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Enderby folk have a chance to honour a local sporting superstar

134-sports-awardsEnderby folk, along with other residents of Blaby District, are being given the opportunity to nominate their sporting heroes in the sixth Blaby District Local Sports Alliance Awards.

Taking place on Tuesday 24 November 2015, the awards will be hosted at Countesthorpe Community College and nominations can be made up until Sunday 25 October 2015.

Nominations can be made in the following categories:
– Volunteer of the Year
– Coach of the Year
– Team of the Year (16+)
– Young Team of the Year
– Sports Person of the Year (16+)
– Sports Person (with a disability) of the Year (16+)
– Young Sports Person of the Year (under 16)
– Young Sports Person (with a disability) of the Year (under 16)
– Active 4 life – Health & Wellbeing Award
– Blaby LSA Special Recognition award

Councillor Sheila Scott, portfolio holder for Health Improvement and Leisure Services at Blaby District Council, said:

“These awards recognise the individuals and sport clubs that make an outstanding contribution to sport or health related activities in the district.

“It is not just about those who compete; the awards also celebrate the volunteers who give up their spare time to coach or those that often go unnoticed, but work tirelessly behind the scenes to help a club run smoothly.”

To view the criteria for each award or to nominate visit http://www.sportblaby.org.uk/sports-awards-2015 or contact the Health and Leisure Services team at leisure@blaby.gov.uk or call 0116 272 7703.

Blaby District nationally popular for first time buyers

Photo: HousesFirst time buyers are making the District of Blaby their preferred choice to set up home, as research indicates the area is in the top five nationally for those purchasing their first property.

A study by Experian has shown that Blaby District is in the top five for ‘Aspiring Homemakers’ which is defined as “young families on the first rung of the property ladder, aged 26-35.” Other towns in the country in the top five include Milton Keynes and Bracknell Forest in Berkshire.

Blaby District has many large businesses which offer excellent employment prospects within the district, as well being within commutable distances to Leicester and Junction 21 of the M1, the gateway to the north, south and Birmingham.

Along with the business and transport links, the council ensures that 25% of all new homes built are ‘affordable houses’ and have supported the building of five Rural Exception Sites in the district, which has delivered affordable housing to enable local people to stay within their local community.

Councillor Terry Richardson, Leader of the Council, said:

“This is fantastic news and further emphasises the advantages we have of our location within the County.

“Blaby District really is one of the jewels in Leicestershire. We have great transport links, prosperous businesses with superb employment opportunities and one of the most popular retail parks in the country in Fosse Park.

“We have new housing and employment developments on the horizon, such as Lubbesthorpe on the horizon I hope that we can continue to build thriving long-term communities.”

Sandra Whiles, Chief Executive of Blaby District Council, said:

“I’m delighted to hear that we’re such a popular place for first time buyers. Our hard work in supporting people onto the housing ladder through the Local Authority Mortgage Scheme, promoting the Help to Buy scheme and Rural Exception Sites is really paying off.

“We’re determined to make sure the district will remain a great ideal location to live, work and play in for many years to come.”

Sight loss charity Vista launches mobile support service and heads to Blaby District

VistaLocal sight-loss charity ‘Vista’ has launched a brand new Mobile Support Service for older people at risk of developing sight loss in Leicestershire.

The service, in partnership with Leicestershire County Council, will tour the county in a specially designed mobile unit, providing information, support and advice.

During October it will visit a variety of locations across the Blaby region (a full list can be found below).

1.8 million people are living with significant sight loss in the UK, and evidence suggests that over 50 per cent of sight loss is due to preventable or treatable causes. Vista will raise awareness of the signs and symptoms of sight loss, the importance of early diagnosis and the links between lifestyle and sight loss.

Manned by friendly staff, the vehicle features an open plan welcome area, leaflet display and a seating area for individual consultation and support. During their time on board, visitors can:

  • Learn how a healthy lifestyle can reduce the risk of sight loss, the importance of regular sight tests and spotting conditions early
  • Find out more about the support and services available through Vista
  • Discover equipment and technologies that can support people with sight loss.

The programme will also support older people already experiencing sight loss, enabling them to access dedicated information, advice and support in their local communities.

The charity provides support and services to almost 6000 children and adults with sight loss throughout Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.

As well as rehabilitation, social groups, befriending and residential services, Vista also provide specialist services for people with learning disabilities, dementia and dual sensory impairment.

Paul Bott, Vista’s Chief Executive, said:

“This exciting new project enables us to increase awareness of avoidable sight loss, in particular amongst older people. We believe that advice and support should be available in even the most rural communities, so we’re taking our services on the road.”

A full list of dates, locations and times is available on the Vista website at www.vistablind.org.uk/mobilesupport


Mobile Support Service -Blaby District

October Dates

2nd – 10:00am – 12:30pm: Leicester Forest East Parish Hall, Kings Drive, LE3 3JE
2nd – 1:30pm – 3:15pm: Leicester Forest East Library, Rushmere Walk, 76 Stafford Leys, LE3 3LH
6th – 10:00am – 12:30pm: Glenfield Memorial Hall, Stamford Street, Glenfield, LE3 8DL
6th – 1:30pm – 3:15pm: Kirby Village Hall, Station Road, Kirby Muxloe, LE9 2EN
9th – 10:00am – 12:30pm: Huncote Community Hall, Denman Lane, Huncote, LE9 3BS
12th – 10:00am – 12:30pm: The BRITE Centre, Braunstone Avenue, LE3 1LE
12th – 1:30pm – 3:15pm: Thorpe Astley Community Centre, Lakin Drive, LE3 3RU
13th – 1:30pm – 3:15pm: Thurlaston Village Hall, Desford Road, Thurlaston, LE9 7TE
19th – 10:00am – 12:30pm: Elmesthorpe Village Hall, Wilkinson Lane, Elmesthorpe, LE9 7SG
19th – 1:30pm – 3:15pm: Whetstone Memorial Hall, High Street, Whetstone, LE8 6LP
20th – 10:00 – 12:30pm: Narborough Park Car Park, Desford Road, Narborough, LE19 2EL
20th – 1:30pm – 3:15pm: St Johns Community Centre, Packhorse Drive, Enderby, LE19 2RP
23rd – 1:30pm – 3:15pm: Stoney Stanton Playing Fields, Carey Hill Road, Stoney Stanton, LE9 4LA
26th – 10:00 – 12:30pm: Enderby Leisure Centre, Mill Lane, Sportsfield Lane, LE19 4LX
26th – 1:30pm – 3:15pm: Huncote Pavilion Leisure Centre, Sportsfield Lane, LE9 3BN
27th – 1.30pm – 3:15pm: Sapcote Methodist Church, Leicester Road, Sapcote, LE9 4JE
29th – 10:00 – 12:30pm – Countesthorpe Village Hall, Station Road, Countesthorpe, LE8 5TB
29th – 1:30pm – 3:15pm – Cosby Library, Park Road, Cosby, LE9 1RN
30th – 10:00 – 12:30pm – Glen Parva Village Hall, Dorothy Avenue, Glen Parva, LE2 9JD
30th – 1:30pm – 3:15pm: Sharnford Evergreen Hall, Leicester Road, Sharnford, LE10 3PZ

November dates:

23rd – 10:00 – 12:30pm – The Winstanley Arms, The Glade, Leicester, LE3 2WB
27th – 10:00 – 12:30pm – Croft Village (outside Post Office), Pochin Street, Croft, LE9 3HA
30th – 10:00 – 12:30pm – outside St Peter’s Church, Lychgate Lane, Aston Flamville, LE10 3AF