Isla Tansley, the seven year old girl from Hinckley with a rare form of cancer, has died aged 7 years.
A campaign to remember her has inspired people all over the world to remember her by painting and hiding stones. People were encouraged to photograph, paint and re-hide the stones.
Decorated items (mostly stones) include the ‘#IslaStones’ hashtag so anyone finding a hidden article bearing the tag can find out more about the campaign online.
They can also post a picture on a dedicated Facebook group with over 50,000 members.
Cyclists from the Stoney Stanton Velo Club are reported to have placed three stones during their ride up Mont Ventoux in southern France.
The campaign is reported to have even reached the “….snowy climes of Antarctica, where researchers at the Australian Antarctic Division polished a piece of wood and painted it with a pair of penguins and a chick.”
Isla suffered from a diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma, also known as ‘DIPG’ is the second most common type of primary, high grade brain tumour in children. Following an operation last year, Isla lost feeling in her lower body.
Local Facebook Groups report ‘findings’ and ‘re-hides’
Member of the Facebook Group, ‘All Things Enderby’, Lucy Bloomfield posted “Leia’s stone found in Enderby – rehidden in The Pastures”
Andy Allbut-King, posting on the Facebook Group ‘The Pastures, Narborough’ wrote “Found a stone this morning on The Pastures in Narborough, then I was informed that this little angel had passed. Fly high with the angels my sweet one. Condolences to your mummy and daddy.”
More information on the Facebook Group #IslaStones
Two FREE family performances featuring an inspiring hitch-hike on a plant-related journey from small Acorns to great Oak Trees are planned for Blaby District Council’s ‘A Place to Grow’ Open Day in Enderby on Saturday 11 August 2018.
SEED is a fun exploration of our relationship with the long suffering plants that keep us fed, sheltered and breathing. It is the visual and movement theatre story of Wilford – one of the “unseen” – as he scrapes and digs and blasts the seed holes and co-opts the water and food.
With pulsating plant beats, flying soil and water, live music and a giant tree growing out of a shed, it’s the perfect performance for children and families
Performances will take place at 11:30am and 1:30pm at the A Place to Grow Garden at Mill Lane, Enderby, LE19 4BX.
Families are advised to bring their own picnic blanket to enjoy the performances on the grass area.
There will also be a BBQ, cake, refreshments and an ice cream van on offer. All proceeds will go towards the running of the garden.
To book tickets for the free performances of SEED, fill in the online form or call 0116 272 7703.
[Photo supplied : Blaby District Council]
The new alternate weekly Refuse and Recycling Service for residents in the District of Blaby begins from Monday.
Residents were provided with a bin hanger notice placed on their bin in June that included dates for collections up to the end of November.
Any residents who may not have received a notice can find dates for their property via www.blaby.gov.uk/collections.
Over 10,000 orders were received for bins between April and June and over 16,000 bins have now been distributed in time for the start of the new service.
An order window will be open until Thursday 30th August for residents who would like larger or additional bins once the new service is underway. Depending on household size, residents could be entitled to a free bin upgrade.
More information about the new service can be found by visiting www.blaby.gov.uk/waste2018.
Leicestershire Police has introduced a new team of special constables and volunteers dedicated to improving road safety and law enforcement on the roads of Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.
The ‘Safer Roads Team’ was launched at force headquarters in Enderby on Thursday 28th June, where 18 Special Constables and four Police Support Volunteers received an input from the force’s Roads Policing Unit (RPU) before officially joining the new team.
PC Tony Bunker works with the RPU and said: “I’m really looking forward to working with the new team to combat anti-social driving behaviour and make our roads safer, in collaboration with the city and county councils, the Driving and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) and TISPOL: the European Traffic Police Network.
“Our colleagues in Northamptonshire and Lincolnshire Police already have well-established Safer Roads Teams staffed by special constables, and we aim to utilise our team in a similar manner.
“The team will be deployed to areas across the force as required, and will carry out a variety of traffic operations targeting a wide range of traffic offences, including FATAL 4.”
Fellow RPU officer PC Sean Stone added: “An average of 70 drink drug drivers are arrested across the Leicestershire Police force area each month, over the last three years we have seen a worrying fourfold increase in the number of drug drive arrests, rising from 23 in 2016 to 56 in 2016 and 93 last year.
