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November 12 2016

The Groby Victorian Christmas Street Fair

“Over the last five years Groby has held very successful Street Fairs,” said a spokesperson for the Committee, “but we now feel that is is time to move on. This year we will be holding a Victorian Christmas Street Fair. It will come as no surprise that this won't be a summer event and we have chosen Saturday November 12th.”




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.


Bargain Booze coming to Groby?,

Groby might soon be getting another outlet for wines and beers.  An unconfirmed report suggests that bargain Booze may be opening a branch at the former Barclay bank premises at 28 Ratby Road. 

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.

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

Did you vote for Aynsley Lister by the June 30 deadline?

Voting has now closed for the 2016 British Blues Awards Aynsley Lister e won  awards in 2014 and 2015 including “Guitarist of the Year” category.  What could he win in 2016?


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




A consultation on the proposals will last for four weeks until Friday June 10.
To have your say visit  :    www.leicestershire.gov.uk/A50



Departure stands renamed at St Margaret's bus station
The new Haymarket Bus Station in Leicester  opened on Sunday 8th May.  
The new bus station has 23 departure bays compared with 12 at the old station.  In addition d
eparture stands are being renamed  at St Margaret's bus station
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 Click  the service numbers below to check the timetables.
   Groby buses are affected as follows - 
Stand SJ serves services  26, 27 and 28
    
Stand SK serves services 29A and 29X  May 2016

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.





More than 2,000 people gave their views in Hinckley and Bosworth with 73% supporting an increase in Council Tax rather than the introduction of a charge for the collection of garden waste.  Nevertheless the council has approved a £24 brown bin charge at it's February meeting. 


   
                               

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. 


More investment for the BMX?

The Parish Council is considering what essential maintenance is needed at the Groby BMX track. The signs of wear and tear are showing and some remedial work is required. The track is a good recreational facility but the recurring question is how it could be made even better with increased community involvement. Feb 2016


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. 


Britain's best blues guitarist lives in Markfield

Groby's Aynsley Lister has recently been voted Britain's Best Blues Guitarist. November 2015 


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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- 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.