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Community groups can secure up to £20,000 with grants on offer - click for more

Community groups and charities in Charnwood could receive up to £20,000 in grant funding from Charnwood Borough Council. The grants can help with community projects, running costs for up to one year or one-off equipment costs or costs towards renovating or providing a new community building. Councillor Jonathan Morgan, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Community Cohesion, said: “Local groups and charities do a lot to help people in our community, which is why we want to support them with our grants scheme.  I would encourage people to apply, but also help us by providing as much information as possible in your application. Sometimes groups miss out because they’ve not included enough detail, so take your time. We have a new application form for this round of grants, so if you need help, we can offer support and advice – just get in touch.” New bids are being taken for the following grants: Loughborough community grant, deadline 21st February, 2017 – The grant can provide up to £2,000 for voluntary sector and community organisations and projects, which deliver activities with community benefits in Loughborough. These grants can cover running costs (for up to one year) or one-off equipment costs. Community Development and Engagement Grant, deadline 23rd February, 2017– The grant is open for any organisation working in Charnwood and can provide up to £10,000 towards running costs and one off equipment costs. Community Facilities and Feasibility Grant, deadline 23rd February, 2017 – The grant can provide a maximum of £20,000, up to a maximum of 50% of the cost of a project which assists with the renovation, improvement and provision of community buildings, and small-scale environmental improvement schemes. Feasibility studies grants awards grants of up to £5,000, to a maximum of 50% of the cost of feasibility studies as part of the development plan to undertake substantial refurbishment or propose a new-build community facility. The latest application forms and more information are available at: www.charnwood.gov.uk/charnwoodgrants , email: [email protected] or call 01509 634 730. ...

Briefing for prospective candidates and their agents - click for more

A briefing session is being held in Charnwood for prospective candidates and their agents in the forthcoming Leicestershire County Council elections. The session is on Tuesday 7th March at Loughborough Town Hall and is open to anyone considering standing in the 14 Leicestershire County Council divisions that fall within the Charnwood area. The session will include an overview of the election processes and arrangements. Candidate and agents nomination and support packs will be available after the session. Anyone who cannot make the briefing can still collect a nomination and support pack from Charnwood Borough Council’s offices in Southfield Road, Loughborough. They will be available from 1st March. The briefing will be in the Council Chamber at the Town Hall and starts at 5.30pm. For further information or confirmation of attendance, please contact the electoral services office on 01509 634 612/3 or email [email protected] ...

New breakfast club for Veterans and Armed Forces members - click for more

A breakfast club for serving and former members of the Armed Forces is being launched in Charnwood. The Charnwood Armed Forces and Veterans Breakfast Club meets for the first time on Saturday 11th February at the Toby Carvery in Loughborough and it is a chance for serving and former servicemen and women, including reservists, and their families to enjoy breakfast for £5 and have a chat. The club is being organised by Victoria Coomber and backed by Charnwood Borough Council’s Armed Forces Community Covenant. Victoria’s husband Dai served in the Royal Signals for more than 20 years before his death in 2011 following a short battle with Burkitts Lymphoma. Victoria, who lives in Shepshed and works for the Council, said: “We want to give veterans the chance to come together, meet new people who may have similar experiences and of course enjoy a good breakfast.  It doesn’t matter whether you are still serving, left the armed forces last week, last year or many years ago. You will all have common bonds from your service and we’re hoping this will become a popular, regular event open to all current and past members of our Armed Forces in Charnwood.   I’d like to thank the Toby Carvery for their support in hosting the club.” Armed Forces Community Covenants encourage understanding and awareness of the issues affecting service personnel, veterans and their families within the local community. Cllr Hilary Fryer, the Council’s Armed Forces Champion, said: “I am passionate about supporting our armed forces personnel because these people are prepared to risk their lives to protect our freedom. It’s important we support them if we can, even if it’s only in a small way.  I am delighted to see the start of the breakfast club and I look forward to seeing people there.” The Charnwood Armed Forces and Veterans Breakfast Club will meet on the second Saturday of every month. The first event is between 9.30-11.30am on Saturday 11th February at the Toby Carvery, Forest Road, Loughborough, LE11 3HU. A full English breakfast will be £5 for veterans including unlimited tea and coffee. Booking is not required, but for more information, email Vicky at [email protected] A group has also been set up on Facebook called the Charnwood Veterans Breakfast Club. Search for it and request to join. ...

