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Get ready for summer fun in Enderby …and further afield

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Get active this summer in Blaby District

 Looking for things to do this summer holiday?

Well look no further than the BASE guide, a downloadable booklet packed with fun activities taking place in the district.

 The Blaby Activities and Sports Events guide is aimed at children and young people and showcases some fantastic opportunities to get active this summer.

 Mobile skate park sessions, weekly rounders, holiday clubs, and early years activities are just some of the items featured.

 Councillor Sheila Scott, portfolio holder for Health Improvement and Leisure Services at Blaby District Council, said:

“The BASE guide makes it easy to find a whole host of activities to get involved with this summer.

Everything is listed in one place and it’s free to download.”

Residents can download the guide at www.sportblaby.org.uk/base-guide or request a hard copy by emailing leisure@blaby.gov.uk or calling 0116 272 7703.

 The guide is produced by the Blaby Local Sport Alliance.


Mobile skate park hits the streets and ‘family orienteering’ returns.

The Wheels Project, a mobile skate park session that currently operates on the last Friday of every month (excluding July and December) at Enderby Leisure Centre, will be travelling around the district and beyond this summer.

Comprising of a set of street-course ramps, the mobile skate park is ideal for all abilities, and can be used by BMXs, skateboards, rollerblades and scooters.

Over the next few months the Wheels Project will be popping up in numerous locations including the Co-op car park in Earl Shilton, Spinney Hill Park in Leicester, Shortcliffe Park in Loughborough, Northfield Park in Blaby, and Coombe Park in Oadby.

The sessions are free of charge and there are three BMXs and a number of skateboards that are available to hire for free. Helmets are compulsory and these are also available at no cost.

Anyone under the age of 16 will need to have a disclaimer form signed by a parent or guardian over the age of 18, and anyone under the age of 8 must be accompanied by an adult.

For more information including a full list of venues and times visit www.sportblaby.org.uk/wheels-project.

Alternatively email leisure@blaby.gov.uk, call 0116 272 7703 or follow @WheelsProj3ct on Twitter.


Family orienteering:

For those who enjoy a challenge ….solving clues and generally exploring there’s orienteering.

Young residents will once again have the chance to explore their local parks, looking for clues and completing challenges.

It’s all part of Xplorer, an outdoor navigational challenge the whole family can take part in, involving a healthy mix of physical activity and decision making.

Using a simple map the aim is to find a number of markers that are located around the park. At each marker children will need to identify what is pictured and will also have the opportunity of learning some fun facts.

Harvey Morgan, Sport and Funding Project Officer at Blaby District Council, said:

“Xplorer is perfect for children as they can have an adventure whilst running around in a safe and friendly environment. No experience of map reading is necessary and parents are encouraged to join in the fun.

“Older children will have fun competing against their friends or other family members whilst younger children will enjoy the excitement of successfully finding the markers.”

Xplorer is taking place every weekend over the summer at parks including Fosse Meadows, Bouskell Park, Mossdale Meadows, and Glen Parva Nature Reserve, and costs £1 per person to take part.

For more information including a list of all the challenges taking place visit www.sportblaby.org.uk/xplorer—british-orienteering. Alternatively email leisure@blaby.gov.uk or call 0116 272 7703.

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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