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August 2015
New improvement plan for Groby Club
A planning application has been  approved by Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council.

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An image of a suspect Leicestershire police wish to identify and trace in connection with an aggravated burglary has been published. The suspect and a second man are wanted after a burglary at a house in Groby around 10.30pm on Thursday 6 August, when they entered the property and threatened the occupants who are both in their 60’s.

August 2015
Tesco Free From Belgium Chocolate Wafers recalled 
Some Tesco Free From Belgium Chocolate Wafers may potentially have low levels of Salmonella present. As a precautionary measure, Tesco is recalling the product (all date codes).  Return the product to store for a full refund will be given. No receipt is required. For further details  contact Customer Services on:  0800 505 555

August 2015
Leicestershire police are investigating a burglary at the rifle club on Newtown Linford Lane during the early hours of Thursday 6 August.  They believe it took place  between 4.15am and 5.30am.  More than 30 rifles were stolen from a secure room at the club which consisted of air pistols, air rifles and Rimfire target rifles.

August 2015
There are still hopes that the Compulsory Purchase plan can be revived and a leisure use found for the land. A home for Groby Juniors Football Club is one of the suggestions being made.

August 2015
On Saturday 12th September from 10am, we are holding an open day at the library. Alongside information and the volunteers on hand to update you on how we see the future of the library and the exciting opportunities which come with it, we will be holding a fund raising event. There will be face painting, live music, refreshments, cakes, a book stall, craft stalls, raffle prizes, children's games crafts and lots more.  Janet Bishop

August 2015

Time limits on parking at Quarry Park?

The improved parking facilities at Quarry Park were provided for the benefit of residents visiting the facilities including the new Multi Use Games Area. It was perhaps inevitable that with Martinshaw School and GE Druck within easy walking distance the car park would attract the interest of those not visiting the park.  A 3 hour limit is being considered.


August 2015

New telephone system for Groby Surgery

A new telephone system due to be installed at the surgery within the next couple of months will provide an opportunity to improve the appointment booking service.  

August 2015

Do you know where Groby Junction is?

August is the middle of the holiday season and no doubt a number of readers will be visiting North Wales. Most will probably be unaware of the link between a small village near Blaenau Ffestiniog and Groby, but the fact that they are both in quarrying areas should be a good enough clue.

Barclays bank permanently closed,

At long last Barclays have confirmed that their branch at the corner of Ratby Road and Fir Tree Lane is permanently closed.  Account holders will have probably seen the notices on the windows and received notification of the closure which the bank says is the result of a declining customer base and an impending renegotiation of their lease of the premises. 

Radio Leicester visits the Quarry Park MUGA

 It came as a surprise to hear presenter Julie Mayer back in Groby on July 5th. Once the clues were decoded they led Julie to the Multi Use Games Area (MUGA) recently opened on the Quarry Park recreation area.


July 2015

People are being reminded that work begins in July 2015 on the first stage of a multi-million pound project to improve road links into the city from the north west of Leicestershire.  On Monday, July 13, work started on the North West Leicester Transport Scheme, which will focus on improving roads and junctions along the A50 corridor, between the A46 Western Bypass and the A563 outer ring road.

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Co-op set to take over from Budgens
The diminishing stock levels at Budgens Supermarket are in preparation for its closure on 24th July. It is understood that the store will then be refurbished, the floor area may be reduced, and within 6 to 8 weeks it will re-open as a Co-op foodstore. The Co-op Village Store on Leicester Road will be unaffected as the Laundon Way store will not be part of the Central England group but will be part of another part of the group that recently closed their store in the Haymarket shopping centre.

 
  Booker to buy Budgens and Londis for £40M

The Booker Group, the UK’s largest cash and carry wholesaler, has agreed to buy Budgens and Londis for £40M.   Full background 
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At 6.34am on Monday 6th June 2014 Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service received a call to attend at GE Druck on Fir Tree Lane. This was to be the start of a day unlike any other that most employees or residents had experienced. A day in which a 5 litre spillage of nitric acid led to a fire which was large and hazardous and was only prevented from becoming a major incident by the teamwork of crews from nine fire stations across the county. (Photo courtesy of Leicester Mercury).

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On Friday 29 May  Groby saw representatives from Groby Village amongst many others do laps of the village over a period of 24 hours to raise money for Blesma, The Limbless Veterans and Help for Heroes. More details
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A Free School for Groby?          

The Avanti Schools Trust is considering opening  a non-fee paying, co-educational Avanti Farm School  in September 2016.  A site in 'north Leicester' is a possibility.


Click here if you want to read more and see the proposed site plan 

A planning application has been submitted to demolish an existing mobile classroom unit and replace it with a new classroom with associated staff room extension and additional car parking.

