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Fibre Broadband comes to Narborough
Posted: Wed, 26 Nov 2014 10:36am

Fibre broadband has arrived in Narborough

More than 10,000 homes and businesses across Leicestershire now have access to fibre broadband, thanks to the county council's £18.6 million Superfast Leicestershire project. Now that fibre broadband has arrived in Narborough, over 118 homes and businesses can upgrade to high-speed fibre broadband. A cabinet (green box by the side of the road) has been enabled which means the properties served by this cabinet can now upgrade. Narborough is served by more than one cabinet so some areas are unable to upgrade at this time. To find out if your property or business can upgrade please view the coverage map http://blpc.atkinsgeospatial.com/Default.htm More »

or contact your broadband supplier.

There are lots of benefits for both residents and businesses; for example everything online will be quicker, so if you use services such as iPlayer you won't waste time while the program buffers. Or, if you have several people in a house using the internet at the same time, there won't be a drop in service. Alternatively, if you work from home where you regularly download and upload large files or you need to share assets and collaborate with colleagues on documents in real time, require high quality video conferencing or upload web site content then you'll also benefit.

What is superfast fibre broadband?

Superfast fibre broadband is the new generation of broadband – much faster, more reliable and it uses a different technology.

Whilst most traditional broadband (known as ADSL) is delivered via copper telephone lines, superfast fibre broadband uses fibre optic cable as part of the link between the customer and the telephone exchange. Through this people can access download speeds of up to 50Mbps.

There are three simple steps you need to follow:

Step 1) Visit the line checker on the Superfast Leicestershire website: www.superfastleicestershire.org.uk/when-and-where

Step 2) Review your current broadband contract and research potential broadband providers.

Step 3) Contact your chosen broadband provider and arrange the upgrade.

What happens if I don't upgrade?

If you choose not to upgrade to superfast fibre broadband, you'll be able to continue using your existing broadband service as normal.

For more information please visit: www.superfastleicestershire.org.uk » Less

Community Energy Survey - have your say!!!
Posted: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 10:32am
Community Energy Survey - have your say!!!

Leicestershire County Council has adopted a Carbon Reduction Strategy for Leicestershire; the intention of this strategy is for Leicestershire to contribute its share of meeting the Government's legally binding target of a 34% reduction from 1990 levels by 2020

One of the four priorities of this strategy is to support and develop small-scale community-owned renewable energy and energy efficiency projects. Community energy projects have a number of benefits including being able to generate income for communities and community groups. More »

To develop our approach to providing appropriate support we would like to identify the level of interest Leicestershire communities have in participating in community energy projects.

For more information on community energy and to read some practical case studies click here.

To complete the Community Energy Survey which should take no longer than 10 minutes click here.

Please note the survey closes on 20th December 2014. » Less

Superfast Leicestershire - FREE workshops for businesses
Posted: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 10:32am
Superfast Leicestershire - FREE workshops for businesses

Superfast Leicestershire and the Chamber of Commerce are providing a range of business support services for Leicestershire as part of our broadband project.

Free events and demonstrations are currently being held throughout the county to help local businesses understand the benefits of using new and exciting digital technologies. Through the workshops and events that Superfast Leicestershire and the Chamber of Commerce ebusiness club are hosting, businesses across Leicestershire will be able to understand the fundamental changes that are necessary to keep on top of technological advances. The Superfast Leicestershire business support service pages are full of information on how to get the most from your business click here More »

The specialist advisors leading on the workshops will demonstrate how increased internet upload and download speed can lead to commercial innovation, increased business growth and better productivity. The programme of events includes 12 two-hour events and demonstrations, 24 full-day action planning e-business workshops enabling you to put knowledge into practise and finally the prestigious one day expo that is expected to be held next year. There are a number of topics that the events cover including Search Engine Optimisation basics, online marketing for local businesses, blogging for business and much more.

For information on the events and workshops taking place throughout Leicestershire click here » Less

Apply online for first time school admission places and infant to junior school transfers
Posted: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 1:28pm
Apply online for first time school admission places and infant to junior school transfers

Parents of children who will be four years old before 1st September 2015 and starting school for the first time or transferring from an infant to junior school need to apply for a place before the 15th January 2015.

If parents apply late - even if they live next door to the school - their child is unlikely to get a place at their local school if all available places have been filled.

