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East Leake Mike El­liot 0115 937 6506 el­liot­tnews@bt­con­

EAST LEAKE LIVE. ‘Make sure it wasn’t a one-off event’ was the over­whelm­ing mes­sage from scores and scores of res­i­dents as they heaped praise on Mel Roper and her team for bring­ing the ‘East Leake Live’ event of cul­ture to the vil­lage over this last week­end.

Tremen­dous sup­port for the week­end saw sev­eral hun­dreds of peo­ple at­tend­ing the 20 or so events held at seven dif­fer­ent venues in the vil­lage, from Fri­day night to Sun­day evening, and both visi­tors and those pro­vid­ing a wide va­ri­ety of en­ter­tain­ment seemed to be of the same opin­ion – it was just great.

Main or­gan­iser was East Leake par­ish coun­cil­lor Mel Roper whose idea the week­end was and who told the Echo that she was thrilled at its suc­cess. “There was a real buzz round the vil­lage and lots and lots of peo­ple have made their views known on what was pro­vided for them with their face­book mes­sages,” she said.,

Mel, who also heads the team that brings to the vil­lage the an­nual Car­ni­val and the Christ­mas lights switch-on, was joined by Tori Sheard, Si­mon Ack­royd and Noel Kil­bride for was what the lat­est event aimed at bring­ing ac­tiv­i­ties to East Leake to en­ter­tain all ages in the vil­lage.

The pro­gramme opened on Fri­day night with a well at­tended evening of Karaoke at the Bulls Head and with two acts at the same time at the Round RobInn, Lady Rose and Tori who played be­fore ab­so­lutely packed au­di­ences and where at times it was al­most im­pos­si­ble to get any more visi­tors in.

On Satur­day there was over six hours of none stop en­ter­tain­ment in the par­ish church, all co­or­di­nated by Si­mon Ack­royd. There were 12 dif­fer­ent per­for­mances from 10.15 un­til 17.00 . Noel Kil­bride saw the whole pro­gramme run like clock­work as well as deal­ing with sound sys­tems and the tech­ni­cal side of things.

Scores of peo­ple from East Leake -- as well as oth­ers from out­side – were in­volved, all show­ing a va­ri­ety of their skills to ap­pre­cia­tive au­di­ences. The seven dif­fer­ent venues, were St Mary’s Par­ish Church, the vil­lage cen­tre out­side Mel’s green­gro­cery shop, the Rest Gar­den op­po­site the post of­fice, the Bull’s Head, the Round RobInn, the Nags Head, the Three Horse Shoes, the Methodist Church and Bry­ers Cof­fee House on Gotham Lane were in use over the week­end to bring the whole show to ev­ery­one.

As well as the par­ish church on Satur­day – where the pro­gramme was pro­vided by the Knighton Park Am­a­teur Dra­matic So­ci­ety, Ella Western, East Leake church choir, Laura Tay­lor and Tom Gib­son, East Leake church Mu­sic Group, East Leake Am­a­teur Play­ers, Si­mon Ack­royd, Charn­wood Con­cert Band - who gave two su­perb 45-minute per­for­mances – the Elec­tive Bar­ber­shop Quar­tet, Yes­ter­Year quar­tet, and the Shep­shed Gil­bert and Sul­li­van So­ci­ety who pro­vided a su­per end­ing to the Church pro­gramme.

East Leake teenager Archie Roper con­tin­ued his fund­ing ef­forts for his trip next year with other stu­dents from East Leake Academy to Ghana, by sell­ing teas, cof­fee and home made cakes to the church visi­tors for what will be a part work­ing and part so­cial visit that will take him to nearly 5,000 miles away from, his vil­lage.

Archie and his fel­low stu­dents are off to Nyagbo Sroe which is lo­cated in the hilly re­gion of Ghana, three hours’ drive north of Ac­cra. There they will be work­ing at a thriv­ing pri­mary school and sec­ondary school but which has a very small and badly equipped kinder­garten fa­cil­ity. “Cur­rently it has a roof but no solid walls. It is there­fore ex­posed to the full force of the weather which de­tracts from the ed­u­ca­tion that they are des­per­ate to pro­vide.” says Archie, who ad­mits to be­ing ‘very ex­cited’ about his trip which will see him ar­rive home hav­ing not only phys­i­cally helped oth­ers, but just as im­por­tantly more aware of their value to so­ci­ety and the im­por­tance of true Global Cit­i­zen­ship.

