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Nominations open for fifteenth Achievement Awards

Celebrating its fifteenth year, nominations are now open for residents to nominate inspirational people and groups across the district.

The Council is once again encouraging friends, family and workmates to nominate individuals and groups who they think deserve recognition for making a difference in their community before Midnight on Sunday 12 August 2018, in one of four categories:

Good Friend/Good Neighbour – Sponsored by Countryside Properties
Volunteer of the Year – Sponsored by Leicester Marriott Hotel
Young Achiever of the Year – Sponsored by Ford & Slater
Best Community Group/Achievement – Sponsored by Fosse

Finalists and their guests will be invited to the prestigious ceremony, sponsored by Davidsons Homes, at the Marriott Hotel on Thursday 04 October. The evening will celebrate and honour the finalists. £750 of prize money will be available in each category.

Guests at 2017 achievement awardsGuests at the 2017 Achievement Awards Ceremony

Councillor Terry Richardson, Leader of Blaby District Council, said: “To be marking our fifteenth year highlights how well regarded the Achievement Awards are across the district. It’s our chance to honour inspirational people who have contributed to making this district great.

“We are proud to welcome Davidsons Homes back as our main sponsor of the night, as well as thanking all of our returning sponsors. I encourage everyone to nominate the person or group they think deserves to be recognised.”

Cllr Richardson at last year's award ceremony
Cllr Richardson at last year’s award ceremony

The Achievement Awards are funded entirely with the generosity of sponsors. New main sponsors Davidsons Homes will be sponsoring the awards presentation evening; Countryside Properties, Fosse, Ford & Slater and Leicester Marriott Hotel returning as category sponsors.

For more information on each category and to nominate visit To request a paper copy e-mail or call 0116 272 7577.

Plea for family members of WW1 serving officers to get in touch

Leicestershire police is marking the centenary of the First World War during a Remembrance Day memorial event at Force Headquarters on Friday 9 November 2018.

Photo: Poppy on radiator grille
Photo: Leicestershire Constabulary

Surviving family members of serving Leicestershire police officers who lost their lives while on duty during the first and second world wars are being invited to attend the event as guests of Leicestershire police.

The Force are trying to trace descendants of 21 officers from the city, county and Rutland that died as a result of the war.

If you were related to one of the officers, or know someone that was, please contact Dominique Allen, Benevolent Fund Treasurer, via

City WW1

PC. W.A BAILEY – Royal Horse Artillery

PC J BRIGGS – Mounted Military Police

PC J COBLEY – West Yorkshire Regiment

PC R HAZELWOOD – Grenadier Guards

PC. F HUTSON – Royal Marine Artillery

PC. E.M MADDOCK MM- Royal Horse Artillery

PC G.A MANTON – Coldstream Guards

PC A.W OSBORN – Leicestershire Regiment

PC T PERCIVAL – Leicestershire Regiment

PC A.E REEVES – Leicestershire Regiment

PC. W WOODWARD – Royal Marine Artillery


PC Arthur PREW – Rank Private – Number 29092 served with D Battery 160th Brigade Royal Field Artillery

PC Percy SMITH – Rank Gunner – Number 29117 served with D Battery 160th Brigade Royal Field Artillery

PC Colin BRAMMAL – Rank Sergeant – Number L/28853 served with A Battery 160th Brigade Royal Field Artillery

PC John DRIVER – Rank Gunner – Number L/29804 served with D Battery 46th Brigade Royal Field Artillery

PC Charles SMITH – Rank Corporal – number L/29119 served with D Battery 160th Brigade Royal Field Artillery

PC T GRAINGER – Rank Lance Corporal – Leicestershire Regiment

PC L HENSON – Rank Lance Corporal – Coldstream Guards

PC E WAKEFIELD – Rank Private – Leicestershire Regiment

PC. Joseph WALKER – Rank Gunner – Royal Garrison Artillery

Chief Constable Simon Cole, Deputy Chief Constable Rob Nixon, Assistant Chief Constable Julia Debenham, police officers and staff will also be in attendance to pay their respects.

