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October 2018
Flint to become a referral veterinary practice?
Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council is considering a proposal for a change of use from retail to a referral vet practice.  Follow this link to read the details -

October 2018

Body found in search for missing Leicester man

A body has been found in the search for a missing 51-year-old man from Leicester.


October 2018
                               The 1976 Groby District Plan
Football, hockey, cricket, a sports pavilion/club house, 
tennis courts, bowling green and squash courts
Forty two years ago Groby was facing a period of significant growth and change.  Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council had a plan which set out a view of what the next phases of development could deliver.  Over the 42 years much has changed and much has stayed the same.  But was the planner's vision for open spaces, sport and recreation realised?


August 2018
Borough Council has £270,000 enforcement fund
A reader has drawn attention to an article in the Hinckley Times which said  that Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council  is prepared to consider meeting a £50,000  clear-up bill for a travellers site from a £270k council enforcement fund.  He asked the question why funds are available for this clear-up but not the Klondyke in Groby, where residents have been told they will have to pay the bill.  

The question was referred to Rob Parkinson, Director (Environment and Planning), who replied : "

 The Good Friday Site required active enforcement to remove the travellers who only vacated at the eleventh hour requiring immediate works to prevent reoccupation as directly accessed off the highway and then works to return the site to a field.  All these works were undertaken against an planning enforcement notice which had been served and was the culmination of nine years of legal action to remove the travellers from the site.  Cost recovery will be sought.  

I note the parallels your reader may wish to draw to the history of the Klondyke and I am sure the discussions relating to this site will continue."


August 2018
                               The 1976 Groby District Plan
Football, hockey, cricket, a sports pavilion/club house, 
tennis courts, bowling green and squash courts
Forty two years ago Groby was facing a period of significant growth and change.  Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council had a plan which set out a view of what the next phases of development could deliver.  Over the 42 years much has changed and much has stayed the same.  But was the planner's vision for open spaces, sport and recreation realised?





August 2018

Groby Library coffee shop 
is now open

Groby Library coffee shop is now open and serving hot and cold drinks along with a selection of mouthwatering cakes.

And it's open to everyone - you don't need to be a library member.  Read more


August 2018
Groby pharmacy  burgled
Groby Well pharmacy on Ratby Road was broken into on Sunday 12th August.  A replacement front entrance door is awaited and the business is trading as normal.

August 2018
Elderly man assaulted during Ratby burglary

Two men are reported to have entered the property in Groby Road, Ratby,  around 6.10pm on Saturday, August 4, making their way upstairs.  
A man and a woman were in the house at the time and when the man, who is in his 80s, went upstairs, he saw the two suspects who pushed him to the floor.  
 The suspects then left and n
othing was stolen in the incident.  
The two suspects are described as white, in their mid 20s and were wearing dark clothing.

Detective Constable Natasha Batstone said: “Nothing was taken in the incident but the man and woman have understandably been left very shaken. We are continuing to investigate the incident and are asking people to think back to where they were during the early evening of Saturday August 4.  
“We would also ask anyone who has CCTV or dashcam footage from the area at that time to check this to see if they can help us with our enquiries.”

Anyone with any information is asked to call 101 quoting incident 18000368787.

August 2018
New cycleway to Glenfield


Readers who noticed plant and machinery working on land off Sacheverell Way, opposite the Ratby Road end of Laundon Way, may have wondered what was going on. 

 “This is an infrastructure scheme to improve and link footpath network improvements to the Ivanhoe trail and to the Optimus industrial development in Glenfield, an outstanding planning condition for that development,” explained Councillor Peter Batty.




August 2018

Council finances are like a conjuror's balloon. When you squeeze one part the balloon either bursts or the air moves to another part that stretches to accommodate it. The financial pressures on local authorities have resulted in spending cuts year on year and the costs of services being pushed elsewhere.  


Mike Hall, Leader of Hinckley and Bosworth Borough believes the  proposals by Leicestershire County Council, to scrap all District and Borough councils and replace them with a unitary body, are ill conceived and not right for the residents of Hinckley and Bosworth.   Leicestershire's councils have a number of reservations as to the model proposed by the County Council and have agreed to work together to review the current model of local government.