“Af­ter the hard work, we also get to en­joy the fun ac­tiv­i­ties Ghana has to of­fer, such as vis­it­ing a mon­key sanc­tu­ary and a beau­ti­ful water­fall,” he added.

Clog danc­ing in the vil­lage cen­tre on Satur­day was an­other high­light of the ac­tiv­i­ties as was the very late night disco event at the Bulls Head which didn’t start un­til 11pm and went on for sev­eral hours.

The Nags Head had Kate Auburn, Tori and Amanda and Cider­fects top en­ter­tain their cus­tomers

Other Satur­day night en­ter­tain­ment was at the Round RobInn where there was an­other ap­pear­ance of Yes­ter­Year as well as Wilf and the Hul­la­bal­loo, Joni Mitchell Acous­tic and Kiera Bat­tersby.

At the Three Horse Shoes three groups, Gold, Kynch and Rawkus Redz, were all highly pop­u­lar with the cus­tomers there.

The Nags Head had an amaz­ing line up of groups and en­ter­tain­ers on Sun­day, with non-stop ap­pear­ances from 2.30pm to 10pm, with no less than 16 dif­fer­ent acts ap­pear­ing. Both the Round RobInn and The Three Horse Shoes also had en­ter­tain­ment on Sun­day.

At the lat­ter the five piece band Time Out stepped in to star there in place of the ad­ver­tised band who had to pull out.

And on Sun­day af­ter­noon res­i­dents at Der­byshire House in the vil­lage were not for­got­ten, with the el­derly res­i­dents there be­ing en­ter­tained by Si­mon Ack­royd.


East Leake Academy have elected their new Head Boy and Head Girl. The Sixth Form Hust­ings event was held in the run-down to the end of the Sum­mer term and took place in the Main Hall.

Five can­di­dates ap­plied for the two po­si­tions and each sum­marised their man­i­festo and out­lined their vi­sion for the lead­er­ship roles for the aca­demic year 2017-18.

The sup­port from both staff and stu­dents was very well re­ceived and they were im­pressed with the can­di­dates de­liv­ery and pre­sen­ta­tion.

The votes were counted and re­sulted in Head Boy and Head Girl be­ing Josiah Kinch and Gabriella Hands The other can­di­dates were Paige Lowe and Lily Barker

VIL­LAGE CAR­NI­VAL DATE. The event may be many months away yet, but East Leake res­i­dents are be­ing asked to put into their diaries for next year the date of June 23, be­cause that is the date of the 2018 Vil­lage car­ni­val .

Event or­gan­iser Mel Roper says they hope to be as suc­cess­ful in 2018 as they were this year, when hun­dreds of peo­ple turned out to en­joy the en­ter­tain­ment pro­vided and watch the tra­di­tional vil­lage pa­rade.

FOR MAD­DI­SON. Fund rais­ing con­tin­ues for an eight year old East Leake girl who suf­fers from spinal mus­cu­lar at­ro­phy with res­pi­ra­tory dis­tress so she can ful­fil her dream of go­ing to Florida’s Dis­ney land.

Mad­di­son Sher­wood was di­ag­nosed with her con­di­tion soon af­ter she was born as par­ents Jamie and Lidia be­came aware her abil­ity to walk was af­fected as was her breath­ing. The young­ster’s par­ents were told that Mad­di­son could not be ex­pected to live to two years of age, but she has sur­prised ev­ery­one to be here six years later.

Both dad and mum gave up their jobs so Mad­di­son can be given the 24 hour care she needs and now they are try­ing to raise suf­fi­cient money to take their youngest child on her dream trip along with broth­ers Har­ley (12) Jay­den (10) and sis­ter Lacey (15) who help mum and dad in the care Mad­di­son has to have in­clud­ing us­ing a res­pi­ra­tor to al­low her to breath.

Mr and Mrs Sher­wood, of St Mary’s Cres­cent in East Leake are aware that Mad­di­son’s con­di­tion is de­gen­er­a­tive and so they can’t be sure what her con­di­tion will be like in the fu­ture, un­der­lin­ing the need for ur­gency in rais­ing money for the fund.

The fund stands at around £1000 at present but dou­ble that amount of re­quired to be able the fam­ily to make the trip.

