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Lottery funding success for Blaby Ice House

Lottery funding success for Blaby Ice House

More than £155,000 has been awarded to Blaby District Council by The National Lottery Heritage Fund as part of an exciting project to restore and explore the history of the Ice House on Bouskell Park, Blaby.

Dating back to around 1843, the Grade II Listed Ice House was the storage facility for the Victorian manor house, Blaby Hall. A popular method to store ice from the nearby lake to keep Blaby Hall's food supplies cold and make ice cream, the Ice House was an important addition to the estate. However, the full historical and archaeological features remain relatively hidden. More »

The successful and comprehensive bid to The National Lottery Heritage Fund granted Blaby District Council £156,000 towards a £173,000 project to restore the Ice House to its former glory, helping to preserve its structure and heritage for the future. It is also anticipated to become a tourist attraction for the district as the Council continues to invest in boosting tourism in the area.

Thorough research will be undertaken to uncover the history of its use and efforts will be made to promote the Ice House and pond, highlighting its history with guided visits and community events. A two-day community archaeological dig will also be organised, enabling hand-on learning for both local volunteers and schools.

Planning is already underway, with Blaby District Council having consulted with Leicestershire County Council, a landscaping company, a structural engineer and the University of Leicester Archaeological Services Team. It is hoped that the community archaeological dig will take place in the summer of 2020.

Councillor Sharon Coe, Portfolio Holder for Health, Wellbeing & Regulatory Services, said: "We are absolutely delighted to secure this funding. Undertaking this project has been an ambition of ours for a number of years and the Heritage Lottery Funding will ensure this is possible.

"We want this to be a community-focused project, involving people of all ages and interests. Our vision is to restore and learn much more about the Ice House to once again become the focal point of Bouskell Park. When completed, it will be a long-term, sustainable attraction that all visitors will be able to enjoy."

Anne Jenkins, Director of England, Midlands & East at The National Lottery Heritage Fund, said: "From our 25 years of funding the UK's heritage, we know that community involvement is key in safeguarding our impressive history for future generations, and we are looking forward to seeing the project to restore the Ice House get underway."

More information about the project will be available on www.blaby.gov.uk over the coming months. » Less

Posted: Fri, 20 Dec 2019 09:59 by Beverley Greenwood

Christmas bin collections

Christmas bin collections

Important information about your collections over the festive period

With Christmas on the way, we wanted to remind you of the arrangements for collecting refuse and recycling over the next three weeks.

Christmas Week

  • No collections will take place between 25 December-01 January 2020

Double Collections

Double collections will take place the week before, and week after Christmas. We will empty both your refuse AND recycling bins on these collections. More »

  • Pre-Christmas double collections take place from 18-24 December
  • Post Christmas double collections take place from 02-07 January 2020

Please ensure your bins are presented by 7am. No side waste will be accepted except for neatly folded cardboard boxes.

Wednesday 01 January 2020

The collection scheduled for Wednesday 01 January will take place on Saturday 04 January.

Find all collection dates on our website by entering your postcode below:

Bin collection dates

Christmas Tree collections

We will be collecting Christmas Trees on the January Garden waste collection. Please ensure the tree is cut into 1m lengths before presenting with your garden waste bin. Find out your January collection date using the link above.

There will be five drop-off points for Christmas Trees in the district. These will be available from 02-10 January 2020.

  • Countesthorpe- Co-op Supermarket Car Park, LE8 5QX
  • Enderby - Enderby Leisure Centre Car Park, LE19 4LX
  • Glenfield - Stamford Street Car Park, LE3 8DL
  • Huncote - Pavilion Leisure Centre Car Park, LE9 3BN
  • Narborough - Narborough Park Car Park, LE19 2EL

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Posted: Mon, 16 Dec 2019 12:35 by Beverley Greenwood

Two charged with Glenfield salon burglary

Two charged with Glenfield salon burglary

Two men have been charged with burglary at a salon in Glenfield.

Constandinos Kouroushi, 50, of Highfield Road, Groby, Leicester, and Matthew Noble, 44, of New Fields Square, Leicester, have both been charged with burglary at White's Hair and Beauty salon on 30 June 2018.

The charge alleges that beauty products to the value of £179.65 were stolen.

Kouroushi is also charged with two counts of theft from a shop. These charges allege that in Leicestershire, two drills, to the value of £360, were stolen from B&Q on 30 June 2018 and various tools to the value of £321 were stolen from B&Q on 16 July 2018. More »

Kouroushi and Noble are both due to appear at Leicester Magistrates Court on Tuesday 17 December. » Less

Posted: Mon, 02 Dec 2019 07:44 by Beverley Greenwood