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.


New Grants from NWLDC for small businesses and shops

There are two unique funding programmes ("Enterprising Town Centres" & "Enterprising North West Leicestershire") launched by Business Focus, North West Leicestershire District Council, to support the growth of SME businesses.

Enterprising Town Centres is a brand new, unique grant programme created by North West Leicestershire District Council to support local independent town centre businesses to invest, grow and create new local employment. The aim of the programme is to support the growth of town centre businesses, to encourage new businesses to occupy vacant properties and to enhance the unique character and identity of our town centres.

Enterprising Town Centres will target grant funding between 500 and 25,000 to small independent businesses within our town centres of Ashby, Castle Donington, Coalville, Ibstock, Kegworth and Measham.

If a business is based in a village within North West Leicestershire that is outside of the town centre, the Council will also be launching a new Village Shop Grants Scheme that will run alongside Enterprising Town Centres. The Village Shop Grants Scheme will offer grants between 1,000 - 3,000 to help improve shops that provide essential goods and/or services to their surrounding area.

For town centre boundary maps, eligibility criteria, frequently asked questions, application forms with details on how to apply, full details can be found on the NWLDC website

Enterprising North West Leicestershire grant fund is being relaunched to help support small businesses in North West Leicestershire (non-town). Grants of between 5,000 and 25,000 will be available to small and medium sized businesses that are planning to invest in projects that will allow the business to grow and create new jobs for local people.

For eligibility criteria, frequently asked questions, application forms with details on how to apply, full details can be found on the NWLDC website

Please note applications will not be processed until the official launch date of Monday 8th May, however we are welcoming the submission of applications before this date, either electronically: or by post to:
Business Focus team
Council Offices
LE67 3FJ

If you have any questions, please contact the Business Focus team on 01530 454 609 alternatively you can email and any member of the team will be happy to assist.


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?

We're hoping to encourage as many local groups as possible to apply for grants.

Since December 2016 customers at Tesco have been able to vote on three schemes from their region. On May 1st 2017 the scheme will be relaunched to make it even more local and allow a wider range of groups to apply. Schemes eligible to be entered for the community vote can be awarded up to 4000. The more local groups we can get applying for this scheme the better it will be for our customers and the local community. We at Tesco Ashby Extra would like to see as much money as possible go Ashby, Coalville, Swadlincote and the surrounding areas.

With the introduction of the government's five pence bag levy in October 2015 Tesco introduced the Bags of Help Grant scheme. This has now been extended, from its original form, so that a wider range of local groups may benefit from the grants.

The money raised from the charge is being used to fund a large number of local projects to create or improve green spaces or to simply benefit the local community. These have ranged from building new parks and sports facilities, to woodland walks and community gardens: great places for our customers, colleagues and communities to enjoy. Projects that would typically receive funding include (but are not limited to):

  • Developing nature trail in a local park or nature reserve
  • Purchasing bee hives and seeding wildflower meadow on a community allotment
  • Providing forest school sessions in a primary school for 12 months
  • Developing a garden in a hospice, purchasing plants, benches and pergola
  • Supporting artist in residence to work with the community to develop an art trail
  • Setting up a growing project for sheltered accommodation residents
  • Supporting a gardening project which helps local isolated residents form a gardening club
  • Supporting practical training for young people learning horticultural skills
  • Funding a series of summer events in a local park
  • Funding a programme of beach clean up events
  • Repainting swings and play equipment in a park
  • Supporting community run summer sports and leisure activities in parks
  • Helping to set up Britain in Bloom local group, purchasing plants, planters, forks, spades and compost
  • Developing a community garden or orchard
  • Supporting local football club with the purchase of nets, balls and coaching sessions for under 12's
More information about the scheme and how to apply can be found


Cutting Back on Garden Crime

More advice from the Police, reminding us that now it's Spring we're out and about in the garden more - and so are thieves! Opportunistic thieves see open sheds and gardening equipment left out unattended as easy money. (Who buys all this stolen stuff I wonder?). Read their Cutting Back on Garden Crime poster >>.