HIS­TORY SO­CI­ETY. East Leake and Dis­trict His­tory So­ci­ety next meet­ing will take place on Wed­nes­day next week, Septem­ber 20, in St Mary’s Hall at 7.30pm

M r Ivor Perry will be the vis­it­ing speaker and will give a talk telling of how he re­searched the lo­cal WW1 ca­su­al­i­ties.

With the aid of a her­itage Grant, Ivor ob­tained a large amount of de­tail about the ca­su­al­ties. He vis­ited the ceme­ter­ies on the con­ti­nent sev­eral times.

Visi­tors are wel­come, there is no charge but a do­na­tion is al­ways wel­come.

The book stall will be there with all the Group’s pub­li­ca­tions and re­fresh­ments are served af­ter the talk.

HIS­TORY CLUB. A Year 7 His­tory Club formed at East Leake Academy had a very suc­cess­ful first year af­ter be­ing formed at the start of the last term.

The idea stemmed from the de­sire of his­tory teacher Mr Hor­rocks-Tay­lor to en­cour­age stu­dents to de­velop and en­joy an in­ter­est in his­tory and, af­ter ex­per­i­ment­ing with the idea at a pre­vi­ous school, he de­cided to in­tro­duce it at East Leake.

He said it had been a de­light to spend Thurs­day lunchtimes with a fan­tas­tic group of Year 7s, in­dulging in their love of his­tory and ap­pre­ci­at­ing their reg­u­lar at­ten­dance and en­thu­si­asm. Ac­tiv­i­ties of the group in­cluded mak­ing their own swords and shields, and us­ing them to re-en­act the Bat­tle of Hast­ings in or­der to find out why Wil­liam the Con­queror emerged as the win­ner, and hav­ing a QI style quiz on weird and won­der­ful his­tory themes.

The fi­nal ses­sion be­fore the end of the term saw the club mem­bers eat­ing a World War II style meal in one of the Food Technology class­rooms, with the room and some pupils - cour­tesy of some hats - sport­ing a 1940s theme.

Mr Hor­rocks-Tay­lor said that event had been staged in or­der to give pupils an idea of what life was like in wartime Bri­tain and he gave a spe­cial thank to the pupils who had at­tended over the course of the term,

COM­MU­NITY CHOIR. East Leake’s pop­u­lar Com­mu­nity Choir would wel­come a few m ore mem­bers and has put out an in­vite to any­one to join them.

Con­duc­tor Chris Eb­bern says: “If you en­joy singing, why not come and join us.

We meet in St Mary’s Church ev­ery Tues­day at 7.30pm.

Singing is good for you – body and mind”

For more in­for­ma­tion ahy­one in­ter­ested is asked to please con­tact Chris Eb­bern 07792 089104 chris_eb­bern@ ya­

DOG POOR SPRAY. Con­sid­er­a­tion is to be given by East Leake par­ish coun­cil to ex­tend the area that their Vol­un­teer Com­mu­nity Dog War­den car­ries out the blue ‘dog poor’ spray, ini­tially in Meadow Park, but now other grassed ar­eas could be con­sid­ered.

COM­MU­NITY CARE AS­SO­CI­A­TION. East Leake Com­mu­nity Care As­so­ci­a­tion will hold it’s AGM on Septem­ber 25, at 8pm in St Mary’s Church Hall.

Re­ports will be re­ceived from the var­i­ous groups run by the As­so­ci­a­tion and an amend­ment to the con­sti­tu­tion re­ceived by the Hon Sec­re­tary will be put to the meet­ing. The amend­ment to Sec­tion 5 of the Con­sti­tu­tion -Man­age­ment is as fol­lows.

The Man­age­ment Com­mit­tee shall elect its own chair­man and vice chair­man, who shall be chair­man and vice chair­man of the com­mit­tee.

The out­go­ing chair­man may be re-elected up to a max­i­mum of five suc­ces­sive years

Please come along and hear what has been hap­pen­ing in your lo­cal com­mu­nity, all are very wel­come.

Keg­worth Mike El­liot 0115 937 6506 el­liot­tnews@bt­con­

AIR AM­BU­LANCE BASE. Keg­worth’s Air Am­bu­lance Ser­vice re­tail base in Keg­worth con­tin­ues to op­er­ate and would wel­come any do­na­tions if any­one wishes to drop off their un­wanted items.

A spokesman for the base say do­na­tions are al­ways needed and ev­ery­thing is ac­cepted in­clud­ing items for ebay.

