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After being dormant over the winter months the garden is now bursting with life and colour.  We have Great Tits nesting in one of the bird boxes, tadpoles in the wildlife pond and beautiful plants in bloom.

The idea behind the garden was to create a space that, together with providing somewhere for people coming to the Centre to visit, could be used to bring people together and be used by different groups and organisations.

We want the space to be enjoyed and used. If you could spare some time to help keep the garden looking at its best or if you know any community groups who would benefit from visiting the garden - whether that’s just to come and sit for half-an-hour, look at the different wildlife habitats or fill up our bird feeders - then we’d love to hear from you. You can call the call us on 01455 888257 or drop us a message at info@leicesteranimalaid.org.uk

Paws-a-While

Leicester Animal Aid, a rescue and re-homing Centre for cats and dogs based in Huncote, was thrilled to welcome special guests and supporters to the official opening of its ‘Paws-a-While Garden’.

A once overgrown and neglected corner of the site has been transformed into an oasis of peace and tranquillity thanks to Mars Petcare who funded and created the garden.

Last year more than 120 volunteers worked tirelessly to turn the unloved area into a haven for wildlife and a place for people to come to enjoy being close to nature. Each of the 14 teams had a specific project to complete which included creating a wildlife pond, building a bird hide, installing a gazebo, laying paving, planting and building a bug hotel. 

Guests atending the official opening, which included some of the teams that created the garden as well as Leicester Animal Aid staff and volunteers, enjoyed exploring the garden and listening to music provided by Enderby brass band.
Huncote Women’s Institute


A warm welcome to anyone who would like to attend a WI meeting for the first time or who is new to the area and would like the opportunity to make new friends and become part of the community. Our meetings take place in St James Church Rooms at 7.30 pm on the second Friday in the month. In July our speaker will be telling us about Gorillas and Tree Climbing Lions, fortunately not living locally!

In August, a complete change of subject, as we learn more about Sir Malcolm Sergeant from Sam Dobson. During the next few weeks we will also be paying a visit to the University of Leicester Botanic Garden and walking the Blaby Village Heritage Diamond Jubilee Trail. There really is something of interest to everyone at your local WI!


St James Church


Looking ahead, St James Church Garden Fete will be taking place on Saturday 10 August from 2 - 4 pm, with refreshments served in the church rooms. There will be various stalls, a tombola, ice creams and a raffle. Once more we hope to have those gentle giants, the Bernese Mountain Dogs, with us again. The church will also be open and everyone will be very welcome. This will be a church fund raising event.

Where does the time go? It’s hard to believe it’s been more than three months since the last HATS panto. If you came along to see Sleeping Beauty back in January, we hope we spun you a great yarn and gave everybody a ‘wheely’ good time (Groan!) As always, we had a great time putting together and performing our panto, and our thanks go out to everyone - junior/senior members and helpers alike - who donned costumes, flipped switches and sawed away at scenery to make the magic happen.

Our raffle raised over £200 for the British Heart Foundation - this year the raffle was held in memory of HATS member David Norton who sadly passed away in 2018, so many thanks to all those who took part. And there’s no need to wait 100 years for the next panto (oh, no, there isn’t!) - in fact, our intrepid scribes are already hard at work on writing next year’s show, which will take place on 23rd, 24th and 25th of January 2020 - further details to follow later in the year. Now that we’ve got our breath back, we’re also getting to work on our ever-popular murder mystery - date, location and theme to be announced soon, so keep your magnifying glass trained on this column!

HATS

Fancy treading the boards yourself (or helping out behind the scenes)? Then we’d love to hear from you - it’s always great to welcome new members. For those who don’t know us, Huncote Amateur Theatrical Society is a thriving and friendly amateur theatre society that’s been going strong for over 30 years now, while Junior HATS recently celebrated its 18th birthday. Most rehearsals take place on Thursday evenings - contact us on 07454 272925 or speak to any society member if you’re interested.

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