Coleorton Parish

Coleorton Parish in Leicestershire includes the villages of Coleorton, Coleorton Moor, Church Town
and Farm Town as well as parts of Peggs Green, Griffydam and Lount

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Notices and alerts from police, neighbourhood watch, district & county councils and other community groups.


SHIRE Community Grant 2017-18

To help deliver the priorities of Leicestershire County Council's Communities Strategy, the SHIRE Community Grant programme will enable voluntary and community sector organisations (including social enterprises and Town/Parish Councils) to deliver community-based projects, services and activities which directly benefit the most vulnerable people in Leicestershire. Grants of up to 10,000 and/or smaller grants of up to 3,000 are available for community based projects and activities that are focused on supporting vulnerable/disadvantaged people and communities.

Find out more and how to apply >>. There is a launch event on Monday 9th April 2018, 5.00pm to 8.00pm.


Charles Booth Centre, Thringstone

There have been recent changes at Thringstone House Community Centre which might be of interest to the inhabitants of Coleorton parish. Under the original foundation and bequest in 1911 by Charles Booth, the centre was intended not just for the benefit of the inhabitants of Thringstone, but also for the adjacent parishes of Whitwick, Swannington, Belton, Osgathorpe, Coleorton and Worthington. Charles Booth was the Victorian philanthropist and social reformer who lived at Grace Dieu Manor.

The Booth family eventually handed over the trusteeship of the centre to Leicestershire County Council in 1951 and they have been the custodians of the centre and responsible for its management and funding until recently. However, with the present severe cuts in local authority spending, the County Council dissolved their trusteeship and withdrew all their funding for the centre as of the middle of December last year.

Thringstone residents have set up a new Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) with a new board of trustees for the future management of the centre which has been renamed the Charles Booth Centre. Under the CIO scheme of governance, all the parishes mentioned above have been retained as within "the area of benefit" of the centre so all the adult inhabitants are entitled to attend and vote at an Annual General Meeting (date to be advised).

This is a great additional resource for Coleorton parishioners which we can use if the Beaumont Centre or Viscount Beaumont School are not suitable or available. The Charles Booth Centre has great facilities and some professional staff. See (website still being updated at the moment). For further info email or telephone 01530 222337.

Read the letter from Margaret Fern, Chair of the Board of Trustees which she wrote to neighbouring parishes.


Rural Opportunities Bulletin - new grants available

A wide range of grants are available for community and heritage projects from lottery funds, organisations, councils, etc. Read the February bulletin
More about the Rural Services Network >>


East Midlands Funding Forum - January 2018 e-bulletin

There are various funds available for projects including for capital and building. Take a look. There may be something there that will make a difference to your organisation or project.

Read the bulletin (pdf) >>


"One You" campaign promoting healthier lifestyles in North West Leicestershire

"One You" encourages people to make positive, healthier changes, whether it be being more active, eating better, drinking less alcohol, going smoke-free, dealing with stress better, sleeping well or by simply asking themselves - how are you?

Leicester-Shire & Rutland Sport is also organising a number of events and roadshows across the district, with more information online at website also has more details about the "One You" campaign and gives people the chance to take the "How are You" quiz.


NWLDC Small Grant Scheme

Could your group benefit from a cash boost of up to 500? The North West Leicestershire District Council Small Grant Scheme might be just what you are looking for. Grants are available for local community and voluntary groups for new and innovative projects or one-off pieces of expenditure for projects, equipment and other items, which will help your organisation to do more, or just to try something different. The grant scheme can make a big difference in helping communities get schemes and projects started. Application forms to be completed online at

Further information from


Telephone Scam

North West Leicestershire Police would like people to be aware of a new scam emerging in our communities. People are receiving a telephone call on their landline from someone pretending to be a Police Officer investigating counterfeit bank notes being passed through their bank account. They may ask the victim to ring 999 to confirm their identity, the person unknowingly then does not hang up properly so when they ring 999, as they believe they have, they speak to someone (caller's accomplice) who then confirms the caller's ID. The caller will then ask the victim to attend their bank and withdraw several thousand pounds in cash and return home. The fake police officer then makes further contact by phone and asks for some serial numbers of the notes. He/she will state that the notes are counterfeit and arrange a second person to collect the cash from the victim.

This is a scam. The police will NEVER call asking you to withdraw cash.
If you receive a call as described, terminate the call and make another call to Leicestershire Police on 101 or if you feel threatened call 999 on a second phone.


Would you like a warmer home?

