Sytner volunteers transform Enderby community garden

Team-Pic1Sytner, the renowned national dealership, has made a huge difference to the Council-run ‘A Place to Grow’ project after volunteering on the site.

With its headquarters on the Meridian Industrial Estate in Blaby District, fifteen senior members of Sytner’s staff, including Group Managing Director Darren Edwards, visited the Council’s garden in Enderby to offer their time and manpower to help transform the garden.

A Place to Grow is a free to use sustainable Community Garden which supports positive Health and Wellbeing.

The site is aimed at anyone with a health related problem who wants to improve their Health and Wellbeing.

Leicestershire Cares, who bring businesses and communities together for the benefit of all, organised the team of volunteers from Sytner who worked so hard on the garden.

Tasks included building a retaining wooden wall and laying of crazy paving.

In the children’s area, two planting frames were rebuilt and wood chip was laid. A playhouse, tubs, planters and plants were also purchased by Sytner to help enhance the garden.

A Place to Grow will be hosting its own open day on Saturday 9 July 2016 from 11am-2pm for families to visit and enjoy the picturesque surroundings.

For more information on A Place to Grow e-mail, call 0116 272 7703 or visit

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Just ‘Turn Up’ for some fun tennis sessions at Thorpe Astley

tennisballsResidents in the area are being invited to ‘Turn Up Tennis’, a series of fun family tennis sessions being held on the tennis courts at Thorpe Astley Community Centre. 

Turn Up Tennis Provides the opportunity to simply turn up and play.

Initially there are eight pilot sessions planned and they take place on the Community Centre’s Tennis Courts on Wednesdays, 6.30 to 8.30pm, and cost just £3 per session.

It is a great chance for family members of all ages and abilities to meet new people who share a desire to play tennis in a relaxed and welcoming environment.

The sessions have been organised in conjunction with the Blaby District Local Sport Alliance Team.

The Blaby District Local Sports Alliance is an organisation who strive to promote and develop sport and physical activity in the local Blaby District area.

Just as the tennis season is in full-swing with action currently at the Nottingham Open, the initial session of the ‘Turn Up Tennis’ took place on Wednesday 8th June and feedback was both positive and encouraging.

One attendee commented:

“Tennis is portrayed as an elite sport and some tennis clubs can be a little bit stuffy, competitive and even slightly intimidating to people who just want to enjoy a friendly game.

“These sessions are pitched nicely between the casual unorganised knock-about and serious competitive match-play. With experienced players on hand to help and guide us it was great. Definitely going to be making the most of this opportunity.

More information about Turn Up Tennis is available by:

Telephone 0116 2727703



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A Place to Grow family open day to showcase community garden

A Place to Grow PatioThe annual open day at Blaby District Council’s community garden, A Place to Grow, has been set for Saturday 9 July, from 11am-2pm.

Taking place in the garden at Mill Lane, Enderby, LE19 4LX, the open day will showcase the fantastic work that has been undertaken by the service users and selfless volunteers.

There will be a Tai Chi taster session from 11:30am, while the Enderby Junior Band and a Teddy Bears Picnic will take place from midday.

Activities also include

  • face painting,
  • garden games,
  • children’s planting activities,
  • arts and crafts
  • a bric-a-brac stall with a traditional tombola,
  • sale of plants and produce from the garden.

The sale of plants and produce from the garden will help raise funds for the project.

Cakes, refreshments and an ice cream van will also be on offer for what promises to be a brilliant local family outing.

Supporting positive health and wellbeing, A Place to Grow is a free-to-use sustainable community garden.

The project encourages people to learn new skills by producing and eating healthy food, being physically active, getting involved in the community and meeting new people in a friendly, informal and safe environment.

The site is aimed at anyone with mental and physical health related problem who wants to improve their Health and Wellbeing.