“In 2016 officers also issued 543 speeding, 698 seatbelt and 533 mobile phone notices.
“We hope the new team will cover a wide expanse of traffic related offences, which we hope will in turn improve the safety of our roads and reduce the number of people killed or seriously injured due to traffic offences.”
The team will be primarily staffed by special constables and police support volunteers, supported by various regular officers and the Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland Road Safety Partnership.
Richard Smith, a Police Support Volunteer on the Safer Roads Team, said: “My main role will be “spotting” for the team. For example I’ll be looking out for drivers using their mobile phones, driving without their seatbelt, or any vehicles that appear un-roadworthy.
“I’ll then radio the details through to the officers who will make attempts to stop and check the vehicle.”
Special Constable Alison Rudkin also signed up to the new team. She said: “After being a special constable for 2 years I feel this is a huge opportunity and something I really want to get involved in. Not only to further my skills, knowledge and experience within the force but equally to be part of an initiative that is making roads safer. It was an opportunity I couldn’t let pass.”
Anyone who has concerns about traffic offences in their community is advised to contact their local policing team
The search is on for people interested in becoming a Parish Councillor as Enderby Parish Council advertise two vacancies in the St. John’s Ward.
Enderby Parish Council is the first tier of local government for the area and it makes decisions on behalf of the people resident in the civil parish of Enderby.
The Parish Council is the level of local government closest to the community. The Parish Council works in conjunction with Blaby District Council and Leicestershire County Council.
A parish councillor is someone to whom the community can look to for help, guidance and support and someone in a position to influence decisions for the benefit of the community they serve.
The main purpose of the role is to represent the views of residents within the parish.
• The Council has responsibility for running some local services including open spaces, play areas, Community Library and village halls.
• Deciding on how much to raise through the Precept (part of your Council Tax) in order to deliver the council’s services.
• Influencing and shaping the long term development policy for the parish, and (as part of the planning process), comment on planning applications in the parish.
• Work to try and improve the quality of life and the environment in the local area.
• Work to identify issues which are important to the lives of the residents they represent.
• Working to bring about improvements through local projects, lobbying other service providers and working in partnership with other parishes and agencies.
Enderby Parish Council makes all kinds of decisions on issues that affect the local community. Probably the most common topics that parish councils get involved with are planning matters (they are statutory consultees), crime prevention and roads & highways.
Parish councils have limited powers to make decisions but they do have the ability to negotiate with, and the power to influence, those other organisations that do make the final decisions (such as the District or County Council, health authorities, Police etc.). Organisations that make the final decisions know that a parish council gives the best reflection of how a community feels about something and as a consequence, its views are taken seriously.
The Full Council usually meets once a month for its Council Meeting to which members of the public are also invited. Meetings may last one or two hours, depending on what’s on the list of items to discuss (Agenda). Sub-committees deal with specific subjects, Policy & Finance, Recreation & Amenities and Planning.
In addition to the regular meetings Councillors may be required to give time for ‘ad-hoc’ meetings – for example with architects or agents to discuss planning applications that the Council must give its opinions on.
This does not mean that they have to stay for four years. If they find it’s not for them, or they can no longer meet the commitment, they can ‘stand down’.
To stand for election to a parish council, a person must:
be a UK or Commonwealth citizen; or
be a citizen of the Republic of Ireland; or
be a citizen of another Member state of the European Union; and
be at least 18 years old.
To be eligible to stand for an election for a particular parish, you must:
be an elector of the parish; or
in the past 12 months have occupied (as owner or tenant) land or other premises in the parish; or
work in the parish (as your principal or only place of work); or
live within three miles of the parish boundary.
A person doesn’t have to be connected to a political party.
Anyone who is interested in becoming a Parish Councillor in Enderby can talk to an existing Councillor at one of the Councillor ‘Surgeries’ (held in the Community Library, Enderby Civic Centre) or contact them – details are here on the Parish Council website, or contact the Clerk to the Council, Civic Centre, King Street, Enderby, Leicester LE19 4NT. Tel: 0116 275 3711.