ACT - Action Counters Terroism - Advice from the Government

The Government has issued advice via it's ACT (Action Counters Terroism) initiative about how we can all help to combat terrorism. The document gives suggestions of things to look out for which may indicate imminent or planned terrorist activity and who to contact if you see or become aware of anything suspicious. Read the advice here >>


Community Grants from North West Leicestershire District Council

Does your community group need a top up of funding for a new project, a new initiative/event or simply a one off piece of equipment to help your group? Take a look at these funding streams that we are offering and see if these apply to you. Community Grants leaflet >>. If you have any questions about any of the funding schemes, please email or telephone 01530 454541. We will be only too happy to help you with the grant application forms.


Rural Services Network January Rural Opportunities Bulletin

The January Bulletin highlights funding opportunities for rural community projects. These include a grant aimed at small to medium-sized charities to set up a website, the on-going Tesco bags of Help scheme (see below), Woodland Carbon Fund from the Forestry Commission to create new areas of public-access woodland, several grants for arts and community projects, grants to help with repair and maintenance of war memorials and many more. Funding and grants of various amounts are available to help rural communities and projects. Take a look and see if your project or organisation could benefit. There are also a number of reviews and consultations about proposed legislation affecting crural communities.

Read the Rural Opportunities January Bulletin >>


WH Smith Trust Community Grants

WH Smith are giving the proceeds of carrier bag levies to charities as small grants (up to 500). Applicants must be community groups, charities or schools. Details of how to apply >>


North West Leicestershire District Council Small Grant Scheme

Could your group benefit from a cash boost of up to 500? NWLDC 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 or email for further information.


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 >>


Fraud Alert - Selling your vehicle

Neighbourhood Link forwarded this message from the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau:


If you are selling your car via a classified advertisement or auction site, be aware of the following fraud scam:

Fraudsters may contact you through your advert, normally by text message and provide you with a link to a fraudulent website.

  • The website may look professional and similar to the "original" website that you advertised on.
  • It will explain that there is a "potential purchaser"; for your car.
  • It will ask you to pay a small "arrangement fee to ensure the purchase takes place by using an e-money method; which could be via UKASH or PAYSAFE vouchers, for example.
  • It will instruct you to purchase the vouchers and may even provide you with a link to a list of the shops in your area that sell them.
  • You are then asked to input the unique codes from the e-money product that you have just purchased.
  • Once inputted your money is gone!

However urgently you wish to sell your car, do not be misled because of a need to sell it!

  • Do not pay an advanced fee for the sale of your vehicle.
  • Meet face to face for an agreed sale and only accept cash.


The Street Action Team says: “Clean up after your dog!”

Dog fouling has an impact on the whole community. Most dog owners are responsible and take good care of their pets and pick up the waste that their dog leaves. However a small minority are leaving the dog waste on the path, street or grass verges which is unpleasant and a health hazard. It’s not OK to throw the dog poo, bagged or unbagged, into ditches. Ditches are water courses and water from there will flow into surrounding fields and gardens. Not very nice to have everyone’s dog poo turning up in your garden pond!

Civil Enforcement Officers patrol the area and will issue Fixed Penalty Notices, currently 80, using powers from the Dog Control Orders under the 2005 Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act. Video surveillance will be put in place if a problem is identified in a particular area.

If you know of, or suspect an offender, please call 01530 454545 or email with location, times, dates and description of the offending owner and dog. And above all - clean up after your own dog!


Don't let green fingered thieves spring clean your shed!

Many people take a great deal of trouble securing their house and the property within it...but what about sheds and garages? With the array of lawn mowers, power tools, garden equipment, bicycles, sports and other valuable equipment kept in them, security measures should certainly be put in place.

Gardening tools and garden furniture are not cheap - what's more they are very saleable items for the thief. Don't make it easy for them to be stolen and remember that tools stolen from your shed could be used to burgle your house.

  • Postcode or property mark anything in your shed or garage that is value and might be stolen, for example, lawn mowers, garden furniture, bicycles, sports equipment.
  • Take photographs of expensive items - they may be useful to police to identify the goods and return them to you, should you be unfortunate enough to have them stolen.
  • Never leave garden tools and equipment outside, even if you are just popping back into the house. It only takes minutes for an opportunist thief to take them.
  • Consider fitting a pair of garage door locks that are fitted either vertically or horizontally and can be locked both from the inside and outside of the garage.

For further general safety and security advice advice go to


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