You can apply for your child's place online at: www.leics.gov.uk/admissions. For general enquiries about the admissions process please call the Customer Service Centre on 0116 305 6684 or email: admissions@leics.gov.uk. More »

Online applicants will receive an email acknowledging receipt and be able to view the decision online on 16th April 2015. » Less

New Cemetery Buildings
Posted: Mon, 10 Nov 2014 8:19am

The Parish Council has been discussing various options for replacing the dilapidated and somewhat unsightly buildings at the Cemetery for the past year or so.

The two concrete sectional garages housing the workshop and store for the vehicles and equipment used by the Grounds staff are long past their sell-by date. The brick built staff room and facilities are in need of complete refurbishment to bring them up to the standard expected of a large Parish and indeed to comply with health and safety legislation. More »

After several quotes were received for the provision of a new building the Council opted to engage Three Counties Steel Buildings. An application for planning permission is currently with Blaby District Council awaiting approval for work to commence.

The two sectional garages will be removed completely and a new steel building erected on the site in a slightly different position to allow the tractor, van and ride-on mowers to be stored securely and to provide room for all other equipment. The new building will include an insulated workshop that can be heated and lit to necessary standards.

The whole structure will sit on a concrete raft. The construction will be sympathetically built and surrounding area repaired and restored to reflect its position within the Cemetery grounds.

Major refurbishment of the brick built shed has recently been completed. This included the installation of a new electricity supply (which will also serve the workshop) and new staff amenities inside the building. The original staff toilet now provides a facility for users of the Cemetery that will remain open during working hours.

All works will be undertaken by professionals and overseen by a Construction, Design and Management Consultant to ensure current regulations are complied with. The Council will also require assurance that contractors will work sensitively in the Cemetery environs. Interments will take place as required and visiting will still be possible to all sites within the Cemetery; however water may not be available at all times.

It is anticipated that construction of the main building will take place during late autumn and last for around 5 weeks. » Less

Halloween: Are you in or are you out?
Posted: Sun, 26 Oct 2014 10:17pm
Halloween: Are you in or are you out?

There is always an increase in calls relating to anti-social behaviour on Halloween and we want to encourage trick or treaters to respect people's wishes and not to knock on doors where they are not welcome.

A campaign to reduce the number of complaints about Halloween related anti-social behaviour has been launched by the Leicestershire Anti-social Behaviour Delivery Group

Double sided posters are being distributed with two messages:

  • Residents who want trick or treaters can display the message: 'Trick or Treaters Welcome Here,'
  • Those who don't, can display the other side that says: 'No Thanks Trick or Treaters.'

Posters are available from police stations, in libraries, council offices and community centres for collection. Or you can download it from www.leics.gov.uk/halloween or from the police website. More »

Many young people in Leicestershire will be knocking on doors in the spirit of Halloween and, if done in the right manner, this isn't anti-social behaviour but can be fun.

We'd encourage parents to accompany young children and take time to talk to their older children about responsible trick or treating and to find out what their plans are for Halloween and where they are going to be."

We are asking residents to be tolerant of young people who are trick or treating but we are here to support residents who experience genuine problems. If you are affected by anti-social behaviour please call Leicestershire Police on 101* or Crimestoppers, which is free** and anonymous, on 0800 555 111.

  • Calls to 101 cost 15p for the entire call from both mobile phones and land lines.
  • Please note some mobile phone service providers may charge for this call.
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Mobile spray Tanning and Nails
Posted: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 7:47pm

Mobile Spray Tanning and shellac nails in the comfort of your own home with over 5 years of experience.( NARBOROUGH BASED)

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Full Body Spray Tan - £18.00 Half Body Spray Tan - £ 12.00

Special deals for spray Tan parties - txt me for more prices and information

CND®- shellac Nails - 14+ day nail colour

Perfect for holidays, special occasions or just to help grow them.

shellac polish is applied on to the natural nail and cured for two minutes in a UV Lamp and ready to go, no worrying about smudging them. Can stay on nails for 2weeks with no chipping or peeling (depending on how hard your hands work). More »

Hands and Toes £18.00 ( one colour)

French - extra £2.00

Rock Star Nails - extra £1.50

Stamping,Nail art, gems and foils please ask for prices

For bookings please txt/call Jenny on 07841388767 » Less

Fireworks Spectacular at Snibston
Posted: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 11:51pm
Fireworks Spectacular at Snibston

Journey through the ages

(In conjunction with LOROS and The Fleet Auction Group)

Live music from Jersey Budd and Rihanna Tribute Act.

Choreographed fireworks, bonfire, fairground rides and food, Free museum entry including the Battle Dress Exhibition.

