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Enderby Fete

Photo: Little Red Bus

By contrast with the last Fete seven years ago, the weather held out and the sun shone down on the 2018 Enderby Fete which took place on Saturday, September 1st.

An  estimated 2000 people looked in on the event which ran between 12 noon and 4pm.

A variety of stalls featuring crafts, demonstrations, competitions and information were joined by food and drink vendors, including ice cream, specialised coffees and even ‘Real Ale’.

Children’s entertainment took the form of fairground rides, trampolines, a giant inflatable slide, face painting and a hoopla stall. The very popular ‘ Little Red Bus’ trundled around the field throughout the event.

The field contained two arenas. Arena one was the location for sessions of the novel “Bubble Football” activity,  performances by Enderby Junior and Enderby Concert Brass Bands and the entertainment culminated with an extremely popular ‘Tug-o-War’ competition between competing teams from local hostelries.

Tug-o-War Trophy
Top: Cask and Coffee Tug-O-War team. Below: Winner’s Trophy!

Tuggers from the ‘Cask and Coffee’ micro-pub on Mill Hill were the winners (dare we say against strong competition?).

Some classic car owners kindly brought their vehicles, which provided interest for all  family members. Some lucky fete-goers were able to take a ride in them around the main arena.

Classic Cars
Some owners brought their classic cars

Throughout the afternoon, in arena number two, competitors took part in a dog show featuring categories of cutest puppy, prettiest bitch, handsomest dog, best veteran, best young handler and last but not least, best sausage catcher! Rosettes were awarded to the winners.

More Photos will be added to our Fete Photo Page as they become available

Raffle tickets were on sale and a draw was made at the end of the event.
Winners of the prizes were:

A Basket of Gifts from Boots Chemist – “Val”
David Lloyd Gym weekend pass – “Mandy”
Joules voucher – “Mrs. Iryna Eaton”
Co-op food hamper – “Charlie”
Images goodie bag – “Heather”
Richard Ward bouquet of flowers – “M.Newitt”
Essentials voucher – “Clem Asher”
360 Play day pass – “D. Marvin”
Right Turn driving lesson – “Chloe”
Green Dog Bowl – “Malcolm”
Yoga Lesson – “Viv”
Everard’s case of beer – Louise Wright
Dog Grooming Voucher – Mrs. Rosemary Eaton
Hilton afternoon tea for two  –  Mrs. C. Hill

Owners of the winning tickets have been contacted and the prizes delivered.

The organisers wish to thank all those who contributed to making the day a success and hope everyone who attended had a great afternoon. Here’s to Enderby Fete 2019!

Photos / Video from the event

Click here to view photos from the day
(added as they become available) on our Fete Photo Page

Click here to view video from the day
(Link takes you to the EYE Video Gallery)

BMX Nationals in Huncote back on track

After a postponement due to the early spring rainfall, Leicester Huncote Hornets, the BMX club based at Blaby District Council’s Pavilion Leisure Centre, will host the final rounds of the British Cycling National BMX Race Series.

The wettest March in Leicestershire since 1947 left the areas surrounding the Hornets’ track waterlogged and forced the team to reschedule their hosting of the championship series at their state-of-the-art, £150,000 BMX track.

Final rounds take place on 28-30 September 2018, with over 900 competitors and 3,000 spectators expected to visit the District of Blaby for the weekend.

Riders aged from 6 years old, to World Championship and Olympic-standard will be competing.

British Cycling will livestream each round to an audience of over 100,000 people, with the track and Pavilion Leisure Centre taking centre stage as host to the competition and visitors to the area.

Entry to spectate over the course of the weekend is FREE for all ages.

Mitch Barsby, Director at Leicester Huncote Hornets, said: “After months of planning the weather let us down forcing our postponement. However, thanks to a fantastic summer we are back on track and confident of a superb weekend of action.

“In a strange way it has worked out well for us. We’re now able to host the two most prestigious rounds of the championships as the top riders battle for their national titles. The eyes of all BMX enthusiasts will be on Huncote for the weekend!”

Councillor Iain Hewson, Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Regulatory Services, said: “The work put in by all at the Huncote Hornets has been incredible and despite the disappointment of the March rain, their organisation and planning has continued to be meticulous.

“This is an incredible opportunity for both the Hornets and boosting tourism to the district and the local economy, and we are looking forward to a brilliant weekend of action.”

The event is being funded entirely by the Huncote Hornets with sponsorship from local businesses and the support of Blaby District Council.

Find out more about the Huncote Hornets by visiting

[Source/Image: Blaby District Council Communications]

Enderby Fete promises fun for all the family

Little Red Bus

It’s been a while since the last one, but the dream of restoring an annual Village Fete is alive!

Final preparations are coming together for the Enderby Village Fete 2018 to be held on Saturday, September 1st. on the King George V Playing Field, Mill Lane, Enderby.

Many Enderby residents might remember the Village Fete of 30th July 2011 – the first for over 50 years – which was organised in response to suggestions made in the 2010 Enderby Parish Plan – and which was viewed generally as a major success. Plans were made to repeat the event in 2012, drawing on the experience gained.

