Stories, events and news from Enderby
Copyright © 2015 The Journal  •   All Rights reserved   •   E-Mail:
Enderby Events

Enderby Fete will be taking place this year on Saturday 31st August. It will be on King George V playing fields, known as Mill Lane Recreation ground, and the plans are developing for it to be another family fun event. There will be vintage cars, stalls, dancing, a dog show, inflatables, children's rides and food and drink, including a beer tent and burgers. The event will end with a tug-of war competition.

Stalls are still available and if you are interested in this, or anything else about the fete contact <>

We look forward to seeing all of Enderby and beyond at this year's fete.

Enderby Fete

On Sunday 2nd June Clive and Helen Biggs’ garden on Bantlam Lane, Enderby was opened to the public as part of the National Open Garden Scheme. Clive and Helen started work on their garden in 2002 and have developed it into the pretty cottage garden packed full of flowering shrubs, trees and herbaceous perennials it is today.

There are many areas of interest with ornaments and water features. A small courtyard garden opens into a wisteria covered pergola lined with a fern filled bog garden and large potted acers.

This leads to a wildlife pond and additional paved seating areas surrounded with fragrant roses. A flower filled greenhouse and a pretty summerhouse overlook the garden from the top.

This was the second year the garden had been opened as part of the National Open Garden Scheme and despite the poor weather raised £545 for Charity. In 2018 the National Garden Scheme donated £3.1 Million to Nursing and Health Charities.

Why not put a note in next year’s Diary to visit the garden on the first Sunday in June next year.

Enderby Open Garden



Thursday 25th :  visit to Barracca, a very special garden in Earl Shilton. This garden only opens by special arrangement as part of the Open Gardens scheme. We have a few tickets left at £7.50 per person to be paid in advance please. Lifts will be available.

Friday 26th : Children's Crafting - 'Space mission’.  2 till 4. £1 per child who must be accompanied by an adult.

Wednesday 31st: Adults Social Craft session - 'At the seaside'. 2 till 4 pm. £2 to include tea and cake.

Preview for August: Child Space crafts; Games night - more details to come; Adult Social Crafting ‘Fun with Stencils’; Story time for children; Enderby Village Fete 31st August where we will have a book stall and run a tombola.

Can we ask you to like us on Facebook (Enderby Community Library) and share with your friends? This helps us to let everyone know what is going on.
Our 3rd birthday as a community-managed library was marked by a Mad Hatters Tea Party where children and adults were welcome. We sold 36 tickets! Everyone enjoyed themselves, even the very busy helpers. It was a real fun experience for all. There was plenty of food and drink, face-painting, reading aloud from the Lewis Carroll books and Pass The Parcel. It was lovely to see so many different age-groups enjoying the library.

At our most recent Adult’s Social Crafting session we did tile painting - totally addictive! You just need some ceramic tiles (new or recycled) and some tile paint and your fingers - lovely. As usual, we all created something unique. We also enjoyed Bara Brith with plenty of butter as Barbara had just returned from North Wales.

During July please join us for:

Saturday 13th : the start of The Summer Reading Challenge, 'Space Chase'

Prize Winning Enderby Band Needs New Home

We give free tuition to young beginners as well as older people returning to brass playing. There are opportunities for woodwind players in the now well-established Wind Band. We welcome people of all ages and abilities, giving them the chance to enjoy learning an instrument and playing music in groups. People can, and do, progress from the Junior Band to the Youth, Concert and even to the Senior Band.

The Enderby Band is one of seven bands in the Enderby Band Organisation (EBO), a registered charity run entirely by volunteers. We now have 160 members. The steady growth of the EBO has put pressure on our existing facilities and a new band room would mean that we could all rehearse in the same place and continue to provide a valuable community service.

On our website you’ll find a list of our future engagements. Why don’t you come along? You’ll also find a link to our JustGiving page. Thank you.
Enderby Band has seen off 14 other bands to be crowned Midlands Champions. They’re now in the brass band world’s “Premiership” along with the likes of Grimethorpe and Brighouse & Rastrick. Now the Band faces a different challenge: they need to find a new home in which to practice.

In the last 12 months we’ve put all our efforts into finding somewhere suitable but so far without success. Can you help us? Ideally we would like a piece of land or a building for a new band room. If you know of somewhere you think would be suitable, please get in touch with Garry Sleath, Band President, on 0784 764 5442 or 0116 286 1181.

For 125 years the Enderby Bands have played a key role in community life in south Leicestershire. You’ve probably heard us playing at village and church fetes, concerts, Remembrance Day parades, and carolling at Christmas. During all that time we’ve never had a permanent home. Since 2002 our HQ has been in Huncote in a Portacabin which is almost at the end of its useful life.
A thank you is always a lovely way to begin a Journal feature and this is no exception. We would like to express our very grateful thanks to Luke Parratt, the Manager of Enderby Leisure Centre (SLM), for the very generous donation towards equipment for our sensory room. The room is a work in progress and the money has purchased some lovely soft play furniture and lighting displays for our children. A huge thank you to Luke and to every member of the Leisure Centre staff for their help and support throughout the year - you are the perfect next door neighbours!

Rehearsals are well under way for our Year 6 end of year show - ‘Ye-Ha!’ The show squeezes all the fun and adventure of the old west into a wonderfully wild musical comedy, so our Year 6 parents and carers can look forward to lots of cowboy songs and shenanigans!

The auditions for ‘Danemill’s Got Talent’ have started in earnest and, at lunchtimes the classrooms echo to the sights and sounds of children singing, dancing and playing lots of musical instruments! We have contacted Simon, Amanda, Alesha and David for some advice and inside information - no response so far!!

At the end of June our Trust held the annual Awards Presentation Evening at the King Power Stadium. The awards are given to pupils and staff who have excelled in a variety of categories throughout the year, following nominations by staff and colleagues. The start of the evening was quite formal with speeches and presentations, followed by an opportunity for all attendees to relax and chat with colleagues. The evening was a great success and the children looked really lovely in their formal evening attire!

Don’t forget to visit our Summer Fair on Friday 5th July from 3.30 until 6.00 p.m. - see you there!
The May meeting began thirty minutes earlier than usual so that we could share the delicious goodies presented to our Chairperson by the President of Le Haillan Twinning Association. They were much appreciated.

The visit programme was discussed and it was agreed that it went very well and was not too strenuous. We were very pleased that Parish Councillors, Tracy Green and John O’Sullivan, were able to join us for the Indian evening organised by Dr and Mrs Bhutani.

The date for the return visit to Le Haillan has been arranged for the first May Bank Holiday 2020. If you think you might like to join us, now would be a good time to come and meet members before making the trip.
It is hoped that French hosts will be found for the English people who, for a variety of reasons, had not hosted this year.

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, July 2nd. Please ring: 0116 2848514 or E -mail: <> for a leaflet, further details or to meet the members.

Online we can be found at: <>.Click on the dropdown menu and find us under Community.


Good-day Enderby

This is your page within The Journal Website.   What would you like to see featured?  We can advertise non-profit, community and charity fund raising events here (no business adverts, or weekly or monthly events).   We also want local stories - maybe to highlight a problem in the village or to acknowledge the contributions of a local person or group of people. Please email any stories or ideas to
Home PageHome Page
Home PageHome Page