Wanted – Local Tradespeople

Local tradespeople – Thornton & Merrylees

Some of our more senior residents have asked if it would be possible to create a list of local tradespeople.

It can be quite daunting to find reliable, trustworthy people to carry out work, especially in these very uncertain times.

They were asking if we could organise a ‘go to’ list that could include plumbers, electricians, decorators, builders, architects, gardeners, IT experts, dressmakers, cleaners, artists, taxis, chimney sweeps, podiatrists, beauticians, hairdressers and much more, but keep it ‘in house’ using the services (where possible) of other residents in Thornton and Merrylees.   

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It was agreed that the ideal platform to advertise and list such services locally is on the existing Thornton village website.   www.thorntonvillage.org

If you would like to advertise your business, whether you are part of a company or a sole trader and live in Thornton or Merrylees; then please contact me and I will enter your details on a new page to be created on the website.  Email: –  thorntonvillage@aol.com

By return email I will ask you to complete a short proforma, listing your contact details, services offered and any professional qualifications etc.

There is no charge for advertising, the website is not for commercial gain, but was set up purely for the benefit of the residents. (However, we may make a very small charge or ask for donations in the future to help pay for the annual costs of website hosting and domain name renewal).

If you know of anyone who has their own business who may be interested, and is not on Nextdoor or Facebook then please let them know.

Following on from this we are looking into creating a Good Neighbours scheme – similar to the one in Desford –  www.desfordgns.org.uk

If we feel this is a possibility more information and a request for volunteers will be published at a later date.

For those Nextdoor members residing in Thornton – don’t forget to join the separate ‘Thornton Community’ group on Nextdoor.

Hinckley and Bosworth Community Transport

Hinckley and Bosworth Community Transport have been given some funding from the HBBC/VCS partnership to provide community transportation to residents of Hinckley & Bosworth.  This transport will be free for those who do not have any way of getting to the centre safely themselves.

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Please pass on this information to anyone whom you think would benefit from this service. We want to ensure that everyone can get to have their vaccines as soon as possible.

There are volunteer drivers available to help provide this service and if we can get 6 people at similar times going for vaccines we can use our 16 seater minibus which we can take people safely distanced and meeting Covid guidelines for safety.

Lindsey Short (Hinckley & Bosworth Community Transport)

NHS Charities Together Funding for Leicester, Leicestershire & Rutland

A total of £365,000 has been made available to the three local NHS charities: Leicester Hospitals Charity, Raising Health (Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust) and East Midlands Ambulance Service, via NHS Charities Together.

It has been agreed that this funding will be used to award grants of £73,000 each to five local community groups/charities, operating in Leicester, Leicestershire or Rutland, over a period of two years.

The grants will be awarded to organisations based in LLR for innovative projects, to be delivered from April 2021 to March 2023, which meet the following objectives:

  • Support and maintain positive health and wellbeing within our communities.
  • Show innovative ways to maintain positive health and wellbeing in the community
  • Improve health literacy
  • Support the most vulnerable people in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland to remain safe and well
  • Reduces demand on local NHS clinical/healthcare services

The funding will be split into 5 themes/cohorts, with £73,000 allocated to each theme as follows:

  1. Older Vulnerable People            
  2. Young People’s Mental Health   
  3. Adult Mental Health (including reducing loneliness)
  4. Disabilities/learning disabilities
  5. Supporting vulnerable people from BAME communities

LLR based voluntary and community sector organisations, charities and social enterprises who have ideas for new projects which improve health outcomes are invited to submit an Expression of Interest.

The deadline for submissions is 5.00pm on Friday 29th January 2021.

For further information or enquiries, please email: lhcharity@uhl-tr.nhs.uk, or go to the Leicester Hospitals Charity website.

Please feel free to share and circulate this message more widely to interested parties.

Bagworth, Thornton and Stanton Under Bardon Neighbourhood Plan

About the plan

Strategic environmental assessment screening determination – October 2020

The purpose of a screening statement is to set out a screening opinion in relation to whether a strategic environmental assessment (SEA) is required to accompany the development of a neighbourhood plan. The screening statement is also consulted, and three statutory consultation bodies are to give their opinion on whether a SEA is required.

The Borough Council has issued a SEA screening report and determination in relation to the draft Bagworth, Thornton and Stanton Under Bardon Neighbourhood Plan. The screening determination is that a strategic environmental assessment and habitat regulations assessment of the Bagworth, Thornton and Stanton Under Bardon Neighbourhood Plan is not required due to there being no adverse comments from the statutory consultation bodies and for the reasons set out in the Bagworth, Thornton and Stanton Under Bardon strategic environmental assessment screening statement.

