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Harriers Litter Pick

On 26th July around 30 members of Huncote Harriers running club gathered together to pick litter from around the Pavilion Leisure Centre and playing fields in Huncote.The club train regularly around the streets and fields of the local villages and were keen to help keep the area litter-free and beautiful.

Huncote Women’s Institute

Wendy Martin's talk in July on Gorillas and Tree Climbing Lions transported us to Uganda where, travelling alone with just Joseph her driver, she saw hippos, crocodiles, fish eagles, crested cranes, giraffes, elephants and, of course, the animals in the title of her talk. She told us about the oxpecker birds who help to keep giraffes and other animals free from ticks, and of the leopard just lying by the roadside. Nothing seemed to daunt or alarm her. Accommodation was in what she described as 'posh tents' with a wooden door and lock. Wendy's experience as a head teacher made her a really clear and interesting speaker. She is also an ambassador for the charity Send a Cow (the subject of another talk).

At our August meeting Sam Dobson, told us about the very interesting life of Sir Malcolm Sargent (1895-1967), who we discovered founded the Leicester Symphony Orchestra in 1922 and has a great many connections to this part of the country. Lots of Sam's information and photographs have come from Sylvia Darley, Malcolm Sargent's secretary for many years. Malcolm spent his early years in Stamford, where his father, who was choir master and organist at St John's Church, passed on his knowledge of music to his children. His music teacher, Mrs Tinker, saw his potential and in 1909 when the conductor couldn't turn up for an operatic society rehearsal encouraged Malcolm to take up the baton. Time and study at Peterborough Cathedral and St Mary's Melton Mowbray followed before Malcolm became the internationally known composer and conductor many of us remember at such events as The Last Night of the Proms.

A warm welcome to come along and join us at 7.30 pm on Friday 13 September in St James Church Rooms when Matthew Eames will be speaking about Love Your Clothes.
St James Church

Many thanks to everyone who has given so generously to church funds in the last few weeks.

Despite a very wet Saturday, our annual Gift Day in July raised over £400 which with later gifts has now reached a total of £503. For our Garden Fete on 10 August, bad weather put a stop to outdoor stalls but the church was soon set up with tables for the tombola, bric-a-brac etc. Support from the village was again very good and the amount raised was an amazing £387. A big thank you to local businesses for their raffle prizes and other donations, which included an MOT from Simon at Main Street Garage and Wine and scones from Tina at The Red Lion.  Recent fund raising has helped with improvement of interior church lighting and will also be used for re-decoration of the vestries.

If you are free on Saturday, 14 September between 10 am and 12 noon, and would like to pop in there will be a Coffee Morning in the Church Rooms to coincide with the annual Ride & Stride event around churches in Leicestershire. The church will be open until 1 pm for visitors, whether on foot or other means of transport.
The first event was Kata, and the level was extremely high. Unfortunately, she was eliminated in the first round of competition.  Although this was an obvious disappointment, she was able to use this experience when it came to the individual Kumite. Cyra moved through her rounds and quickly found herself in the bronze medal fight. Although she tried her best, she lost to the eventual gold medal winner.

The England team enjoyed a successful championship, and Cyra brought home one of only two individual medals won.
Local karate student, Cyra Webb, was recently selected to represent England at the JKA European Karate Championships. This event took place in Kaden, Czech Republic, on the 25th and 26th May. This was Cyra’s first international competition.

Cyra, who trains at Huncote-based karate club, Kazokudai Karate, was one of the youngest members of the England squad, and was the first ever non black belt to be selected to compete. Cyra competed in two events, individual Kata and individual Kumite.

Karate Championship success

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