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Enderby Band Organisation announces formation of two new bands

Band graphic

The Enderby Band Organisation has announced that it is forming two new bands, an ‘Apprentice Wind Band’ and a ‘Big Band’.

The Apprentice Band is starting on 5th April at 6.30pm and will be based on a Wind Band format.

It is for musicians in their early stages of learning or those that have had some time away from their instruments and that would like to get back into playing.

The Apprentice Wind Band will be aimed at grades 1-4 standard but grades aren’t essential to join.

It will be a chance for musicians to build confidence to play with other players supported by members of the Wind Band.

The Big Band will be starting soon and will rehearse on Sunday afternoons.

The Big Band will follow a traditional ‘big band format’ of Saxes, Trumpets, Trombones and Rhythm Section.

The Big Band will concentrate on developing a repertoire in its early stages so that it can focus on performing gigs – ideally once a month in the longer term.

Anyone interested and who would like any more information, please contact

Apprenticeship Week highlights Blaby District Council success

Blaby District Council is marking 2018 National Apprenticeship Week by highlighting the wide career prospects that apprentices can achieve.

Organised by the National Apprenticeship Service, the week celebrates apprenticeships, traineeships and the positive impact they have on individuals, businesses and the local economy.

Apprentices have been a familiar face across the Council since 2015, with five currently working across the organisation, including Property, Environmental Services, Fleet, Finance and Planning.

Many apprentices have gone on to secure permanent jobs with the authority; while others have secured jobs across Leicestershire in the area they undertook their apprenticeship.

photo: Jess Stubley in office
Jess Stubley: Looking forward to seeing where the skills will take her

Jess Stubley, who joined as an apprentice in the Environmental Services team last year, said:

“Blaby District Council has given me one of the greatest opportunities to expand my knowledge in an admin based career. I have already encountered many exciting experiences, learnt new and improving skills and work with one of the friendliest, most supportive teams I could ask for.

“I look forward to seeing where the skills and qualifications achieved from working within the Blaby District Council will take me.”

Sam Alderson was an apprentice in Land Charges before becoming a full-time Team Assistant in Environmental Health. He said:

“My apprenticeship in Land Charges taught me skills that are useful for all areas across the Council. These skills have allowed me to further my career and get a full time job as well as a platform to build on for the rest of my career.

“I now work full time in Environmental Health which I enjoy a lot and is extremely varied. No two days are the same and I’m constantly learning new things.”

Mark Foote, Strategic Manager for HR, said:

“Apprenticeships are an ideal way to gain experience and it is fantastic to see our apprentices develop their careers and secure permanent positions with us.

“We’re also pleased to see some move into other services within the Council, further showing that the skills they are picking up not only benefit themselves but the whole authority. We’re looking forward to welcoming more in 2018 as Blaby District Council continues to be a place to work and achieve successful career development.”

Several vacancies for apprentices across the Council will soon be advertised, including Planning, Revenues, Environmental Health and Building Control.

Apprenticeship vacancies at the Council can be found at, while a dedicated site for vacancies nationally is available via

Enderby water supply finally getting back to normal after the big freeze

Photo: Severn Trent Water

On 6th March, Severn Trent Water reported that the majority of their customers were starting to see their water returning, although some may still be experiencing ‘intermittent supply’ as the network starts to get back to normal.

The water supplier said the network remained under pressure due to massive increase of burst pipes following the thaw and they asked customers to help relieve the problem by using less water, in order to  make sure that everybody has water.

Severn Trent website says:

“Our teams will still be out fixing as many leaks as possible and working round the clock.

Following the rapid thaw that has seen our teams called out to an unprecedented number of burst pipes. To put that into perspective, we’ve had an increase in burst pipe alarms of nearly 4000%.”

Severn Trent say that “…small pockets of our network experienced low pressure or periodic interruptions to supply [during the past weekend.] Since then our teams have been working tirelessly throughout the night to fix many of the bursts, and as a result we have managed to restore supplies to everyone who was impacted.

“We would like to offer a huge apology to these customers for any disruption to their day, we know just how hard it is to be without water and we hugely appreciate everyone’s patience, as our teams work around the clock to fix the bursts and reduce any impact to our customers.”

