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Chernobyl children visit Force Headquarters in Enderby

Group photo
PC David Oliver (left) and PC Darren Sewell with some of the children who live near the Chernobyl nuclear disaster site

Officers have treated a group of Belarusian youngsters who live in areas close to the Chernobyl nuclear disaster site to a trip around Force Headquarters.

The area in the former Soviet Union is still highly contaminated by radioactive fallout from the 1986 nuclear explosion and their visit forms part of a month long trip to Leicestershire where they receive recuperative care in a bid to boost their depleted immune systems.

Some 13 youngsters, aged nine to 12 years, spent the morning with the dog handling team where they got to see the dogs in action and hear about the meticulous training they go through.

Their visit was organised through the Friends of Chernobyl’s Children (West Leicestershire) charity.

PC David Oliver from the tactical dogs and firearms team introduced his Spaniel, Mabon, who is trained to sniff out explosives, while PC Darren Sewell, from the same team, introduced his five-month-old German Shepherd, Arlo, to youngsters. Arlo is still undergoing general purpose training.

“When the charity first got in touch to ask if we could accommodate the youngsters, we jumped at the chance,” said PC Oliver. “We know just how popular our dogs are and we wanted to make sure the young people had the best time possible so that they could take some great memories back home with them.

“It was lovely to meet them all and it’s something we’ll never forget here.”

Each year the charity provides a month of respite in Leicestershire for children living with the after effects of the nuclear catastrophe that has left a legacy of radioactive contamination which will last for decades to come.

Youngsters get to enjoy the fresh air and take part in a range of stimulating activities including swimming, bowling, sailing, crafts and visits to local attractions. The charity also provides essential health checks for the children during their stay.

Accommodation is provided by local volunteer host families who work in partnership with the charity to give the children lots of loving care and respite during their stay.

Jo Eaton from the charity said: “I host a child myself and it’s been incredibly rewarding to see how they change throughout their visit. They leave looking so much healthier than when they arrived and I know they all thoroughly love the experiences they get to have.

“All of the children on our program are living with challenging social issues and many of them are living in extremely basic conditions. We’re very grateful to Leicestershire Police for providing this wonderful opportunity.”

Anyone who is interested in getting involved in the charity’s work, including hosting a child next year, should contact local group coordinator John Buckby on 07738324947.

For more information about the charity visit https://www.focc-westleics.org.uk/

Presentation of engraving

Twinning Association visit to Le Haillan

Presentation of engraving
On behalf of Mayor Labiste, Barbara Spence presents a limited edition engraving of Le Haillan to the Chairman of Enderby Parish Council, Cllr. Mrs S Conway

2012 marks the 25th anniversary of the signing of the Twinning Charter between Enderby Parish Council and the Council in Le Haillan.

Since then, for every year bar one, the French and English Associations, founded in conjunction with their respective councils, have visited each other on alternate years. During Easter this year it was the turn of Enderby Twinning Association and 42 of its members to visit their counterparts in Le Haillan.

This year’s trip to France saw the Twinning Association members presenting their French counterparts with a number of locally crafted glass wine stoppers, designed and manufactured by local freelance jeweler Diana East in her workshop – ‘Sudio 21′ – located in the Old Dairy, George Street, Enderby.

Another local firm, Pollard Boxes Limited of Feldspar Close, Enderby, assisted in the transportation of the glass items.

Reporting bacxk on the visit, secretary Barbara Spence said that all the members had spent “happy times” with their French hosts and out in the Le Haillan community. She says:

On the Friday evening, the Mayor and Council of Le Haillan hosted a splendid dinner for over 100 guests. Mayor Labiste welcomed the guests and stressed the importance of the twinning links to broaden cultural understanding and break down stereotypes. He handed me a limited edition engraving of Le Haillan to present to Enderby Parish Council on his behalf as well as a small personal gift for Cllr. Bartlett in resppnse to Cllr. Bartlett’s message of congratulations and of continuing support for the twinning asssociations.

A report of the event, complete with colour picture, appeared in Sud Quest, a daily newspaper with the third largest circulation in France!

Mayor Labiste is very keen to explore other opportunities for interaction between our two communities and called a meeting of both twinning committees and past chairmen during our stay.

Enderby Twinning Association agreed that it would be good to find other groups within both communities who might benefit from a cultural exchange, perhaps sporting, musical, heritage, business, etc.

During the Easter visit, the Association extended an invitation to Mayor Labiste and fellow Twinners to visit Enderby next year, probably at the end of May when it is hoped a suitable programme can be arranged to mark the 25 years since the signing of the Charter in Enderby.

The Enderby Twinning Association are working hard to raise their profile in Enderby and have agreed to support Blaby District Council’s “World Party” being staged in June. A photo display is shortly to be put up in the library and they are actively making links with Danemill Primary School and hope to support some of their future events.

The Association has recently placed over £1,200 of business with two Enderby companies, played skittles at the New Inn and last year ran a stall at the Enderby Village Fete. Julia Pritchard, a former parish councillor and active Twinner ensures the Association has regular reports in ‘The Journal’.


Anyone wishing to join the Association will be made very welcome.

You don’t have to speak French (though it helps!); having an open mind and willing to try new things is more important.

Please ring 0116 2848514 or 01455 209021 or email barbaraspence19@googlemail.com for a leaflet and further details or to arrange to meet the members.


Photo: DD Sud Quest - www.sudouest.fr/