The PCC and the Chief Constable are shopping for your views

Police and Crime Commissioner Lord Willy Bach and Deputy Chief Constable Rob Nixon will be hoping to hear what matters to people in Blaby when they take their joint roadshow to Waitrose tomorrow (Wednesday 5 September).

Members of public will have the opportunity to meet both the PCC and the Deputy Chief Constable plus PC Kal Uppal from the Blaby Neighbourhood Team.

They will be invited to share their experiences with those setting policing priorities and give their views on crime and public safety.

The event is being held at Waitrose in Johns Court, Lutterworth Rd, Blaby between 2.00pm and 4.00pm.

Public feedback is vital to both the PCC and senior officers as they seek to meet the policing needs and expectations of different communities.

The feedback they receive helps to influence where resources are allocated.

Willy Bach said: “These events give members of the public to give the Deputy Chief Constable and me their views on policing in the area.

“They are always well-attended and is a great opportunity for a real two-way conversation. We all learn something.

“Rob and I will be around throughout the afternoon to chat to people and talk about local concerns. It’s a really great chance for us to hear what really matters to people and what needs to be done to help. If you are in the area please, pay us a visit!”

Twinning Association Plaque Unveiled

At noon on Thursday August 30th 2018, Enderby Civic Centre was the venue for an important event when Enderby Twinning Association commemorated the official English signing of the Twinning Charter between Enderby Parish Council and the Town Council of Le Haillan 30 years ago.

Members of the Twinning Association and guests gathered in the Civic Centre to celebrate the historic signing of 27th August 1988. Also present was Mr. Brian Cooper, past Chairman of Enderby Parish Council, who signed the charter on behalf of Enderby 30 years ago.

The French signing ceremony was held in France the year before (1987) and together the treaties formalised the connection between the two towns.

The ‘entente cordiale’ between the two civic bodies had been developing in  previous years through the Brockington College School Exchange and many adults in the area will remember their exchange visits of long ago with nostalgia.

Addressing those present,  Twinning Association Chair Peter Hurst welcomed everyone to the celebration and pointed out framed copies of both charters which are displayed on the wall. Mr. Hurst said that both communities had visited each other every year since the establishment of the charters and it had been a wonderful experience for all those taking part.

Peter Hurst points to charters on display in the Civic Centre

He went on to say that both associations had taken the opportunity to learn from each other and both shared a sense of history, culture and culinary heritage and gaining “…empathy and a deep understanding of ourselves”.

Gifts had been exchanged over the years and Mr. Hurst pointed to the wine press that sits in the Small Hall and reminded everyone of the ‘red telephone box’ which currently resides on a roundabout in Le Haillan.

Le Haillan’s red telephone box

In May of this year, members of the Enderby Twinning Association visited Le Haillan and on behalf of Enderby Parish Council presented a plaque to the Mayor, Mme Andréa Kiss, together with a framed photograph of members of the Association with members of the La Haillan Jumelage taken during their formal visit to Enderby last year.

During the short ceremony a plaque was unveiled by the current Chair of Enderby Parish Council, Nigel Grundy, testifying that on 27th August 1988 the Twinning Charter was signed in Enderby Civic Centre by Brian Cooper, at that time the Chairman of Enderby Parish Council and Georges Ricard, Mayor of Le Haillan.

photo: plaque unveiling
Enderby Parish Council Chairman Nigel Grundy unveiled the plaque

Mr. Grundy said that it was an honour and a privilege to represent the Parish Council in celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Twinning Association. In this day and age when both ‘tradition’ and traditional values appear to fall by the wayside, it is fantastic that the Twinning Association is as strong as ever after 30 years. “I have no doubt”, said Mr. Grundy, “that the enthusiasm I can see from the members here today will keep it running and strong for many years to come”.

In addition to the unveiling of the plaque, a framed photograph of the Twinning Association and Jumelage members taken during their visit to Enderby in May 2017 was hung in the Small Hall along side a photograph of the original members of the Enderby Association.

