Trio of new players for Enderby Senior Band

Enderby Senior Band has announced the signing of three new players as it looks forward to a new era.

Reporting on the organisation’s website, the band says that filling the vacant 2nd horn seat is Neil Orton. Neil is returning to playing after a two year break, and brings with him a wealth of experience having played for a number of First and Championship Section Bands previously.

Meanwhile the band welcomed Alex Baldwin on Soprano Cornet.

Alex is a former student of London College of Music and Drama and Birmingham Conservatoire, and joins the band after helping on the Solo Cornet bench for last year’s Wychavon, Leicester and Milton Keynes contests.

Photo Sean, Alex and Neil

New signings L-R Neil, Sean and Alex. Picture courtesy Enderby Band Organisation

Finally the band is delighted to announce that its new Principal Cornet is Sean Doughty.

Sean is well known to the whole Enderby Organisation, having cut his playing teeth in the Youth Band and progressing into the Senior Band, before leaving to take the principal Cornet Seat at City of Coventry Band. He returns to the band as a student of Music Performance at Birmingham Conservatoire.

Trevor Hounsome

Trevor Hounsome takes the Assistant Principal’s seat

Current Principal, Trevor Hounsome (pictured right) will take the Assistant Principal’s seat and will be on hand to support Sean’s development as a player.

A Senior Band spokesman stated:

‘We’re pleased to have secured three very good players in quick succession, especially after a disappointing performance at the Area and the departure of our conductor, Simon Jones. Neil has played for the likes of Banks’ Brewery, Jaguar Cars and Jackfield amongst others in the past, so adds crucial strength in depth to the band and it’s always good to see retired players coming back to banding.

“Alex is clearly a very accomplished player, and we think he will prove a real asset on such a key seat, and of course we’re delighted to welcome Sean back to the Enderby fold. All three are fitting in really well and we’re looking forward to the future together.’

In fact Sean’s return brings the total number of current and former Youth Band players now playing in the Senior Band to ten – which is something the whole organisation is immensely proud of, and speaks of the success of its player development program.

The band now has a busy few months as it prepares for the Woodfarm Contest, Whit Friday and Pershore Festival of Brass, as well as auditioning applicants for the vacant Musical Director’s role.

The spokesman added:

‘The combination of the Area result and Simon’s departure could be seen by some as the start of a downturn in the band’s fortunes, however we made real progress last year and the Area was simply a bad day at the office.

“With these signings we have filled two vacant seats and significantly strengthened our front row, and we are very pleased with the number and quality of the applicants for the MD’s role.

“It’s going to be a busy few weeks now as we try to prepare for the contest while running MD auditions in parallel, but the band’s outlook is very positive indeed and we are looking forward to the rest of 2015 and the future.’

News item sourced from Enderby Band Organisation website []

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Action week focusses on noisy neighbours

Noise Action Week BadgeIt may be passing quietly ….or not – but this week is Noise Action Week (May 18 – 23 2015).

Blaby District Council is teaming up with partners as part of a national effort to tackle noisy nuisance neighbours.

The campaign not only urges residents to be tolerant of those they live close to, but also ask themselves “am I a noisy neighbour?”

In the past 12 months the council has received a variety of complaints about noise, including concerns about barking dogs, DIY, noisy TVs and music, parties, cars and house alarms.

Investigating noise complaints  costs  councils anything from £130 to £7,000 per complaint. This is not just a cost to the council – those affected by noise need to provide evidence to support investigations. Housing providers and police community support teams also tackle noise.

Blaby District Council is part of the Anti-social Behaviour Delivery Group, which is made up of local authorities across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland, and the police.

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Cllr. Joe Orson

Joe Orson, county council cabinet member for safer communities, said:

“We want to encourage people to behave respectfully towards their neighbours and allow them to enjoy their homes without noise nuisance.

“However, we understand that households can be busy, lively and sometimes loud places with children, pets and DIY, so sometimes people need to be a little more tolerant.

“Asking yourself a question about your own noise levels helps focus you on what you could do to be a better neighbour?”

Supt. Mark Newcombe

Supt. Mark Newcombe

Superintendent Mark Newcombe the force’s lead on anti- social behaviour, said:

“At its worse, this type of anti-social behaviour can have a detrimental impact on a person’s quality of life and can leave them feeling unsafe or cause confrontational situations to occur.

“However, there are also times when the matter could be easily resolved with less confrontation if both parties spoke to each other first, especially if it is a one off event. If you are having a party then it is always a good idea to let your neighbours know in advance.

“We hope this campaign will encourage neighbours to be both more respectful and more tolerant when it comes to noise.”

The Anti-Social Behaviour Delivery Group has also produced a template for a letter which they hope residents can download and use to inform their neighbours in a positive, friendly way about their concerns.

