A free family fun day for dog owners is taking place in Narborough on Thursday 23 August.
Run by Blaby District Council, the event is an opportunity for dog owners to turn up and get a free collar and/or tag to ensure they comply with the law.
Owners will also be able to get their pooch chipped or make sure the chip’s details are up to date.
The family event on Narborough Park runs from 10am-2pm and welcomes all ages.
The Dogs Trust Education Officers will be on hand to help young people learn about dogs with lots of fun activities.
Leicester Animal Aid will showcase their Community Pet Support Scheme (CPSS), which supports vulnerable owners to care for their pets in their own homes for as long as it is mutually beneficial. This free scheme is also available in Oadby & Wigston and Hinckley & Bosworth.
All dogs in out in a public space must wear a collar bearing the name and address (including postcode) of the owner engraved or written on it, or engraved on a tag. Dogs must also have an up to date chip.
Donations for collars, tags or chips will go towards the Chairman’s chosen charity Pink Pants, which raises awareness of the BRCA gene that can cause breast cancer.
Visitors are advised to use LE19 2EP for their navigation systems to get to the event.
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.
The youngster was the inspiration behind the #islastones campaign which took-off on social media platforms.
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.”
Local media is reporting that double child killer, Colin Pitchfork, will be permanently released from prison following a parole hearing next month, the family of his first victim fears.
A report in the Leicester Mercury says that Pitchfork, who was jailed in 1988 for raping and murdering 15yr old Leicestershire schoolgirls Lynda Mann from Narborough and Dawn Ashworth from Enderby, in 1983 and 1986, will go before a behind-closed-doors parole board scheduled to take place on Thursday, May 24.
The board will assess whether it would be safe to release the 56-year-old.
Its ruling will be made public, but no details of the grounds for its decision will be released. Also, it will consider written statements from the families.
Lynda’s sister, Rebecca Eastwood, said her family believes the killer will be cleared for full release as he has made an unknown number of unescorted trips out of custody, including one in Bristol city centre, in the past few months.
This week, the family – who have collected approximately 40,000 signatures on petitions against his release – learned for the first time he has been allowed out overnight on his own.
Rebecca said: “He was allowed out in Bristol city centre without any kind of escort late last year and, we were told this week, he’s been out overnight on his own as well since then.
“So, by the look of it, they have already made their minds up about him.
“I think the decision is pretty much made and he is going to be released after the parole hearing at the end of May.
“We’re told the hearing is on May 24 and then it could be anything up to two weeks before a decision is made.
“We really do think we’ve reached the point where he will be freed.
“As far as we know, he’s going to have a new identity, a new start in life.
“We are still living with the loss and the consequences of what he did to Lynda and Dawn and still believe it is not safe to release this man.”
Last summer, the Ministry of Justice told the girls’ families that Pitchfork had been allowed to leave custody under the close supervision of Prison Service personnel.
A short time later, the ministry notified them that he was deemed ready for unescorted days out.
Pitchfork raped and murdered Lynda in November 1983, leaving her body near the Black Pad footpath, in Narborough.
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,