Festival of Archaeology

Discover your local heritage with the Festival of Leicestershire and Rutland Archaeology. Saturday 29th June – Sunday 28th July, 2019 This summer, help celebrate the rich and fascinating heritage of our two counties. Explore the archaeology of your local area, watch experts at work and experience the excitement of archaeology with have-a-go events. On Saturday 29th June the Leicestershire and Rutland Festival of Archaeology – the UK’s biggest archaeology festival – begins; and with over 80 events planned over four weeks, this year’s event promises to be bigger and better than before. The Festival has something for everyone, with family
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Top Gardening Tips for March and April

Protect new spring shoots It is amazing how quickly slugs can munch their way through young shoots. I prefer to use organic slug pellets that are kinder to wildlife. I put them out early in March before any sign of damage to plants. The pellets are a bait and will therefore attract  slugs. It is best to put them where the slugs are likely to be hiding during the day as opposed to next to the plant you are trying to protect. Use them sparsely, you only need a few per square meter. Alternatively try using Nematodes, a biological control
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VAL Awarded Funding

VAL wins Connect Fund bid to support local charities to secure social investment funding Voluntary Action LeicesterShire (VAL) has been awarded £18,200 through the £3 million Connect Fund programme to promote social investment, a means of funding which could be vital to the future of the local Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) sector. The Connect Fund is managed by the Barrow Cadbury Trust in partnership with Access – the Foundation for Social Investment. It is designed to strengthen the infrastructure of the social investment market in England to better meet the needs of a wider range of charities and
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Set in Stone

If you’ve been following the progress of our little extension at Burton Towers on our Facebook page, you’ll understand the relevance of the title and content of this month’s editors’ letter… In the early years of the 20th century a new Wesleyan chapel was built at the top of Wash Lane in Ravenstone. As still happens today donors could have a brick bearing their name built into the walls. Eight brothers and sisters of the Hewes family—which is Mary’s maiden name— each purchased a brick for the Wash Lane Chapel wall. The Chapel was knocked down in later years as
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Soar Valley Life – March / April 2019

Read the March / April 2019 issue of Soar Valley Life
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Alex’s Wish Conquering Duchenne!

Alex’s Wish is a local charity based in the heart of Leicestershire and was set up in late 2012 by Emma and Andy Hallam, parents to Alex – after whom the charity was named. Alex was just two weeks away from his fourth birthday when he was diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, an aggressive form of Muscular Dystrophy that affects 1 in every 3,500 boys born and results in total paralysis. Every single muscle is destroyed in their bodies due to a lack of protein and it affects the heart and lungs as these are muscles too. Two families per week
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Syston Model Railway Club Homeless

Syston Model Railway Society are urgently looking for a new home after a recent electrical and safety inspection found the club rooms dangerous and unsafe. The Club have enjoyed over 30 years of building model railways at the Old School, Melton Road, Thurmaston but this will now have to be vacated. Various members layouts have appeared in national magazines and one Club layout, Horse Cove, is due to appear in a national magazine in the near future. Over the last 25 years the Club have organised a very popular model railway exhibition currently in Sileby, Leicestershire. Over the past 8 years nearly £3000 has been donated to local
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Inspire Awards for four more sporting young people

A dedicated young swimmer, a talented basketball player, a promising cross-country runner and a cyclist who shares her skills with others are among the latest recipients of Inspire Awards from the Joe Humphries Trust (JHMT). Inspire Awards are small grants handed out to young people by local charity the JHMT to help them achieve their goals. Twenty-year-old Megan Morrison from Quorn in Leicestershire is looking to be in the best possible shape for several open meets in 2019, including the British Swimming Championships and the British Summer Nationals in Glasgow. Megan has been swimming since she was five, and impressed
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And finally – here is a summery of the nudes

It can be exasperating watching television and relying on subtitles for explanation. When  you are hard of hearing, it is occasionally quite funny when words incorrectly captioned construe a totally different interpretation to the one the newswriter intentioned.   But, add it to all the other frustrations that the deaf and those suffering from loss of hearing shoulder and you realise how difficult it is for us to make sense of communication. Sometimes, the subtitles trail so far behind that the task is abandoned and  the viewer left  with a tantalizing message such as ………      “as a result, Alice Meadows, a nurse
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Girlguiding in the 21st Century

Girlguiding is the leading charity for girls and young women in the UK, empowering nearly half a million girls across the UK to be their best and face the challenges of growing up today. They’ve been doing this through adventure, friendship and fun for over 100 years. In the Soar Valley Life area, Girlguiding has almost 2,400 active members. To keep these members safe while enjoying fantastic Girlguiding experiences there are over 550 trained adult volunteers who lead or support nearly 120 units locally. Rainbows are 5­7 years old, Brownies are 7­10, Guides are 10­14 and Rangers are 14­18 years
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