The formal proceedings were followed by a small reception.

Most twinning associations have a lifespan of between 8 and 12 years so it is a
tribute to the hard work of the committee members of the Enderby association,
working on behalf of the Parish Council over many years, that it has been so
successful for so long.

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)

MP launches survey to hear residents’ views on rail services

Alberto Costa, MP for South Leicestershire, will be writing to all residents of Narborough and Littlethorpe at the beginning of September to hear their views on the rail services and facilities offered at Narborough railway station.

Alberto, who has been working alongside the Friends of Narborough Station (FONS) community group, will send the survey to almost 7,000 residents across both villages with a range of questions asking for their views on how the rail services and facilities offered from Narborough station can be improved for constituents and rail users.

Alberto said, “As the only railway station in my South Leicestershire constituency, Narborough is a hugely important infrastructure hub for the local community, however I have long received complaints about the services offered from the railway station; from the lack of a ticket machine on the platform, to overcrowded peak time trains. This is a vital opportunity for constituents in Littlethorpe and Narborough to have their voices heard, no matter how often they use the trains, to help shape the future services and the range of facilities available at the station”.

Mr John Harrison, Chairman of the Friends of Narborough Station (FONS) added, “I am delighted with the support FONS is getting from our MP Alberto. There is clearly a need for a better service to be provided at the station in order to avoid the sometimes overcrowding of trains. Commuters are paying a high price to stand in some cases throughout the whole of their journeys. Alongside rail service improvements, FONS are also keen to identify how users would like to see passenger facilities upgraded and so any suggested ideas will be most welcome”.

Alberto Costa M.P.
Alberto Costa M.P.

Alberto concluded, “I am immensely grateful to FONS for their assistance and local knowledge in creating this survey, and I hope constituents won’t mind just taking a few moments of their time to complete the survey and share their views to help shape the future of their local railway station.

I very much look forward to seeing the completed surveys in October”.

The survey, which will posted out to all residents on the electoral roll in Narborough and Littlethorpe on 1st September, can be returned by being posted into one several ‘MP Survey Return Boxes’ set up across both villages at the following locations – Narborough railway station, the Bread Box, Tesco (Copt Oak Court), Narborough Post Office, Select Convenience (Coventry Road), Carlton Stores (Forest Road) and in Littlethorpe, the Plough pub and the Old Inn pub.

The window to return completed surveys will be 1st October.

Picture above shows Narborough railway station – courtesy of the Friends of Narborough Railway Station (FONS).

View FONS website

Local police activity during August


Enderby is top of the league and, sadly, not in a particularly good way!

According to the latest report from the local beat team, they have spent an amount of time during August tackling several instances  of  Anti-Social Behaviour (ASB).

The report says that the team have had more reports of motorcycles being used on Narborough cricket club and this is being looked into.

They also had reports of a motor bike being used at Jubilee Park, a ‘section 59’ is set to be issued. (Section 59 of the Police Reform Act deals with seizure of a vehicle or warnings of possible seizure).

During August, burglary (dwellings, garages, garden sheds and business premises) in those areas covered by the local beat team saw 2 instances in Enderby and none in  Narborough, Littlethorpe, Fosse Park or Lubbesthorpe.

Vehicle Crime, which includes theft of/from and damage to motor
vehicles, Enderby scored 5 cases, Narborough 2 cases and Littlethorpe and Lubbesthorpe 1 case each.  Only Fosse Park escaped with a ‘clean sheet’.

In reality, instances of burglary and vehicle crime across all the areas covered by the team are low – although, of course, to the ‘victims’ that is little consolation.

Anti-social behaviour, in all its forms, is probably more noticeable during the school holidays. However it would be wrong to take from that an inference that anti-social behaviour is the sole province of school age kids.

A new set of dates for beat surgeries for residents of Enderby, Narborough and Littlethorpe has been announced. (See the Enderby EYE ‘Events’ page here).

Figures cover the period 1st August 2018 to 28th of August 2018