And how cold was last week? Well, based on the Central England Temperature measure it was the coldest 28th February since 1785. The 1st March was the coldest day for any March day since 1878.


On 6th March, Severn Trent Water Tweeted:

“We will be paying £30 compensation to any customers who were without water for more than 12 continuous hours, or for more than 15 hours of intermittent supply.”

More details are on the Severn Trent Water website.

Customers can get all the latest updates via the website and Twitter @stwater

Frank Evans

Frank Evans, one of Enderby’s ‘characters’, passed away on Sunday 25th February, aged 92. 

Frank was for many years a Councillor on Enderby Parish Council, standing down in 2015 due to ill health.

Cllr. Tracy Green, a long-standing member of Enderby Parish Council, told the Leicester Mercury:

“He was a very kind man and we used to have lovely little chats on our way home from meetings together.”

“He also used to be a lollipop man in the village so everyone knew him and said hello. He was very well-loved in the community and a very interesting man.”

Frank had led a very active and varied life including active service in France during the Second World War. In January 2017 he was awarded the Légion D’honneur from the French government for his service in France.

Born in Derby, Frank relocated to the south of England at 6yrs of age, having been orphaned in tragic circumstances. (Frank’s father was knocked off his bike and died and his mother took her own life not long after).

Returning to Leicestershire in 1942, Frank lived locally before enlisting in the Royal Navy for the final year of the war. In latter years he made his home on Kipling Drive, Enderby.

A committed churchgoer and a member of the Prayer Book Society, Frank was well known by parents and pupils of local schools in the role of ‘Lollipop Man’ shepherding them across King Street close to the junction with Cross Street.

Frank was a prolific letter writer and sent many hundreds of letters to the Leicester Mercury; according to the newspaper there were ‘more than 130 published in the past 20 years alone, addressing issues of every size‘.

Cllr. Green added:

“I remember when I moved to this area in 1963 he was already writing to the Mercury regularly.

“He will be sadly missed.”


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Dog theft awareness campaign launched

Dog outside shop

A campaign launched by the Dogs Trust to make owners aware of an increase in dog thefts is being supported by Blaby District Council.

Residents are being reminded to ensure they remain vigilant at all times with their dogs.

Thefts commonly take place outside shops, with owners reminded not to leave their dog unattended in any public areas.

The Dogs Trust is urging residents to follow three steps to reduce the risk of theft and offer the best possible chance of being reunited with their dog if it goes missing:

SAFE – Secure your property and garden.

SPOTTABLE – Keep them in sight and trained to return.

SEARCHABLE – Know what steps to take if they go missing.

Popular breeds to take from owners include Spaniels, due to breeding; Lurchers, known to be used as working dogs, and any popular pedigree or designer breeds.

If a dog is stolen, residents are strongly advised to report the theft to both the Council and to the company holding the dog’s microchip details.

Reporting it to the microchip database will ensure details cannot be changed by anyone other than the registered keeper.

As a dog is deemed ‘property’ the theft should also be reported to the police.

Michelle Ikin, Senior Animal Services Officer at Blaby District Council, said:

“We are in full support of the Dogs Trust campaign to make people are aware of the growing issue of dog thefts. It’s also just one of the reasons why we are so keen to see every dog in the district microchipped to comply with the law.

“It is vital that you do not leave your dog tied up to go into a shop to make it easy for thieves. Any dog is at risk of being stolen, regardless of its age or breed. If a dog is taken, telling the right people as soon as possible is the best course of action.”

Celine Di Crocco, Rehoming Centre Manager at Dogs Trust Loughborough, said:

“It is a sad day when we have to issue these types of warnings, but with instances of dog theft becoming more prevalent, we want to ensure that dog owners are aware of the dangers so that they can keep their beloved pets safe.

“Theft of any item is distressing, but when a dog is stolen, who many consider a part of the family; the experience can be even more distressing.

We’re grateful to Blaby District Council in helping us raise awareness of dog theft to their residences and helping to keep the Family Pawtrait complete.”

Any stolen dogs can be reported to the Council by emailing or call 0116 275 7555. Information on dog thefts from the Dogs Trust can be found on

[Source and photo: Blaby District Council Communications]