There are grants available for cavity wall, loft and external wall insulation for residents of North West Leicestershire. The Council has introduced local criteria which makes it easier for people to get funding for insulation and other energy efficiency measures. The Council has partnered with social enterprise Harborough Energy to make it easy for households in the District to access this funding. Harborough Energy can assess whether you qualify for the funding and arrange for works to be carried out by an installer. To enquiry about the scheme please contact . The scheme is open to people who own their home or rent privately.

Further info about energy saving and cutting your bills at


Darker nights campaign - Lock up and light up this winter

Now the clocks have gone back and the nights draw in, Leicestershire Police are reminding people to 'Lock up and light up' this winter. The 'Darker Nights' campaign aims to prevent an increase in burglaries over the winter months by reminding residents to lock their homes and encouraging them to leave a light on to make it look like someone is home.

The winter nights can make it easier for burglars to hide and make empty and unlit houses easier to spot. The force traditionally sees a seasonal rise in burglaries after the clocks go back in October, with offences rising through December and January and falling back to normal levels by around March.

An operation is in place to target and arrest those who are committing the offences and extra patrols are in place in key areas - both high visibility and plain clothed. Leicestershire Police's lead for burglary, Detective Superintendent Alan Mason said: "Our statistics show a direct link between the darker nights and an increase in burglary so we want to encourage homeowners and businesses to review their security and take a few simple inexpensive precautions to protect themselves. One of the easiest things you can do is leave a light on when you go out or use an automatic light timer to give the appearance that you are home. Sadly, many people only tend to think about their home security after they've been burgled. We are hoping to get people to think about their home security before it's too late".

Burglary crime prevention advice:

  • keep doors and windows locked at all times
  • always lock doors behind you and remove the key from the lock
  • keep valuables, bags, cash and keys out of sight and keep them in a safe place
  • do not keep large quantities of cash or jewellery in your home
  • don't open the door unless you know who it is - use a door spy hole or door chain
  • don't leave packaging from expensive items outside your house - take it to be recycled or put them in the bin
  • use a light timer - these can be bought cheaply at most DIY stores
  • install a visible alarm system and security lighting to act as a deterrent
  • prevent easy access to the back and sides of your home with locked gates or fencing
  • if you're going away, don't advertise it on social media
  • ask a neighbour or relative to collect post and open and close curtains while you are away

For further information on how to protect your home or business from burglars visit or follow #lockuplightup on Twitter @leicspolice

More about the Rural Services Network >>


Tesco "Bags of Help" grant scheme

Message from Simon Hemmings, Community Champion, Tesco Ashby

Is your group or Society eligible for a grant of up to 4,000?

Every two months Tesco Ashby Extra has up to 7000 to award to three local projects. Bags of Help is a rolling programme, where community groups or charities can apply for funding all year round.

The Tesco Bags of Help Community Funding Scheme which has a wide criteria for community projects. To be eligible your project must benefit the local area and your group needs to be constituted. If if you are not constituted you may find that your local parish or town council may be able to help you with your application.

The link at the bottom will take you through to the two part application process - guidance notes and frequently asked questions are at the bottom of the link page.

Tesco customers vote for two months on projects in their area. The popularity of the project will reflect the amount of money the group receives (1st receives 4,000, 2nd 2,000 and 3rd 1000).

The maximum a project can receive is 4,000 but groups are guaranteed a minimum of 1000 if they get through to the public vote. It is suggested that projects put in plans for the full 4000 but have proposals to scale down to less amounts should they get second 2000, or third place 1000.

What types of projects will Bags of Help fund?

The types of projects funded will be very broad and will cover the direct costs needed to deliver the project, this could range from:

  • Purchasing items which will benefit local community groups such as sports kit, specialised medical equipment, art and crafts materials, spades, litter pickers, camping equipment.
  • Improvements to a building that benefits the local community such as a Scout or Guide hut, church or village hall, changing facilities for sports.
  • Developing an outdoor space play area, allotment, park, school grounds, woodland or wildlife area.
  • Running a community event or activity such as fun runs, village fete, clean-up day, tree planting, bird watch.
  • Supporting seasonal activities such as purchasing new Christmas lights, supporting a Christmas meal for the homeless or a Diwali celebration event for the community etc.

Bags of Help can fund 100% of your project costs so you do not have to have any match funding. However, if you secured additional funding, there is no limit to what this amount can be and any funding awarded by Bags of Help can form part of your wider project costs.

Your project can be a stand-alone project or discrete, self-contained part of a larger scheme or part of a phased project. You will need to complete your project within twelve months of receipt of the grant.