For visi­tors, park­ing is right by the drop off and any­one with gfoods is in­vited to pop by or give them a call on 01509 670989 and find out how you can help or to find out more about what they do. The premises are at 5 Side Ley, Keg­worth. DE74 2FJ

The Air Am­bu­lance Ser­vice point out it does not re­ceive any govern­ment fund­ing. “Our life sav­ing mis­sions are fu­elled by your do­na­tions,” they say.

MU­SEUM GHOST WALK. Keg­worth Mu­seum is to stage its an­nual Ghost Walk, with it tak­ing place on Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 27.

It will be led by Mrs Sheila Sharpe, a lead­ing mem­ber of the mu­seum.

Sheila says the walk takes be­tween 1hr and 1.5hrs and is fol­lowed af­ter­wards by cof­fee and bis­cuits at the mu­seum. Those tak­ing part will be leav­ing the mu­seum at 6pm.

The charge to take part is £4 and tick­ets can be ob­tained be­fore­hand from Sheila on 01509 6736113 or on the night.

The walk will take in High Street, Lough­bor­ough Road and Bridg­fields in Keg­worth.

BROADHILL SCHEME GETS THE GO-AHEAD. Strong ob­jec­tions by the par­ish coun­cil and a num­ber of lo­cal res­i­dents to plans to turn a house on Broadhill at Keg­worth into a HMO dwelling with eight bed­rooms have been re­jected by North West Le­ices­ter­shire Dis­trict Coun­cil who have given the go ahead to the scheme.

The par­ish coun­cil ob­jected to the plans for a change of use of the dwelling house at 5 Broadhill to a house in mul­ti­ple oc­cu­pa­tion and said they ob­jected as the scale of the de­vel­op­ment, with eight rooms avail­able for let­ting, was out of keep­ing with the ex­ist­ing dwellings in an es­tab­lished res­i­den­tial area.

The coun­cil said the pro­posal would make an ex­ist­ing known traf­fic haz­ard sub­stan­tially worse, with more cars parked on Broadhill, point­ing out there was in­ad­e­quate pro­vi­sion made for park­ing on site,. They said the type of ac­com­mo­da­tion pro­posed was likely to be let to peo­ple work­ing at the air­port or vet stu­dents at the Univer­sity of Not­ting­ham, with each is likely to own and use a car.

The par­ish coun­cil said: “The de­vel­op­ment will have a detri­men­tal ef­fect on the amenity of a listed build­ing, as two of the bed­rooms on the first floor and the bed­room in the roof space over­look the gar­den of the ad­ja­cent listed build­ing at 59 High Street.”

Lo­cal res­i­dents on Broadhill said the de­vel­op­ment was com­pletely out of pro­por­tion and ex­pressed strong fears on traf­fic prob­lems. They said Broadhill Road is al­ways used s a car park at times and this causes a real haz­ard, say­ing cars are cur­rently al­lowed to park along the street in­clud­ing over the brow of the hill due to the dou­ble yel­low lines end­ing too close to the road junc­tion. The park­ing prob­lems will be in­ten­si­fied, say the res­i­dents and this will inevitably lead to ac­ci­dents.

It was claimed by a res­i­dent that ex­ten­sive struc­tural work had started on the prop­erty prior to any ap­proval be­ing given. And that the de­vel­op­ment will have a se­ri­ous im­pact on other prop­er­ties ad­ja­cent and will lead to noise and nui­sance for other prop­er­ties on the road.

COM­MU­NITY LI­BRARY. On Fri­day, Septem­ber 1, the sec­ond Macmil­lan Cof­fee Morn­ing with a dif­fer­ence – it’s in the af­ter­noon ! - was held at the li­brary.

We just knew you’d love all those de­li­cious home made cakes and how right we were! Over £640 was raised, although with the pro­duce stall and bric-a-brac stall it wasn’t solely from the sale of cakes. Thank you to ev­ery­one in the vil­lage who sup­ported this event in aid of such a worth­while cause.

The chil­dren’s Sum­mer Read­ing Chal­lenge has now fin­ished with over 50 vil­lage chil­dren tak­ing part and earn­ing their medals and cer­tifi­cates which were pre­sented at their school as­sem­bly.

Our singing for fun group Em­bar­rasS­ING meets again on Wed­nes­day, Septem­ber 20, as they war­ble their way into au­tumn.

Do come along for an en­joy­able and so­cia­ble evening, 7pm just £2.


