Category Archives: Twinning

Drama at Enderby Civic Centre

After ‘Fur Coat & Magic Knickers’ and more recently ‘Lights Out Land Girls’, the comedy gems brought to the stage at Enderby Civic Centre by Enderby Parish Council and Enderby Twinning Association continue with ‘Women on the verge of a T Junction’.

Put all your jibes about women drivers to one side. This new comedy drama from The MsFits drama company goes deeper than that!

The action in this drama centres on a crash at a T-junction as three women, three generations and three agendas, get as entangled as their bumpers.

There has been a lapse of concentration, but how is the AA man to find out whodunit? Suspects in the frame are:

  1. Bessie is 82 and may have trouble seeing over the steering wheel, but she drove four-wheel drives over minefields in 1945.
  2. Liz is 53 and on her fifth driving test but is determined to pass this time.
  3. Ellie is 38 and may have been chatting on her mobile phone – but she has a special talent for multi-tasking!

Women on the Verge of a T-Junction is a funny yet poignant tale of what happens when these women’s lives and cars collide.

About the MsFits…

MsFits Theatre Co. Is a two-women touring comedy drama company, performing all over the UK, Scotland, England, Wales & N Ireland at diverse venues such as 500 seat theatres to village halls.

The company comprises award winning actress Fiona Knowles who has appeared in (amongst other things) a Staff Nurse in STV’s ‘Taggart’ (1993) and in the previous year as a primary headmistress in BBC tv’s ‘Dr Finlay’.

Her theatrical partner in the MsFits Company is multi-award-winning, Bafta nominated playwright, Rona Munro.

Munro is a Scottish writer, currently living and working in London. She has written plays for theatre, radio, and television and in November 2016, it was revealed she would be writing the ninth episode of the tenth series of BBC tv’s ‘Dr.Who’, titled “The Eaters of Light”.

It is the latest in a programme of drama presentations staged at the Civic Centre on King Street under the combined auspices of Enderby Parish Council and Enderby Twinning Association.

The performance is promoted by Centre Stage which is part of Live & Local Rural and Community Touring Scheme.

The show takes place on Friday 10th February at 7.30pm.
Tickets are £9 (Adult), £6 (OAP/Child under 16yrs)

Tickets are available from:
Enderby Civic Centre, King Street, LE19 4NT
Tel: (0116) 275 3711
(Mon-Fri 9am-12noon)



Fur Coat and Magic Knickers …coming to Enderby!

fur coat magic knickersGot your attention? Good! Fur Coat and Magic Knickers is the next play to grace Enderby Civic Centre in March.

The production is sponsored by Enderby Parish Council, in partnership with Enderby Twinning Association.

It is the next in a long line of performances brought to the community by the Parish Council and the Twinning Association and is set to maintain the high standard enjoyed by audiences of previous productions, including last April’s well-received “Lights Out Land Girls” by the Badapple Theatre Company.

Fur Coat & Magic Knickers, written in 2009 by playwright Rona Munro, is a one woman comedy drama.

The action takes place in a shopping centre where we find “Second Hand” Rose looking for an outfit for the hot date she‘ll bring to her daughter’s wedding; her personal shopping assistant Jenny, whose job depends on her sales returns; and the shopping addict pensioner Maggie whose debts force her into twisted Robin Hood-like acquisitions. And a miraculous pair of knickers!

In summary:
76 year old Maggie is a compulsive shopper
38 year old Personal Shopper is at breaking point
50 something Rose’s last new fashion buy was a set of thermals in 1994
Which one of these retail victims, all played by actress Fiona Knowles, will crash the Emergency Exit?

The show will be held on Saturday, 5th March, 2016 at 7.30 pm
Admittance: 12+yrs
The venue is Enderby Civic Centre and tickets are priced at £8 (£5 concessions).

Badapple Theatre to stage “Lights Out Land Girls” at Enderby…

The team behind the hit show ‘Back to the Land Girls’ are back in Enderby with an hilarious new comedy sequel, Lights Out Land Girls.


Join our Land Army heroines Buff and Biddy for the last wartime summer of 1945 when, in the long working days of the farm, everything and nothing has changed.

Buff has the promise of romance, but it is complicated – and if she follows her heart will she be able to stay in the village? Biddy has her big chance to be ‘just like Vera Lynn’ if she can make it to the Tower Ballroom showcase in Blackpool – but life just seems to keep getting in the way.

Enjoy more comic scrapes and tall tales as the two girls come to terms with life after the Land Army.

