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Community groups in Leicestershire can cut their carbon emissions and their energy bills. Leicestershire County Council's SHIRE Community Climate Change Grants were launched in October and have received a warm welcome.
Parish and Town councils, charities, community groups and religious organisations can apply for up to £5,000 towards a wide range of community schemes in Leicestershire, including energy efficiency audits, new heating systems, renewable technology and insulation in community buildings such as village halls, community centres and church halls, as well as composting, recycling and food growing projects, surveys, training courses, volunteer days and community events relating to climate change and energy efficiency. More »
Although there is no closing date for applications, funds are limited and must be spent by the end of March 2010.
For further details contact Kate Nightingale (Grants Administrator) on 0116 305 7971 or » Less
Discover where walking can take you this May with a series of walks and events across the county to celebrate national walking month.
The County Council has put together a programme of 109 walks across Leicestershire to suit all ages and abilities throughout the month. Visit www.choosehowyoumove.co.uk to find out more.
Why not have a go at this year's Living Streets challenge and Pledge to #Try20? Visit their website for tips on fun and easy ways to fit walking into your day and improve your health and boost your mood.
The National Forest Walking Festival (14-26 May) will offer 85 organised walks 22 of which are in the county. With walks ranging from 1 to 10 miles there's something for all ages and abilities including gentle strolls and routes suitable for pushchairs, wheelchairs and family groups.
If you're up for more of a challenge take a look at the 75-mile long National Forest Way. For more information, downloadable maps and directions please visit www.nationalforestway.co.uk.
Don't forget to log the number of miles you walk during the month through the LeicesterShire Sustainable Travel Challenge at www.leicesterShireSTC.org.uk
If you have anything planned for National Walking Month, let us know at ChooseHowYouMove@leics.gov.uk or call 0116 305 0001 or tweet your walking pictures to @LeicsCountyHall or share them on www.facebook.com/choosehowyoumove.
A new guide has been published to offer an insight into some of the best parks and open spaces in the District of Blaby.
From a 20 minute stroll to an energetic five mile trip, the eight sites within Blaby District have been an ideal location for families, walkers and dog owners for many years.
Each leaflet contains a map of each park and open space, key information including point-to-point distance, gradient and amenities as well as a description of how to access the area and what to expect on arrival.
The sites are spread out across the district and include:
• The Osiers – Braunstone Town
• Whetstone Way – Whetstone
• Crown Mills Way – Countesthorpe
• Bouskell Park – Blaby
• Glen Parva Nature Reserve – Glen Parva
• Whistle Way & Meadows – Narborough/Enderby
• Jubilee Park – Enderby
• Fosse Meadows Nature Area - Sharnford
Councillor Sheila Scott, Portfolio Holder for Health and Leisure Services, said: "These guides are a fantastic way to see the parks and open spaces we are so lucky to have in Blaby District.
"I hope that our residents find the leaflets useful and explore the areas of the district we are proud to maintain for everyone. They truly are some of the gems of Leicestershire's open spaces."
Hard copies are available at the Council's offices and the Pavilion Leisure Centre in Huncote. Digital copies can be found at www.blaby.gov.uk/parks.
The consultation on the new Vision for Fosse Meadows has been postponed.
The following drop-in exhibitions have been cancelled
THURSDAY 28th April 10am - 8pm at Evergreen Hall, Leicester Rd, Sharnford
TUESDAY 10th May 9am - 6pm at Council Offices Narborough
The consultation on the new Vision for Fosse Meadows will start on Monday 18th April
There will be drop-in exhibitions;
THURSDAY 28th April 10am - 8pm at Evergreen Hall, Leicester Rd, Sharnford
TUESDAY 10th May 9am - 6pm at Council Offices Narborough
The proposals affects all visitors to Fosse Meadows from far and wide.
You will then be able to respond to the plans up till the deadline of 31st May
SO MAKE SURE YOU VISIT THE EXHIBITION SO YOU CAN SEE WHAT IS PLANNED
Have you got 'green fingers'? Have you ever considered volunteering your gardening skills?
Call 0116 305 0552 . Email: email@example.com
Join our heritage team to become a 1620s Garden Volunteer. Share and learn new skills.
You could lose the peace and tranquility of Fosse Meadows. Blaby District Council are seeking to save money and investigate ways of generating income. The changes could be far reaching. The original planning application from Blaby included a marquee so that weddings could be held there, followed by late night events. This was then withdrawn when they realised the amount of opposition. They have now appointed consultantants to investigate their options. They have now launched an online survey, please take part. You can take part by clicking on the heading More »
It is imperative that you complete the survey and also so they can keep you updated.
See also the Sharnford Parish Council facebook page for updates
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In their infinate wisdom, Leicestershire County Council intend charging for non domestic waste when you take it to the tip. Be it rubble. Plasterboard or broken glass you will be charged £3 a bag from April. They are still happy to take your scrap metal for free - this has value!
No doubt fly tipping will increase.
The New Year is a great time to take the leap and go for it, whatever your age or ability. Leicestershire Adult Learning Service courses can help you gain skills and confidence that are crucial for everyone in life and in work.
Learning is like a health club for your brain. And an active mind can stimulate physical activity and keep your spirits high!
It's an all-around fantastic tool for better health!
• creates a curious mind and increasing our knowledge leads to an enriching and happier life More »
• can help us make new friends
• helps us to support our children with their learning at school
• new work skills increases our chances of employability or promotion
• helps us to adapt to change and to keep an open mind
• keeps us fit, healthy and active.
Time, finance, distance and lack of confidence can be barriers to accessing learning. So we're helping learners wherever possible by offering day time, evening and one-off Saturday courses in locations around the county to fit in with work and family commitments.
Courses are available at the reduced fee or may be free for learners on low incomes or certain benefits.
They range from short, supported tasters for adults with low confidence, to those leading to qualifications. Look out for additional courses starting throughout the year too.
Whatever you choose we will support you every step of the way.
Contact us to find out what's starting soon near to you on 0800 988 0308 or search and enrol online at www.leics.gov.uk/GoLearn » Less
Find examples and your nearest showroom by visiting www.lrrn.org or call 0330 355 0707
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.
Throughout October it will visit a variety of locations across Blaby District.
The Mobile Support Service will visit:
Tuesday 20th October – Narborough Park car park, Desford Road at 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.
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
Further to the earlier news item. Coventry Rd - B4114 is closed from Sharnford to the A5 and is likely to be closed into next week so that the damaged property can be made safe. It is also likely that Bumblebee Lane will be closed or have restricted access.
Further news will be posted when available
There was a serious accident about 7.45am today when a Cobley lorry hit a tree and then the house on the corner of Bumblebee Lane. The householder is fine, the driver has minor injuries.
The B4114 Coventry Rd will be closed into next week between Sharnford and the A5 whilst the property is made safe. Avoid Sharnford unless making a local visit till the road is reopened.
Photo credit: Hinckley Times
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. » 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."