Community groups to benefit from ‘Dragon’s Den’

Local community and not-for-profit groups in the district of Blaby are set to benefit from a Dragon’s Den style event.

Clubs, community groups and organisations will get to pitch their project ideas to an expert panel and get information on suitable grants, advice and support.

The event is being hosted by Blaby District Council and will take place on Monday 27th March 2017.

Representatives will be in attendance from a range of partners including Leicestershire County Council’s SHIRE Grants scheme, Voluntary Action Leicestershire and Community Foundation Leicestershire & Rutland.

Cllr David Freer, Cabinet Portfolio holder for Partnerships and Corporate Services says:

“With all these experts in one room, this is an ideal event for existing community groups who need a bit of extra help to develop or a new group looking to get a project off the ground.”

Groups are invited to apply by submitting their project proposals by Tuesday 28th February.

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Tasty fundraising by Enderby Estate Agents

Isaac Gagin is helped by the Enderby branch of Harrison Murray

Judo star Issac Gagin (second from left) with the Harrison Murray team from Enderby.

Photo: Harrison Murray

Staff at the Enderby branch of Harrison Murray have been cooking up a storm raising money for local judo star Isaac Gagin.

The team recently hosted a charity curry night raising over £600 for SportsAid, with whom the team work to support Isaac.

21 year old Isaac from Broughton Astley recently transitioned onto the senior Judo circuit bagging a bronze medal at the English Open in Sheffield and is already planning his attack on qualifying for the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.

Isaac received £750 to help him with his expenses at the beginning of 2016 and has been working with the branch to fundraise throughout the year.

Teana Hampson, manager for the Enderby branch of Harrison Murray, said;

“We are thrilled to be involved with this initiative to help someone that is part of our local community.

“The main barriers to progression of professional athletes is often the high costs of travel and training so particularly value the support we can get from the community for Isaac and hopefully inspire the next generation of sports men and women.”

The estate agency, part of the Nottingham Building Society (The Nottingham) have provided awards to 50 athletes this year across a range of sports through the charity SportsAid.

Chief Executive of SportsAid, Tim Lawler, said:

“We are delighted to see our relationship with The Nottingham continue to grow. They are helping more athletes in more ways in 2017.

“The support the athletes receive helps them to cover certain costs, and provides them with an extra motivational boost having been identified among the country’s brightest sporting prospects.”

Full details on the scheme can be found at www.thenottingham.com

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Police appeal following fatal collision on M69

Police accident signA man died in a collision on the M69, Leicestershire, yesterday (Wednesday 8th February).

The collision happened at around 8.40pm on the southbound, Coventry-bound carriageway about half a mile prior to junction 2 and involved three vehicles, a grey BMW 1 series, a white Mercedes Sprinter van and a blue Ford Fiesta.

A 63 year-old man from the BMW was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of the Fiesta, a woman, 23, was taken to the Leicester Royal Infirmary for treatment and has since been discharged.

A section of the motorway was closed overnight to allow officers to carry out an investigation of the scene.

Police are appealing to anyone travelling on the motorway at the time of the collision and who witnessed what happened or saw any of the vehicles being driven beforehand to get in touch.

Police would also like to hear from  anyone who has any dashcam footage?

Contact Detective Constable 4484 Alison Briance, quoting incident 616 of 8th February.

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Enderby restaurant turns down teenager for waitress job by txt – complete with ‘laughing emoji’

Megan Dixon

Megan: “Less than impressed”

Restaurant chain bosses have been forced to apologise after a teenager was mocked with a laughing face emoji as she was turned down for a part-time waitress job in a new restaurant set to open in Enderby.

Megan Dixon, 18, was interviewed for the post at a new branch of Miller & Carter steakhouses being created in the former Toby Carvery, on the Foxhunter roundabout, in Leicester Road.

But according to Megan who spoke to The Sun newspaper, the A-Level student was sent a text message just moments after leaving the interview with assistant manager Shantel Wesson.

The message said: ‘It’s a no x’, and when the teenager replied by asking why, she was less than impressed with the response which called her interview technique ‘basic’ and included a laughing face emoji.

Megan told the Sun:

“At the end of the interview, I asked when I would hear back. She told me it was never more than a few days and she had my email.

“But I got the texts a few seconds after leaving.”

The i-message exchanged between applicant Megan and Miller and Carter is reproduced below:

Megan also claimed the interviewer didn’t have a copy of her CV to hand during the process and was “unprofessional” sipping coffee throughout.

Speaking to the Sun newspaper, Megan said:

“I was shocked. The least she should have given me was some proper feedback.

“And the laughing face emoji was so unprofessional. It was a really bitchy thing to do.”

Shantel Wesson

Asst.Manager Shantel Wesson

The steak chain is set to create up to 50 jobs when it opens its doors at the Enderby establishment next month.

Locals will have seen that the old Foxhunter ‘Toby Carvery’ branded restaurant, part of the Mitchells & Butlers pub group, is undergoing an extensive refurbishment in time for a grand opening planned for mid-March.

A spokesman for Miller & Carter is reported to have apologised, saying:

“On behalf of Miller & Carter, we can’t apologise enough to Megan.

“It was never our intention to be disrespectful or upset her in any way.

“The texts were sent in error and were intended for our manager, not the candidate.

“However, we expect our team to act professionally at all times and to give constructive feedback after any interview via email.

“We are taking this extremely seriously and will be investigating to ensure it never happens again.”

[Source: (Article body) Composite media reports | Photos: facebook]
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Indian police delegation welcomed by Leicestershire Police

Leicestershire Chief Constable welcomes Indian delegation

The Chief Constable welcomes the Indian delegation to Leicestershire Police HQ.
Photo: Leics. Police

Last Tuesday (7th February) five senior police officers and two academics from India visited Leicestershire Police sites to learn how the force deals with sexual and domestic violence cases.

The guests were on a study tour organised by Sheffield Hallam University as part of a project aimed at improving access to justice for female and child victims of violence.

They spent the day meeting and sharing experiences with the force’s Child Abuse Investigation Unit, Child Sexual Exploitation Team, Domestic Abuse Investigation Unit and Sexual Assault Referral Centre.

Chief Constable Simon Cole said:

“It was a privilege to be asked to host our Indian guests and enable them to experience first-hand how we deal with complex cases of violence against women and girls.

“Their visit provided a great opportunity to listen to their insights and understand the issues in a different context.

“As their visit coincided with Sexual Abuse and Sexual Violence Awareness Week they joined us in saying #ItsNotOk wherever you are.”

The seven-strong delegation was led by Anuradha Shankar, a senior officer in the Madhya Pradesh state police force.

Ms Shankar said:

“This visit has shown us the importance of a multi-dimensional approach to social justice.

“Aspects of people’s lives – how they live, where they live and how they interact – are all vital elements when understanding the issue of gender-based violence.

“It is also clear that the issue cannot be addressed simply through traditional policing methods.

“We have discussed the importance of areas such as counselling for victims and the availability of female police officers for communities who traditionally would be used to dealing with just male officers.”

[Source and Photo: Leicestershire Constabulary]
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