The documents can be downloaded below:

Designation of the neighbourhood area – June 2017

In June 2017, the parishes of Bagworth, Thornton and Stanton Under Bardon submitted an application to designate a joint neighbourhood area in order to prepare a neighbourhood development plan to cover both parishes. The public consultation ran for six weeks, between Friday 4 August 2017 and Friday 15 September 2017, on whether this was an appropriate area to designate for the purpose of undertaking a neighbourhood development plan.

Following the consultation, the Borough Council formally designated the Bagworth, Thornton and Stanton Under Bardon Neighbourhood Area for the purpose of producing a neighbourhood development plan.

For more information on the Neighbourhood Development Plan, including how you can get involved visit the Bagworth, Thornton and Stanton Under Bardon Neighbourhood plan website (spanglefish.com) or contact the Parish Council.

Last updated: ‎01‎/‎12‎/‎2020‎ ‎08‎:‎30

Christmas Hampers

On a bright, crisp December day the village of Thornton found the true meaning of Christmas was alive and well even in these very difficult times.

The annual Seniors’ Christmas lunch at the hall became another victim of Covid19 and had to be cancelled. However, Carla Gibbins decided that the ‘seniors’ deserved a little treat after months of isolation, and with the help of Delia Geary and a team of volunteers set out to provide Christmas hampers for them instead.

Appeals for donations went out and items for well over a hundred hampers were collected.

Many hours of work later, all the boxes and bags were beautifully and painstakingly decorated and filled with all sorts of ‘goodies’. Thornton school and the Playschool contributed 18 hampers between them, many of those hampers contained lovely cards made by the children.

The hampers and contents were collected over many days throughout December and stored in the Community Centre sports hall under strict Covid safe conditions, which included quarantining for 72 hours before distribution.

Saturday 19th Dec 2020 – Community Centre sports hall

Volunteers arrived at the hall on Saturday morning and following strict guidelines delivered the hampers around the village. The many appreciative comments from the recipients made the whole event memorable for all involved.

As one who received a box of ‘goodies’ earlier I would like to add my thanks to all those who donated and made this wonderful gesture possible and all all the volunteers who worked tirelessly on our behalf especially Carla and Delia.

My box of ‘goodies’

Community Initiative Fund

COMMUNITY groups in Hinckley and the parishes of Hinckley and Bosworth are encouraged to apply to the Borough Council’s Parish Community Initiative Fund and Hinckley Community Initiative Fund.

This year a total of £162,000 has been made available to support community projects, throughout the Borough. Grants are available for up to 50 per cent of the total project cost. These grants fund a wide variety of projects such as play areas, community building improvements, new pathways, heritage trails, and sports facilities, and this year the council is giving high priority to any schemes that help to improve the environment.

Grants for 2021/22 will be provided on the following basis: 

  • Projects must be within the borough of Hinckley and Bosworth
  • Maximum of £12,000 per project
  • Maximum of 50 per cent of total project costs funded
  • All works must be completed within the financial year
  • Projects must demonstrate that they meet the council’s corporate aims and that they are of community benefit.

Councillor Martin Cartwright, the Executive Member responsible for Rural Communities and Environment at the Borough Council, said:

As in previous years I would like to see these grants spread as widely as possible across the 24 parishes in Hinckley and Bosworth and a variety of different schemes, with special emphasis on the smaller organisations, charity groups as well as parish councils. As the Borough Council has declared a Climate Emergency additional points will be awarded in the scoring process for those schemes that address climate change or improvements to the environment. The dates for submission of applications has changed slightly from previous years so please pay attention to the scheme closing dates.

Applications are invited from now until the closing date of 12 February 2021. Application packs will automatically be sent to parish and town councils.

Further copies are available by contacting the Green Spaces team on Tel. 01455 255707 or by emailing greenspaces@hinckley-bosworth.gov.uk  

Next Generation

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Age UK’s Digital Champions scheme

Age UK’s Digital Champions scheme, assisting older people in the community to become more confident using technology. This will enable people to keep in touch with friends and family, learn how to shop online and also help pursue hobbies and interests.

For more information, please contact Age UK: 0116 2237371 or email: thinkdigital@ageukleics.org.uk

Louise Lock

Next Generation

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