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This, as well as tips on dealing with the county’s “top six” noise complaints, is available at:

To report anti-social behaviour call the council on 0116 272 7677.

The police can be contacted on 101* or Crimestoppers, which is free and anonymous, on 0800 555 111.

*Calls to 101 from landlines and mobiles cost 15 pence per call, no matter what time of day you call or how long your call lasts.

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Fancy tea in the garden (for charity)?

ngs-logo-compositeEnderby residents are being invited to come together for a ‘Tea in the Garden’ event.

The garden at 12 Alexander Avenue in Enderby is the venue of the event being held between 11am and 5pm on Sunday 31st May.

It’s all in aid of charity and admission is just £2 (children free).

There will be plants for sale, tea and home-made cakes.

Last year, a similar event raised over £800 for nursing charities, mainly Macmillan and Marie Curie.

Nationally, the NGS (National Gardens Scheme) donated £2.5 million to those charities in 2014.

All that remains is to pray for good weather and an enjoyable stroll around the garden, a cuppa and a slice of home-made cake!

View National Gardens Scheme (NGS) website


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‘Monster Pitchfork’ petition attracts over 12 thousand signatures

Pitchfork was the first killer to be convicted using DNA

Pitchfork was the first killer to be convicted using DNA

Members of the communities in Enderby, Narborough and Littlethorpe and surrounding areas have pleaded for double child-killer Colin Pitchfork to remain locked up for life.

At the end of April, the family of Pitchfork’s first victim, 15-year-old Lynda Mann, raised an online petition on the website that has attracted 12,545 supporters to date (20/05/15).

The family launched the petition after they were alerted (via a report in the local Leicester Mercury newspaper) that the latest legal process of deciding whether Pitchfork should be freed was underway.

Lynda Mann’s family has created the online petition to gather support for their belief that Pitchfork, who raped and murdered the 15-year-old in Narborough in 1983, is still a danger to the public.

Lynda’s sister, Rebecca, has collected signatures for the online petition from across the country as well as the local area. The petition is entitled “Never release this monster!”

The 33-year-old, Rebecca Eastwood, is reported as saying:

“I was only two years old when Lynda died. I have grown up seeing the effect of what he did on our mum  [Kath Eastwood].

“I have seen her go through all of this pain. She is a strong woman, but the only thing which keeps her going is knowing that he is in prison.

“I really don’t know what it would do to her if he was ever let out.”

“If he is released he could end up anywhere in the country and we believe it is in everybody’s interest that he remains in prison.

“That’s why I will be contacting MPs in different towns and cities to make them aware of this case.”

Pitchfork was given two life sentences in January 1988 after he admitted raping and killing Lynda and Dawn Ashworth, also 15, in Narborough in 1983 and 1986.

He was the first killer to be convicted on the basis of DNA evidence. The murders of Lynda Mann and Dawn Ashworth were the subject of a two-part ITV drama screened earlier this year.

“Code of a Killer” told the story of how Colin Pitchfork senselessly murdered the two Leicestershire school girls and how he was brought to justice by a Leicester University scientist, Sir Alec Jeffreys. Jeffreys developed a new ‘genetic finger printing’ test that identified a local baker, Colin Pitchfork, as the culprit, (despite a crude attempt by him to dupe police and evade detection).

The parole board will consider reports on Pitchfork’s state of mind and conduct in prison before it decides whether he could be safely released or whether he might be transferred to a category ‘D’ or ‘open prison’, in order to prepare him for eventual release.

Dawn Ashworth’s mother, Barbara, supported the petition and also told the Leicester Mercury that, along with the Eastwood family, she believed Pitchfork should remain in prison for the rest of his life.

Rebecca Eastwood’s petition reads:

In 1983 Lynda Mann (my sister) was brutally raped and murdered. In 1986 Dawn Ashworth was also brutally raped and murdered by the same man Colin Pitchfork.

The police said at the time it was only that he’d gained a mistress between the two murders that he had not committed more murders.

After he murdered Dawn he went on to abduct another girl but she managed to escape (had he killed her he would be classed as a serial killer and we would not have to be taking these steps now, He would never be considered for parole).

When he murdered Lynda he had with him and left alone his 1 year old son in the car whilst he committed these atrocious crimes for his own depraved lust. Asked why he killed Lynda he replied “because she was there”.

He ultimately became the first person in the world to be convicted using DNA evidence.

During the course of investigation he coerced and manipulated a work colleague into taking the DNA test for him so as to avoid detection. He took his own passport and forged it to show the picture of his work colleague.

In 1988 he received 2 life sentences for the girls murders without the chance of parole until 2018.

5 years ago he unbelievably appealed his original sentence of minimum 30 years as being “unfair”. The appeal hearing heard how he had an exceptional record in jail never once being put on report, and he also gained a degree.