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The Parish Council Planning Committee had concerns about the proposal for new homes,alterations and extensions to number 20 Rookery Lane, b
ut the Borough Council  approved the application as it considered that the proposed development would be in accordance with the development plan and it would contribute to the current shortfall in housing supply in Groby.  Read the full decision for application ref  
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2015 election results - see the details here

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You've missed an  invitation to the exhibition

Although the works of Norman Ellis seem to be tucked away in the museum archives there was an opportunity to see some locally at the Leicester Sketch Club exhibition at the New Walk Museum.  Read how he paid some bills with paintings instead of cash.  Read more


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 MUGA open

Construction of the multi use games area at Quarry Park is underway and the work has been  completed.  The grant funding hasn't yet materialised so the Parish Council has arranged what it hopes will be a temporary loan from the Public Works Board May 2015

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Library Business Plan approved

The group being formed to run Groby Library as a community service received a boost  with the news that the Business Plan prepared and submitted by David Ryan has been approved by Leicestershire County Council.  One of the latest ideas for the library is setting up a Jigsaw library.


Read about the retirement of Dr Gajebasia



 Groby cash machine ram raid reward



BTEC course aimed at new drivers
A  course designed to reduce young driver risk is being organised at Groby Community College.

 New pub garden
An extended garden  behind the Blacksmith's Cottage on Rookery Lane was opened on 3 June 2015. 

Read Which and your favourite magazines free online .



Borough scheme aims to reduce the problem and encourage the public to report incidents

Decision made on garden waste charge

Residents  will not have to pay £30 a year for collections in 2015/16.  


Street Fair Carnival Parade
The 2015 Street Fair on June 20th  included a Carnival Parade

R125 footpath at Markfield Road opened

The footpath from the Martinshaw School, Quarry Park and the Scout Hut area to Markfield Road near the junction with the A50 has now been re-opened.  The footpath has been  granted a Definitive Map Modification Order.

The re-opening follows a long drawn out procedure to challenge the closure.  "We are pleased with the decision that was reached in the end," said a spokesperson for those who campaigned against the closure.  " We would ask that all users respect the property of those who live there, pick up after their dogs and leave no litter."  Part of the footpath runs along the private access drive for vehicles to houses on a narrow lane, so users should exercise care when using the route.  November 2014

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News from Groby Meadow CIC - An update from Alistair Cooper about what has been achieved in 2014.
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Aynsley Lister 2014 Awards success
Read about  Aynsley's success in the  British Blues Awards. 
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Housing in Groby
Bloor Homes appeal
Planning Inspector John Chase has dismissed the appeal against the decision of the Borough Council to refuse permission to build  next to Groby cemetery.  The Green Wedge played a critical role in the decision. More details 

Affordable housing on the Klondike? Suggested at
 the September 2014 Parish Council meeting. 
 
2013 affordable housing survey
  Read the conclusions of the draft report.

OAP housing plan for Groby
After years of under use a plot of land acquired by the Borough Council decades ago is at last to be developed.  The land behind Victoria Cottages on Ratby Road has an access from Martinshaw Lane which was the subject of a compulsory purchase order some years ago.  The Borough Council's Chief Executive has confirmed to Cllr Peter Batty that a developer partner is to be commissioned by the end of 2014 to build this OAP bungalow scheme  as one of 3 priority Borough Council funded schemes to be delivered in 2015.   
“ The site has been identified as a potential development site for 11 dwellings, subject to the appropriate planning consents," explained a council spokesperson.  "The council hopes to appoint a development partner by November to take this project forward.”

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 Read about the discussion that surrounded the proposed route it would take through Leicestershire.

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Street lighting
A Groby couple who live in the Quorndon Rise/Garendon Way area who called for Leicestershire County Council to switch the lights back on are advising householders to be aware of the risk of theft.

The lights are now back on from dusk until midnight and 5.30am to dawn.
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Groby Sings news  
The choir  will be holding their next concert on June 27 and 28th.

Read why an  easy reference guide has been attached to  blue-lidded recycling bins in Groby.

GE thanks Groby's residents after fire
"Although your own lives were disrupted as a result of the fire and the street closures, you still opened your hearts and homes to those involved in the incident," said GE Druck's site manager, Ryan Crocker.  Read the Leicester Mercury report.  Groby village centre was closed off on the morning of Monday June 9th following a fire at the premises.   Answers wanted - Read another  report.

A team which included local residents has taken part in a Trans-Atlantic yacht race called the ARC Europe, on board the Ballytrim. They sailed from the British Virgin Islands,to the mid-Atlantic Azores.
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Schools
Brookvale High School "outstanding"     
Ofsted : Community College improves 
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Arriva 26 - what should have been changed - the route or the timetable? Read more.

Who was painter Norman Ellis?  
Some  Norman Ellis paintings feature Groby.  But who was he?

Compulsory Purchase ?  
The Bosworth Borough Council voted to support this proposal. 

