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#IslaStones campaign catches imagination worldwide

Isla Tansley (image 'unknown source')

Isla Tansley, the seven year old girl from Hinckley with a rare form of cancer, has died aged 7 years.

A campaign to remember her has inspired people all over the world to remember her by painting and hiding stones. People were encouraged to photograph, paint and re-hide the stones.

The youngster was the inspiration behind the #islastones campaign which took-off on social media platforms.

Decorated items (mostly stones) include the ‘#IslaStones’ hashtag so anyone finding a hidden article bearing the tag can find out more about the campaign online.

They can also post a picture on a dedicated Facebook group with over 50,000 members.

Cyclists from the Stoney Stanton Velo Club are reported to have placed three stones during their ride up Mont Ventoux in southern France.

The campaign is reported to have even reached the “….snowy climes of Antarctica, where researchers at the Australian Antarctic Division polished a piece of wood and painted it with a pair of penguins and a chick.”

Isla suffered from a diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma, also known as ‘DIPG’ is the second most common type of primary, high grade brain tumour in children. Following an operation last year, Isla lost feeling in her lower body.

Local Facebook Groups report ‘findings’ and ‘re-hides’

Member of the Facebook Group, ‘All Things Enderby’, Lucy Bloomfield posted “Leia’s stone found in Enderby – rehidden in The Pastures”

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Andy Allbut-King, posting on the Facebook Group ‘The Pastures, Narborough’ wrote “Found a stone this morning on The Pastures in Narborough, then I was informed that this little angel had passed. Fly high with the angels my sweet one. Condolences to your mummy and daddy.”

Facebook image #IslaStones

More information on the Facebook Group #IslaStones

Community Garden Open Day to feature Family Performance


Two FREE family performances featuring an inspiring hitch-hike on a plant-related journey from small Acorns to great Oak Trees are planned for Blaby District Council’s ‘A Place to Grow’ Open Day in Enderby on Saturday 11 August 2018.

SEED is a fun exploration of our relationship with the long suffering plants that keep us fed, sheltered and breathing. It is the visual and movement theatre story of Wilford – one of the “unseen” – as he scrapes and digs and blasts the seed holes and co-opts the water and food.

With pulsating plant beats, flying soil and water, live music and a giant tree growing out of a shed, it’s the perfect performance for children and families

Performances will take place at 11:30am and 1:30pm at the A Place to Grow Garden at Mill Lane, Enderby, LE19 4BX.

Families are advised to bring their own picnic blanket to enjoy the performances on the grass area.

This year’s popular annual open day at the A Place to Grow garden will be from 11am-3pm, and include a children’s garden hunt, garden games, planting activities, and the sale of plants and produce from the garden.

There will also be a BBQ, cake, refreshments and an ice cream van on offer. All proceeds will go towards the running of the garden.

To book tickets for the free performances of SEED, fill in the online form or call 0116 272 7703.

[Photo supplied : Blaby District Council]

The Royal Mint celebrates NHS 70th on 10p coin at Leicester’s Hospitals

Enderby folk visiting hospitals in Leicestershire this week can take part in a hunt for a special 10p coin.

The Royal Mint has partnered with selected hospital trusts across the UK to release a limited number of special ‘NHS’ design 10p coins in hospital shops to mark 70 years since the start of the NHS.

Created as part of The Great British Coin Hunt, the ‘NHS’ 10p coin celebrates one of the many things that makes Britain great.

Anne Jessopp, Chief Executive of The Royal Mint said: “The ‘N’ for NHS has proved a very popular choice with the public as a Great British Coin Hunt 10p theme.

“The NHS is a well-respected national institution – most Britons will come into contact with it at some time in their lives, so it was a natural choice.”

Karamjit Singh, Chairman at University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust, said: “We are so pleased to be one of only ten NHS Trust’s across the country to take part in this fantastic campaign with the Royal Mint.

“Not only does the new coin help mark the NHS turning 70, but it coincides with our own celebrations which have been highlighting the important work of our local health service.

“If you are coming to our hospitals we encourage you to check your change to see if you have one of these commemorative ‘N’ 10p coins.”

To get their hands on one of these special 10p coins, visitors must simply make a cash purchase in shops in one of a number of selected hospital shops across the UK.

Alternatively, the coins are available to purchase from The Royal Mint in a range of finishes, from uncirculated to silver proof.

Additional coins launched as part of The Great British Coin Hunt include cricket and the Loch Ness monster. The 26 coins map out the A-Z of what makes Britain great – from the Angel of the North to a Zebra Crossing.

Download the app…

Accompanying the physical Great British Coin Hunt collection, The Royal Mint has introduced the Great British Coin Hunt app, allowing coin hunters to create a digital collection of the coins they find in their change.

Users can download the app for free from the App Store or Google Play, to scan the coin with their camera, unlocking exclusive content and placing their coin into a digital folder.

They can also link the app to their social media to share the treasures they find in their pockets and wallets.

A heat-map within the app shows where different coins are being found around the country and users can even use the app to have a go at designing their own coin.

The entire collection has been rolling out into circulation across the country and is available at selected Post Offices.

A collectors’ folder, and silver proof and uncirculated versions of the 10p coins are available to purchase from The Royal Mint website.

For more information visit www.royalmint/coinhunt

New waste collection service begins on Monday

Blaby rebranded waste collection vehicle

The new alternate weekly Refuse and Recycling Service for residents in the District of Blaby begins from Monday.

Starting on 2nd July 2018, all households will have their waste collected on an alternate week basis, with recycling collected in one week, and refuse collected on the other week. Garden waste collections will remain the same.

Residents were provided with a bin hanger notice placed on their bin in June that included dates for collections up to the end of November.

Any residents who may not have received a notice can find dates for their property via

Over 10,000 orders were received for bins between April and June and over 16,000 bins have now been distributed in time for the start of the new service.

An order window will be open until Thursday 30th August for residents who would like larger or additional bins once the new service is underway. Depending on household size, residents could be entitled to a free bin upgrade.

More information about the new service can be found by visiting

Investigation launched following Narborough collision

An investigation has been launched by detectives investigating an incident last Wednesday (28th June) when a 29-year-old woman was taken to hospital with serious (but not life-threatening) injuries following a collision in Leicester Road, Narborough.

It happened shortly before 1.30pm and involved a pedestrian, a blue Chevrolet Aveo and a white Ford Fiesta which was parked on the side of the road.

The Chevrolet was travelling away from Leicester, while the Fiesta was facing in the opposite direction.

The woman was taken to the University Hospital Coventry.

Police are appealing for witnesses and Detective Constable John Borlase, the investigating officer, said: “This was a bright and sunny afternoon. Anyone either driving or walking along Leicester Road when this collision happened is urged to get in touch.

D.C. Borlase would like to speak to anyone who saw either vehicle prior to the collision taking place, as their information could assist his investigation.

DC 1299 Borlase can be contacted on 101, quoting incident 307 of 27 June.