Finalists honoured at fourteenth Blaby District Outstanding Achievement Award

Once again the Marriott Hotel in Enderby hosted a celebration of individuals and groups from the District of Blaby, who were recognised for their selfless work within their communities.

The eight finalists and their families joined special guests and sponsors on Thursday 05 October to enjoy the evening, as unsung heroes of Blaby District were honoured.

BBC East Midlands Today’s Maurice Flynn hosted the ceremony.

Finalists included Whetstone Good Neighbour Scheme, which only launched in 2016. Volunteers help older people in the village with everyday tasks, enabling them to be more independent. Their fantastic work saw the group receive NINE nominations.

Maurice Flynn

BBC EMT Presenter Maurice Flynn hosted the awards ceremony

In the Good Friend/Good Neighbour category, Glenfield-based David Whotton took the award for his fantastic work in ensuring his road, Farmers Close is a tight-knit community.

Christine Whittingham was crowned as Category B’s Volunteer of the Year. She has contributed over 10 years of volunteering to Home-Start Blaby District, which offers support, friendship and practical help to families in the local area.

Young Achiever of the Year Molly Lambert grew her hair for a year and donated the proceeds, and the hair, to the Little Princess Trust. Molly is also active at her college and within the Diabetes Choir as well as a champion of LGBT awareness.

Councillor Terry Richardson, Leader of Blaby District Council, said:

Cllr Terry Richardson


“This is the fourteenth consecutive year we have held the awards, where we take the opportunity to shine the spotlight on those individuals or groups who have enhanced people’s lives.

“What makes this event so unique is that it is fellow residents who take the time and trouble to submit nominations frequently, without the knowledge of those who they have nominated.

“Whilst we do select a winner and runner up in each category, every person or group nominated are, in my view, winners. This year’s finalists are just a reflection of some of the thousands of selfless volunteers and groups who make the District of Blaby such a great place to live.

“I want to congratulate all the finalists and to personally thank our sponsors who make this event possible.”

The awards are funded entirely through the generous sponsorship county-based businesses: Main sponsors Davidsons Homes along with category sponsors Fosse, Marriott Leicester, Ford and Slater and Westleigh Partnerships.

Full list of winners and runners up:

Good Friend/Good Neighbour
Winner: David Whotton (Glenfield), Runner-up: Angela Corby (Narborough)
Volunteer of the Year
Winner: Christine Whittingham (Braunstone Town), Runner-up: Dave Taylor (Blaby)Young Achiever of Year
Winner: Molly Lambert (Countesthorpe College), Runner-up: Chloe Lake (Braunstone Town)Best Community Group/Community Achievement
Winner: Whetstone Good Neighbour Scheme, Runner Up: CC Buzz (district-wide, based in Countesthorpe)

For more information on all of the finalists visit the Blaby District Council website page “Achievement Awards 2017“, or email or call 0116 272 7577.

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Rewarding Training Weekend For Enderby Band members

Last month, over 70 young brass players enjoyed a rewarding weekend of brass playing at a youth brass band training event at Lutterworth College organised by the Enderby Youth and Junior Bands. 

Course tutors (L-R): Steve Walsh (Euphoniums and Baritones), Lucy Cutt (Horns and Flugels), Simon Gresswell (Basses), Gary Cutt (Course Director), Alli Smith (Percussion), Kirsty Abbot (Cornets), James Screaton (Cornets).

Regular members of Enderby were joined by players from other local youth bands, as well as some who had travelled from as far afield as Hampshire and Worcestershire.

As a result of generous funding from Yamaha Musical Instruments, the youngsters were able to experience tuition from an expert team of Yamaha Neo tutors.

Garry Cutt, the course director, was joined by Kirsty Abbot, Lucy Cutt, Steve Walsh and Simon Gresswell in a programme of full band and sectional rehearsals. The tuition team was completed by Andy Gray (Solo Trombone with Enderby Band), James Screaton (ex Enderby player, and now with the Virtuosi GUS band), and Alli Smith (also ex Enderby player, and a regular tutor on the Wessex Brass Band course).

Over the weekend the fifty players of the Youth Band focussed on Gordon Langford’s “West Country Fantasy”, the set piece for the Intermediate section of the 2018 National Youth Brass Band Championships, alongside work on Alan Fernie’s “Starlight” and an arrangement of David Bowie’s “Life on Mars”.

Meanwhile, the Junior Band also enjoyed working on a well chosen programme of beginner band repertoire, which went down extremely well with the players.

Both bands performed to a packed audience of friends and parents at a concert on the Sunday afternoon to bring a memorable weekend to a fitting close.

The playing of both bands was of an extremely impressive standard.