More prescribing restrictions being considered

A review by our Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) last year revealed that the majority of people buy their own medicines to treat minor ailments and most people are willing or very willing to buy medicines for minor ailments and seek advice from their local pharmacist. Some prescribing restrictions were introduced in order that the cash saved could be used elsewhere in the NHS.  August 2018


New Doctor joins Groby Surgery
Dr Ghag is the new female Partner  at Groby Surgery, replacing Dr John who is moving from the area.  She started in July 2018 but has worked at other surgeries for a number of years as a salaried GP/locum.   August 2018

World Cup fever boosts 
early takings at Groby Street Fair 
When the date and time was announced for England vs Panama match in the World Cup it was anticipated that it would have an impact on attendance at this year's Groby Street Fair on June 24th.  With television coverage from early afternoon there was little doubt which event would take priority for many families.

This year, however, the Fair embraced the World Cup and replaced some of the attractions aimed at young children with Groby's very own Table Football Challenge.  And what a result -  a huge attraction enjoyed by visitors of all ages.

The afternoon TV coverage of the World Cup resulted in an early surge down on Markfield Road. In the first hour  more than 600 paying visitors passed through the admission gates, that's an incredible 10 every minute.  Stallholders were delighted and by 1pm one stallholder had sold her entire cake stock.  Through the rest of the afternoon visitors arrived at a slower, but steady, rate.  The gate volunteers were probably relieved that the peak had passed.

The line up for the Groby Street Fair on Sunday 24 June included lots of familiar names and a good helping of new ones. The main stage of earlier years was dispensed with and entertainment was be found throughout the Fair. It will be no surprise to hear that the popular Kevin Burke was back, supported by singers, dancers, barber shop singers and jazz.  The weather was superb with blue skies and sunshine all day, and traders continue to rate the Fair as one of the best and friendliest they attend.

Photographs of the 2018 event have now been added to the Street Fair website,  www.grobystreetfair.tk
August 2018


Groby resident appointed medical director at Worcestershire NHS Trust

A Groby resident, who is a national figure in learning disabilities and mental health care, has been appointed Medical Director at Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust.  June 2018


Groby Club prospers whilst others close their doors
Leicester was one of the leading centres for working men's clubs, many of which have now closed. The Groby Club, however, has bucked the trend, and has gone from strength to strength. Although the old club image has been pushed aside by a refit which has provided two comfortable bars, and a redesigned concert room, the old values associated with serving members and being at the heart of the community endure.


 You can check for roadworks on an online map                

There's lots of roadworks coming to Groby this spring, and you can check out the likely troublespots online.    March 2018



Groby Allotments -Assets of Community Value

Groby Allotment Society's application to have the two sites in the village nominated as Assets of Community Value has been successful.  Nov 2016



The Saturday morning Groby Tasters sessions at Groby URC continue to go from strength to strength. Villagers love  the informal environment and children's activities, but also the opportunity to chat over coffee




If you are one of the many in Groby who catch the bus into Leicester you may well walk from St Margaret's bus station up Short Street towards the centre.

November 2016

             

                     Klondyke - planning application for bungalow 

An application was made for "

the replacement of an existing dwelling with a new dwelling" at the Klondyke site on  Newtown Linford Lane.
    Follow the link for information.      November  2017


  Many elderly patients have yet to have the flu jab. October 2015
-   A new telephone system has been installed August 2015
-   £1 million medical centre is not going to happen Nov 2009


    
 Holly Cottage :  Rookery Lane 
planning            application refused

The developers decided to submit an application for an additional property on this  site, but the Borough council has refused it.  

Click 

 to read the reasons.  March 2018


 
A spokesperson for Arriva says that the level of service provided is one that is appropriate to customer demand and financially viable. He will, however, arrange for Arriva Inspectors to survey journeys through Groby and “undertake manual passenger counts to reconcile against the data we hold to ensure there are no anomalies, and also to investigate why customers might be standing if there are seats available.”  Sept 2017

Two officers from Leicestershire County Council who attended the Parish Council meeting in November confirmed that they do not have a resolution to the problem.  December 2016


When Arriva recently announced 'improvements' to the bus services on the Leicester to Coalville routes little was said about the withdrawal of the 28, which terminated in Groby.

Do we still need a bus stop outside the  Co-op?.

With the withdrawal of the 28 the bus stop outside the Co-op will only have only one bus an hour stopping there from Monday to Saturday and none on Sunday.


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How to report road problems to the County Council

As part of routine maintenance roads and pavements are inspected by the council at least once a year.  But residents can also report problems they see.    January 2017

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The BT Adopt a Kiosk scheme enables communities to take over a box for £1, but two Groby boxes are likely to be removed.   
January 2017




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What makes an award winning musician?