Photo (top)  Riding the Little Red Bus at the 2011 Enderby Village Fete

Unfortunately, despite the excitement and anticipation of Enderby folk, the weather had other ideas. As the date of the 2012 event drew tantalisingly close, Mother Nature decided to intervene with what turned out to be a lengthy period of inclement weather. Over 100mm of rain – more than the average amount for the whole month of June – fell in 24 hours in some areas of the country.

The Fete Committee reluctantly made the decision to cancel the 2012 Enderby Village Fete after several inspections of the King George V Playing Field.

The committee concluded that following the torrential rainfall throughout June and July of that year, the saturated ground meant it was unsafe to be traversed by vehicles and neither would it be conducive to providing a pleasant experience for exhibitors and visitors alike.

After that setback it seemed the appetite for a Village Fete as an annual event was
significantly diminished… until recently (and some 7 years after the last highly successful event).

New ‘Enderby Events Group’ formed

The original fete committee disbanded in 2012 but in an attempt to revive an annual Village Fete, a new Events Group was formed earlier this year.

The new group is comprised of a number of Parish Councillors and interested residents.

The primary focus of the Events Group is the re-establishment of the Enderby Village Fete as an annual event. A decision was taken to hold the new group’s inaugural event on 1st September this year.

The organisers have been busy and the event will feature a Dog Show, Classic Car Show, Live Music, Tug-O-War, Children’s Entertainment (including riding the ‘Little Red Bus!’), A ‘Real Ale’ Bar and of course a wide variety of stalls. Food, drink and ice-creams will also be available. Something to interest all the family!

Everyone involved is keeping their fingers crossed that Mother Nature will behave and this year (instead of showering everyone with rain) she will ‘shower’ her blessings on what promises to be a memorable event.

A Place To Grow Open Day


The sun shone down on Saturday 11th August as a steady stream of visitors made their way around the ‘A Place To Grow’ community garden site on Mill Lane Enderby.

District Councillor Iain Hewson, Portfolio Holder for Health Improvement, Leisure & Regulatory Services, welcomed visitors to the Open Day event which featured a BBQ, cake, refreshments and an ice cream van on offer.

This years event included a children’s garden hunt, garden games, planting activities, and the sale of plants and produce from the community garden.

In addition, there were two free family performances of Pif Paf Theatre‘s ‘SEED’, featuring “an inspiring hitch-hike on a plant-related journey from small Acorns to great Oak Trees”! (Pictured above and below, later).

The performances, at 11.30am and 1.30pm, took place on a grass area within the site.

Children and adults alike were spellbound watching the performance, described as “an inspiring hitch-hike on a plant-related journey from small Acorns to great Oak Trees.”

It was a fun exploration of man’s relationship with the long suffering plants that keep us fed, sheltered and breathing through a one-man performance which entailed 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.”

The story was told with a multitude of ‘props’ and contraption effects ingeniously engineered into an ‘ark’ that was reminiscent of a Disney inspired ‘wonderful machine’.

Visitors enjoyed wandering among the raised beds and stalls promoting healthy living, a theme that ran through the whole event and which encapsulates the site’s raison d’être.

The purpose of ‘A Place To Grow’ is to provide a sustainable community garden that supports positive health and wellbeing. This is achieved by encouraging those participating in the project to learn new things by producing and eating healthy food, being physically active, getting involved in the community and meeting new people in a friendly, informal and safe environment.

Opening times of ‘A Place To Grow’ are:

 Monday Closed
 Tuesday  10:00 – 13:00
 Wednesday  Closed
 Thursday  10:00 – 13:00
 Friday  09:30 – 12:30

All proceeds from the Open Day go towards the running of the garden.

Website: A Place To Grow

Below: Some photos from the day!

Scarecrow at A Place To Grow

Green Flag
Photo call to display the Green Flag awarded 2018/19. Lack of sufficient ‘breeze’ meant it needed to be held out to display!
Watching the performance of SEED
Watching the performance of SEED
SEED Performance
Watching the performance of SEED
SEED Performance
SEED Performance
SEED Performance
SEED Performance
SEED Performance
Calling for rain – SEED at A Place To Grow
Relaxing at A Place To Grow
Taking it easy at A Place To Grow Open Day
Garden Produce on sale
Garden Produce on sale
Childrens Play Area at A Place To Grow Open Day
Childrens Play Area at A Place To Grow Open Day
Active Arts
Active Arts
Go Learn stall
Go Learn stall
HealtStallhy Eating
Healthy Eating
Healthwatch Leicestershire Stall
Healthwatch Leicestershire

A Place To Grow opens its doors…

Photo from previous year's Open Day
Photo: Enderby EYE.

A reminder that this year’s popular annual open day at the ‘A Place to Grow’ community garden takes place on Saturday 11th August.

The community garden is situated next to Enderby Leisure Centre on Mill Lane and the event will run between 11am-3pm.

Included will be 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.

As Enderby EYE reported on 11th July, “Community Garden Open Day to feature Family Performance“, there will also be two free family performances of “SEED”.

Performances will take place at 11:30am and 1:30pm. To book tickets for the free performances of SEED, fill in the online form or call 0116 272 7703.

See also: EYE news item  A Place To Grow Open Day