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Free parking in Blaby

Car park machines will be updated to issue free tickets. Both car parks will continue to be patrolled by enforcement officers who will still issue Penalty Charge Notices to anyone overstaying on their ticket or parking incorrectly. The impact of the changes will be monitored and evaluated and help to inform the Councilís decisions in the future.

Blaby District Council is also finalising plans for other measures to aid the businesses and support continued growth of Blaby Town Centre including marketing and event support. Free WiFi was also installed earlier this year to help shoppers experience, with numbers using this service increasing weekly.
Up to two hours free parking is coming to two car parks in Blaby Town Centre from 9am on Wednesday 24 July.

Following the closure of Waitrose and pending news of a replacement business, Blaby District Council is committed to supporting the businesses in the town centre. The Council has worked pro-actively with the businesses to find out what can be done to ensure that Blaby Town Centre succeeds. As a result of feedback and listening to residents and the Parish Council, free parking for up to two hours will be available in Johns Court and Enderby Road.

Iceland to open store in Blaby

Supermarket giant Iceland has confirmed that it plans to open a new store in Blaby Town Centre in late January 2020.
The new store will be located in the former Waitrose premises, and is one of 50 stores opening up and down the country under the companyís Iceland and The Food Warehouse fascias during its current financial year to March 2020.
A community garden in Enderby supporting positive health and wellbeing has been awarded a prestigious Green Flag Award for the ninth year running.

Blaby District Council’s A Place to Grow garden helps residents of the district become physically active, get involved in the community and meet new people in a friendly, informal and safe environment.

The free and sustainable garden is aimed at supporting and encouraging those living with or affected by a physical or mental health condition to enjoy the outdoors. An outdoor lodge is also available for hire as a meeting room, and the garden also plays host to corporate volunteer days.

27 individual criteria were assessed at A Place to Grow, including being a healthy, a safe and secure site and a welcoming place with community involvement. Feedback following the assessment from Green Flag Award said that A Place to Grow has: “Involvement with the community is the absolute heart and soul of this sustainable community garden.

“‘The site is a successful and well-managed and this is reflected in the positive benefits received by the users of the site. It is apparent that there are numerous benefits to the users and active participants of the garden; the community aspect of the site is fantastic”

For more information on getting involved in the garden, visit, e-mail

Green Flag honour for community garden

Much of the charitable work we carry out in the community goes unsung. We support local schools, hospices, youth groups, local charities, support groups and individuals. We support young students going to World Jamborees, foundation courses for very talented students, assistance with foreign exchanges and also facilitate international work exchanges through Rotary International; we have also helped plant trees, assisted at A Place To Grow, put up bat boxes, litter picking and numerous other projects.

The Rotary Club of Blaby also support Warning Zone, a life skills centre and childrenís safeguarding charity, and Rutland Sailability, both in monetary terms but also in volunteers and instructors, and we support Education for Life. We have sent a young person for a residential stay at the Calvert Trust again this year which challenges disability through outdoor adventure. We hold a couple of concerts in the year, one free of charge for local residents and the elderly, and collections at different times of year at various outlets. We hope you will come along to one of our clubs and give us a try! You will always receive a very warm welcome!

Rotary Club of Blaby

The Rotary Club of Blaby is part of the wider Rotary International organisation of like-minded individuals that come together to serve their communities. Our principle is to serve others, especially those in need. The club is open to men and women who are working in, or retired from, business and we join together over a meal, either at lunchtimes 12.45pm on Tuesdays for our main club or at 6pm on Wednesdays for our satellite club, sometimes having a speaker and other times working on our projects. All members bring different strengths and skills to the club and there is great camaraderie across the club and indeed across the global membership. We hold social events throughout the year for friends and family to be involved too.

We just want to highlight the sorts of projects we get involved in and hope that you may like to come along for a meal to meet us with a view to joining. Please contact Andrew St John at

The Rotary Club of Blaby have carried out some international work over the last few years in Tanzania, supporting Tumaini Jipya - New Hope, a local UK-based charity, with the provision of two district grants, supported also by two other local Rotary clubs. The second grant enabled two classrooms in a small Masai village to have two floors properly tiled, the walls repaired and painted and new doorframes and doors fitted. Another district grant paid for an exploratory borehole prior to a major water project that the charity has instigated. We also collect spectacles to send away for use in third world countries and support Rotary Foundation, working with the Bill Gates Foundation, in the eradication of polio. We began our fight against polio in 1979 and today polio remains endemic in only three countries, down from 125 in 1988.
If you would like more information regarding our Special Events or indeed information regarding the possibility of joining the Rotary Club of Blaby Meridian please contact Linda May on 01455 554 639 or 07718 913 024:  email linda.may75 : web page 
The Rotary Club of Blaby Meridian commenced their Special Events evening with a wonderful historical tour of Bradgate Park which was organised with the kind co-operation of The Bradgate Park Trust. An excellent bar meal in Anstey followed by a historical and fascinating tour of the grounds and the ruins of Bradgate Park by a very well informed official guide, Christine. During the tour she explained almost everything regarding the ruins and Lady Jane Grey who reigned as the '9 day Queen of England' from 10th-19th July, 1553.

Apart from the amazing, tour at times this was enhanced even further with unexpected sightings of some of the resident 500+ deer who freely roam the park. Overall it was not a DEER evening as it represented excellent value for the small amount paid by the members and friends of The Rotary Club of Blaby Meridian. Many thanks to Bradgate Park Trust and especially to Christine, our official guide who made it a very special night to remember.


For some years now, local charity Age UK Leicestershire & Rutland has campaigned to reduce the 7 out of 10 people who die without a will.

To that end this year, more than twenty offices of local Solicitors have generously agreed to reduce their Will Writing charges for older people to only £35 + VAT for a single uncomplicated Will. Whilst this is a huge reduction of around £100 with no strings attached, in earlier years some people have chosen to recognise needy local older people by leaving a greatly appreciated gift in their will to Age UK Leicester Shire & Rutland or making a donation, where the need is great especially in these difficult times.

The offer is available from 1st September until 31st October. Hundreds of people took advantage of this superb, low-cost deal last year in what proved to be a very successful initiative by the charity. Details are available from 0116 2992233 or

There should be a will, and there is a way!

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