event takes place on Wednesday 25 February, 11am – 3pm at the Hermitage Park Hotel, Whitwick Road, Coalville. » Less
Could your community benefit from a cash boost of up to £500?
North West Leicestershire District Council have now launched their Small Grant Scheme for local community and voluntary groups.
Grants are available for one-off pieces of expenditure for projects, equipment and other items, which will help your organisation to do more, to reach more people, to provide better services or just to try something different. The grant scheme can make a big difference in helping communities get schemes and projects started. More »
We're booking our holidays this week - brush up YOUR holiday phrases with a Leicestershire Adult Learning Service 6 week beginners language course:
French @ Coalville – 25th Feb
Greek @ Mkt Harborough – 24th Feb
Italian @ Coalville – 27th Feb
Italian @ Groby – 24th Feb
Italian @ Loughborough – 25th Feb
Spanish @ Coalville – 24th Feb
Spanish @ Enderby Brockington – 26th Feb
Spanish @ Hinckley JCC – 25th Feb
Spanish @ Thurmaston Roundhill – 25th Feb More »
Explore the county on a local parish walk
If you feel like strolling around an historic town or rambling through the woods, exploring on foot is a great way to relax, discover new places and keep active. Most people in the county live within 500 meters of a footpath, meaning many sights and attractions are only a short distance away.
You can now see all local parish walks on our new website.
A call has gone out to honour Leicestershire people and places in the second round of Leicestershire County Council's Green Plaque Awards scheme.
Nominations are now open for the scheme at http://www.leics.gov.uk/greenplaques with a closing date of Friday 23rd January when a dozen of the county's most famous people and buildings will be shortlisted by a panel of judges, before votes are sought for the top six from the general public.
The scheme has had a successful first year with the public nominating and voting for the local people and places they wanted to see honoured with an Award. More »
The first six recipients included writer and comedian Graham Chapman from Melton, Burbage's Dambuster pilot Geoffrey Rice, social reformer Charles Booth from Thringstone, teacher/missionary Alice Young from Enderby, Kibworth Harcourt's First World War hero James Lochhead Jack and The John Taylor Bellfoundry in Loughborough.
Details of the scheme so far, photos of the events in honour of the six finalists from 2014 and the criteria we use to evaluate nominations are all available at http://www.leics.gov.uk/greenplaques. » Less
January 2015 - what better time to embrace new learning opportunities for your future wellbeing and prosperity?
If your New Year's resolution is to boost your job prospects, pursue a new interest, learn IT skills, improve your health and wellbeing or to brush up on English and Maths for FREE, now's the time to get back into learning!
The GoLearn spring 2015 course programme offers you an inspiring range of learning opportunities. Choose from part-time day, evening and weekend courses at venues across Leicestershire with huge discounts available for learners on certain benefits, or courses may even be FREE! More »
There are a variety of enjoyable courses where you can learn useful new skills that will positively impact on your life. With 100s of inspirational part-time courses to choose from - some leading to a recognised qualification - discover the many ways you can improve your health and wellbeing during 2015!
• Over spent at Christmas? Learn how to get to grip with your finances
• Low self-esteem? Discover how to improve your confidence
• Need a creative outlet? Express yourself on a cookery, art, writing or pottery class
• Over indulged during the festive season? Improve your health and fitness with Pilates, ballet or yoga
• Is music the soundtrack of your life? Sing for your wellbeing or learn to play the guitar
• Inspired by fabric and textiles? Need to update your wardrobe? Master the art of sewing and stitch crafts
• Lacking confidence with computers or your new Tablet? Learn the basics and more!
Find your ideal course and enrol now! Download a course brochure or search and enrol online at www.leics.gov.uk/GoLearn, call 0800 988 0308 or pick up a copy from any Leicestershire Libraries or Adult Learning Enrolment centre. » Less
Are you a kind, patient person? Would you like to help your community? Do you have two hours a week to spare?
HeadstART is a special social group based in Moira, offering art tuition and emotional support to adults with physical and/or mental health issues.
The group is small and friendly, with attendees enjoying company, chat and the encouragement of a tutor to help them create their art and have a relaxing time.
We really need a volunteer to help us for two hours on Monday mornings. Could this person be you? The duties aren't difficult, and you'll be making a real difference to people's lives. No experience or art skills needed, just a caring nature and a little spare time. More »
To find out more, please ring Sara on 01332 863240 for a friendly informal chat. » Less
Help celebrate young people's achievements in your community by sending in your nomination for the Lord-Lieutenant's Award for Young People 2015. The Lord-Lieutenant's Award for Young People 2015 aims to identify, celebrate and reward the very best examples of achievement by young people in Leicester and Leicestershire.
The award is open to 13 to 19 year olds, and individuals can be nominated by other young people, their school, parent / carer, or any other agency or individual.
The categories for 2015 are: More »
- Young Braveheart
- Young Volunteer
- Young Sportsperson
- Young Artist
Plus over the coming four years there will be a special category dedicated to commemorating the centenary of the First World War. This year we are looking for a Young Poet to help commemorate the Centenary of the First World War through poetry.
The closing date for entries for the 2015 awards is 31 January 2015.