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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.”

Council and businesses pitch in during volunteer week

[Photo: Blaby District Council]

Over 500 hours of volunteering has been gifted to local voluntary groups during the second annual Blaby District Council Community Volunteer Week.

19 organisations from all over the local area will benefit from 115 Council employees joining volunteers in contributing to the district. Following the huge demand of last year’s event, the scheme has been extended to a fortnight, with more projects taking place this week.

Over forty volunteers from local business and partners have also contributed. Kirby Muxloe Primary School were visited by Everards Brewery, Leicester Marriott Hotel helped out at Danemill Primary School, whilst Everyone Active and Supporting Leicestershire Families volunteered at Thurlaston Primary School.

A huge range of tasks have been undertaken so far, including weeding and manure shovelling at Community Harvest Whetstone, helping serve food at the Commbus Lunch Club and leafleting for the Sapcote Good Neighbour Scheme.

Councillor Sheila Scott, Portfolio Holder for Planning, Housing Strategy, Economic & Community Development, said: “Our second Community Volunteer Week has been another major success, giving Council colleagues the chance to make a huge contribution to the local area. We are all very proud to have such a successful scheme.

“We are also particularly pleased to see our local businesses, Leicester Marriott Hotel, Everards and Everyone Active taking part too, and shows their commitment to their corporate social responsibility and being a part of the Blaby District community.”

Stephen Gould, Managing Director of Everards, said: “We were delighted to get involved with Volunteer Week. Pubs are at the heart of local communities so it’s natural for us to contribute in initiatives like this.

“As an independent, family business we are linked to a number of local causes as are the Everard family. We had a great day supporting the school which is local to our Glenfield base and the students seemed to approve of our work!”

Huncote Community Library were one of the early voluntary groups to receive help, with the Health & Leisure team pitching in to clear an overgrown area and improve access to the library. Treasurer Hilary Comyn said: “The four volunteers have done a marvellous job. They were enthusiastic even though it was hard work!

“This had needed doing for a long time and I’m not sure it would have been completed without the help of the volunteers.”

For more information about Community Volunteer Week visit or email

The 19 projects who have benefitted from Community Volunteer Week:

Active Arts
Commbus Project
Community Harvest Whetstone
Countesthorpe Leysland Community College
Croft Happy Circle
Danemill Primary School
Foston Flower Festival at St Bartholomew’s Church
Greenfield Primary School
Huncote Community Library
Kirby Muxloe Primary School
Narborough & District Bowling & Social Club
Narborough & Littlethorpe Community Library
Our Space (Lunch Club)
Sapcote Good Neighbour Scheme
St Mary’s Church, Elmesthorpe
Support for Carers
Thistly Meadow Primary School
Thurlaston Primary School
Whetstone Good Neighbour Scheme

Visitors enjoy another year of ‘Open Gardens’…


Gardens 1 & 2Photos: T Green 

The sun shone last Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd June, helping to make this year’s Open Garden event one of the best ever, according to our local participants.

13 Bantlam Lane and 12 Alexander Avenue in Enderby combined their events, with much to delight visitors who were able to visit one location and then visit the other on the same entrance ticket.

At Bantlam Lane it was the first year that Clive and Helen Biggs have hosted an open garden event and Helen told Enderby EYE they had “somewhere around 150 visitors” and had received a lot of compliments.

Photo: OGS

Their garden is described as “A pretty cottage garden packed full of flowering shrubs and herbaceous perennials. There are many areas of interest with ornaments and water features.

A small courtyard garden opens into a wisteria covered pergola lined with a fern filled bog garden and large potted acers. This leads to a wildlife pond and additional paved seating areas surrounded with fragrant roses.”

Open GardenPhoto: OGS

The normal format of these events is for visitors to generally enjoy the gardens, purchase plants, cakes and tea/coffee, raising funds for the ‘Open Gardens Scheme’ charity.

On their inaugural event Clive and Helen decided to do something ‘differently’. The difference was in the form of bottles of Prosecco as an alternative to tea or coffee. However, due possibly to the time of day and the ‘age demographic’ the Prosecco experiment may be shelved for future events! Nevertheless, between the Prosecco and the plant sales, Clive said the location raised around £500 for the cause.

Further into the village at Alexandra Avenue, Pat and John Beeson welcomed visitors to what is described as a “….small town garden which has been carefully designed to make full use of the space available and to provide interest all year round”.

Pond at 12 Alexander (Open Gardens)View across the pond at 12 Alexander      [Photo: OGS]

The Beeson’s dispensed with the lawn giving them space to create different areas in the garden, including a pond. The area is also able to accommodate a wide variety of plants chosen for their colour and to attract wildlife.

John and Pat said their garden is an ‘extension of the house’, a place to potter, relax and enjoy.

John and Pat Beeson: Our garden is an ‘extension of the house’   [Photo: OGS]

This is the sixth year that the Beeson’s have taken part in the Open Gardens and John told Enderby EYE that he and Pat had sold around one hundred tickets at their venue which would be added to the number of tickets sold for the Bantlam Lane venue.

photo: open gardenPhoto: Enderby EYE

John said he thought there were probably more visitors this year “…probably because of the two gardens combining the events” and the money raised from plant sales, cakes and beverages overall totalled around £900.

The combined monies raised are forwarded to the ‘National Open Gardens Scheme’ which adds the amount to its general fund from which it awards money to a number of charitable  beneficiaries.

The National Scheme

The National Garden Scheme is the most significant charitable funder of nursing charities in the country, donating over £50 million since its first ‘open garden’ event in 1927 when ‘The National Garden Scheme’ was founded. In that founding year, Individuals were asked to open up their gardens for ‘a shilling a head’. In the first year 609 gardens raised over £8,000.

Current beneficiaries include Macmillan Cancer Support, Marie Curie, Hospice U.K., Carer’s Trust, Queen’s Nursing Institute, Parkinsons U.K., MS Society, the Leonard Cheshire Homes amongst many others.

In 2017, on the 90th Anniversary of the Scheme, it celebrated with its biggest ever donation amount of £3 million to the beneficiary charities. That Included a new Gardens and Health beneficiary, which for 2017 was The National Autistic Society.