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A Place to Grow family open day to showcase community garden

A Place to Grow PatioThe annual open day at Blaby District Council’s community garden, A Place to Grow, has been set for Saturday 9 July, from 11am-2pm.

Taking place in the garden at Mill Lane, Enderby, LE19 4LX, the open day will showcase the fantastic work that has been undertaken by the service users and selfless volunteers.

There will be a Tai Chi taster session from 11:30am, while the Enderby Junior Band and a Teddy Bears Picnic will take place from midday.

Activities also include

  • face painting,
  • garden games,
  • children’s planting activities,
  • arts and crafts
  • a bric-a-brac stall with a traditional tombola,
  • sale of plants and produce from the garden.

The sale of plants and produce from the garden will help raise funds for the project.

Cakes, refreshments and an ice cream van will also be on offer for what promises to be a brilliant local family outing.

Supporting positive health and wellbeing, A Place to Grow is a free-to-use sustainable community garden.

The project encourages people to learn new skills by producing and eating healthy food, being physically active, getting involved in the community and meeting new people in a friendly, informal and safe environment.

The site is aimed at anyone with mental and physical health related problem who wants to improve their Health and Wellbeing.

If anyone would like to donate any tombola prizes, or would like more information about the garden please contact the Health and Leisure team on 0116 272 7703 or email: leisure@blaby.gov.uk.

Southern Fire and Rescue Station Open Day

scania fire tenderLeicestershire Fire and Rescue Service held an Open Day for the public on Saturday 14th September.

The event ran from 10am to 4pm.

Hundreds of people flocked through the Southern Fire and Rescue Station as the staff opened up many areas of the building to allow members of the local community to meet the firefighters and watch demonstrations including fire fighting techniques, enactments of procedures when attending road traffic accidents as well as take part in games and challenges.

There was something for all the family and when the kids were not enjoying a ride on a mini fire tender they were having fun playing a hose onto brave firefighters who had volunteered to dodge the spray from a fire-hose. Adults and kids alike could enter a smoke filled ‘room’ and try and rescue a toy bunny!

Several appliances were on display including an incident response unit (IRU) which is used to deal with decontamination of both fire service personnel and members of the public. There was also a Scania Aerial Ladder Platform (ALP), one of just two appliances in the Service. A ‘reaction test’ challenge utilised apparatus that required participants to react and touch buttons that illuminated randomly and recorded the time taken to respond. They then repeated the exercise wearing a pair of beer goggles that simulated their vision should they have been drinking. Many were astounded how difficult it was to ‘touch’ the illuminated buttons and of course the increase in response time as a result.

Music and public address was provided via a mobile disco and refreshments were available courtesy of a BBQ stall selling hot-dogs and burgers.

Although the event was entirely free to enter, there were stalls with challenges and activities that could be undertaken for a small donation placed into a charity bucket. The charity benefitting from donations, raffles, etc. was the Firefighters Charity.

Every year thousands of fire fighters are injured whilst protecting the public. Every 30 seconds in the UK fire fighters are called to an incident, putting their lives on the line and often sustaining physical injuries whilst carrying out their duties.

Over the years, the charity has helped hundreds of thousands of individuals by providing world-class treatment and support services.

It costs £9 million a year to keep the Charity running and with no government funding they are completely reliant on the generosity and enthusiasm of their supporters.

The charity operates three centres in Devon, Cumbria and West Sussex, which offer a range of support programmes including physical rehabilitation and recuperation to members of the fire and rescue community in times of need. The centre in Cumbria also offers nursing care.

More can be read about the charity here  ( http://www.firefighterscharity.org.uk/what-we-do )

Some photos from the day:

how many balloons fire open day
How many balloons in the Ferrari? The winner gets a real Ferrari experience.
Fire engines on parade outside Southern Station
Fire engines on parade outside Southern Station
specialist camera fire open day
Hands-on with a special camera used in search and rescue
Another young visitor gets hands on with state of the art camera technology
Another young visitor gets hands on with state of the art camera technology
soak a firefighter
….Then its time to soak a firefighter!
Practice your puttting to win a prize
Practice your putting to win a prize
Demonstrating some techniques used in search and rescue
Demonstrating some techniques used in search and rescue
mini fire tender
Stand clear. Mini fire engine on a ‘shout’ !
extracating casualty at accident fire open day
Demonstration of extracating a casualty ….by removing the roof from a car!

‘A Place To Grow’ Open Day

place to grow open dayA Place to Grow’s Summer Open Day is set to be held on Tuesday 30th July.

The event, described as a Fun Family Day Out, will take place between 11am and 3pm. The weather forecast is good and organisers are hoping for a good turn out.

Admission to the ground on Mill Lane, Enderby (adjacent to the Leisure Centre) is free. Access is through the Leisure Centre car park. Disability parking and wheelchair access is available.

The Open Day celebrates the successes the organisation has enjoyed over the past twelve months, which has not been without incident. Eye readers may recall that the premises were vandalised earlier by an arson attack on Saturday 19th January. The fire left two large sheds completely gutted, water butts and a metal container that held a large amount of garden tools including lawnmowers, strimmers, spades and forks. The community rallied around and the project was rebuilt.

The day’s activities include art and crafts, a drumming workshop, family village sports games, a teddy bear’s picnic and much more.

There will be stalls offering cakes, organic produce, plants and information on physical and mental health wellbeing. A rafffle and tombola are also planned.

