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Charging points coming to district

The twelve 7kw twin chargers will be placed in car parks across the district to increase Council’s car park offering and ensure electric vehicles are accessible to all, especially residents who may not have access to a charging point at home.

Charging points will be located in: Leicester Road, Narborough; Weavers Court, Narborough; and Enderby Road, Blaby

More information about Blaby District Council’s Climate Change Strategy can be found on <>.
24 electric vehicle charging bays will be installed across the district after the Council secured £77,000 in grant funding. The project is hoped to be completed by spring 2021 and forms part of Blaby District Council’s commitment to developing a comprehensive electric vehicle charging infrastructure, a key point in the Council’s Carbon Neutral Action Plan.

The funding for the project has come from the Office of Low Emission Vehicles and their On-street residential chargepoint scheme. The rest of the funding will come from Electric Blue Ltd, who will oversee and manage the installation of the chargers.

Thank you South Leicestershire for supporting Marie Curie

The South Leicestershire Fundraising Group formed over ten years ago and, through various fundraising events, has since gone on to raise over £81,000!

In these strange and different times many charities have had to stop their public ways of fundraising in the community. Gone are the days when you could spot a Marie Curie collector wearing their brightly coloured Daffodil hat. Sadly, people will continue to be diagnosed with terminal illnesses and, if they can, will still choose to be cared for at home. The local Marie Curie Nurses will still be on call to help and support them and there is now a specialist Support Service available by calling 0800 090 2309 (Monday to Friday 8am to 6pm, Saturday and Sunday 11am to 5pm. Calls are free from landlines and mobiles. Your calls may be recorded for training and monitoring purposes).

The South Leicestershire Fundraising Group is embracing a new way of fundraising and have set up a Just Giving page to continue to support the Marie Curie nurses. They hope that it will not be too long before you start seeing those golden coloured daffodil hats again but, until then, if you would like to support the charity please visit:
“We plan to dig a number of 1m square test-pits across the park to investigate the many earthworks. Pottery and other artefacts collected during the dig will help us identify what type of activity was going on and when it was taking place. Digging archaeological test-pits is great fun and is perfect for people of all ages and abilities.

“You don’t need to have any previous archaeological experience, you just need to be enthusiastic, happy to be outdoors digging and sieving soil and washing finds, and curious about the park’s history. The dig will hopefully paint a picture of what life was like on this park in the past. We’re encouraging anyone interested to sign up and enjoy what promises to be a great weekend!

The Council is excited to welcome anyone who wants to take part in the community dig. Those interested in joining are asked to register with the project team to ensure volunteers receive the latest updates and information by emailing <> or call 0116 275 0555.
The much-anticipated community dig at Bouskell Park in Blaby will take place in April 2021, as part of Blaby District Council’s renovation of the Ice House. A community archaeological dig on the site will be the first opportunity for the park’s history to be uncovered, and the project will be in partnership with the University of Leicester’s Archaeological Services team.

Taking place across the weekend of Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 April, the Council is keen to hear from local volunteers and schools about joining the project to help on the dig. Along with the Ice House project, a community dig had been originally scheduled for the summer, before the recent pandemic delayed plans.

Work on the historic ice house, which dates back to 1843, is currently underway. Once finished the site will be accessible to the public and visitors to the park on special guided tours to learn about the ice house’s history.

Mathew Morris, Project Officer for University of Leicester Archaeological Services, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for the local community to find out more about their park’s history. Anyone familiar with Bouskell Park will know it is covered in curious humps and bumps.

“These are thought to be the remains of part of the medieval village which was deliberately cleared when the parkland around Blaby Hall was extended. This has never been investigated before and, if true, is an important part of the village’s history.

Bouskell Park dig date announced

During these uncertain times it may feel as if we are living in a parallel universe when we consider how we used to conduct our lives just some six months ago. Folk suddenly found themselves unable to continue to enjoy their various activities and suddenly found they had no opportunity for social interaction. Clubs and classes had to close and Leicestershire Speakers was no exception when they found themselves muted by Covid19 restrictions.  

We refuse to be silenced! Although not having been able to meet since before Christmas we hope that we will soon be able to meet once again and enjoy some fun-filled meetings.

Leicestershire Speakers is a club that has been going for at least twenty-five years, meeting on the second Wednesday of each month at the Drop-in Centre in Blaby. Over the years we have welcomed people of all ages and walks of life.

The fundamental purpose of our club is to encourage people to speak in public with confidence, and provide an opportunity for personal development. We offer mentoring and give constructive advice. Coming to Leicestershire Speakers would be a good vehicle for students to come along to learn to speak out with confidence especially if they wish to go on to university and wish join the university society.

