For those of us (and there must be many) who have enjoyed playing football in our younger days but the body told us long ago that it was time to stop, there is a new revolution sweeping the country giving all us ‘past-it players’ a second chance to feel the glory and adulation of scoring a goal, making that game changing pass or just being part of a team on the pitch again..
Walking Football has been around for a while but is growing in popularity faster than ever as old and not so old players and ex-players give it a try and discover it is almost as good as the real thing but has less chance of injury, bad behaviour and disputes. The rules are simple and designed to keep players safe while making the game enjoyable. The walking stipulation allows people of all ages to play together and most people that play are just thankful for the opportunity to once again play the game they love at whatever level they feel comfortable at
There are sessions all over the county for those who would like to get involved and Leicestershire FA is a good starting point to finding a session near you. Most are outdoors which is great in the nice weather but Enderby Leisure Centre have started a weekly indoor session all year round on Wednesday morning at 11.30 with a qualified referee to ensure the game is safe and played to the correct rules.
So if you long to get on the pitch and enjoy the old footballing camaraderie of your playing days why not give Walking Football a try - it might bring back happy memories and improve your fitness levels.
A Walking Miracle
No need to head into town for professional theatre when you can find the latest Centre Stage/Live and Local production at Enderby Civic Centre!
On February 15th the Civic Centre was transformed into a wedding reception venue as we were invited to Laura and Joe’s wedding reception. “It is Now” - as in: “They think it’s all over; it is now” - was set at the wedding on World Cup Final Day 1966. We did not see the groom until 40 minutes in - he was in the car listening to the match on the radio!
his was a fun and thought-provoking play with unexpected twists and revelations. The young cast put everything into their roles and the audience /wedding guests thoroughly enjoyed the evening.
If you haven’t been to a performance before, look out for the next one; you are guaranteed an entertaining evening - on your doorstep.
ENDERBY ALLOTMENT SOCIETY
Following on from the success of last year's Plant Sale, Allotment holders are now busy finding available sheltered areas and greenhouse space, planting and nurturing seedlings, plants etc. in readiness for our next PLANT SALE which is going to be held on MONDAY, 6th MAY.
The sale will take place at the Allotments at the bottom of Mill Lane, Enderby, between 10.00 a.m. and 3.00 p.m.
Refreshments will be available. Hope to see you there.
ENDERBY COMMUNITY LIBRARY
It was lovely to see so many people enjoying our ‘Mother’s Day’ coffee morning. We just about sold out of homemade cake! Lots of visitors browsed the books and jigsaws and had a go on the raffle. Prize winners have been informed and unclaimed prizes will remain at the library until you can collect them. Great to see new faces at the Creative Writing. We hope you enjoyed it and will become a ‘regular’. Thank you to Angela for selling her homemade cards and donating half the money to the library. This was very kind of her. She has left a lot of new cards in the library so it’s good place to look for your greetings cards. Thank you to all the mums, dads, children and even babies who came to the crafting. All the primroses were sold and there were some beautifully decorated pots. I hope the mums liked them.
Friday 24th May: Join us at our Adults Social Crafting session with a ‘Bags and Boxes’ theme. 2 till 4pm, £2.00 per person which includes tea and cake.
Wednesday 29th May: Enderby Community Library’s 3rd birthday. Come to our Mad Hatters Tea Party, starting at 3pm (‘Don’t be late!’). This will be held in the library this year.
Tickets will be on sale at the library closer to the date to purchase the party food, £2.00 a plate. There will be a lot of ‘Alice’s Adventures’ activities. Dressing up is positively encouraged. If enough children (or adults) dress up, we will give out some special prizes!
Looking further ahead we will have a stall at Enderby Village Fete and will be holding our quiz night in October. Look forward to seeing you all at one or either or both.
Don’t forget to pick up a free Lions ‘Message in a Bottle’ container available to anyone who would like one.
Keep bringing in your used postage stamps as we are still collecting them for the 'RNIB'.
Volunteers needed! We always welcome new volunteers to help out in the daily running of the library or for special events. There are many opportunities waiting for you. We like to think we are a friendly bunch. We love meeting new people! We have the occasional social event just for us eg meals out, skittles, visit to the Botanic Gardens.
WHY PLAY BOWLS?
We are fast approaching the start of the season for outdoor bowls, normally April until late September, when Club League matches and fixtures commence.
Work has been on-going throughout the winter on sprucing up our premises and taking care of the green and surrounds. Green maintenance is high on any club’s priorities, a costly business but necessary to us as players.
Our clubhouse is currently undergoing some changes with sponsored upgrading of our ‘back room’ to provide a new snooker table, floor covering, re-decoration and comfortable seating, with of course, a bar! Use is made throughout the year by both our full paying playing and social members of the facilities here at Enderby. Monday morning sees a busy Craft Class enjoying making jewellery, sewing, knitting, embroidery and generally socialising. Tuesday sees our Art Class busy wielding their pencils and brushes under the auspices of our experienced tutor whilst Wednesday evening are open to all to come down and play cards, snooker, table skittles or board games.