For more information: Contact 0116 272 7670 or email alexa@communityap.org.uk

» www.communityactionpartnership.org.uk


Free Open Day at Enderby Leisure Centre

On Saturday 7th July, as part of the national ‘Everyone Active’ day, Enderby Leisure Centre is offering a free open day full of family activities.

Details of the day’s programme is as below:

(9am – 10am 4 – 7 Years /
10am – 11am 8 + Years)
11am – 2pm – FREE TABLE TENNIS –
Squash Court 3
11am– 2pm – FREE RACKET BALL –
Squash Court 2
2pm – 4pm – FREE SQUASH – Squash Courts 2 / 3
3.30pm – 5pm – FREE FAMILY POOL

* Children MUST be over the age of
8 years to be admitted to the
pool inflatable session.

Everyone Active celebrates three major fitness industry awards awards…

Everyone Active, the company that operates Enderby Leisure and Golf Centre in partnership with Blaby District Council, is celebrating after an incredibly successful night at the annual FLAME Awards, run by the Fitness Industry Association (FIA).  On the night this leading leisure management company walked away with three major awards including the coveted Leisure Operator of the Year award for an unprecedented third year running.


The awards were all recognition of Everyone Active’s commitment to engaging with local communities about activity, innovation, driving teamwork and raising leisure management standards within the leisure industry.


After collecting the Leisure Operator of the Year 2012 award on the evening, Managing Director, David Bibby commented,

“To win Leisure Operator of the Year is a huge achievement but to have won it three years in the row is amazing and completely unprecedented.  The award represents the fantastic dedication and effort that our colleagues at Everyone Active put in on a daily basis both in our centres and at head office.  I would like to say a personal thank you to every one of them for all their on-going commitment to the company.”


David Stalker, CEO, FIA, said:

 “A huge congratulations to FIA board member David Bibby and everyone working for Everyone Active across their sites for winning this hotly-contested award for the third year running. Not only is this victory an indication of how consistently high the operating standards are across the company, but it also shows the support they have from their members, who were asked to be part of the judging process. All the staff should be proud of this achievement.”


In addition, Everyone Active also walked away with the award for Leisure Centre of the Year for Mid Suffolk Leisure Centre and the award for Spark of Innovation (operator) 2012 for Everyone Active Online, its online activity platform that is free to join.


Chris Rattigan Head of Digital at Everyone Active & leading the online innovation said,

“What a fantastic accolade to receive from the FIA, Everyone Active Online is new for the company and what’s more it’s available for everyone. We really are redefining the way activity is delivered in the UK”


Whilst commenting on the Leisure Centre of the Year award, which Everyone Active has won previously with Fareham Leisure Centre, Anselm Gurney, contract manager at the centre said,

“We are delighted to have been named Leisure Centre of the Year 2012.  Our staff have shown a dedication to our customers that is second to none and this commitment has been recognised with this national award.  It’s testament to all the hard work that we have put in for many years and the fantastic offer that we make to our customers through Everyone Active.”


Everyone Active was formed in 1987 as Sports and Leisure Management Ltd managing just one leisure centre in the midlands. Today Everyone Active operates 78 leisure venues nationwide in partnership with 28 different local authorities and employs over 5000 staff members. Its growth is due to the ability to deliver well managed leisure facilities with an activity offering which is great value for money and increasing the participation of local people in  leisure activities in the leisure centres they manage, online & at home encouraging everyone to pursue a healthier lifestyle.


A Place To Grow

Open day at Enderby’s award winning community garden

A community garden scheme in Enderby is holding its annual open day on Tuesday June 21.

A Place To Grow
Community garden scheme is holding its annual open day on Tuesday June 21

A Place to Grow, on Mill Lane, was originally started in 2006 to help people with mental health problems, but now provides support for a range of groups across Blaby district including people with learning difficulties and physical disabilities.

The aim of the project is to increase physical activity through gardening and to promote a better understanding of the contribution outdoor exercise can make to a healthy life.

Staff, volunteers and service users at A Place to Grow work closely together to grow organic fruit and vegetables, cultivate compost and recycle.  It’s a green project with a lot of heart.  Since the project began in 2006 it has helped many people suffering with a wide range of mental health problems, access gardening sessions and aid recovery.

People visiting the garden will get a chance to look around the two and a half acre organic site, take part in fun activities and get an understanding of how the scheme benefits the local community.

A Place to Grow is part of Community Action Blaby District’s Sporting Change project and is run in partnership with Blaby District Council.

Abdul Asghar, Sporting Change project leader said:

“The garden looks fantastic in June so the open day is a great chance for local people to come and see how this community project has blossomed since it started off as a field of weeds five years ago.”

Around 300 people out of every 1,000 experience mental health problems each year in Britain.

Sarah Heeley volunteers at the project, she said:

“Our garden is a safe, supportive and happy place to be. Everyone gets stuck in, whether it is wheeling barrows or planting trees.  I’ve gained so much from being involved and I can see by the reactions of others how much this garden means to them.”

The event is open from 11am – 3pm at the far end of Enderby Leisure Centre car park.

For more information contact Community Action Blaby District on 0116 272 7670.

A Place to Grow is holder of the Keep Britain Tidy Green Pennant Award and runner up in the Guardian Services Awards 2009.  Anyone who would like to support the project through donations or volunteering should contact (0116) 2727670.