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By the early 1960s, Jim and Teresa were living in Enderby but when he had his first heart attack, things changed and both his job at Jones & Shipman and his voluntary work with the Fire Service ended.

Jim became a Parish Councillor for Enderby Ward at a Special meeting of the Parish Council 8th October 2003 and he has served the community as a much loved member since then.  

Sadly, due to health reasons Jim resigned 10th September 2019. The Council wishes to convey its best wishes to Jim for his continued good health and thank him for his contribution to the Community of Enderby and for his endless supply of extra strong mints. Jim’s presence at meetings will be missed by Members and staff alike.
Jim Bartlett was born in Leicester but the family moved to Braunstone in 1934, when he was 2 years old.  He left school at 14 to work for the West End Funeral Company, Narborough Road. For obvious reasons he wasn’t happy there and after about 16 months found a job at Desford Coal Company, training as an Underground Surveyor.

Just before he turned 17, in 1948, he joined the Royal Navy. His first ship was the battleship HMS King George V, a training ship full of boys aged 14 to 15. The daily wakeup call was very early. At 5am the boys had to take off their shoes, roll up their trousers and scrub the deck with salt water.  Being a trainee chef, Jim didn’t have to do that.

Community Garden gets Co-op backing

A Place to Grow is both free and sustainable garden for those living with, or affected by, a physical or mental health condition. Earlier this year the garden was given a Green Flag award for the ninth time, marking it as an outstanding open space.

The garden is a ‘community health hub’ of Leicestershire Recovery College, delivering a range of courses to people who have lived mental health experience, carers, friends, family and staff. An ‘Empower’ type 2 diabetes course also helps people to reduce their risk of long term health complications.

An outdoor lodge can be hired as a meeting room and the garden also plays host to corporate volunteer days.

To become a Co-op Member and support A Place to Grow visit More information about the A Place to Grow Garden can be found at 
Blaby District Council’s award winning community garden is set to benefit from Co-op Members, after being selected as part of their community fund.

For the next twelve months, from 27 October until 24 October 2020, every time a Co-op Member buys a selected own-brand product or service, 1% of the money they spend goes to local causes in their community.

After applying to be part of the scheme, A Place to Grow was selected as a good cause that members will be able to choose to benefit from their contribution.

The money from the fund will support the garden, which helps residents become physically active, get involved in the community and meet new people in a friendly and safe environment.
He was with the ship about a year then was sent to his first sea-going ship, HMS Vengeance, a light-fleet aircraft carrier, where he quickly got a reputation for his cobs and ended up as baker to the Admiral of the Air Fleet. He did two stints on the Vengeance, four years in all and thoroughly enjoyed it. He saw action, first on the Suez convoys, where the ship spent seven months going up and down the Canal. The ship was sent to Cyprus, where there was trouble with the E.O.K.A. Jim was a trained fire-fighter by this time and spent time ashore trying to put out warehouse fires which had been started by the terrorists.
He was demobbed when he was 20 and married Teresa. Eventually they bought a cottage in Narborough and Jim started working part-time (nights) with the National Fire Service at Wigston. That was voluntary and unpaid, so he also found a day job at Jones & Shipman, where he worked for 26 years. He was a registered Fire & Safety Officer at Jones & Shipman, as well as a registered Fire Officer at Wigston.
The Hope in Harmony Charity Concert featuring Hope Community Gospel Choir will take place at Brockington College, Blaby Road, Enderby on Saturday 7th December at 7pm (Doors Open 6.30pm). There will also be guest-performances from local singer/songwriter Tim Stokes and saxophonist Rob Stutchbury.

All proceeds will go to “Menphys”, a great local charity helping children and young adults with mental and physical disabilities. Quality refreshments will be served after the performance.

Tickets are £5 Adults, children £2.50 and under 5s free. All tickets are available online or direct from Enderby mission church 07471664472.

Hope in Harmony


Our special Christmas Garland crafting event on the 30th November is sold out. We are taking names in case of cancelations. Please let the library know if you cannot attend as we may be able to resell your ticket for you.

Come and see ECML’s Christmas Tree (and many others of course!) in Enderby Methodist Church’s Christmas Tree Festival on the 30th November. It’s sure to be lovely in there with all the local groups decorating a window.

Adult social crafting will be on the 10th December - theme Christmas! - and on the 24th January - theme Snowdrops. Both 2 till 4, £2 per person. Come along and give it a go. Enjoy a natter and tea and cake with us.

Our Christmas coffee morning will be on the 14th December, 10 till 1pm. The library will be decorated by then so it’s worth coming in and seeing how good it looks. Usual tea and cakes, books and jigsaws for sale, raffle. Our own crafting guru will also be demonstrating fabric wreath-making and will have DIY kits for sale. Could be the perfect present for someone? Suitable for all ages. We look forward to welcoming our regulars and new visitors as well to our last coffee morning of the year.

The Reading Fairy will be making a return appearance on Wednesday 18th December, 2.15 till 3pm. This is a free event and was very popular last time.

There is no Creative Writing group meeting in December so the next one will be on 25th January. Make a new year’s resolution to try something new and come along. You’ll be amazed at what you can write. The members are very encouraging and welcoming.

