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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.


Enderby Band’s Musical Director resigns

The Enderby Band Organisation has announced that it has reluctantly accepted the resignation of their Musical Director, Simon Gresswell.

On the Band’s website, the Organisation says Simon brought a wealth of playing experience with him and the Band have taken on board his comments and assistance and have reaped the benefits on the contest stage, becoming Shirebrook Entertainment Contest Triple Champions along with two other wins at Wood Farm and more recently at Wychavon Festival of Brass.

At  Wychavon the band were also awarded the prize for playing the most entertaining programme in not only the first section, but also the Championship Section.

There have been other podium successes, but the most memorable being qualification to the National Finals in September this year.

Simon Greswell
Simon Gresswell:

Simon also conducted the band at some extremely prestigious concerts at Curve and De Montfort Hall.

A Band spokesperson said:  “Enderby Band would like to place on record their gratitude to Simon for his meticulous concert and contest preparation, and pay tribute to his extensive playing experiences which he translated into his conducting, encouraging and inspiring the Band to flourish and grow under his guidance.

We wish Simon well in his future career.”

» View Enderby Bands website

Seven local athletes receive GO GOLD funding

Seven aspiring young athletes have been successful in receiving grants as part of Leicester-Shire and Rutland Sport’s GO GOLD Funding Programme 2018.

Funding ranges from £250-£1,000, with Podium level funding is provided by Leicestershire County Council, Leicester City Council and Rutland County Council to athletes who are competing at Regional, National or International Level.

50 young sports stars were given funding, including 10 from the District of Blaby, including shooter Alex Harris and swimmer Daisy Platts.

The funding helps go towards travel, accommodation, kit and equipment. GO GOLD continues to be a valuable source of support for athletes in a range sports, from Archery through to Judo.

For more information on GO GOLD visit
LRS Go Gold Funding Programme

2018 Recipients from Blaby District

Alex Harris – Shooting
European DTL Championships A Class Champion
European DTL Championships U21 Runner Up

Conor Harris – Shooting
European DTL U16 Bronze Medal
British Open Single Barrel U21 champion and A class champion

Daisy Platts – Swimming
British Swimming Championships Junior Final – 7th place in personal best time
Second Place, English National Championships 400m Individual Medley

Edward Pole – Cycling – BMX
3rd Place – British Champonship
1st Place – Midlands Regional series

Jordan Elliot –Waterpolo
EU Nations Bronze medal and top goal scorer for England Water Polo
Top goal scorer at the British University Games, representing Great Britain

Joshua Barsby – Cycling-BMX
3rd Place – British Championships 2017
5th Place – National BMX Series

Lizzie Warner – Archery
Bronze Medal – European Indoor Championships
U18 UK National Champion
The only Grand Master Bowman archer in the County

Huncote Hornets to host National BMX Championships

Leicester Huncote Hornets, the BMX club based at Huncote Pavilion Leisure Centre, is set to host rounds three and four of the British Cycling National BMX Race Series.

The annual championship rounds will take place on 20th-22nd April 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.

Based in Huncote, the Hornets’ new, state-of-the-art £150,000 BMX track was opened in 2015 and is built to European-competition standards. It is hosting its first national championship rounds following a bidding process to the governing body, British Cycling.

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.

Mitch Barsby, Director at Leicester Huncote Hornets, said:

“We are so excited to be hosting our first national championship rounds next April. It gives us a chance to show off our incredible track to some of the best BMX riders in the country. We hope this to be the first of many big events at our track.

“There is a lot of work for us to do, but with the support from local businesses and Blaby District Council we will be ready to welcome the competitors and spectators across the weekend!”

Councillor Iain Hewson, Portfolio Holder for Health Improvement, Leisure & Regulatory Services, said:

“This is an incredible achievement for the Huncote Hornets, and we are delighted to be a part of hosting a national event and to welcome some of the best riders in the world.

“This will bring a large number of people to the district for the weekend which will be a fantastic opportunity for local communities, groups/clubs and schools interested in BMX cycling, as well as a boost to the local economy.”

The event is being funded entirely by the Huncote Hornets and supported by Blaby District Council.

Businesses interested in sponsorship packages over the championship weekend can contact the Huncote Hornets by calling (Mitch Barsby 07808 494155) & (Shaun Issitt 07703 679297) or email

Find out more about the Huncote Hornets by visiting

Man v Fat to kick off in Blaby

A new 16-week football league exclusively for overweight men is coming to Blaby next year.

Man v Fat Football is the fast-growing, innovative weight-management scheme for men. Since its introduction in Solihull back in January 2016 it has seen thousands of men lose weight through playing football in weekly 30-minute games.

With Man v Fat becoming more popular, Blaby District Council has helped to arrange a league at Blaby & Whetstone Youth Club from January 2018. The Council is part-funding the league, offering players 20% off the cost of taking part in each season.

The Blaby-based league will be the first in Leicester and Leicestershire, joining over 40 other Man v Fat leagues across the UK. As well as points for winning games, teams are rewarded for weight-loss, with bonus goals given for teams who shed the pounds.

Competitors do not need to live in the district to take advantage of the 20% discount.

Councillor Iain Hewson, Portfolio Holder for Health Improvement, Leisure and Regulatory Services, said:

“This is a perfect opportunity for men who want to lose weight. Man v Fat is a unique league which gives men a chance to play football every week and get the support they need to keep the weight off.

“We’re proud to be able to offer the first league in Leicestershire so we know this is going to be popular. I encourage people to sign up as soon as possible to secure their place in the first league season.”

The first meeting of registered players will take place at Blaby & Whetstone Youth Club on Wednesday 31 January 2018, 8-10pm.

The league will begin from 07 February and run until May.

For more details and to register for the league, visit

[Source: Blaby District Council Communications]