New Rotary branch includes Groby  A new Rotary club is being formed  in the Groby area.   
A trailer or a new vehicle for the Parish Council?  
Some solutions have been suggested. 

What do you want for your birthday? You may find this scheme rewarding.  


Broadband

Would you pay the Cryptolocker ransom? Cryptolocker is ransomeware - would you pay?
 Cold call computer support  It could be a scam. Read all about it and stay safe
County Council spending consultation 2013    Take a look at the results

Parking meter at Stamford Arms   Read why parking charges were introduced inAugust 2013.


Councillor Bill Crooks, Executive Member for Rural Affairs at the Borough Council has praised the new garden opened in July 2013. "It is an excellent facility that will benefit the whole village," he said. "It is far better than any memorial garden I have seen and it’s something that the Parish Council and Groby residents should be proud of. Everyone concerned has worked really hard to obtain sponsorship and funding and their efforts are reflected in the superb quality of the finished garden."

Yesterday's Groby


Phil Symons recalls how he and friend John Hughes took a nostalgic trip through Groby - 50 years after they met at school.

A family history website provides a fascinating picture of the Groby quarry workforce from 1861 through to 1911. The Studiey focuses on the workers and their jobs at the granite quarries of Charnwood Forest.  The link is at the end of the article.


Follow the link and you'll find out...



Everyone  enjoyed the Time Team visit to the Old Hall in Groby and the programme eventually broadcast in April 2011. The archaeologists and the owners of the Hall were pleased to  learn more about the site. But for Philippa Gregory it was all a bit more personal.



Gardening


Read about Matthew's journey from his childhood in Leicester to the People's Gardener, a journey that took him to the prestigious Royal Botanic Garden in Kew.

Two options considered.

Will you pay £15 for your brown bin to be emptied?
The Borough Council considered  charging for the service from 2013. 



Groby's people


The remarkable story of an act of heroism by the late Peter Randall, a former Groby parish councillor.


Three Groby men make a nostalgic visit to see a Lancaster bomber



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 Locally based blues/rock star Aynsley Lister and his  fiancée/manager  Steph Wildey have  launched their own record label,  Straight Talkin’ Records.
 



Read about Councillor Martin Cartwright, the first from Groby to accept the post of Mayor at Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council.
 
He raised
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is year as Mayor .  
 



After a year of emotional highs and lows  the Groby couple who appealed for an egg donor were matched with a donor and started treatment.  But there was more heartache to follow.


Leisure


Ann Duggan, who lives just up the road and has played at the Stamford, loves vintage clothes as well as music.







If you have seen Wreckless Venture at one of their Stamford Arms gigs you may have recognised their lead singer.  Groby's Jim Coley balances his many interests with serving on the Parish Council









Local residents tell of holiday disasters - a weekend cruise that went badly wrong and a visit to a festival in Valencia







After three days Aynsley Lister and his partner Steph arrive at Bridlington having completed their charity cycle ride.



The Groby Boxing Club was a bold initiative that was never realised.



The story behind the BMX track












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Planning

Everards Brewery has demolished The Brant Inn to make way for   dwellings.   Read more and more.


The chill wind that blows from Westminster
The latest developments in the Bloors saga
     or the full decision document and  earlier articles.
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The row over the granting of planning permission
The Rookery Public Inquiry
An application to use premises in the Rookery for heavy goods vehicles was withdrawn at the hearing at the Field Head Hotel on Thursday June 13th 2013. The premises can still be used for storage and a domestic workshop.


A  development of houses  near Groby has been approved by Eric Pickles. 

The scheme will provide local authorities with a New Homes Bonus, equal to the national average for the council tax band on each additional property.   But how will it work? 

A Village design statement for Groby? This archive article looks at the benefits.

Groby in Bloom  disbanded in 2011 after years of work  in  the village. 

The new regulations about sewer ownership and maintenance  have come into effect.  Read what it means for you.  


 
 Groby  bus timetables
Click  to check the  timetables.  This isn't one of the buses on the Groby route, it's the Malta bus service taken over by Arriva.  Click here for the story and more photos.

Conservation and environment


A view of the old part of Groby hasn't changed in 200 years.  See where it is...
Read about the Borough Council  review of the Conservation Area in Groby. 

This article looks at the investigation into the pollution incident in 2008.  

The Inspector explains why the land owned by Bloors next to the village cemetery should not be registered as a Village Green.

What does the Borough Council have to say in response to the questions over the recycling collection service?

Manrique campaigned to protect the environment of Lanzarote.  Does Groby need someone to do the same for our open spaces?

There's a change to the policy to permit the development of truckstops.


 A mystery has been resolved by someone being in the right place at the right time. 


Changes to charges for library computers have not generated the expected income.

A County Council scheme aims to help house buyers.