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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).

Police advise “Watch where children play this summer”

Farmer, Kevin Stokes, and Police Constable 1291 David Sharpe stand by the damaged pump.

Police in Leicestershire are asking parents to be mindful of where their children are playing this summer after a farmer, in the rural district of Harborough, suffered criminal damage to his irrigation system which was feeding lake water to his crops worth tens of thousands of pounds.

The advice was issued as part of Leicestershire Police’s Safer Summer campaign, run each year to promote local social engagements at youth clubs and organised local activities, reducing instances of anti-social behaviour in local areas.

Police Constable 1291 David Sharpe part of the Safer Neighbourhood Team within Harborough and the Bowdens said:

“The trespass and criminal damage of the irrigation pump on Mr Stokes’ field is significant in that it threatened his summer crop.

Local police are most concerned about the possibility of young people potentially drowning in the lake which feeds his crops.

PC Sharpe added:

“The problem with swimming unattended in remote lakes and field water is that: if you get into difficulty, there is no one there to help you. The lake bed may also feature unsafe items beneath the water line, such as fallen trees, which can prevent you from leaving the water.”

“I’d encourage parents to ensure they know where their children are at all times and talk to them about the dangers of trespassing on farmland.”

Local farmer, Kevin Stokes sells his produce restaurants and locally via his farm shop.

Whilst the repair to the damage to farm machinery cost a few hundred pounds, if the malfunction had not been caught in time, it could have destroyed an entire crop.

Mr Kevin Stokes of Fardon Fields Farm said:

“The farming community depends on its crops for its livelihood. I appeal to parents locally to consider the consequences and true cost of damaging farm machinery.

“Farmland is not a safe place for children to play. Being around farmland and farm machinery can be dangerous. Please consider the risks of trespassing.”

Anyone with information about crime or anti-social behaviour should call Leicestershire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers, which is free* and anonymous, on **0800 555 111.

*Calls to 101 cost 15p for the entire call from both mobile phones and land lines

**Please note some mobile phone service providers may charge for this call

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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)

Police welcome theatre company’s plans to tackle door step callers

Two plays about how people can beat bogus callers and scamsters will be performed in Leicestershire to mark older person’s month.

The performances have been organised by Leicestershire County Council, to warn older people how to avoid being conned.

Older Person’s Month is being launched at Loughborough Town Hall on Thursday, September 8th.

As part of the month of events, Leicestershire Trading Standards is raising awareness of how bogus callers and scamsters attempt to con older people, especially those in their 70s and 80s.

So far this year, Trading Standards has received 415 calls about rogue traders – 113 of them uninvited – involving goods and services totalling £1.1 million, including home repairs, glazing, domestic appliances and furniture.

The Solomon Theatre Company will be performing two plays:

* Trickster – based on the true story of George, a former soldier who becomes the victim of a distraction burglar, before turning the tables on him.

* Scambuster – based on the true story of Sydney, victim of a rogue tarmac salesman and Mary, who thinks she’s won the holiday of a lifetime.

Both performances are being staged using money paid to court by criminals prosecuted by Trading Standards.

Trickster has proved a great hit across the country – in Dorset, the police received 30 reports of incidents, within four hours of the play being staged.

David Bull, Head of Leicestershire County Council Trading Standards Service, said: “These powerful and entertaining plays will remind older people to take sensible precautions, to avoid being conned.

“Our advice is clear – if something seems too good to be true, it isn’t true!

“Don’t buy or sign up to anything on the doorstep. Keep your chain on, ask for ID and if someone is legitimate, they will be prepared to leave details with you. Don’t be bounced into making any decisions, or disclosing credit card or bank details.”

Inspector Johnny Monks, Commander of Loughborough local policing unit, said: “I really welcome this event, as it is a creative and memorable way of raising awareness about these crimes and preventing further offences.

“Distraction burglars are particularly despicable, as they prey on the most vulnerable people in our communities, so anything that can be done to prevent people falling victim to their con is very welcome.”

Forest Page from the Solomon Theatre Company said: “Live musical storytelling is a very important way to communicate important messages.

“Trickster is a moving and engaging way story of one man’s experience, which empowers us to be more resilient to the fraudsters and emboldens us to report these crimes to the authorities.”

Over the last few months, scams in Leicestershire have included people posing as census collectors, in an attempt to gain entry to people’s houses. People have also tried to target older people and people with learning disabilities.

Recent action taken by Leicestershire County Council includes:

* Setting up no cold calling zones in 570 areas, in an attempt to warn rogue traders that they are not welcome

* Launching a safety sticker and advice cards, giving carers and people with learning disabilities advice on how to spot and report instances of rogue trading. You can obtain one from careleaflet@leics.gov.uk

* Conducting investigations, where rogue trading has been suspected

If you are approached by a bogus caller or scamster, ring Consumer Direct on 08454 040506.

Members of the public who want to see Trickster or Scambusters at Loughborough town hall on September 8th should contact Trading Standards on 0116 305 8000.