The weekend could not have taken place without the fabulous organisation behind the scenes of the Enderby Youth and Junior Band committee, who worked tirelessly thoughout the weekend to ensure the success of the event.

Thanks also to the many parents who contributed to the supervision of the youngsters over the weekend.

Finally many thanks to the players of the Enderby Senior Band and the Enderby Concert Band who gave up large chunks of their weekend to sit in on rehearsals to help the youngsters get to grips with some demanding music.

A real team effort from the fabulous Enderby Band Organisation.

Useful link: View Enderby Band Organisation website

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Six films for Community Cinema

Huncote’s popular Community Cinema will be showing a mixture of family and classic films over the next few months, with the next six filmed announced.

Hosted at the Pavilion Leisure Centre, the first film, Hocus Pocus, will be shown at 10:30am on Wednesday 18 October.

The family comedy follows two teenagers, a young girl and an immortal cat to stop three witch sisters on Halloween night.

Five other films will be shown from November to March 2018, including It’s a Wonderful Life, The Nightmare Before Christmas and Sing. Download the poster to see full details of each film.

Tickets are just £4 with booking essential.

The Leisure Centre’s café will be open for refreshments and there is a soft play area for children to enjoy before and after the screenings for free. Baby changing facilities are also available.

Call 0116 275 0246 or email to book a place for the screenings.

Tickets are limited to 40 seats.

Upcoming films

Wednesday 18 October – 10:30am– Hocus Pocus
Tuesday 28 November – 2:00pm – It’s a Wonderful Life
Saturday 02 December – 2:00pm – The Nightmare Before Christmas
Tuesday 16 January – 2:00pm – The Artist
Wednesday 14 February – 10:30am – Sing
Saturday 10 March – 2:00pm – Pete’s Dragon

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MP visits school for ‘Coffee With Costa’

South Leicestershire MP, Alberto Costa, has visited Brockington College in Enderby in order to meet with senior staff, tour the school and take part in ‘Coffee With Costa’, a specially organised question and answer session with pupils and teachers.

Group photo. Alberto Costa with Brockington Principal and students

South Leicestershire M.P. Alberto Costa meets Brockington College Principal Chris Southall and students.

Mr Costa had previously visited the school in 2015 alongside the then Education Secretary, the Rt. Hon Nicky Morgan MP, when on this on that occasion he met with pupils to discuss his role as an MP and gave tips on how to enter a career in politics.

Mr Costa said,

“It was a delight to visit Brockington College for their very aptly titled ‘Coffee With Costa’ Q & A.

I enjoyed facing a particularly inquisitive bunch of pupils and it was great to answer their questions on a very broad range of subjects from Trident Renewal to votes for 16 year olds”.

Mr Chris Southall, Head Teacher of Brockington College, added,

We were delighted to be welcoming Alberto Costa to Brockington College.

“He has always been of real support to the college and other Blaby schools, taking a genuine interest in the work of the college and inspiring our pupils to learn more about our democratic system.”

Miss Bearne, More and Most Able Coorinator said: 

“Mr Costa, or Alberto as he insisted we call him, was extremely personable and excellent at making students feel comfortable enough to ask any questions they had.

“His public speaking skills have inspired some keen debaters who will be competing in a local event this October.

“His visit has engaged more students in politics as he encouraged them to find (and use) their own voice, to be active members of their community.”

Mr Costa concluded:

I’m very grateful to Miss Bearne and Mr Southall for their kind invitation to visit the college.

It’s always excellent to speak to young people with such a fervent interest in politics, and I look forward to returning back to Brockington soon and to face more questions.”

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Fly-tipper receives £400 penalty fine for fly-tipping in Enderby

Enderby Flytipping offenceaA resident who fly-tipped two fridges on a village pavement has been given the first fly-tipping fixed penalty notice by Blaby District Council’s Environmental Health team.

The two fridges were dumped on Moores Lane, Enderby, back in May.

A vigilant resident came forward to offer a witness statement after seeing the offence take place.

After investigation from the Council’s Environmental Health officers, the fly-tipper was bought in for an interview under caution and admitted the offence.

A £400 fine was issued in what is the first penalty of its kind in the district since new powers were given to tackle small scale fly-tipping within the district.

Fixed penalty notices are seen as an alternative to taking some fly-tippers to court.

Cllr. Hewson: Residents should have confidence in reporting fly-tippers

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

“We hope this news gives confidence to residents to come forward if they witness any offences take place, and also emphasises just how seriously we take fly-tipping.

“These fridges could have been disposed of legally less than two miles away at Leicestershire County Council’s Whetstone Tip. Instead the fly-tipper has paid a £400 fine for his selfish actions.”

Residents who witness fly-tipping can report is online by visiting, emailing or calling 0116 272 7555.

[Source: Blaby District Council Communications]
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