What is it that turns a good guitarist into an award winning guitarist? Dec 2016

   The man who painted Aynsley Lister

 Nottingham's Anthony Greentree is the man who painted local musician Aynsley Lister, artwork which has helped make Aynsley's latest album Eyes Wide Open even more special. 


In some ways the CD cover is a nostalgic look back to the days when the artistic expression on vinyl album covers often made them prized possessions.


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                Have you paid £24.50 for a £2 bus fare?

Have you booked a through ticket to travel by train to Luton Airport from Leicester? If you have take a check how much you have paid, as you may be entitled to a refund.

                        There's more -read how you can cut the cost of a trip to London

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Groby Library


      A new book from a former Groby librarian

Lisa, the former Groby librarian who writes under the name of Lisa Drakesford, has written a second book for young adult readers which is sure to appeal to older readers as well.  Read what she has to say about it and the hurdles you have to jump through to get a book published.   

 October 2017


-   Read about the transition to a voluntary community library

-   Exciting times at Groby Library   A look back at 2015  and forward to 2016

-  Invasion of the Santas   The Christmas fair and Mystery trail December2015 




                                       

Why are Bloors planting trees?

Readers may have been relieved to see that it was trees that were being planted in the field next to the cemetery, not foundations for houses.  But why are Bloors doing it?  Jan 2016



The food bank comes to Groby

Many readers who have been fortunate enough to enjoy all the treats that Christmas can bring may be surprised to hear the news that a new weekly food bank has opened its doors at Groby Village Hall.   Jan 2016


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See how Mike Pratt creates his 'Worlds Apart' artworks

YouTube Video


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 Mike Pratt is an amateur potter, artist and web designer for many years whose interests now lie in photography and computer graphics. 

His latest work which includes his highly original ‘Worlds Apart’ series. Watch the video to see how he creates each one. December 2015




Around 40 people were involved in a multi-agency emergency services exercise that was undertaken at Bluebell Quarry on Newtown Linford Lane. 



Groby Parish Council

 

--   Parish Council car park news  February 2016

--    Dovecote theft from Groby Cemetery     August 2016                  

- Do we need more allotments? Two options considered.
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Leisure and recreation


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                                                 Borough Council


- Recycling service - easy reference guide was attached to bins
- That recycling question.... The Borough Council responds
- Food hygieneRead about scores for Groby establishments.

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Schools in Groby


- Brookvale High School "outstanding" Read the Mercury story 
- Ofsted : Community College improves Read more
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The Klondike
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Do we need more allotments?  Two options considered.

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                                                                          Quarry Park
     -   The multi use games area has been completed. May 2015
     -    A business Plan for Quarry Park? September 2011
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                                                    Shopping       
       -  Budgens re-opened as a Co-op on October 1st 2015.
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Groby  Street Fair and Carnival Parade 
-     September 2015
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Groby's people


Click here to read about some of Groby's people - from ocean adventures to military heroism,  and from musical success to personal heartbreak.
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Yesterday's Groby

Click here to read about the year the M1 nearly came through Groby, the Time Team visit to the Old Hall, a fascinating picture of the Groby quarry workforce from 1861 through to 1911, and more.


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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).


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.
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Housing and Planning in Groby





- Rookery Lane homes approved Read the full planning decision

- Land next to Groby cemetery - Appeal dismissed More details 


- 2013 affordable housing survey  Draft report conclusions.



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 Leicestershire County Council
The lights are now back on part time

-  Sleepless nights for car crime victims  They want the lights back on .

A  scheme aims to help house buyers.

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 Conservation and environment


-   A view of old Groby that hasn't changed in 200 years.

-   Conservation area review  Read about the Borough Council  review. 

-   Green spaces consultation  March 2011



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Groby Spotlight links


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Scams
-   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
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Charities

-  New Rotary branch includes Groby  A new Rotary Club branch has been formed.  
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More news
  Parking meter at Stamford Arms introduced in August 2013.


-   Sewer plan will help householders 
  Read what it means for you.

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Planning issues


-   The Rookery Public Inquiry July 2013

-   Wind turbine row March2013
-   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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-   When is a plan not a plan?  
A  development  near Groby has been approved by Eric Pickles

-   The New Homes Bonus  
How will it work? 
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                              Groby bus services                                              
 

 -    Groby  bus timetables  Click to check the timetables.Click here for the story and more photos about the Malta bus service taken over by Arriva.
-   New bus service withdrawn March 2010
-   Arriva 26 -  should the route have changed  or the timetable? More
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-   Santa spotted in Groby    Watch the video.