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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*
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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 email@example.com or phone 0116 305 4699. More »
The consultation closes on Wednesday 8 April. » Less
Want to get started with running, keep fit and have fun?
Then join us at Enderby Leisure Centre 6:15pm to 7:00pm every Tuesday from January 6th.
This is a fun course for people aged 18 and over with little or no experience of running but who are keen to give it a go!
For more information contact:
Ben Benson 07860 277 104
or Wendy Thompson 07950 326 531
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
Please note that Narborough Park car park gates will remain locked on Thursday 25 December, Christmas Day and Friday 26 December, Boxing Day.
There is alternative parking at Weavers Court car park, Desford Road, Narborough which will remain open throughout the holiday.
You may park at Weavers Court for two hours for free, thereafter the usual charges will apply.
Please remember to put a ticket on your vehicle when you arrive.
Narborough Park car park will be open as usual throughout the remainder of Christmas and New Year.
Santa Run - Narborough
Santa's sleigh begins its tour on Monday 22 December leaving 62 Forest Road at 6 pm. The route is Woodland Avenue, Tennyson Street, Milton Street, Forest Road, The Pastures, Hardwicke Road, Huncote Road, Copt Oak Road, The Coppice, Colbert Avenue, Langham Drive, Copt Oak Gardens.
On Tuesday 23 December Santa's sleigh leaves Weavers Court Car Park at 6 pm. The Route continues along Coventry Road, Park Road, Sharpe Way, Coventry Road, Leicester Road, Victoria Street, Alexandra Street and Carlton Avenue. More »
This year the chosen charity is LOROS and Santa's sleigh will be accompanied by members of Narborough Brownie group who will be helping with the collection boxes and holding candlelit lanterns.
Santa Run - Littlethorpe
Santa's sleigh will be travelling through Littlethorpe on Thursday 18 December and Friday 19 December commencing at 6 pm and on Saturday 20 December from 4 pm.
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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 »
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.
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.
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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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org. More »
Online applicants will receive an email acknowledging receipt and be able to view the decision online on 16th April 2015. » Less
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
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. » Less