Saturday 1st November 5pm*

Tickets: Advance £5, Gate £7, Under 3s free
Family of 4 (2+2) £18 Pre-booking only

*The only vehicles allowed on site will be vehicles with disabled parking permits (which must be prebooked over the phone when purchasing tickets) and their last entrance is at 6.15pm. More »

Tickets available from;

Snibston reception desk
www.snibston.com
By calling 01530 278444
email snibston@leics.gov.uk
LOROS shops - click here to find your nearest one www.loros.co.uk/support-us/shops/
See website for additional stockists. » Less

Posted: Fri, 10 Oct 2014 7:44pm
National Shared Lives Week 11 - 19 October - Living Good Lives

Shared Lives not only offers people entering into a Shared Lives arrangement the chance to be part of a family, but also to be part of the wider community. Shared Lives also supports people with learning disabilities, mental health conditions and older people to live more fulfilling and independent lives.

Find out more about Leicestershire's Shared Lives Service and their carers at an event on 15 October 2014, 10am - 3pm at Glenfield Sports Pavilion, Gynsill Lane, Glenfield LE7 7AG.

This event is open to service users, families, health and social care professionals, care organisations, shared lives carers and anyone who may be interested in using shared lives services or becoming a carer. There will be a number of exhibitors promoting healthy lifestyles as well as Memory Plus. Why not come along and speak to existing shared lives carers and members of the Shared Lives team to find out more about the range of services our carers can offer? These include: More »

  • Family-based alternatives to residential care and day centres
  • Longer term placements, short breaks and day services from their own homes
  • Support for older people and adults with learning disabilities, mental health conditions, physical disabilities and dementia

Leicestershire's Shared Lives Service want to recruit more skilled and experienced carers, so if you are interested in becoming a Shared Lives carer come and talk to us on 15 October or visit our website www.leics.gov.uk/sharedlives, call us on 0116 305 3964 or email sharedlives@leics.gov.uk. » Less

Don’t forget - 31 October is the deadline for secondary school applications
Posted: Mon, 06 Oct 2014 11:21pm
Don’t forget - 31 October is the deadline for secondary school applications

Parents of children who transfer schools next year are reminded that 31 October 2014 is the closing date to apply for secondary school places.

Remember that moving to the next school is not automatic and parents need to apply for a place before the 31 October 2014 closing date.

The transfer process is the same for all community, voluntary controlled, voluntary aided, academy, foundation, trust, faith, free or studio schools.

If parents apply late - even if they live next door to the school - their child is unlikely to get a place. More »

You can apply online at www.leics.gov.uk/admissions. For general enquiries about the admissions process please call the Customer Service Centre on 0116 305 6684.

Online applicants will receive an email acknowledging receipt and be able to view the decision on 2nd March 2015. » Less

Top 5 tips to make your home more secure during the winter months
Posted: Wed, 01 Oct 2014 10:28am

1. Burglars are less likely to target a home that looks occupied. Use a timer to switch lights on when you're away.

2. Close your curtains and blinds so burglars can't see your valuables through your windows.

3. Lock your sheds and outbuildings – and an outside light can blow the cover of darkness for a would-be thief.

4. Install a burglar alarm – the box on the front of your house will act as a visible deterrent, but you should also set the alarm for when you're away.

5. Carry out a general security check. It takes no more than two minutes to lock your windows and doors.

Posted: Wed, 01 Oct 2014 10:27am

Did you know that by simply entering your postcode on the Neighbourhood Watch website, www.ourwatch.org.uk you can find out what crimes have been reported and the outcome?

You can also find out if there is a Neighbourhood watch scheme near you, and how to set one up if there isn't!

REMEMBER:

THERE IS NO CHARGE AT ALL TO JOIN NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH IN LEICESTER, LEICESTERSHIRE & RUTLAND

Posted: Wed, 01 Oct 2014 10:20am
Neighbourhood Watch and comparethemarket.com reveal special edition logo

The iconic Neighbourhood Watch window sticker has been given a new 'meerkat' twist as the famous characters use their cheeky charm to help attract a wider audience.

Members both new and old are able to obtain a special edition Neighbourhood Watch window sticker by emailing Marion Lewis OBE at nhwn.1@btinternet.com providing your name, address and required number of stickers.

Posted: Wed, 01 Oct 2014 10:19am

BT has helped to launch a child internet safety portal – with the backing of the Prime Minister.

David Cameron hailed the new Internet Matters.org portal, which was founded by BT, Sky, TalkTalk and Virgin Media and helps parents safely surf the web with their children.

