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Musical Village triumphs again

The best performance yet’ ‘great variety’ ‘a slick, unique concert to the highest of standards’

These were just a few of the comments received by Lesia Smaditch, Musical Director of Musical Village, following the two performances of their Concert performed on 10th and 11th December 2016 at Brockington College in Enderby.

As a conductor and musical director, Lesia has developed and leads a number of community choirs around Leicestershire.

Lesia (a full member of the Incorporated Society of Musicians) offers community members, both young and old, an opportunity to explore the joy of choral singing.

The theme this year was Christmas Around the World and both choir and audience enjoyed a variety of festive songs in English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Swahili, Macedonian to name but a few!

Special guests were Mriya a Ukrainian Choir based in Manchester who entertained everyone with their lovely traditional songs.

Sam Bailey
The Choir will support Leicester’s X-Factor winner, Sam Bailey on her 2017 tour


Musical Village was first established by Lesia in 2008 to fulfill her passion and ambition to bring communities together through the love of singing.

The reputation of the choirs has gone from strength to strength and in addition to appearances at local events, concerts, weddings and funerals, they have been delighted to perform at many prestigious events.

These include the Reinterment of King Richard III and performing with Russell Watson in both his 2015 and 2016 UK tours.

This coming year looks equally exciting with 9 confirmed bookings to support X-Factor winner Sam Bailey in her ‘Sing My Heart Out UK Tour 2017’.

‘Musical Village’ is made up of a family of choirs catering for people of all ages and abilities in Leicester and Leicestershire. A warm welcome awaits all who love singing and want to share the enjoyment and fun with the community.

The comprehensive repertoire includes world music, spiritual, pop classics, contemporary, folk, light classical and show hits.

Currently choirs meet in Enderby Village, Leicester Forest East, Enderby Brockington College and Market Bosworth.

A FREE session is offered so why not give it a try and perhaps the joy of singing will be life changing for you as it has been for many current members!
More information is available via the details below.

email:  info@musicalvillage.co.uk
website:  www.musicalvillage.co.uk
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MusicalVillage1 Twitter: @MusicalVillage1
Lesia can be contacted on mobile:  07894 073621
[Contributor: Angela Doherty | Sam Bailey photo: sam-bailey.com]

Eating local? The recipe for a great meal out this Christmas

xmasGood company, great food, Christmas crackers and all the trimmings are usually the ingredients for a great meal out during the festive season. But what about the food hygiene rating?

Whatever your recipe for eating out this Christmas, make sure you choose one of the 91% of eateries in Blaby District with a rating of 3 or more.

The Food Hygiene Rating Scheme rates food businesses on their hygiene standards, based on inspections carried out by Blaby District Council. Businesses in the area are rated on a scale ranging from 0 which means ‘urgent improvement necessary’ to a top rating of 5 which is ‘very good’.

Look out for the green and black food hygiene rating stickers displayed on windows and doors to find out how businesses in the area are doing. If you can’t see a sticker, then ask staff or check online at www.food.gov.uk/ratings

Councillor Guy Jackson, portfolio holder for Regulatory and Neighbourhood Services, said:

“Christmas is a busy time for our local restaurants, cafes and pubs with the majority of local food places rated 3 or above. The Food Hygiene Rating Scheme makes it easier for everyone to choose to eat out in places where food hygiene is taken seriously.”

Catriona Stewart, Head of Food Hygiene Ratings Team at the Food Standards Agency, said:

“The scheme is a great tool when choosing where to eat out, particularly when celebrating a special meal, because it tells you what’s going on in the kitchen and behind the scenes. For local eateries a good rating will be good for business during the festive season.”

This Christmas make sure one of your ingredients for a great night out is a good hygiene rating.

Before you book, check out the food hygiene rating of your favourite places to eat at www.food.gov.uk/ratings

Parking free shopping spree in Blaby District

car parkChristmas shoppers visiting Blaby and Narborough will be able to park for free on Saturday December 7 as part of a campaign to boost business for local shops in the run up to the festive season.

Blaby District Council is supporting the Small Business Saturday campaign and offering free parking in council run car parks in Blaby Town Centre and Narborough village to encourage people to shop local and stay longer.

Councillor Tony Greenwood MBE, portfolio folder for Planning, Economic Development and Housing Strategy, said:

“The first Saturday in December is always known to be one of the busiest days for Christmas shopping.

“This year we are encouraging people to swap the busy queues and traffic for some more relaxed retail therapy in our local centres. There’s a host of special gifts in store from local independent shops and free parking means you can stay longer at no expense.”

This national campaign is organised and promoted by the Forum of Private Business and is supported by Blaby District Council as one of a range of initiatives used to boost and regenerate local centres.

For more information contact Carole Troake, Economic Development Officer at Blaby District Council on 0116 2727735 or email cat@blaby.gov.uk

Roadworks at Fosse Park roundabout suspended ahead of Christmas

Asda Roundabout. Fosse Park, EnderbyDaytime work on a £2.7m scheme to relieve congestion and improve safety on one of Leicestershire’s busiest junctions will be suspended over the Christmas period.

As local residents are acutely aware, Leicestershire County Council has been carrying out major restructuring work on the Asda / Fosse Park roundabout.

The work has caused a lot of traffic congestion issues around Enderby, especially at peak times.

Work will be suspended during the day from Friday, November 22 to January 6 for the busy Christmas shopping period.

There will be some overnight work during this time which may result in some lane closures at night. In the day all carriageways will be open.

Narborough Road South access restricted

Ahead of this, work on a new entrance / exit will mean there will be no access this weekend to the nearby Narborough Road South, west service road, (from midnight Friday, November 15 to 5am, Monday, November 18) from the Fosse Park roundabout.

Residents will be able to access the road from the Post House junction – diversions will be clearly signed.

Peter Osborne, Leicestershire County Council cabinet member for highways and transport, said:

“This is an important scheme which will help improve traffic flow and safety at this busy junction.

“We recognise that the during the Christmas period the junction is particularly busy with people accessing Fosse Park, so in order to minimise congestion we will be suspending daytime work during the festive period.

“We’d like to thank motorists and local residents for bearing with us while the scheme is being carried out.”

Work is due to be completed in early spring 2014.

For more information on the project visit: www.leics.gov.uk/a5460_asda_roundabout-1.htm

Avoid the Christmas traffic …with Park and Ride

Save money and beat the traffic this Christmas using Park & Ride.

The roads of Leicester are always busy around the festive season, but with Park & Ride you can get from A-B, hassle free!

Leave the car behind and get straight into town using the priority bus lanes.

Extra services are running every Sunday in December, perfect for getting into town to do your Christmas shopping.

Services are also running on Boxing Day to get you into the sales.

Group tickets cost only £3.50 all day Saturday and Sunday throughout December for up to 5 people travelling together.

The Park & Ride service runs from Enderby (also Birstall and Meynell’s Gorse) to Leicester town centre.

Visit www.quicksilverbus.co.uk for more information.