Don’t forget to pick up a quiz sheet from the library, £1 each. Proceeds to the library and £10 to the winner. The last date for entries is the 7th December with the winner being announced at the coffee morning on the 14th December.

The library will close for Christmas holidays at 1pm on Saturday 21st December, reopening at 2pm on Thursday 2nd January 2020.

A new idea for January is an afternoon session called ' Homemade Hullaballoo', a toddlers’ rhyme and reading group with plenty of noise! Look out for the poster in the library window. There will be the usual Busy Hands and Games groups in January.

A reminder with the Christmas post arriving - please continue to bring your used stamps in for us to send to the RNIB.

As no Journal will be published in December, I would like to wish all readers a wonderful Christmas and a happy book-filled 2020.
Enderby & Narborough Guide Association & the Enderby Scout Association would like to thank the local community for the support they showed, once again. With the help of many marshals the next generation turned out in good force, with Enderby Band providing the music, to show their respect on Remembrance Sunday with a procession through the village. It was also lovely to see Ex - service personnel join us as it gives the procession a real sense of meaning for the younger ones.

The younger children were welcomed by David and Judith North at Enderby United Reformed Church where they remembered all those that have fought over the many years. Each unit/pack/troop thought about the theme heroes. Those covered were Edith Cavell, Pearl Witherington, Dorothy Lawrence, the women’s auxiliary airforce, the land girls, Flora Sandes, the dam busters and Winston Churchill. Various crafts decorated the church and a member explained their importance to one another during the service. There was even a recreation of the dam with planes!

The older members of the guides and scouts attended the more formal service which Gerry Taylor and Mr Brown led at Enderby Parish Church. During the service the names of those who fought and died were read out and wreaths laid by various organisations.

Enderby Remembrance Day Procession

Enderby band provided buglers at both churches and the Last post and Reveille resounded around the churches beautifully.

On a personal note I would very much like to thank all those that have helped make this event possible. Planning for me starts in July but without the 25 marshals, 2 safety car drivers - Tim Wardle and Matthew Nicolson, Lydia Geary for fetching the cones from Mountsorrel, Matt Chappel & Lewis Geary helping to put out the signs and cones and collect them in again, Richard Hunt for providing endless advice and Rachel Wardle who keeps me sane!

Without all these volunteers my job would be so much harder. The list is endless and I really appreciate each and everyone of you for all you have done.

I am immensely proud of all the children, leaders, band members and locals who gave their time displaying that ‘We shall not forget.’
The November meeting was the last formal meeting before Christmas and was very well attended. We were very pleased to welcome Viv Ellis who is our representative from the Parish Council.

Jenny had already emailed us all with the sad news of the death of Jean Jovene, a much loved and active member of the Le Haillan Twinning Association, who was President for a number of years. He will be missed. Jenny has sent a condolence card from the association.

We are already looking forward to the group visit to Le Haillan at the end of April. We usually include the Bank Holiday Monday in the visit but because of the change to the Bank Holiday it was decided to carry on with the suggested dates. We will be there to experience how the French celebrate May 1st, Labour Day, so that will be interesting.


Barbara has planned another Christmas crafts event at her house with lunch available too. This is a lovely pre-Christmas event which proved very popular with the people who went last year. Peter and Christine are hosting their annual Christmas drinks morning.

The social/fundraising events for 2020 include an invitation in January to Broughton Astley Twinning Association (BATON) for their annual Burn’s Night Supper, which is always very enjoyable.

If you think you might like to join the association, please come along to a meeting or event or contact Barbara. Our meetings start at 8pm on the first Tuesday of alternate months at the Civic Centre; the next one is on Tuesday, January 7th 2020. Please ring: 0116 2848514 or   E -mail: for a leaflet, further details or to meet the members. Online we can be found at: on the dropdown menu and find us under Community.
The latest play at Enderby Civic Centre was of the excellent standard we have come to expect from Live and Local productions - and extremely funny. Once you have been to one of these performances you will want to return. The majority of the audience on October 25th had been to several shows there before.

We are very lucky that Enderby Parish Council and Blaby District continue to support these valuable community opportunities; a number of local district councils have withdrawn from the scheme.

If you are not familiar with Live and Local shows, look out for a brochure at your local library, on neighbourhood notice boards or on-line. The shows are all by professionals who tour the country presenting their plays/music etc in local venues. The standard is very high.
Enderby was visited by Nicholas Collett and Gavin Robertson who performed “Done to Death, By Jove”, a spoof version of every murder mystery you have heard of. Sherlock Holmes, Dr Watson, Miss Marple and Hercule Poirot all put in an appearance to solve the murder - no easy feat when you have several suspects and two actors to play all of them! Even with (reasonably!) willing assistance from several members of the audience the result was impressive - very fast moving and inventive. “Terrific”, “well-acted” and “I laughed all the way through”, “Well done, a great night of entertainment” are just a few comments from the audience members who all went home with smiles on their faces.

Live and Local will be returning to Enderby on Saturday, March 14th 2020, with a show about a retired hairdresser delivering library books to people in outlying villages; it’s called “Powered by Fairydust”. It is described as “A hilarious new Comedy-Drama with a heart of gold”. See you there!

Tickets available (nearer the time) from the Parish Office at Enderby Civic Centre or call 0116 2753711.


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