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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!
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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
TEMPORARY TRAFFIC REGULATION ORDER OF : B581 Stoney Stanton Road: B581 Broughton Road: B4114 Coventry Roads
Leicestershire County Council Highways has agreed to the TTRO of the above roads.
B581 Stoney Stanton Road: B581 Broughton Road: B4114 Coventry Roads (see attached plans). The purpose of the TTRO is to facilitate Night time Carriageway Surfacing Works.
Introduction of a Temporary 30mph Speed Restriction to a 10mph Speed Restriction for (Convoy Working)
That length of road known as B4114 Coventry Road for 400 metres approx either side of site. More »
Prohibition of Through Traffic
1. That length of road known as B581 Broughton Road from the junction with B4114 Coventry Road in a westerly direction for 200 metres approx.
2. That length of road known as B581 Coventry Road from the junction with B4114 Coventry Road in a easterly direction for 300 metres approx..
It is expected that the work will be over 5 Weekday Nights (19:00 hours to 06:00 hours): Between Monday 13th July 2015 to Friday 17th July 2015:
During the closure the alternative route for users will be via :-
B581 Broughton Astley Side:- Coventry Road, Broughton Way, Station Road, Dunton Lane, Broughton Lane, Coopers Lane, A426 Lutterworth Road, Blaby Bypass, B582 Enderby Road, Blaby Road, B4114 Leicester Road, King Edward Avenue, Coventry Road, Guthlaxton Gap, Coventry Road & Vice Versa.
B581 Stoney Stanton Side:- B581 Broughton Road (part), C6707 Sapcote Road, (Stoney Stanton), C6707 Grace Road, (Sapcote), B4669 Leicester Road, (Sapcote) & Vice Versa
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:Les Ebrey
Leics Highways Tel: 0116 305 0001 » Less
URGENT – CAN YOU HELP?
Want to meet people, get some exercise and help a local charity raise much needed funds? We urgently require a lottery collector to call four-weekly on two small, established rounds in Narborough (The Pastures/Redhill).
Would you or someone you know be interested in collecting LOROS Lottery subscriptions for us? Maybe you have just moved house and don't know anyone in your area? We are desperately looking for anyone with a couple of hours to spare. There is no cold calling involved and everyone on the round has indicated that they would like a collector to call. Most importantly, it is a very worthwhile way of supporting LOROS. More »
Give the Lottery Office a call on (0116) 231 8430 if you would like to have an informal chat and find out more about becoming a LOROS Lottery Collector. » Less
A Place to Grow, Blaby District Council's community garden project, is hosting a family open day on Saturday 27 June, from 11am-2pm.
Taking place at Mill Lane, Enderby, LE19 4LX (next to Enderby Leisure Centre), the open day will host many stalls including a plant and produce stall, free health checks and a Tai Chi taster session.
Councillor Sheila Scott, portfolio holder for Health Improvement and Leisure Services, said: "A Place to Grow is such an important site for the people who use it on a regular basis. This open day means everyone in attendance will get to see the brilliant work that is done and hopefully attract more people to the garden." More »
Supporting positive health and wellbeing, A Place to Grow is a free to use sustainable community garden. The project encourages people to learn new skills by producing and eating healthy food, being physically active, getting involved in the community and meeting new people in a friendly, informal and safe environment.
The site is aimed at anyone with mental and physical health related problem who wants to improve their Health and Wellbeing.
For more information contact Health and Leisure Services on 0116 272 7703 or e-mail email@example.com. » Less
Blaby District Council's BEAT team are holding a free talk on CVs called CV Workshop at Blaby District Council Offices on Monday 22nd June at 1.30pm. Any Blaby district resident is welcome to come along.
Cut out the stress of driving and parking in the city centre and spend more valuable time with the kids this half term. The Park & Ride offers hassle free, regular travel into the city centre.
Whether your family is cinema crazy, keen on King Richard III or they fancy getting creative at the Spark Festival (the largest children's arts festival in England & Wales), the Park & Ride is there for you.
The Park & Ride terminals boast ample, secure parking including parent and child spaces* plus children under the age of five** travel for free. More »
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
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."
Get 15% off* 4-weekly and 10-day tickets, 2 March - 11 April.
Whether it's for work, to shop or to see the game - let the Park & Ride get you there.