Wreake Valley Academy – Funding Opportunity To Resurface Tennis Courts - click for more

In 2015 carrier bag charging began in England, bringing it in-line with carrier bag charging schemes already in place in the rest of the UK. As a result, large retailers, are required by law to charge a minimum of 5p for every single-use carrier bag used by a customer. Proceeds generated from the sales of the bags are given to good causes. In particular, money raised by Tesco customers is used to pay for a large number of local projects to support community participation in the development and use of open spaces. We are delighted to let you know that we have made an application to be included in the Tesco Bags of Help Grant Scheme, seeking help to meet the costs of renewing our Tennis Courts so that we can offer better coaching and playing opportunities to our students and community users. Our project has been selected by Tesco and will be put forward to a customer vote in stores during February 2017. Please see below a list of stores taking part in the voting on our project. L/STER HAMILTON EXTRA LE5 1BJ ABERDALE RD LEICS EXP LE2 6GB SOUTH WIGSTON LE18 4SE GRANBY ST LEICEST EXP LE1 6FB LEICESTER SAFFRON EXP LE2 6SD LEICESTER HUMBRST EXP LE4 9JP BELGRAVE GATE LEI EXP LE1 3HP LILLIE HOUSE LEIC EXP LE2 0QD SYSTON LEICESTER MTRO LE7 2JT WELFORD HSE LEICS EXP LE1 6ZH LEICESTR MELTN RD EXP LE4 6PN EVINGTON METRO LE5 5NA LEICESTER LTTRWRT EXP LE2 8PH COUNTESTHORPE EXP LE8 5RN Our project, along with two other successful projects in our region will go forward to a vote in Tesco stores where customers will decide which project receives funding, by voting for their favourite project each time they shop. Voting will take place from 1st February to 25th February. In March, we will find out the amount of funding we will receive!The project with the highest number of votes across our region will receive £5,000, the second placed project £2,000 and the third placed project £1,000. ...

HSBC Syston Branch to Close on Friday 9th June 2017 - click for more

HSBC has reported that it will close 62 branches across the UK, some of these branches are in Leicestershire and include our own branch which is going to be a great loss to the Town. This branch with its two ATMs serves not only businesses and individuals in Syston but also from the surrounding villages. It brings customers into the town which supports our very busy town and will have a detrimental affect on those shops and businesses. In the article attached the HSBC’s head of retail banking and wealth management for UK and Europe, Francesca McDonagh, said: “The way our customers bank with us is changing. More customers are using mobile and internet banking than ever before, innovation such as Touch and Voice ID has proved extremely popular, and fewer people are using branches.” Can HSBC answer the following question – How can customers pay cash and cheques in to their account through a computer? This may not be a problem for some individuals, although not everyone has a smart phone or a computer or wants one! Businesses in Syston and surrounding villages use this branch to pay cheques and cash into their account to ensure it is correctly allocated and in their account on the day it is paid in. She went on to say:  “Our priority now is to work with our colleagues, our customers and the communities impacted by today’s announcement. We are contacting customers to explain the decision and help them with alternative ways to bank with us. We will offer customers individual sessions to help explain their options or provide help in setting up telephone, mobile or internet banking.” The town has already lost one major Bank, Natwest, on the premise of lack of foot fall. Now HSBC says it it technology that is causing the closure of a branch that is very well used and we here at the Stn believe that this branch is needed in the town and we will be seeking to have a one-to-one interview as offered. To read the full article see the link below: http://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/leicestershire-hsbc-branches-closing/story-30082980-detail/story.html Link below is for the BBC report on the HSBC Closures: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-38733107 We would like to hear from you our readers on this subject. Please contact us via email: [email protected]  or write to us at the usual address, see contact us tab at top of the site. ...

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