Mr Cole comments: “It is important to the force to mark the centenary commemorations. We hold a gathering every year in our memorial garden to commemorate Remembrance Day but there is a different significance this year.

“We are extending the invitation to the families of those fallen officers to join us as a way of expressing our gratitude and solidarity for their bravery and sacrifice. We are pleased to have already been in contact with ten families who have said they would like to join us – making the event even more poignant.”

H.O.P.E. programme offered to people after their cancer treatment


From July 2018 Leicester’s Hospitals are launching free six-week courses which could help cancer patients to get more out of life.

The Help to Overcome Problems Effectively (H.O.P.E) programme – is a health and lifestyle coaching course to support people after their cancer treatment.

Developed by Coventry University and Macmillan Cancer Support the course is an accredited self-help programme.

The course aims to help people to take control, boost confidence and teach relaxation techniques.

Jane Pickard, Macmillan Lead Cancer Nurse said: “We are delighted to be able to offer H.O.P.E courses.

“For some people going back into their everyday routine after finishing cancer treatment can feel daunting.

“It’s all about bringing people together; stress management and helping people feel more confident and face the future. These courses are a way to help people feel more like themselves again.”

Each course takes place over 6 weeks in weekly 2½ hour sessions. People interested in attending the course can contact their keyworker or the Macmillan Information and Support Centre directly.

Courses start in July at the Macmillan Information and Support Centre, Leicester Royal Infirmary.

For more information, contact Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Centre on 0116 258 6189 or visit:

Temporary Traffic Regulation Order – Smith Way, Enderby

Smith Way, Enderby

Leicestershire County Council Highways has updated its information regarding the agreed Temporary Traffic Regulation Order at Smith Way, Enderby.

The EYE originally reported the closure for 19th/20th May, but this was delayed due to unforeseen circumstances (EYE news item May 17th). 

Leicestershire County Council have now issued a revised notice.

The temporary road closure on Smith Way from the junction with Leicester
Lane will be for approximately 100 metres in a northerly direction.

Smith Way will be closed from 19.30 hours on Saturday 16th June 2018 until 06.00 hours on Monday 18th June, 2018.

The Temporary Traffic Regulation Order will be implemented for public
safety for North Midland Construction to carry out carriageway resurfacing
work and construct a new access to the new development on the corner of
Smith Way and Leicester Lane.

The proposed alternative diversion route will be via:-
Leicester Lane, B582 Blaby Road, B4114 St Johns, B4114 Narborough
Road South, A563 Lubbesthorpe Way, Penman Way, Smith Way, Enderby
and vice versa.

Diversion route

Closure extents diagram

Leicestershire County Council apologises for any inconvenience caused.

For further information please contact
Leicestershire County Council Highways Tel: 0116 305 0001

PCC to host city centre “talk back” event

PCC Lord Willy Bach

People enjoying the entertainment on offer during the night-time economy are being invited to share their thoughts on public safety and policing at a special city centre policing roadshow hosted by Leicestershire Police and Crime Commissioner Lord Willy Bach and Chief Constable Simon Cole.

The PCC and Chief Constable are keen to hear what local people, including the thousands of pub and club frequenters in the city, think about crime and how safe they feel on a night out.

Manjit Atwal

They will be joined by Neighbourhood Policing Commander Insp Manjit Atwal, police volunteers and city-based Neighbourhood Policing Officers in the What Matters to You event on Friday 15th June.

They will answer questions from residents about local problems and the community safety work underway to reduce harm.


The roadshow will run from 7.30pm until 10pm at the Clock Tower/Humberstone Gate area to capture the opinions of those enjoying a night out in the city centre.

“It’s important everyone gets the chance to have their say about crime and policing which is why we’re holding this special roadshow at night-time,” explained Willy Bach.

“The city centre is a vibrant and bustling place and I’m determined that people continue to enjoy a night out without fear of crime, violence or antisocial behaviour. I’m keen to hear what people think.”