He appealed for a cut of 5 years in his sentence which would have seen him elegiable for parole immediately. Quite shockingly the court of appeal listened to his case and decided the sentence was unfair as well as taking his good behaviour into account and cut his sentence by 2 years.

He is currently in the process of applying for parole which will be heard in September. If his parole is approved he will be free within 6 months time if it is unsucsessful  they are going to recommend him for a cat D prison were he will be free to come and go on a daily basis to work.

Our thoughts are this:

He has spent all of his sentence on the vulnerable prisoners wing so has not even socialised with people who have committed lesser crimes never mind having access to young girls

The degree speaks for itself really what else are you going to do in a cell 24/7

He is cold and calculated as he has proved in the past with his manipulation of others

He will kill again we have no doubt about that

If he is freed he will get a new identity and could end up anywhere in the country

Please sign our petition and please please please share it to your contacts and any other place you think it may gain a bit of attention”

Twitter message

On May 5th Rebecca tweeted:

“Thank you all so much for signing our petition. We have had an incredible response. Our family are overwhelmed with the messages of support. The press, TV and radio have all gotten involved now.

It is imperative this man is not released back into society. We would hate to just sit back and do nothing just for him to get out and re-offend taking someone else’s daughter, granddaughter, sister away from them forever.

Thank you so much for supporting us and please do keep sharing

Rebecca x”

View / sign the petition here

View Leicester Mercury news item about the petition  (Leicester Mercury May 2nd 2015)

View Leicester Mercury news item “Families anger at Pitchfork ‘secrets’  (Leicester Mercury May 1st 2009)

Rebecca Eastwood on facebook

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Leicestershire police support biggest ever survey to uncover true impact of policing and crime in rural areas

ruralpoliceThe largest ever survey into crime and anti-social Behaviour (ASB) in rural areas has been launched in England, Wales and Northern Ireland to find out how the police can better serve rural communities.

Supported by Leicestershire Police and the Police and Crime Commissioner Sir Clive Loader, the survey has been launched by the National Rural Crime Network (NRCN).

The survey is calling for people from Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland and across the country, who work or live in rural areas to come forward and give their views on policing in their community, the impact crime and ASB has on them and their neighbours and to ultimately help shape the future of crime prevention and rural policing.

Anyone living or working in rural areas is being encouraged to take part in the survey to help build a picture of what is a widespread but often misunderstood issue.

You don’t need to have been a victim of crime to have a view on how the police work. You may be concerned about police visibility or response, see incidents that go unreported, or you may have a local officer who is engaged and proactive.

Against a backdrop of policing budget reductions and a growing focus on higher crime areas, the new survey will assess how crime and ASB, as well as the threat of potential crime, affects individuals, both financially and emotionally.

It will also shed light on the human implications of crime and the fear of crime seeking to explore the impact not just on individual victims, but also communities as a whole.

Any crime that happens in an urban area can, and does, happen in rural areas too, and how policing is delivered affects everyone living and working there.

Traditional farm-related incidents such as fuel theft and sheep rustling make up just one part of the problem; we need to understand all the other issues that affect people in our remoter areas, as well as in market towns, villages and the countryside more generally.

Chair of the NRCN, Julia Mulligan, who is also North Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, commented:

“The full scale of crime in rural areas has never before been assessed. Whilst official figures show rural

Julia Mulligan

Julia Mulligan: …survey aims to build a clear picture

crime, like crime in general, is decreasing, we are concerned about the wider implications on people and communities. The fear of crime can be as detrimental to people’s wellbeing as crimes themselves, so we are keen to find out more through this survey.

“Our aim is to build a clear picture of the issue to shape future delivery of services locally and nationally. By completing the survey, people can really have their say on how crime affects them and what they expect from local police and their partners involved in community safety.”

The survey, which is taking place with support from the Home Office, aims to build a body of information to improve national awareness of crime in rural areas as well as provide a clearer picture of attitudes towards crime to help inform government and local policy.

The findings will be important to ensure the human costs such as psychological impacts of crime are taken into account and police funding is spent where it is most needed, rather than simply being channelled to urban conurbations. The ultimate aim is to make rural communities safer.

While the survey will aim to provide a comprehensive overview of the scale and financial cost of crime and anti-social behaviour, it will also measure the emotional impact of crime in rural areas by asking how incidents made victims feel and the longer term effects on confidence and security.

Mulligan continued:

“While average crime rates do tend to be higher in urban areas, tackling rural crime comes with its own specific challenges whether that be the ability of police forces to respond quickly or the scale of crimes which may go unreported. This survey is an important step towards delivering a better service to communities and making the countryside a safer place to live and work.”

Established in July 2014, NRCN includes a wide range of organisations with an interest in community safety and rural affairs such as the National Farmers Union, Historic England, Neighbourhood Watch and Crimestoppers.

The survey will be open until Wednesday 24 June.

To complete the survey, visit

For more information on the NRCN visit:

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