Soar Valley Life – May / June 2019

Read the May / June 2019 issue of Soar Valley Life
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Onion Therapy Book Launch

Over 100 guests attended the launch of Paula Reed’s book, “Onion Therapy” on 5th May at Mountsorrel Memorial Centre.  The book was also co-written by Soar Valley Life’s Editor and Writers’ Coach, Steve Johns. Onion Therapy is the story of Paula’s life, looking for answers to the biggest health issues of our modern age. For the last ten years she has steered the Loughborough Cancer Self Help Group, one of the oldest groups of its type in the UK, and Paula is the current chairperson. Her personal story tells of her childhood; losing her Mother to cancer when she was
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Stoneywell Cottage

On the 15thApril at the Woodhouse Eaves Village Hall The Friends of the Charnwood Forest had a talk on Stoneywell Cottage, and, in particular, its gardens. Mr Roy Mitchell started the story of Stonewell’s history with a list of personalities and some statistics. Apparently the Cottage came into existance when, through an arrangement with a local farmer, the land was exchanged for a farm house designed and built by the Gimsons. Later an adjoining patch of wood was purchased. The Gimson family were part of the Arts and Crafts movement which was a reaction to the industry of Victorian Britain.
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Leicester’s Phoenix awarded £4 million

towards expansion plan by Arts Council England Investment brings Phoenix closer to its fundraising target Phoenix cinema and art centre is delighted to have received confirmation that Arts Council England will invest £4 million of National Lottery money towards Phoenix 2020 – its plans to expand its current building and become a four screen independent cinema by 2020. The plans will see a 1,200 square metre extension added to the existing building. This will make space for two further cinema screens; a larger and more prominent digital art gallery with an atrium; a bigger café bar; and new spaces for
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Feeling blue at Steps

Staff and children at the Steps Centre for Conductive Education wore blue clothing to raise awareness for Conductive Education week. The centre in Shepshed offers a free service for children who have movement-limiting conditions such as Down’s syndrome and cerebral palsy. The centre also supports the families of the children who attend sessions from across all areas of the East Midlands. Conductive Education is the name given to a remarkable programme which helps children who are differently abled to develop their physical, cognitive, emotional and social skills, enabling them to live as independently as possible. It was founded in the mid-fifties by Professor Peto in
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Leicestershire’s Definitive Community Publication

Soar Valley Life was recently featured in SME News, being described as Leicestershire’s Definitive Community Publication, highlighting  Soar Valley Life’s recognition in the 2018 Midlands Enterprise Awards as the Best Community News Publication in Leicestershire. Naturally we’re delighted with this award.  The article went on to state: “Soar Valley Life Magazine is a community publication currently delivered to 34,000 homes and businesses every two months in and around the borough of Charnwood, and Leicestershire, covering postcodes LE5, LE7, LE11 and LE12. In early October, the publication was recognised in SME News Magazine’s 2018 Midlands Enterprise Awards as the Best Community
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EA-ZY ADZ

Have you seen the new EA-ZY ADZ in the latest issue of Soar Valley Life? The all new Business Directory section has been introduced to provide a simple, affordable way to promote any business to the people living in the Soar Valley of Leicestershire.  There is just one size and style of advert which effectively states who you are, what your business does and how to get in touch with you. The adverts cost only £20 (plus VAT) per month, which is the equivalent of £1 per 1000 households.  We believe this to be the lowest priced advertising per letterbox
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Female Employee of the Year award

The work of Leicester based charity, Hope Against Cancer, has been recognised once again after winning an award at the Enterprising Women Awards 2019 night. These awards are held for women who go above and beyond to reach the goals of the company/organisation they work for. The night was supported by the East Midlands Chamber, at the Derbyshire County Cricket Club. The short listers attendeda gala dinner and the evening was hosted by Midlands ITV newsreader Sameena Ali-Khan. The night was fittingly held on 8th March which was International Women’s Day. Hope Against Cancer’s Corporate & Events Fundraiser, Tracey Hallam
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A GREAT Success

The GREAT Project helps over 400 participants The Getting Ready for Employment and Training (GREAT) Project is designed to help individuals who are part of families, and unemployed, move towards work or training. Through a variety of sessions delivered by partners and Employment Coordinators, participants are given support to overcome any barriers they face. The GREAT Project has been supporting individuals into work or training for the last two years, and as it enters into its third year, the project has signed up and supported over 400 participants. The GREAT Project still needs to engage with more participants before reaching
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Rowing Club Teams up with JHMT

to provide community defibrillator A rowing club, a running club, local councillors and a local heart charity have all teamed up to get a new community defibrillator in place in the Westcotes area of Leicester. The new defib – which is situated next to the main entrance of Leicester Rowing Club, on Upperton Road – is available for use 24/7, whenever it is needed. It has been funded by the rowing club along with donations from running club the West End Runners – which meets at the rowing club on Wednesday evenings – and Westcotes ward community funding. Ward community
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