Frank Evans, who passed away on Sunday 25th February 2018, was finally laid to rest in Enderby Cemetery, following a funeral service at All Saints Church, Narborough.
In a well attended celebration of Frank’s life, the service took place at 1pm on Thursday 22nd March.
Former Enderby Parish Council colleagues and representatives from several other organisations with which Frank was associated joined friends and family for the service conducted by Father Alan Hawker.
Fr. Hawker knew Frank well and spoke fondly of the many and varied conversations in which he had participated with Frank, covering a wide range of topics, including his faith.
Fr. Hawker commented that he didn’t agree with Leicester Mercury’s characterisation of Frank as being “quirky” saying that, to those who knew him, Frank was just ……Frank!
Tributes were paid by Frank’s brother William who delivered a moving account of Frank’s early life and adventures. He recalled how later in life Frank saw service with the Royal Navy and Merchant Navy, and was a member of the Prayer Book Society.
He was also well known by parents and pupils of local schools in his role of ‘Lollipop Man’ shepherding them across King Street – a duty he performed until, at the age of 85yrs, when he was forced to retire because of County Council insurance issues!!
Frank’s lodger and carer, Vivian Nwagboso, spoke of Frank’s kindness and her memories of their friendship over the past four and a half years.
Enderby Parish Councillors have learned that the operational issues with the District’s Dedicated Dog Waste Bins (DDWB’s) has been resolved.
The proposed trial closure of designated dog bins will not now be necessary.
Leicestershire County Council have now provided a more appropriate facility for Blaby District Council to dispose of both mixed litter and waste from designated dog bins that avoids the problematic issues of going to a landfill site close to Lutterworth.
As the EYE reported on 14th March (Designated dog-waste bins may ‘disappear’ after local trial) the small transit van size tippers used by the District Council’s cleansing teams were regularly getting stuck on the landfill site, being overloaded due to mud being stuck to the underside of the vehicles, and expensive repairs were being incurred correcting damage caused on the site.
Expensive repairs were becoming alarmingly regular in order to correct damage caused on the site.
The change of stance by the County Council has enabled the District Council’s cleansing teams to continue to collect waste in the same way from street bins without the need to mix waste or close any designated dog waste bins. This will come as welcome news to many dog walkers in Enderby and Narborough.
Enderby resident, 35yr old Laura Cosbie, a Slimming World Consultant, has been crowned “Slimming World’s Consultant Slimmer of the Year 2018”.
Laura had struggled with her weight since childhood and when she eventually left home her eating habits revolved around ‘less than healthy’ options.
Speaking about her journey on the Slimming World website Laura said:
“….I’d have a takeaway for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Unsurprisingly, the weight piled on very quickly and, before I knew it, I was almost 19st.
When Laura became pregnant with her son, Joshua , and then later her daughter, Charlotte (now 12yrs and 9yrs respectively), she remembers feeling disappointed people didn’t congratulate her or ask her about the baby – and she thought it was because her weight meant that she didn’t look obviously pregnant.
She also realised that as the children got older – and started to get more active – she could miss out on quality family time as as she wasn’t ‘fit enough’ to keep up with them.
‘The turning point came when my husband and I went to Alton Towers and decided to go on the ‘Air’ ride. After a bit of a struggle I managed to get the harness to fit, but as the ride started I began to panic that it wouldn’t be able to hold my weight.
“I cried the whole way round. Worst of all, it took three men to get me out of the harness. I was so mortified – especially as everyone in the queue looked on – that we just went straight home afterwards.
‘Later that day I came across a picture of an old school friend on social media. She’d lost a lot of weight and was looking great, so I messaged her to see how she’d done it. She told me that she’d joined Slimming World. I decided enough was enough and looked up my nearest group.”
Laura started cooking meals from scratch rather than depending on ready meals. Other family members were supportive and, as the numbers on the scales started going down, it spurred her on to become as healthy and happy as possible.
The vegan option
Laura had read about leading a vegan lifestyle and it just seemed to make sense to her. The whole family became vegan in July 2017. Laura said:
“We fill up on plenty of fruit, vegetables, beans, rice and pulses, and love experimenting with new recipes and flavour combinations.”
It was a couple of years ago when Laura and her family moved to Enderby and shortly afterwards she left her full time job with a national pharmaceutical retailer to become a Slimming World consultant.
Laura is also more active these days. Since losing weight, the family have adopted three dogs – who love long walks! Laura’s also completed numerous Park Runs and even a muddy ‘Wolf Run’ obstacle run.
Laura is committed to helping others and as a Slimming World consultant she gets much satisfaction from “making a difference” to other people’s lives.
Laura runs a group at Huncote Community Centre, (Attached to Huncote Community Primary School) Denman Lane, Huncote, LE9 3BS. The group meet Wednesdays 5:30pm and 7:30pm.
She also runs a group at Narborough: St. Pius R C Church, 52 Leicester Road
Narborough, LE19 2DF Mondays 9.30am, 5:30pm and 7:30pm.
Anyone interested can just drop in to any session or give Laura a call on 07535 184040,
Frank Evans, one of Enderby’s ‘characters’, passed away on Sunday 25th February, aged 92.
Frank was for many years a Councillor on Enderby Parish Council, standing down in 2015 due to ill health.
Cllr. Tracy Green, a long-standing member of Enderby Parish Council, told the Leicester Mercury:
“He was a very kind man and we used to have lovely little chats on our way home from meetings together.”
“He also used to be a lollipop man in the village so everyone knew him and said hello. He was very well-loved in the community and a very interesting man.”
Frank had led a very active and varied life including active service in France during the Second World War. In January 2017 he was awarded the Légion D’honneur from the French government for his service in France.
Born in Derby, Frank relocated to the south of England at 6yrs of age, having been orphaned in tragic circumstances. (Frank’s father was knocked off his bike and died and his mother took her own life not long after).
Returning to Leicestershire in 1942, Frank lived locally before enlisting in the Royal Navy for the final year of the war. In latter years he made his home on Kipling Drive, Enderby.
A committed churchgoer and a member of the Prayer Book Society, Frank was well known by parents and pupils of local schools in the role of ‘Lollipop Man’ shepherding them across King Street close to the junction with Cross Street.
Frank was a prolific letter writer and sent many hundreds of letters to the Leicester Mercury; according to the newspaper there were ‘more than 130 published in the past 20 years alone, addressing issues of every size‘.
Cllr. Green added:
“I remember when I moved to this area in 1963 he was already writing to the Mercury regularly.
A number of local residents, of varying ages, came together to tidy up Enderby village in an organised event billed as “Enderby Coop Great British Spring Clean”.
Those taking part were asked to bring along their old Coop bags to use for collecting litter and a pair of gloves.
The group took to the village area between 2.30 and 3.30pm on Sunday 4th March and during that time managed to amass several sacks full of litter. The sacks were deposited outside the store at 19 Cross Street, Enderby for collection.