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Grobylinx - the quick way to find local telephone numbers and web links


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






County Council has no solution to Ratby Road parking problems

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

What makes an award winning musician?

The music industry is overflowing with talented artists and over the past 60 years there has been a revolution in the standard of musicianship. But what is it that turns a good guitarist into an award winning guitarist? Dec 2016



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. One side of this narrow street has the rather ugly backs of the Churchgate shops and bars, the other a boarded development site. Pretty grim.

November 2016


Groby Allotment sites listed as 

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. The sites will be included on the register held by the Borough Council for five years and a restriction is also included against the entries on the Land Registry record.  November 2016


Physio coming to Groby?,

 A planning application for a change of use has been made for the former Barclay bank premises at 28 Ratby Road.   It's for a change of use from bank to physiotherapy & natural health clinic.

 GrobyVictorian Street Fair

Never mind the rain -  these smiles say it was worth the effort!



There were no Christmas street lights  for the Groby Victorian Christmas Street Fair on Saturday November 12th. The organisers had thought that if the lights were on it would add to the atmosphere of the event, though they appreciated it might be a sensitive issue as it is being held the day before the Annual Service of Remembrance. Informal consultations indicated that most would have no objection but there were some who felt it was inappropriate.  Santa arrived as promised and residents braved the wet weather.



                                             The man who painted Aynsley Lister

Examples of Nottingham's Anthony Greentree's work will be dropping through letterboxes not just in this country but abroad as well. The reason is that he 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.






Price frozen for garden waste service 

The price for Hinckley & Bosworth’s highly successful garden waste collection service has been frozen at £24 for at least the next two years for customers who sign up to pay by direct debit.


Groby BMX to get £2500 makeover


They say that what goes around comes around. In this case this doesn't refer to the BMX cyclists but the Parish Council discussions about what is to be done with the track. It's been discussed before and at the August meeting but in September it was agreed to spend £2500 on maintenance.

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


Thieves have sawn off and stolen the dovecote from Groby cemetery. The  Chair of the Parks and Cemetery Committee summed up her thoughts in just a few words - “How low can they go?”

Goodbye PC Ian Wardle

A policeman walking the streets of Groby will have made many residents think they had stepped into a time warp and been transported back to the 20th century. Sadly they had not been given a new lease of life, they had just seen the proactive approach to policing practised by PC Ian Wardle. And just as his work in the village was starting to yield results the news comes that he is being moved on.   June 2016





Speed on 'notorious' stretch of A50 to be 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

Terry Finnigan had life saving heart surgery and now promotes the research work being undertaken at Leicester's hospitals.




   
                               

As February arrived so did the diggers at Stamford Drive car park. It has been transformed from a partially grass and weed infested area to a pristine surface at a cost of £22,000. 



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

Can you help the Food Bank with a small storage facility?

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

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Groby's Mike Pratt is an amateur potter, artist and web designer for many years whose interests now lie in photography and computer graphics.At the Community Library Christmas Fair he displayed 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 .            

 

                             

- 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.


- 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 site has been identified as a potential development site for 11 dwellings, subject to the appropriate planning consents," explained a council spokesperson. 


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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.