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Drama at Enderby Civic Centre

After ‘Fur Coat & Magic Knickers’ and more recently ‘Lights Out Land Girls’, the comedy gems brought to the stage at Enderby Civic Centre by Enderby Parish Council and Enderby Twinning Association continue with ‘Women on the verge of a T Junction’.

Put all your jibes about women drivers to one side. This new comedy drama from The MsFits drama company goes deeper than that!

The action in this drama centres on a crash at a T-junction as three women, three generations and three agendas, get as entangled as their bumpers.

There has been a lapse of concentration, but how is the AA man to find out whodunit? Suspects in the frame are:

  1. Bessie is 82 and may have trouble seeing over the steering wheel, but she drove four-wheel drives over minefields in 1945.
  2. Liz is 53 and on her fifth driving test but is determined to pass this time.
  3. Ellie is 38 and may have been chatting on her mobile phone – but she has a special talent for multi-tasking!

Women on the Verge of a T-Junction is a funny yet poignant tale of what happens when these women’s lives and cars collide.

About the MsFits…

MsFits Theatre Co. Is a two-women touring comedy drama company, performing all over the UK, Scotland, England, Wales & N Ireland at diverse venues such as 500 seat theatres to village halls.

The company comprises award winning actress Fiona Knowles who has appeared in (amongst other things) a Staff Nurse in STV’s ‘Taggart’ (1993) and in the previous year as a primary headmistress in BBC tv’s ‘Dr Finlay’.

Her theatrical partner in the MsFits Company is multi-award-winning, Bafta nominated playwright, Rona Munro.

Munro is a Scottish writer, currently living and working in London. She has written plays for theatre, radio, and television and in November 2016, it was revealed she would be writing the ninth episode of the tenth series of BBC tv’s ‘Dr.Who’, titled “The Eaters of Light”.

It is the latest in a programme of drama presentations staged at the Civic Centre on King Street under the combined auspices of Enderby Parish Council and Enderby Twinning Association.

The performance is promoted by Centre Stage which is part of Live & Local Rural and Community Touring Scheme.

The show takes place on Friday 10th February at 7.30pm.
Tickets are £9 (Adult), £6 (OAP/Child under 16yrs)

Tickets are available from:
Enderby Civic Centre, King Street, LE19 4NT
Tel: (0116) 275 3711
(Mon-Fri 9am-12noon)



Fur Coat and Magic Knickers …coming to Enderby!

fur coat magic knickersGot your attention? Good! Fur Coat and Magic Knickers is the next play to grace Enderby Civic Centre in March.

The production is sponsored by Enderby Parish Council, in partnership with Enderby Twinning Association.

It is the next in a long line of performances brought to the community by the Parish Council and the Twinning Association and is set to maintain the high standard enjoyed by audiences of previous productions, including last April’s well-received “Lights Out Land Girls” by the Badapple Theatre Company.

Fur Coat & Magic Knickers, written in 2009 by playwright Rona Munro, is a one woman comedy drama.

The action takes place in a shopping centre where we find “Second Hand” Rose looking for an outfit for the hot date she‘ll bring to her daughter’s wedding; her personal shopping assistant Jenny, whose job depends on her sales returns; and the shopping addict pensioner Maggie whose debts force her into twisted Robin Hood-like acquisitions. And a miraculous pair of knickers!

In summary:
76 year old Maggie is a compulsive shopper
38 year old Personal Shopper is at breaking point
50 something Rose’s last new fashion buy was a set of thermals in 1994
Which one of these retail victims, all played by actress Fiona Knowles, will crash the Emergency Exit?

The show will be held on Saturday, 5th March, 2016 at 7.30 pm
Admittance: 12+yrs
The venue is Enderby Civic Centre and tickets are priced at £8 (£5 concessions).

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

Badapple Theatre to stage “Lights Out Land Girls” at Enderby…

The team behind the hit show ‘Back to the Land Girls’ are back in Enderby with an hilarious new comedy sequel, Lights Out Land Girls.


Join our Land Army heroines Buff and Biddy for the last wartime summer of 1945 when, in the long working days of the farm, everything and nothing has changed.

Buff has the promise of romance, but it is complicated – and if she follows her heart will she be able to stay in the village? Biddy has her big chance to be ‘just like Vera Lynn’ if she can make it to the Tower Ballroom showcase in Blackpool – but life just seems to keep getting in the way.

Enjoy more comic scrapes and tall tales as the two girls come to terms with life after the Land Army.

Written and directed by Kate Bramley (Ex-Hull Truck Theatre) with original songs and music by Jez Lowe (SONY Radio Academy Award Winner / BBC Radio 2)

Business tips to boost online trade

Businesses in Blaby district who are looking to get more hits on their website can attend a free internet marketing and training event in Braunstone Town on 8 March 2012.

‘Getting Noticed Online’ will be held at the civic centre, Kingsway, from 9.30am until 12.30pm and is designed to help local small to medium businesses become more internet savvy to boost online trade.

The session has been organised by Blaby District Council in partnership with Internet Expert.

Councillor Ted Webster-Williams, portfolio holder for policy and partnerships said:

“Many smaller businesses face tough times ahead, with stiff competition in an often crowded online market place so it’s important they have the tools to compete and increase their internet trade.”

To book a place email economicdevelopment@blaby.gov.uk,   or
contact Carole Troake, economic development officer on 0116 272 7735.