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Next Groby Street Fair Sunday June 24 2018
  

 Challenging times for the Parish Council 

These are challenging times for the Parish Council as they deal with a number of controversial issues.  There are currently vacancies for Parish Councillors and a chance to meet informally with some current members at the Village Hall on the afternoon of Saturday December 9th.

An application has been made for "

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




Vandals hit 
 Quarry Park

Leicestershire police are appealing for help in tracing those who  vandalised Quarry park on Saturday 28th October 2017. 
October 2017

    
 Holly cottage :  New Rookery         Lane 
planning application

The developers decided to submit an application for an additional property on this  site . No work is proposed to the established hedge, which will be retained and maintained. Two allocated parking spaces can be provided and rear access from the parking bays gives accessibility to the potential new property. The front entrance is accessed by side steps and it is intended to retain the existing stone wall at the front. The planning reference is 17/00982/FUL.  October 2017




      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


On Saturday 9th December at the Village Hall  three events will come together at the venue -

  • the Christmas Tree Lights Switch On Ceremony

  • Bradgate Rotary's afternoon tea, stalls and Santa visit

  • Parish Council Open Day   Sept 2017

Roles such as Treasurer, Secretary, Bookings Manager and Entertainment Co-ordinator will need to be filled and a meeting has been arranged for Tuesday 26th September for anyone who wants to ensure the continuation of the Street Fair to find out more.
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Arriva says passengers have to stand on “odd occasions only”

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
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The flu clinic dates for your diary are September 29th between 8.30 – 12.30pm if you want to ring and pre-book an appointment, or October 7th if you want the flexibility of dropping in anytime between 8.30am and 13.00pm. If you are ringing to book an appointment please telephone after 11.00am.  Read more in the Groby Surgery Patients Group Newsletter.

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Accident on Ratby Road


Police and an ambulance attended a road traffic accident at Ratby Road.  Although this section of the road has been the subject of controversy because of the parking problems it is not known whether this was a contributory factor.

3 July 2017



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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. 



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New twist in the Affordable Housing Controversy
Groby Parish Council was dismayed by the response of the Borough Council (HBBC) to the Freedom of Information request and now there's news of where the money has gone.  May 2017
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Physiotherapist acts over online wine sales application


Residents were taken by surprise by a notice that appeared on the window of the former Barclays Bank branch on Ratby Road about a licence application from  Gem Wines to sell wine online from the premises.
March 2017


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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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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

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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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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


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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.  November 2016

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                                          Groby BMX has £2500 makeover

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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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Goodbye PC Ian Wardle

Just as his work in the village was starting to yield results the news came that he was moving on.    Find out why... June 2016





Speed on 'notorious' stretch of A50 reduced to 40mph




Groby Library



-   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 



March 2016

The cardiac Centre of Excellence on your doorstep

Groby's Terry Finnigan  promotes the research work being undertaken at Leicester's hospitals.

                                       

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


                 Don't forget to take your pills March 2016

                 Should you have a pneumonia jab?Feb 2016


  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

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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

      A Neighbourhood 

         Plan for Groby?

At the November Parish Council meeting it was suggested that a Steering Group should be set up. Watch a short explanatory video then click the link to go to read the article November 2015 .            

 

--   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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Newtown Linford Lane meadow
-   Groby Meadow CIC - What has been achieved in 2014.
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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.