We found that members came along for many varied reasons - amongst many was the father of the bride who wished to do his daughter proud when delivering his speech at her wedding. Then we had one member who had been elected to the chairmanship of a particular club and he wanted to be able to stand up and speak confidently without hesitation or repetition (perhaps this may ring a bell)! He was successful.
Our meetings are light-hearted but also educational; sometimes perhaps the people in the neighbourhood wonder what on earth is going on with the laughter that can be heard, particularly when a speech is required on a subject just placed in the hands of the speaker; it can be hilarious watching and listening as the speaker who has no knowledge of the subject attempts to bluff it or divert the subject into something they are knowledgeable about.

Members are provided with a manual which gives advice and takes the member along a journey which tutors them to overcome shyness and to be able to stand up and speak with confidence whatever the occasion.

Leicestershire Speakers are available for providing entertainment. Usually we have a team of four who tell two stories each which are either true or false. Sometimes it is not just the audience who are laughing but also their team mates as they listen to some rather tall stories. The audience has to say whether the story is true or false (sometimes we discover that we have really convincing fibbers in our number!)

We are hoping to reconvene Leicestershire Speakers in the future, but want to raise our profile to say we are still around.

If you are interested in joining us or would like more information, please contact Val Christie on 0116 2779295 or via <> 
Serotonin is a substance in the human body called a neurotransmitter. It has a role in the regulation of anger, aggression, mood, sleep, sexuality and appetite. Low levels of serotonin occur in people with depression, OCD, migraine, irritable bowel syndrome, tinnitus, fibromyalgia, bipolar disorder and anxiety. Decreased serotonin levels can lead to an inability to create and act on plans leading to an inability to complete tasks or getting annoyed easily.

Chartered Physiotherapists treat a lot of people with these conditions.

How can you increase your serotonin levels? It is replenished when you sleep so if you are not sleeping properly you can get into a vicious cycle. Acupuncture can help you to sleep better and have a direct effect on your pain levels and give you a general sense of wellbeing. Many physiotherapists are qualified to perform acupuncture alongside their hands-on treatments.

Regular exercise boosts serotonin manufacture in your brain especially aerobic exercise such as brisk walking or running and cycling. The optimum amount of exercise to achieve this is 3 hours a week - this can be split into 30 minute sessions 6 days a week. Yoga can also reduce depressive symptoms, blood pressure and chronic pain by retraining your breathing patterns and your body’s reaction to stress.
80% of the body’s serotonin is found in the gut not the brain so modifying your diet can help. Try to avoid sugar and processed foods and try to eat foods rich in an amino acid called tryptophan that the body needs to make serotonin. This occurs in chicken, sardines and salmon, eggs, cheese, oats, tofu, spinach, asparagus and soy beans. Supplement this with plenty of B vitamins from nuts and fortified cereals and vitamin D from milk. Crash dieting can reduce serotonin levels especially in women so don’t just reduce your calorific intake.

Get out in the sun (with skin protection creams obviously). Sunlight on your skin produces vitamin D which promotes serotonin production. Massage or other physiotherapy hands-on techniques have been proven to increase serotonin levels by 28% and reduce depression. The advantage of these methods is that there is reduced need for medication or supplements.

What is Serotonin and why is it important?

Life with an Electric Car (Part 1)

Early this year, pre-Covid, I started looking to replace my car. I had, on government advice, bought a very efficient diesel in 2013 and this was coming up to 100,000 miles. I looked at my options and came to the conclusion that an electric car was, for me, the best choice.

There have been commercially available electric cars for more than 10 years since the Nissan Leaf was released in 2010, and there is now considerable political pressure to reduce CO2 emissions. Having made my choice I found that delivery was approximately 6 months. I placed an order in February and eventually collected my car on September 8th.

Several friends suggested going electric was a “brave” move and imagined me stranded with an empty battery. Having never run out of petrol or diesel in my many years of motoring I felt I ought to be able to manage to keep an electric car charged.

It was suggested that I might like to keep a car diary and send it to The Journal to hopefully dispel some myths, so here goes. If the Editor is happy this will be a monthly article.
When you have ordered an electric car and have a place to park it off the road the government will contribute £350 towards the cost of installing a Charging Point. As I usually keep my car in my garage I booked a charger to be installed in my garage. This is where things began to go a little less smoothly. To receive the grant towards the installation of the charging point it is necessary to complete some official forms which have then to be approved by the government body awarding the grant. This proved to be a very slow process, blamed of course on Covid. However I should have the charger installed in September.

Assuming the weather is reasonable and there are no further Covid restrictions my first proper journey will be to the Peak District in the near future.

From the recent Blaby District Council Press Release, I see that they are intending to install 24 public Charging Points in car parks in Blaby District. As someone who has been criticising BDC for their total failure to take any action to limit roadside pollution levels in the district, this seems to be a good move. The chargers that are being proposed however are the low power 7kW “Home Chargers”; these take about 10 hours to fully charge a typical electric car. Have BDC fully thought this strategy through?
More in a month’s time.
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