Regular Film shows are now on the agenda at a very low cost as are in-house Bingo and Soup and Sweet lunches. Plenty therefore for everyone to enjoy, relax and socialise.
Our OPEN DAY this year is on JUNE 2nd - watch out for future advertising both in the Journal or on a lamp post near you! Last year we attracted 17 new playing members all of whom have gone on to take up free coaching which has enabled them to join in with our friendly fixtures. We look forward to welcoming them back this season. Our OPEN FRIENDLY CHUMMY MORNINGS recommence late April on Monday mornings 10.00 until 12.00 where there will be coaches available for you to ‘have a go’ on the green.
It’s a good question. Why take up a sport that’s so easy to play, no challenges, best suited to the older generation, slow, no real skills needed. These are comments so often heard.
The real picture? Those ‘old folk’ probably started playing 20, 30 or even forty years ago when this was a social game enjoyed by many in the local communities. They were like many of you, active, fit, wanting to socialise after work and at weekends and this was probably the equivalent of joining the cricket or football club today.
Bowls IS initially an easy game to learn, maybe more suited to those who don’t enjoy physical contact or a fast moving ball game. BUT, move on a year or two and you begin to gain skills and dexterity; a realisation that this is a very competitive sport , whether played alone or within a team.
Games don’t only take place on your local green but involve travelling to other clubs within the county and further afield. You then realise that whilst you can play well ‘at home’, doing so on a strange green is quite another story.
Factor in that you then need to plan and execute your moves, positioning your Bowls in order to defeat your opponent and your brain is called in to play!
Maybe it’s time to reconsider this ancient game, realise it’s mental and physical assets, the opportunity to get to know your neighbours, to meet new friends.
ENDERBY BOWLS CLUB is open during the season every Monday from 10a.m. until 12.30 for casual play and free coaching. We would love to welcome you and your family, whatever your ages, to introduce you to our sport.
Look out for our Open Day in June when there will the opportunity to join in a fun day with light refreshments available to all.
If Monday is difficult, please give us a ring and we will fit you in at a time to suit. Coaching is also available on Thursday evenings.
Let this summer make a difference.
Tel: Geof on 0116 2876489 or Joyce on 01530 587438. Website: www.enderbybowlsclub.com
Question: What caused the school playground to become a rainbow? Answer: Our amazing Holi Celebration! In March we all enjoyed a wonderful day during which every class learned some very energetic dances to celebrate the Hindu Holi Festival. The whole school then performed these dances, along with our enthusiastic parents and family members, on the school playground. At the end of this very lively session the children had the opportunity to join in with paint throwing. This involved powder paints of all colours being thrown into the air by the children and staff, along with children generously daubing each other with rainbow colours! It was a fantastic day; several parents told us that it was the best day ever and one which we hope to repeat next year.
In early April we participated in the annual Brockington Choral event along with all the local primary schools. The theme this year was ‘Believe in Yourself’ and featured a number of songs, including one with British Sign Language. Our children were a credit to Danemill, especially for their behaviour and positive attitude - well done to all. Many thanks to Mrs Higham and Mrs Wetzig for giving up their time to organise, rehearse and support the children with this lovely event.
Our EYFS children were delighted to receive an early Easter gift - we took delivery of some eggs and an incubator and the children were able to watch all the chicks hatch. The pupils were entranced to watch the little birds grow in both size and fluffiness and, each time there was a new arrival, EYFS was inundated with visitors from all over the school (staff included!).
Our traditional Easter Bonnet Parade produced some incredible designs this year - the children created some very innovative hats, including a bubble gum machine and a light up nest! This was followed by a thoughtful Easter assembly led by Richard Balmer, Curate of Enderby Parish Church.
More Danemill news next month.
At March's meeting of Enderby Area U3A, Hannah Graham, from Loughborough Dog's Trust rehousing centre came to speak to members about the work of the trust. Founded in 1891 it was originally known as the National Canine Defence League. The trust has a policy of never having a healthy dog put to sleep but they do try to educate dog owners on responsibility regarding the neutering and care of their pets and it was in 1998 that the slogan "A dog is for life, not just for Christmas" was introduced.
Last year the national Dog's Trust rehomed about 15,000 dogs with 6300 dogs received from other charities or local authorities (many of them strays), 6700 handed over by owners no longer able to keep them and 175 born at the rehoming centres.
Before being offered for adoption dogs are vet checked, vaccinated, neutered and microchipped. It costs £150 to adopt but first, prospective owners have their homes checked and receive pre-adoption talks. They are then assured of free advice for life and the trust guarantees that they will take a dog back if problems arise.
In June 2012 our new local rehoming centre was opened in Loughborough, and now rehomes around 600 dogs a year. It can house 100 dogs who have a grooming room, vet suite, training barn and exercise runs at their disposal.
As the Dog's Trust has no government funding it relies on public support for organising fund raising events such as fun days, quiz nights and sponsorship. Hannah's role is to create public awareness of the problems faced in ensuring that "man's best friend" can enjoy life in happiness and security.
To find out more about Enderby Area U3A you can visit our website www.u3asites.org.uk <http://www.u3asites.org.uk/> /Enderby
ENDERBY AREA U3A