How much could you save?
- 10-day ticket was £26 now £22
- 4-weekly ticket was £42 now £35.50
Driving and parking in the city centre could be a thing of the past! Take advantage of hassle free travel every 12 - 15 mins.
Download your voucher at: www.quicksilverbus.co.uk/villages
*limited time offer on tickets purchased between 2 March - 11 April, completed voucher required. T&Cs apply, see website for details
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 »
Cut out the stress of traffic and parking and spend more, valuable time with the kids by using the Park & Ride this half term.
Whether your family is cinema crazy, fascinated with football, or wants to step back in time with King Richard III or the New Walk museum - the Park & Ride can help, by offering hassle free, regular travel into the city centre.
The terminals boast ample, secure parking including parent and child spaces* plus children under the age of 5** travel for free.
Birstall & Enderby services only*
Standard fares apply for children aged 5 and over, group tickets also available** » Less
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.
The new round of Your Shire Grant is open for applicants.
All you need to do is follow the link to our website where full details are available, including deadlines for applications and an opportunity to explore community projects ideas before applications are submitted.
Funds available could cover a variety of needs and the process is open and straightforward.
There will also be a number of workshops over the next few weeks and until 4th February so if you have any questions or if you need to talk to someone about your ideas, you can attend one of these workshops. See flyer attached for further details.
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
Following a public consultation in 2014, Leicestershire County Council agreed a new library service to meet ongoing budget challenges. We now need to ensure that the mobile library service can meet local needs with an effective, flexible and reliable service across Leicestershire. In order to do this we are consulting on a number of proposals.
The council is proposing to:
- change the frequency of visits to locations currently served by a mobile library to either once every 3 weeks or once a month from a current fortnightly visit.
- update the network of mobile library stops to take account of new developments and to reflect actual service usage.
- Make any changes from September this year.
Consultation documents, including a survey, are available at www.leics.gov.uk/haveyoursay/mobilelibraries as well as all libraries and mobile libraries. Alternatively, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 0116 305 4699. More »
The consultation closes on Wednesday 8 April. » Less
Christmas and New Year may have passed but don't get the back to work blues just yet, we're giving you something to ease the return!
In January, try the Park & Ride from any site for free* on Tuesdays, providing your inbound journey is before 9am on the day of travel.
Simply download a voucher from our website www.quicksilverbus.co.uk/villages which entitles you to a free* Day Ticket.
Don't miss out; take advantage of this limited time offer. See the Park & Ride website above for more information including service routes and timetables. More »
*Tuesdays in January and before 9am only, completed voucher required, see website for full terms and conditions. » 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
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.
Why not sign up NOW for a GoLearn! adult learning course?
Our New Year courses are booking up fast so don't miss out by leaving it too late.
There's something for everyone, with classes to gain skills and qualifications to help with work, as well as leisure and interest subjects running in local centres and libraries. Our English and Maths classes are FREE and are at a range of levels from beginners up to Level 2. Why not try out a new language, learn the basics or gain a qualification in computing, learn to paint or make jewellery in one of the range of arts courses, or maybe improve your fitness by joining a yoga or pilates class? More »
We also offer courses for adults who do not yet feel confident or ready to come to a more general course to learn in supportive, safe groups in other locations.
Many courses are FREE for learners in receipt of certain benefits and there's even extra support for learners who are on low incomes, so please ask at enrolment.
The Skills for Jobs programme will assist those over 19 with FREE courses to help with skills, qualifications and practical help to get back into work and then progress onto additional learning when the time is right.
There's no better time to embrace new learning opportunities for your future wellbeing and prosperity!
Download our New Year course brochure
Enrol online www.leics.gov.uk/golearn
Call 0116 3050820 or FREEphone 0800 988 0308 » Less
Make the most of the extended Park & Ride services throughout December.
Offering a fast, frequent and hassle-free service, the Leicestershire Park & Ride gets you from Meynell's Gorse, Enderby or Birstall to the city centre every 12 - 15 minutes.
As well as Monday to Saturday 7am to 7pm, the Park & Ride service will also be running every Sunday in December*, giving passengers more time for Christmas shopping whilst avoiding the trauma of traffic and the perils of parking.
It doesn't stop there, wanting to grab a bargain in the sales? The Park & Ride will also be running on Boxing Day. More »