Working with online safety experts, InternetMatters are there to guide you through the many issues children can experience when using the internet

Residents’ views wanted on sport and physical activity in Blaby district: Deadline Friday 8th February.
Posted: Mon, 22 Sep 2014 9:52pm

Blaby District Council is looking to the public to help with planning how sport and physical activity is delivered within the district.

The Council receives funding from Leicestershire County Council to deliver on what needs are identified, which is where views from local residents come in.

Councillor David Clements, Corporate Services, Performance and Leisure portfolio holder at Blaby District Council, said: "In order to plan the right services for the district we need to know what residents want in their area, from activities to facilities, and which ages or groups need more for them. More »

"We are therefore running a public consultation and would greatly appreciate residents letting us know their thoughts and providing us with any suggested changes."

For further information call 0116 272 7703. » Less

Become a Waste Action Volunteer and make a difference to your community
Posted: Sat, 20 Sep 2014 4:53pm
Become a Waste Action Volunteer and make a difference to your community

We're currently recruiting Waste Action Volunteers (WAV's), who are experts in helping others to reduce the amount of rubbish that they send to landfill.

In Leicestershire, every two weeks we throw away enough waste to fill the Albert Hall; we need your help to reduce this.

Why get involved?

  • you can help residents in your community to reduce their waste and save money
  • gain work experience in waste and environmental topics
  • learn new skills and gain experience to add to your CV
  • meet new people, make new friends and get involved with your local community

After initial training, Waste Action Volunteers are expected to volunteer just 30 hours a year. You can use your skills and experience to choose how you do this. More »

Debbie Wilbur, a Waste Action Volunteer from Hinckley, said: "I wanted to become a WAV because I've always had an interest in the environment and was brought up not to waste things. I did an environmental degree but work as a supply teacher, so volunteering as a WAV fulfils my desire to work in an environmental capacity."

She uses her skills and experience as a teacher and brownie leader to volunteer to educate children about reducing waste and making our surrounding environment a much nicer place to live.

To find out more or to apply visit: www.lesswaste.org.uk/become_a_volunteer » Less

Enderby Park & Ride will soon incorporate the hospital and university
Posted: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 7:15pm
Enderby Park & Ride will soon incorporate the hospital and university

From Monday 29 September, customers on the Enderby service 203 will be able to get off at either Aylestone Road (Leicester Royal Infirmary), Oxford Street (De Montfort University) or at the Park & Ride stop at St. Nicholas Circle (near High Street). Passengers can also catch the Park & Ride back to Enderby from these new locations.

For more information visit http://quicksilverbus.co.uk/park-and-ride-leicester/enderby/

Avoid the hassle of driving through the rush hour city traffic and finding a car parking space
Posted: Mon, 08 Sep 2014 7:16pm
Avoid the hassle of driving through the rush hour city traffic and finding a car parking space

Commuters can try the Park & Ride for free on Wednesdays in September when presenting the driver with a promotional voucher before 9am.

The free tickets can be used for unlimited day travel between the Park & Ride sites at Birstall, Enderby and Meynell's Gorse and Leicester.

Vouchers can be downloaded from www.quicksilverbus.co.uk/villages or can be picked up from terminal buildings at Birstall and Enderby. They are also available on the Park & Ride buses and other selected local outlets (while stocks last). Alternatively, vouchers can be requested by calling the helpline on 0116 305 0002.

Are you are interested in learning something different?
Posted: Fri, 05 Sep 2014 8:53pm
Are you are interested in learning something different?

Then why not expand your horizons and build up your experience with a Stepping Stones rural skills training course?

There are a variety of courses available including Dry Stone Walling, Coppice Management and Hurdle Making for the 2014/15 season.

Full details are available online at www.leics.gov.uk/stepping_stones_training.htm or contact the Stepping Stones Project on 0116 305 7221/7264 or email: steppingstones@leics.gov.uk for more information and to book a place.

Apply online for secondary school places
Posted: Fri, 05 Sep 2014 8:52pm
Apply online for secondary school places

Parents are urged to look out for the school place application packs for children who transfer to secondary school in the autumn term 2015 that will be landing on their doormats over the next couple of weeks.

Remember that moving to the next school is not automatic and parents need to apply for a place before the 31st October 2014 closing date.

The transfer process is the same for all community, voluntary controlled, voluntary aided, academy, foundation, trust, faith, free or studio schools

If parents apply late - even if they live next door to the school - their child is unlikely to get a place. More »

You can apply online at www.leics.gov.uk/admissions. For general enquiries about the admissions process please call the Customer Service Centre on 0116 305 6684.

Online applicants will receive an email acknowledging receipt and be able to view the decision on 2nd March 2015. » Less

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