Written and directed by Kate Bramley (Ex-Hull Truck Theatre) with original songs and music by Jez Lowe (SONY Radio Academy Award Winner / BBC Radio 2)

Twinning Association A.G.M.

The A.G.M. of the Enderby Twinning Association took place in September and Barbara Spence remains chairperson.

Jon Winterton returns to the treasurer post, Sandra Whittington continues as vice-chairperson and Christine Hurst took over as secretary.

Peter Hurst proposed a vote of thanks to Barbara for her successful leadership in a very difficult year; the vote was unanimous.

Following on from the A.G.M. came the general meeting. French conversation lessons have been organised for the Autumn and there was a lot of interest from members. Social events arranged include a skittles evening at the New Inn, a wine tasting social and another trip to Le Bistrot Pierre. A sub-committee has been formed to organise the programme for the next French visit which will take place over the late May Bank Holiday.

Anyone interested in taking part in the exchange visit and can offer to accommodate one or more French visitors can contact the Association on telephone: 0116 2848514 or 01455 209021. Alternatively, email for a leaflet and further details or to arrange to meet the members.

All are welcome to attend a meeting or social event to see if the Association is for them. There is a visit to France every two years  and then receiving the French into member’s homes and arranging an interesting programme of events for them in the other year.

You can meet the Association at Danemill Schools Christmas Fayre (Dec 8th, 12 noon to 3pm). At this event you can grab yourself a seasonal drink and hog roast cob, listen to Danemill children singing Christmas Carols and lots, lots more as well as helping to raise money for a good cause.

The Twinning Association meets in the Civic Centre at 8pm on the first Tuesday of alternate months. The next meeting is on the 6th November 2012.


Presentation of engraving

Twinning Association visit to Le Haillan

Presentation of engraving
On behalf of Mayor Labiste, Barbara Spence presents a limited edition engraving of Le Haillan to the Chairman of Enderby Parish Council, Cllr. Mrs S Conway

2012 marks the 25th anniversary of the signing of the Twinning Charter between Enderby Parish Council and the Council in Le Haillan.

Since then, for every year bar one, the French and English Associations, founded in conjunction with their respective councils, have visited each other on alternate years. During Easter this year it was the turn of Enderby Twinning Association and 42 of its members to visit their counterparts in Le Haillan.

This year’s trip to France saw the Twinning Association members presenting their French counterparts with a number of locally crafted glass wine stoppers, designed and manufactured by local freelance jeweler Diana East in her workshop – ‘Sudio 21′ – located in the Old Dairy, George Street, Enderby.

Another local firm, Pollard Boxes Limited of Feldspar Close, Enderby, assisted in the transportation of the glass items.

Reporting bacxk on the visit, secretary Barbara Spence said that all the members had spent “happy times” with their French hosts and out in the Le Haillan community. She says:

On the Friday evening, the Mayor and Council of Le Haillan hosted a splendid dinner for over 100 guests. Mayor Labiste welcomed the guests and stressed the importance of the twinning links to broaden cultural understanding and break down stereotypes. He handed me a limited edition engraving of Le Haillan to present to Enderby Parish Council on his behalf as well as a small personal gift for Cllr. Bartlett in resppnse to Cllr. Bartlett’s message of congratulations and of continuing support for the twinning asssociations.

A report of the event, complete with colour picture, appeared in Sud Quest, a daily newspaper with the third largest circulation in France!

Mayor Labiste is very keen to explore other opportunities for interaction between our two communities and called a meeting of both twinning committees and past chairmen during our stay.

Enderby Twinning Association agreed that it would be good to find other groups within both communities who might benefit from a cultural exchange, perhaps sporting, musical, heritage, business, etc.

During the Easter visit, the Association extended an invitation to Mayor Labiste and fellow Twinners to visit Enderby next year, probably at the end of May when it is hoped a suitable programme can be arranged to mark the 25 years since the signing of the Charter in Enderby.

The Enderby Twinning Association are working hard to raise their profile in Enderby and have agreed to support Blaby District Council’s “World Party” being staged in June. A photo display is shortly to be put up in the library and they are actively making links with Danemill Primary School and hope to support some of their future events.

The Association has recently placed over £1,200 of business with two Enderby companies, played skittles at the New Inn and last year ran a stall at the Enderby Village Fete. Julia Pritchard, a former parish councillor and active Twinner ensures the Association has regular reports in ‘The Journal’.


Anyone wishing to join the Association will be made very welcome.

You don’t have to speak French (though it helps!); having an open mind and willing to try new things is more important.

Please ring 0116 2848514 or 01455 209021 or email for a leaflet and further details or to arrange to meet the members.


Photo: DD Sud Quest -