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.


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


Countryside Alliance Awards

The Countryside Alliance Awards, nicknamed the 'Rural Oscars', are returning for their 13th year and supporters of rural businesses are encouraged to nominate now. Thousands of nominations will be submitted honouring the skills and produce, tradition, enterprise and the people who go the extra mile for their communities.

More details >>


Rural Services Network - Rural Opportunities Bulletin October 2017

Details of various grants and initiatives for businesses and communities in their Rural Opportunities Bulletin

More about the Rural Services Network >>


East Midlands Funding Forum
September 2017 e-bulletin

A wide range of funding opportunities for various sectors and sizes of organisations - mainly social, community & mental-health related. Also details of training in Read the e-bulletin (pdf) >>


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.


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.


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 >>.


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.


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 >>


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