For any projects that are making a physical improvement to an outdoor space, you will need the landowner's permission and you might also need other permissions - e.g. planning permission. These need to be in place before you submit your application and the landowner permission form will need to be completed and signed as part of your application.

Click on the link for the application page:

or pop into Tesco Ashby Extra for more details.


Leicestershire County Council leaflet "Essential Information for Leicestershire Residents"

LCC has issued a leaflet with updated information on the services they offer. In particular there is new information about changes at recycling sites, the new County Council website and a useful reminders list. Download the pdf leaflet from here


Rural Services NetworkRural Services Network

As a mostly rural community Coleorton often finds it difficult to get it's needs and interests noticed by the powers that be. For example, HS2 which is great for the big cities it links up but of limited benefit to the rural communities it will pass through, and superfast broadband, where the distances between the cabinets and premises in a rural area can still confine residents and businesses to the digital dark ages, and the need to support public transport, because everyone doesn't have cars and the elderly with failing health can lose their ability to drive. We have to fight for things taken for granted in urban areas. The Rural Services Network (RSN) represents the interests of rural service providers and their rural communities in England. Take a look at their website to see the wide range of activities.The Rural Services Network >>


Environment Agency warning to check heating oil tanks for leaks

Environment Agency are asking residents to check their heating oil tanks before the winter sets in as they have seen several pollution incidents and a number of spills recently especially from smaller domestic tanks. The oil can have a devastating effext on wildlife and on drinking water supplies and can be expensive - for you - to clean up.

For further information and advice please contact the Midlands Geoscience team at the Environment Agency on:

Also make sure your oil tank is safe from thieves. The police have issued a poster with advice on keeping your oil safe. Download the poster (pdf).


Trading Standards Alert re Council Tax rebates scam

Leicestershire Trading Standards has received numerous reports from residents across North West Leicestershire who have been cold called on the telephone by a business offering them a reduction / rebate on their Council Tax. The rebates range from 1,600 to 20,000 per client.

The caller says they are working on behalf of North West Leicestershire Council and they would like to make an appointment to visit the client. Once inside the consumers home, they obtain a cheque for 175 to cover administration.

North West Leicestershire Council do not contact consumers in this way and Council Tax banding assessments are FREE. Trading Standards always advise residents to never give or confirm personal / bank details over the telephone and not to agree to appointments from cold callers.

If you receive any reports of similar activity or callers please contact Trading Standards on 08454 04 05 06 or use


Community defibrillator outside Coleorton Post Office

There is large yellow box outside the Post office which houses a defibillator. This has been supplied for public use by the Community Heartbeat Trust, a Leicestershire based charity whose aim is to get survival after heart attacks up to around 50% from a current figure of around 5%. The CHT has been working with the East Midlands Ambulance service and local parish councils over the past few years to establish community defibrillator schemes in Leicestershire, and so far there are over 100 such schemes, all meeting ambulance service specifications.

If you or someone you are with suffers a possible heart incident or Cardiac Arrest, always dial 999 first. You will then be directed to the nearest yellow defibrillator cabinet (there are others around Coalville area) and if appropriate, given the access code of the cabinet and given instructions on how to use it.

All projects in Leicestershire done either by CHT or by the ambulance service directly use Hi-Visibility yellow cabinets for easy recognition and where possible the same actual defibrillator model for ease of use and standardisation in support and the fast downloading of information for the hospital.  CHT also works with BT to adopt telephone kiosks for defibrillator use, and also with the NHS owned defibrillator tracking website (

CHT works closely with the Leicestershire police and recently has helped them establish publicly accessible community defibrillators on all the local police units in the county. CHT also works with Lions, Rotary, Karen Ball, and other charities locally to help create community defibrillator schemes and are indebted to the support these other organisations have given to this project. CHT makes no money from the provision of equipment and is staffed by volunteers. Any donations gratefully received!

For more about Community Heartbeat Trust go to

Parish Noticeboards

Coleorton Parish noticeboard

There are several noticeboards situated around the parish where the council posts notices of meetings, summary reports and various public information notices (which are usually also posted on this website).

The Council is happy for parishioners to use its noticeboards to advertise services and events for residents if there is space left once essential public notices have been posted.

If you post a notice, please make sure it is taken down and disposed of after the event has passed and please ensure any drawing pins used are not dropped on the ground where dogs can get them stuck in their feet.

Noticeboards are located at:

  • Beaumont Green, Lower Moor Road
  • Viscount Beaumont School, Old Ashby Road
  • The Moorlands opposite Forrester Close
  • The Post Office will place notices in their window