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But we do need more help. We cannot win this fight without you. We are looking for volunteers who might be able to spare up to 2 - 3 hours a month helping us with the campaign. Anyone who might feel they could possibly spare some time, please contact Philip Bland at or telephone 07909927336 (
The fight goes on.

There is a very poor case for what is in effect a semi-motorway crashing through the beautiful countryside of South and East Leicestershire, plus the associated large housebuilding and warehouses project that is planned.

We are making progress. Recently, our three MPs most closely associated with the areas affected, Alberto Costa, Neil O’Brien and Edward Agar, sent a letter to the Authorities expressing their unhappiness with the plan. Market Harborough District Council is having second thoughts. This is all excellent news.

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 company’s Iceland and The Food Warehouse fascias during its current financial year to March 2020.
Lions Clubs International is the largest service club organisation in the world. Since 1917, Lions clubs have aided the blind and visually impaired, championed youth initiatives and strengthened local communities through hands-on service and humanitarian projects.

Anyone wishing to find out more about the Lions can look at either the Blaby Lions’ site , the UK web site at or the international site at

The Blaby District Lions club is very active in local charities and works to serve the local community where possible. Anyone interested in being considered as a member should in the first instance contact Roger Smith on 0116 2751567.

Blaby Lions host ‘Down to Earth’

The Blaby Lions will host ‘Down to Earth’, the BBC gardeners’ question time recording. This programme is one of the longest running radio programmes for the BBC in Leicester. It is always recorded out in the community all over Leicestershire and it will be held at the Enderby Working Mens Club, 22-24 Coleridge Drive, Enderby, Leicester LE19 4QF, on Thursday 7th November at 7pm; drinks and light refreshments will be available.

Come prepared with the questions you want answered which will be put to their panel of experts. A raffle will be held on the night with gardening related prizes. Last year’s recording had over 50 people attend, all eagerly thrusting forward their questions and hoping for a helpful answer.

£83,000 has been put towards pilot partnership projects to help the Council support people with complex needs and underlying health concerns. This funding helps to look at ways of reducing the demand on Council Tax payers and enhancing residents’ lives.

The remaining £100,000 will go towards developing a larger scheme with Leicester City Council to enhance cycling and walking networks linked to the Sustrans National Cycling Network and the City Centre. The potential project would cover highways road and pathways improvements/enhancements, including improved signage, surfacing, maps, lighting, secure cycle racks etc.

The projects would be delivered in conjunction with City and County Councils, Parishes, local Businesses and Business Parks, Rutland Cycling and Sustrans.
Key services at Blaby District Council are set to benefit following a £400,000 boost from a pilot scheme. After entering a joint bid with Leicestershire County Council, Leicester City Council, Leicestershire Fire & Rescue Service and District Councils to be part of the Government’s Business Rate Retention Scheme pilot, the Council was successful in securing nearly £400,000 which will be reinvested back into important services.

This funding will be spread across four areas of the Council. £100,000 to tackle homelessness will be made available following the Council’s increase in demand for the temporary accommodation of residents, like many other local authorities nationally.

As the main town centre in the District of Blaby, the Council recognises the need to invest in support for the town during a national trend of stores closing their doors. £100,000 of funding has been made available by Councillors for this support. A dedicated officer will be appointed with the funding to shape how the Council supports the District’s town and village centres and help to make improvements.

Pilot funding to boost district

Food glorious food - the theme of our programme of impromptu speeches for our August meeting. Each member was invited to place two slips of paper in the hat on each of which was written an item associated with food, either an ingredient or a utensil. A speaker then selected a slip from the hat. The group as a whole were given ten minutes to construct a speech. 

The result was an eclectic mix of speeches, demonstrating a speaker’s knowledge and experience of a different foods, their origins, how they are prepared, etc. Nostalgia crept into a couple of speeches - jellies and children’s parties in the early fifties, when the catering was not as lavish as today. A question was asked if “Tupperware Parties” were still in vogue in view of the opposition to the use of plastics. We heard how the growing popularity of Chinese cuisine was brought to the western palate by migrant workers.
The star of the month was awarded to Jane Lindsley for her speech on vegetarianism. 
The reviewer for the speeches was Sylvia Bosworth who gave a constructive and eloquent review. Needless, to say, we had a thoroughly enjoyable evening.

The Leicestershire Speakers welcome anyone who would like to learn the art of speaking in public.  We meet at 7.30pm on the second Wednesday of each month at the Blaby Drop in Centre.  For more information ring Bev Capewell on 0116 2770266 or visit our website We can also provide entertainment and talks to other societies and groups.


Our band have been working hard over the summer practicing our marching and music routine ready for our annual CLCGB Band Competition on 28th September at the Hermitage Leisure Centre, Whitwick. The weather has not always been kind to us as we’ve ended up marching in the wind and rain but we are hoping it’ll be worth it and come away with lots of trophies!
We meet on Wednesday evenings; Junior band 18:30 - 19:30. Seniors 19:30 - 21:30 Subs £1.50

Upcoming events: Saturday 28th September 2019: CLCGB Annual Music and Drill Competition. Hermitage Leisure Centre, Whitwick. 10:00 onwards

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Youth Group

We had our annual company camp over the August bank holiday weekend at Johns Lee Wood in Markfield. We had fabulous weather and lots of woodland activities to keep our members busy. Our first day started by getting their tents set up, then we put members into squads to work together over the weekend to gain points. The winners of the weekend won some great prizes.

We had a full programme of activities from team games, orienteering, shelter building, archery, cooking, bouncy castle, swimming, fire making, face painting and night games. We had lots of fun, some new experiences and made some great memories.

This year was our biggest camp as our membership numbers are going from strength to strength. We are always open to new members from 5 years of age. Come check us out, we take members from all over Leicestershire.

Our Friday nights have started again and we have full planners for all 4 sections of our youth group. These can be found on our website. Subs £1.50
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