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Plans for Blaby District’s Leisure Centres

Phase two will commence after the completion of phase one, and will consist of an expanded and modernised cafe, plus a refurbishment of the swimming pool and swim changing facilities. In addition, brand new 3G football pitches will be installed.

Updates to Pavilion Leisure Centre include a state-of-the-art 60-station gym over two levels, a refreshed studio, refurbished changing rooms and redecoration of the existing fitness and social suite. Work will commence from Summer 2019.

An exhibition showcasing artist impressions of the new facilities and renovation plans will be displayed at Enderby Leisure Centre. A website landing page will be utilised to keep members up to date with progress throughout the project and is viewable here:
Detailed plans have been revealed for the intended refurbishment of two Leicestershire leisure centres owned by Blaby District Council. From April 2019, the Pavilion Leisure Centre in Huncote and Enderby Leisure Centre will be managed and operated by Everyone Active, and now artist impressions of improvements to be made to the centres have been unveiled to the public.

More than £4.5m is being invested by the leisure operator and Blaby District Council to modernise facilities at Enderby Leisure Centre and the Pavilion Leisure Centre, which will also receive a high-quality renovation.

Phase one of the renovation at Enderby Leisure Centre will start in May 2019 and is expected to be completed in the Autumn. It will see an extension of the existing gym and new fitness equipment installed, along with a new group cycling studio and state-of-the-art spa area. The sports hall and gym changing facilities are to be refurbished, and carpet in the bowls hall replaced.
Although not strictly speaking a race for the fastest runner on the 27 mile course was Martin Lewis of Charnwood AC with an amazing time of 3 hours,19mns. (with the last runner bravely finishing on 10 hours 2mns). On the 15 mile course the fastest time was Josh Smith with a completed time of 1 hour 53mns.

A very BIG congratulations to everyone who participated.

It was certainly very worthwhile as the proceeds from the event was around £5,500  (at the time of going to press) which will be distributed evenly to RAINBOWS (hospice for children and young people) and CHILDREN`S AIR AMBULANCE.

The reviews of this event are 5 STARS ***** therefore the ROTARY CLUB of BLABY MERIDIAN would most sincerely like to thank all the participants,members, partners and friends who made it such a very special and rewarding day not only for themselves but for the two very worthwhile charities.......WELL DONE EVERYONE and `see you next year!


354 walkers and runners gathered at Quorn at 8am in a beautiful Spring Saturday morning for the start of the annual Charnwood  Marathon which is organised by THE ROTARY CLUB of BLABY MERIDIAN.

Weather conditions were absolutely perfect for everyone as they participated in this event which started at Quorn followed by a moderately challenging course of 15 miles or 27 miles which continued throughout the beautiful countryside of South Leicestershire.

This included Woodhouse Eaves, Beacon Hill, Charnwood, Bardon Hill, Copt Oak, Newton Linford, Bradgate Park and back to Quorn with an abbreviated course for the 15 mile route.

32 members friends and partners of the Rotary Club of Blaby Meridian hosted the event  voluntarily which started in the early hours of 6am with the last entrant returning to Quorn at around 7pm in the evening.
One key area of judging was Blaby District Council’s ‘ability to work with other organisations and members of the public to provide solutions.’ Since the first houses became occupied, a dedicated Community Worker has been employed to create a close-knit neighbourhood.

The Council’s commitment to employment, skills and training in the district have seen placements, apprenticeships and work experience secured for local people on the New Lubbesthorpe development, enabling them to start their careers.

Six other councils, including Norwich City Council and a joint bid from 15 local authorities in Essex competed in the Housing Initiative category. The awards ceremony took place at London’s Grosvenor House venue on 13 March 2019.

New Lubbesthorpe wins major award

Blaby District Council has won a major national award after being shortlisted in the annual LGC Awards for the New Lubbesthorpe development.

The Council was shortlisted in the Housing Initiative category, which looked at how local authorities devise imaginative solutions to ease problems including a shortage of both market and affordable housing.

New Lubbesthorpe will be built over the next 20 years and have 4,250 homes on completion. The Council has ensured that 873 of these will be affordable homes. Over 200 properties are now occupied; with up to 315 homes a year being completed.

Featuring more than 300 acres of open space, New Lubbesthorpe will also have a district centre with community, health and leisure facilities as well a secondary school and two primary schools. The first primary school is under construction and set to open in September.
Blaby District residents will continue to benefit from a successful Leicestershire-wide partnership, which helps people remain independent in their own homes, for a further three years.

Lightbulb is a centralised, integrated housing support service. It is hosted by Blaby District Council, in partnership with Leicestershire County Council, district councils, the county’s Clinical Commissioning Groups, Leicestershire Partnership Trust, and University Hospitals of Leicester.

During its first year, Lightbulb reduced waiting times for minor housing adaptations and been able to deal with the casework inherited by the service when it was first rolled out across the county.

Since full launch in October 2017, Lightbulb’s work has helped over 4,000 people across the county. The collaborative working has led to a reduction in waiting times and the reduction in stages, with requests for a level access shower now resolved in 13 stages, as opposed to 27 previously.

96% of service users answered yes to the question: “Has the service achieved everything you wanted.” It has saved an estimated £360,000 for the local economy, with medium to long-term savings estimated at around £2.1 million.

Councillors from all other district councils have agreed to extend the service for the next three years. Blaby District’s Full Council meeting has also agreed to the Council continuing to host the partnership at its Narborough offices.

The pioneering Lightbulb project has been recognised with three awards, named ‘Best Collaborative Working Initiative’ by the Association for Public Service Excellence and Commended at the Home Improvement Agency Awards. It was also named best Public/Public Partnership at the 2018 Local Government Chronicle Awards.

Any residents requiring minor or major adaptations can contact Lightbulb by calling 0116 305 0004 or visit

Award-winning Lightbulb partnership extended

Every year the Blaby Lions attend Blaby Shopping centre to collect funds for this great cause. This year it was very changeable weather from sunshine to torrential rain, however better than last year when it was the coldest on record.

On a Friday and Saturday the club members braved whatever the weather threw at them. Over the day they raised £341.45. Thanks to everyone who was able to take part and all generous members of the public.

Anyone wishing to find out more about the Lions can look at either their the Blaby Lions site the UK web site at <> or their international site at

Blaby Lions give a huge push for MARIE CURIE

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