HIGHGATE SURGERY. Friends of Highgate Surgery Pa­tient Par­tic­i­pa­tion Group (PPG) are to hold their An­nual Gen­eral Meet­ing on Mon­day, Septem­ber 25.

This is to com­mence at 6.30pm and will be held at the surgery on Storer Close, Sileby.

Ev­ery­one is wel­come to at­tend and hear the re­port on the past 12 months and what to look for­ward to in the com­ing year. We hope you are able to join us.

We at Highgate Med­i­cal Cen­tre wish to ad­vise el­i­gi­ble pa­tients that we are of­fer­ing flu in­jec­tions from Mon­day, Septem­ber 18. If you are un­sure if you are el­i­gi­ble please con­tact our staff at the prac­tice to find out.

Th­ese in­jec­tions are avail­able to book by con­tact­ing the re­cep­tion at Highgate Med­i­cal Prac­tice or to book us­ing the on­line book­ing sys­tem. We look for­wards to see­ing our el­i­gi­ble pa­tients at our flu in­jec­tion clin­ics.

SILEBY METHODIST CHURCH. The week be­gan with a meet­ing of the Ladies Cir­cle on Mon­day, 4th Septem­ber af­ter an ex­tended sum­mer break. There was no planned speaker but it was lovely to catch up with ev­ery­one and ex­change news.

On Thurs­day, 7th, Cafe@ Chapel opened as usual from 9.30am - 11,30am, thank you again for your con­tin­ued sup­port. This was fol­lowed by a Plan­ning Meet­ing, chaired by Rev Jonathan Gichaara.

We have made plans for the next Con­nex­ional year, this month there will be our Har­vest Fes­ti­val on 24th and Granville Mercy, our Lo­cal Pas­tor will lead that wor­ship.

This year we are try­ing some­thing dif­fer­ent by invit­ing peo­ple to con­trib­ute to­ward ‘Chirp for Joy’ which is an ini­tia­tive to raise money for des­per­ate folk in the third world. £22 will buy 20 chick­ens which a fam­ily can use to sell eggs and raise their stan­dard of liv­ing from des­per­ate to poor but able to feed them­selves and, maybe, sell some for ed­u­cat­ing their chil­dren too.

In Oc­to­ber, on 14th, we are hold­ing a New and Nearly New Sale so there should be some very good bar­gains avail­able.

On Mon­day, 23rd, there will be a Soup & Pud Lunch, hosted by Tony and Gina Doore, more de­tails later.

Satur­day, 9th, saw Cafe@ Chapel open as usual but also it was the Le­ices­ter­shire His­toric Churches An­nual Bike-ride and the ladies stayed open un­til 1.30pm. Well done Betty and Ann!!

Sun­day, 10th Septem­ber, was the Cir­cuit Ser­vice at Trin­ity Methodist Church in Lough­bor­ough but as there were prob­lems with trans­port, it was de­cided to hold a Ser­vice of Praise at 10.45am with our Wor­ship Leader, Brenda, of­fi­ci­at­ing.

The con­gre­ga­tion were mar­vel­lous, singing seven pop­u­lar hymns with Bi­ble read­ings and prayers in­ter­spersed. Janet was heroic on the pi­ano, thank you so much dear, we couldn’t have man­aged with­out you.

Next week Rob New­ton is our preacher at the 10.45am ser­vice.


ST PETER’S PAR­ISH CHURCH. All are warmly in­vited on the evening of Sun­day,. eptem­ber 17 ( The Four­teenth Sun­day af­ter Trin­ity) to the Par­ish Church of St Peter (Mar­ket Place) Mountsor­rel for a sung ser­vice of Choral Even­song at 6pm.

The of­fi­ciant will be our new as­sis­tant cu­rate, the Rev’d Dar­ren Walker and the preacher the Par­ish Priest.

Cof­fee and tea will fol­low the Of­fice in the An­till Vestry.

Oaks in Charn­wood

FAM­ILY SER­VICE. All are wel­come to St.James’ the Greater Church, LE12 9YD on Sun­day, Septem­ber 17 at 11.15 am with Rev’d Ly­dia Humphreys.

A Sun­day School is avail­able for the first part of the ser­vice. Par­ents can leave their chil­dren or stay with if pre­ferred. Con­tact San­dra Cook Leader on 01530 837059 or 0787 1474792 if you re­quire fur­ther in­for­ma­tion.

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