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.


Grab a Tree for Free 2018

The overwhelmingly popular Free Tree Scheme is back again for its 10th year and you can help to continue the success of the scheme by supporting it this year. The scheme has already seen thousands of trees planted across the district and the District Council is once again teaming up with The National Forest Company to make our district even greener.

There are four trees to choose from: Rowan, Crab Apple, Bird Cherry, Alder Buckthorn and again this year we have the Hedge Fund, species are Hawthorn and Hazel mix and residents are able to order up to 30 metres.

Also available to order is a special 10th anniversary celebration tree so take a look at our website.

You can order online from 1 October to 26 October at: Trees will be available for collection on Sunday 19 November.



During this - proper - summer we are spending more time outside and with windows wide open. It's pretty annoying when this is all spoilt by a neighbour's smelly bonfire. Those of us with large gardens know we have to dispose of tree-cuttings, seedy weeds etc using a bonfire, but we need to respect those who want to enjoy their summer leisure in the fresh air. There is no local legislation regarding bonfires, however the Local authority could take action under The Environmental Protection Act 1990. What we do have is the following "suggested" code of practice:

  • Garden refuse can be burnt in gardens providing smoke nuisance is not caused to the inhabitants of the neighbourhood.
  • Compost as much garden refuse as possible.
  • Large woody cuttings etc., unsuitable for composting, should be thoroughly dried before being burnt. A quick, hot fire will produce the minimum of smoke.
  • Remember your neighbours.
  • Do not light a bonfire if the wind is going to cause the smoke to be a nuisance to anyone.
  • Try to limit your fires to one a month or less and if weather conditions are suitable have a good, quick blaze around sunset when the minimum of nuisance should be caused.
  • No fire should be left unattended. Never leave a fire to smoulder but douse it with soil or water.
  • Never add household refuse to a garden bonfire.

Disposal points under the Civic Amenities Act have been provided by Leicestershire County Council for the disposal of bulky refuse, free of charge. Information relating to these sites or the special collection service can be obtained by contacting Customer Services on Tel. No. 01530 454545, or follow the links at

A smoky bonfire could be actionable under the Environmental Protection Act 1990. If the Local Authority is satisfied that the smoke is prejudicial to health or a nuisance has occurred, even though it has temporarily ceased but is likely to recur, an Abatement Notice can be served on the person(s) responsible.

Further information can be found at NWLDC webite.

If you are having problems with persistent anti-social bonfire-lighters our Crime Prevention champion Colin Jones may be able to help.


Car Key Burglaries

Police are reporting an increase in so called "car key burglaries" particularly in the Loughborough and Charnwood areas (thankfully not yet in Coleorton.) A car key burglary is a crime where someone breaks into your home with the specific aim of removing your car keys and stealing your car. Car owners are being urged to take some simple crime prevention measures to protect their car:

  • Hide your car keys and keep them well away from the front door taking them upstairs with you when you go to bed.
  • Consider fitting a steering wheel lock.
  • If your car has an alarm or immobiliser then make sure it is switched on.
  • Have your vehicles windows etched with its registration number or the last seven digits of the vehicle identification number (VIN). This can put criminals off, as it makes your car more difficult for them to sell. It also makes it easier for the police to identify and/or return your vehicle if it is stolen.
  • Always park your car in a garage if you have one.
  • Finally, if you see anyone behaving suspiciously around your home or vehicle call police immediately on 101 or visit for ways to report. If there is a crime on-going dial 999.


SHIRE Community Grant 2018-19

The SHIRE Community Grant programme is now open for applications! There are several application deadlines during the year. The 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 >>


Computer Software Service Fraud

Leicestershire Police have reported increased incidents of Computer Software Service Fraud with sometimes significant financial losses incurred. What generally happens is that someone calls, often asking for you by name, and saying that there is a fault on your computer, router or IP address and say they are from Microsoft or your Internet Service Provider. They say they can fix the problem, but need to have access to your computer to do it or you should download some software. Of course, once they have access they can get at your personal info including log-ons and passwords to your bank.

125 incidents were reported in the last 4 months, with a total monetary loss to of 133,840. This figure is only what has been reported, as some people are embarrassed about being gullible or may not even realise the money has gone.

LCC offer this advice:

  • NEVER allow a cold caller remote access to your devices, either directly or by downloading from a website they point you to.
  • If you are asked to install apps or software - HANG UP immediately.
  • You may also be tricked by pop-ups when you visit a website which invite you to click on a link to install software to fix problems or performance.
  • No legitimate business will cold call to assist with tech problems.
  • Your Internet Service Provider or Broadband provider WILL NOT cold call you about problems with your devices or your IP address.

If in doubt HANG-UP or DON'T CLICK. If you feel you have been defrauded - contact the police.


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 >>


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.


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).

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

Defibrillator for public use

is located in a yellow box outside Coleorton Post Office. In emergency ring 999 and you will receive instructions for use.

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 with the NHS.

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 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