If anyone would like to donate any tombola prizes, or would like more information about the garden please contact the Health and Leisure team on 0116 272 7703 or email:

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Local Blooming Great Tea Party for Marie Curie

mariecurielogoA Blooming Great Tea Party on Wednesday 15th June 2016 will help raise vital funds for Marie Curie, the charity which provides care and support for people living with a terminal illness and their families.

Tea parties in aid of Marie Curie, held the length and breadth of the UK between 20th and 29th June, have raised over £4.5 million since the campaign started in 2008.

Our local event, starting at 2.30pm, is being held in St Pius X church grounds, Leicester Road, Narborough LE19 5DF.

Parking has been organised at the Heritage Hotel – 50 yards along the road – and the event is open to anyone who would like to catch up with friends old and new and enjoy tea and cake for a good cause.


The tea party tickets are £2.50 (children FREE) and will include home-made cakes, plant sale, tombola, Phoenix Cards, a raffle, and much, much more!

There is also a fun quiz to answer and be in with the chance to win a prize.

Every donation made from a Blooming Great Tea Party will help Marie Curie Nurses care for more people living with a terminal illness across the UK.

For more information or to get involved contact Joan Rampton on 07891 889202 or e-mail

Marie Curie helpers and supporters

Marie Curie South Leicestershire Fundraising Support Group and helpers

Cara Ackerman, a Marie Curie Fund Raising Volunteer said:

“Sadly, it is a question that none of us would like to face, but research has shown that 65% of people who have a terminal illness would prefer to die at home surrounded by their family, friends and in familiar surroundings.

“Marie Curie nurses enable this to happen by offering nursing care to patients but also essential support to the family. Whilst a Marie Curie nurse is present family members are able to rest.

“It is wonderful to be hosting a Blooming Great Tea Party for the local South Leicestershire community and lovely to welcome friends who have been supporting our group over the past few years as well as new faces who are coming along for the first time.

“Great fun is had by all over a cuppa and a slice or two of scrumptious cake!”

People can follow updates on social media and share photos using the hashtag #BloomingGreat.”

For more information visit
Like‘ Marie Curie’s Facebook page at
Follow Marie Curie on Twitter
Telephone Marie Curie Support Line 0800 090 2309*

Anyone with any questions about terminal illness and who is looking for support, Marie Curie is here to help them and their family.

Call the Marie Curie Support Line on 0800 090 2309 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm)* or visit

Visit to share experiences and find support anytime of the day or night.

*Calls are free from landlines and mobile phones.

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Free cookery sessions at Enderby Brockington College help save pounds

food-classes-350x220Leicestershire Waste Partnership have announced their next cookery sessions.

The fun, free, practical sessions, headlined as ‘Love Food – Hate Waste’, provide the ingredients and the know-how to make the most of leftovers, so anyone can reduce food waste and save up to £60 a month on their food bill.

Participants in the free sessions can gain some inspiration and take home tea with a free, love food hate waste recipe book, so they can carry on with the good work. All ingredients and equipment will be provided.

The average family could save £700 a year, simply by throwing away less food.

The next sessions are due to be held at Brockington College, Enderby:

Saturday 11 June, 10.30am – 12.30pm
Monday 13 June, 7pm – 9 pm

Pre-book to avoid disappointment ……seriously!

Pre-booking is essential as places are limited.

Telephone 0116 305 7699, or email

Alternatively, book online at

The Leicestershire Waste Partnership is composed of the seven borough and district councils of Leicestershire, and the County Council. (Leicester City Council is an associate member as it has made its own arrangements for future waste management). The partner authorities have come together to deliver a joint strategy.

Leicestershire is pursuing a clear vision for sustainable waste management and resource use.

Through the collaborative efforts of the Partnership, a majority of Leicestershire’s waste will be recycled by 2017, growth in waste production will be in decline and local communities will be taking responsibility for the waste they produce.

Note: These sessions are open to Leicestershire residents only. Unfortunately this excludes Leicester City residents.

» View Love Food – Hate Waste website

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