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Next week 56 year old Yoga teacher, Kate Harrington, Leicester born and resident of Enderby will be flying out to Kathmandu to join a team of 23 women from around the world to attempt to become the first all women group to ride to north base camp of Everest in Tibet.

Kate rode a motorcycle to work back in the 80s, but hasn’t seriously ridden on the roads for more than 15 years. Kate is nervous and excited, but this challenge is a once in a lifetime opportunity that can't be missed!
Preparation for this 2540km challenge has meant a lot of fitness training as we will be riding at altitude, reaching a height of almost 17,000 feet. 10% of the trip is on unmade roads so to meet up with some of the English contingent for a day’s refresher trail riding on the Royal Enfield Himalaya 411cc motorcycle a few weekends ago was invaluable, and she has realised it’s like falling off your bike - you never forget.

Kate’s intention is to raise money for Veterans of War, so if you know Kate, or would like to help in supporting this worthy cause please follow the link (

Everest Charity Ride

The challenge will begin on Saturday October 5th at Everyone Active Enderby and will be started by Dean Stott a Pan American Highway Cycling Guinness World Record Breaker, former SBS soldier and Mental Health advocate. Dean had this to say: “Chris has faced many challenges in his life, but this will be his hardest to date!”

Chris is raising funds for A Place to Grow Enderby (where he enjoys the beautiful surroundings and good company), Leicester Recovery College (a mental health educational college offering courses to aid in recovery post admission that Chris has learnt a lot from) and Rethink (who allocated a key worker to support Chris’s family).

You can DONATE and WIN by going to
Chris, a gentleman enduring Bi-Polar Disorder, who lives in Enderby, has set himself a hefty challenge. He is climbing the height of Mount Everest (8,848 metres) in 80 days for Mental Health organisations that have or are helping him with his Mental Illness on a Technogym Stair Climber at Everyone Active Enderby.

Chris says about the Challenge: “I have been through the Mental Health System here in Leicestershire and currently live quite an isolated and sedentary lifestyle and the only person who can change this is me! Living with Bi-Polar Disorder is not easy and has been and will continue to be a learning process. The key for me is to understand my illness and overcome it. The is my attempt to help turn my situation around - step by step - and give back to those who have and continue to help me. It will be a major physical challenge as I am obese partly due to having been on medications that significantly increase appetite and the misuse of alcohol.”

On top of the World in 80 days

We had a great day at the Enderby Fete on the last day of August with good weather and only one shower of rain when we had to rush to cover up the books and jigsaws. Those that got a bit damp soon dried out in the hot sun that followed. It was nice to meet so many friends and neighbours who don’t make it into the library.

You may have seen the striking mural on the old public toilets in Enderby opposite the library. The library was happy to provide facilities for the lovely painters especially Ellie and Rebecca, the artists. They worked very long hours to complete the project on time. The library also hosted the reception after the official unveiling. If you’ve not seen the mural yet please do make a special effort to get to it - and visit the library at the same time!

The Busy Hands ladies are knitting poppies again which we will sell in the library on behalf of the Royal British Legion.  You are all welcome to join them on Monday afternoons, 2.30 to 4pm. You don’t have to knit poppies if you’d like to do something else instead.

On Friday 13th September we celebrated Roald Dahl Day with a display of all things Dahl-related.

4th October is Quiz Night! We hope you’ll all join us again for our annual quiz. It’s been very popular the last 2 years. Don’t worry if you haven’t got a team as they can be organised on the night. A Ploughman’s Supper will be served and you can bring with you whatever you want to drink (don’t forget your glasses). Tickets are on sale now in the library. 7pm for a 7.30 start in the Civic Centre.

Children’s crafting will be on Thursday 17th October, 2 till 4. £1 per accompanied child. Adult crafting will be on Thursday 24th October, 2 till 4, £2 to include tea and cake, all materials and chat. Both sessions will have an autumnal theme.

We are still collecting used crisp packets which we take to Sapcote Garden Centre to be recycled for charity. Please continue to bring your used stamps in for us to send to the RNIB.

We are always looking for new volunteers, whether on the rota keeping the library open and running efficiently or on our one-off events.
The Sunday service at Enderby United Reformed Church ,Chapel Street is at 10.30am each Sunday and we celebrate the Lord’s Supper (Communion) on the first Sunday of the month.

We have a meeting on Wednesday at 4pm for school children up to the age of 14 and The Ark for babies and toddlers on Friday at 9.30am.
Both groups meet in the schoolroom at the side of the Church and the entrance is in the jitty. Our Bible Study group meets every other week on Wednesday evening at 7pm and we have a Prayer Fellowship group and a Women’s group on alternate Tuesdays at 2.30pm. On Tuesday morning in the Civic Centre we have a “Coffee Drop In” between 10 and 12noon.

All are very welcome to any of our meetings. Contact number 0116 2862625.

Enderby United Reformed Church

Then a bit more drama was introduced and the tale of 'The curfew shall not ring tonight' had a few people humming nostalgically as we found out exactly why Nellie was hanging on the bell!  Of course no entertainment was complete without a bit of audience participation so when we came to the thrilling drama of 'The fireman's wedding' we found ourselves ringing handbells, waving sheets of cellophane in the air to create the sound of flames, clattering horse hooves, stamping and cheering and altogether having great fun!

At the end of the show we dutifully stood for 'The Queen' before thanking Mr and Mrs Finney for providing us with such an entertaining afternoon.

To find out more about Enderby U3A  you can visit our website


Arriving at the Civic Centre for our August meeting, the members of Enderby U3A were greeted by a wondrous sight. Set up in the centre of the room was a genuine Victorian magic lantern, a gleaming brass beauty, and in charge, Mr. J W Finney and his wife, ready to demonstrate its magic powers.

In Victorian times, with none of today's gadgetry, entertainment existed in the form of Magic Lanterns. On Sunday afternoons these precious objects were ferried from church hall to church hall (by bicycle, of course) as villagers got together for a feast of enjoyment. Some regulations first appeared on the screen with instructions such as 'would ladies kindly remove their hats' and then followed a series of  static slides, shown in sequence to tell a little story, usually comical, with either grainy subtitles or a poem or story read by the projectionist.

We had a tombola stall with a French theme at the recent Village Fete which made a small loss, but we felt it was a good community event to be involved in.

Barbara was thanked for organising the Open Gardens visit to Barracca, Earl Shilton.

The Parish Council has successfully bid for TWO Centre Stage AKA Live and Local plays - one on Friday, October 25th (“Done to Death, by Jove”, a comedy murder mystery) and one on Saturday, March 14th 2020 (“Powered by Fairydust” about a retired woman who delivers library books in her rural community). More volunteers to help with refreshments would be useful in case the usual, very reliable, helpers were not available.

At the AGM we had a change of Treasurer, John Millward taking over from Ian Pritchard. The other officers remain in place.

The date for the return visit to Le Haillan is being arranged for early May. If you think you might like to join us now would be a good time to come and meet members before making the trip.

If you think you might like to join the association, please come along to a meeting or event or contact Barbara. Our meetings start at 8pm on the first Tuesday of alternate months at the Civic Centre; the next one is on Tuesday, November 1st. Please ring: 0116 2848514 or E -mail: for a leaflet, further details or to meet the members. Online we can be found at: on the dropdown menu and find us under Community.


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