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It’s not too late!! Food Fortnight Final Weekend
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Wed, 02 Oct 2013 10:29am
It’s not too late!! Food Fortnight Final Weekend

Why not get out this weekend and make the most of the final few days of Leicester and Leicestershire Food Fortnight 2013. With a weekend packed full of mouth-watering events there is something for families, filmies and ardent food lovers. Events not to miss include:

  • Cooking Demonstration at Leicester Market, 12:30 Fri 4th October
  • Melton Mowbray Food Festival on Sat 5th and Sun 6th October
  • Foodie Films at the Regal Cinema, Melton on Sun 6th October
  • Community Food Day at Whetstone Pastures Farm Sun 6th October

And there is more …………………

For listings of all the events for fervent foodies to get their teeth into, visit: www.leicestershirefoodfortnight.co.uk

Leicestershire Job Fairs & Business Seminars
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Tue, 01 Oct 2013 1:21pm
Leicestershire Job Fairs & Business Seminars

A number of jobs fairs and business seminars are being staged by the county council, to help people access employment and skills.

Blake Pain, cabinet member for economic development, said:

"Boosting the economy and jobs is the county council's top priority. That's why we've set aside £3.2 million from our reserves to support economic development, including business support grants and events such as this, which aim to help people get back into jobs."

The job fairs will give people an opportunity to meet employers, training providers and agencies such as Job Centre Plus, district councils and further education colleges; and the business seminars will provide employers support and guidance on issues such as recruitment and taking on apprentices.

The events will take place at:

  • The George Ward Centre, Barwell, business seminars 2.30pm to 3.30pm and 3.30pm to 7pm jobs and advice on October 8th
  • Fosse Park food court, from 11am-3pm on October 9th
  • South Leicester College, South Wigston, from 7.45am-9.15am for business advice and 10am-1pm for jobs and advice on October 29th

Other fairs are being organised for Charnwood and Harborough and details will follow shortly.

For more information click here.

Bid for cash to boost rural jobs
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Wed, 25 Sep 2013 8:42am
Bid for cash to boost rural jobs

Businesses have a chance to bid for a share of £100,000, to boost the rural economy and jobs.

Leicestershire County Council is inviting bids for the latest round of its rural business grants, which were unveiled earlier this year. The deadline is 5pm on October 31.

County cabinet member Pam Posnett, chairman of the Rural Partnership, said: "Small firms are the life-blood of our economy and I hope that rural businesses take advantage of these grants, to help them develop and grow.

"The first round of grants, earlier this year, supported a range of initiatives, from creating a children's farm to finding new uses for agricultural buildings."

Rob Morton, proprietor of the Hallaton-based Bottle Kicking Cider Company, received a grant last year. He said: "The assistance the Leicestershire Rural Partnership has given us has been invaluable. We have been able to carry out our expansion plans with confidence, and we are now in a position to fulfil the increased demand for our cider."

The county council is funding the grants as part of its work to support the local economy.

For further information concerning the rural business grants, please download an application form and accompanying guidance notes from http://www.oakleaves.org.uk/rcp.html , email peter.mclaren@leics.gov.uk or phone Peter on 0116 305 3910.

Leicester and Leicestershire Food Fortnight 2013 - starts this weekend!!!
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Thu, 19 Sep 2013 10:03am
Leicester and Leicestershire Food Fortnight 2013 - starts this weekend!!!

Restaurants, Cafes, food entrepreneurs, brilliant bakers and champion cheese-makers – are all about to tuck into one of Leicester and Leicestershire's most important culinary events. Gastronomic delights have been lined up right across the county to highlight just how good Leicestershire produce really is. Leicester and Leicestershire Food Fortnight which runs from 21 September to 6 October and is organised by Leicestershire County Council and Leicester City Council – is giving producers a major forum to showcase their wares.

Events stretch right across the county from Melton Mowbray to Market Harborough, Blaby, the City and North West Leicestershire, Loughborough to Hinckley. This year over 65 businesses are taking part in Food Fortnight which is designed to raise the profile of food and drink in the County and encourage people to support local business.

From Donisthorpe Apple Day to Pie and Ale evening at Hothorpe Hall, cookery demonstrations, bread-making, pasta-making, food fairs and tastings – this year's Food Fortnight has something for everyone. Tuck in !

For more information and listings of all the events for fervent foodies to get their teeth into, visit: www.leicestershirefoodfortnight.co.uk

Tilton on the Hill welcomes new affordable homes
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Wed, 21 Aug 2013 11:32am
Tilton on the Hill welcomes new affordable homes

The Leicestershire village of Tilton on the Hill has seen the start of building work for six new affordable homes. Leicestershire County Council, Harborough District Council, Tilton on the Hill and Halstead Parish Council and Nottingham Community Housing Association (NCHA) have teamed together to bring more homes to the area allowing local people to continue living in this rural community.

The project to build six new homes in Tilton on the Hill started in 2008 after the Parish Council conducted a housing need survey, researching the need for affordable housing in the parish, embracing type, design and location of new housing. The agreement for the new properties comprise of two 2 bed houses (one being shared ownership), two 3 bed houses (one also being of shared ownership), one 2 bed bungalow and one 1 bed house.

The investment for the new homes, will receive £100,000 from both Leicestershire County Council and Harborough District Council, with NCHA being selected to develop and manage the new homes.

Councillor Pam Posnett, from the Leicestershire Rural Partnership and Leicestershire County Council said:

"I am delighted that excellent partnership working and a collaboration of funders is enabling these new affordable homes to be built in Tilton on the Hill. They will be a valuable asset for the local community for generations to come, allowing local people to remain within the village."

Post Office Community Enterprise Fund
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Fri, 09 Aug 2013 3:48pm
Post Office Community Enterprise Fund

Would you like your Post Office to support a community scheme?

Post Office branches in England (excluding Crown branches) can now apply to receive up to £10,000 to support a new scheme or service for their local community. These could include:

  • Classes in key skills such as reading, languages or the Internet
  • Mentoring and advice service for local small businesses, or display space for local producers
  • Partnership with a local charity to provide a meeting space, notice board and other forms of support
  • A hub or meeting space for community groups involved in local issues, such as neighbourhood planning

If you have an idea you'd like your Post Office to support, download and print the PDF, write down your idea, take it into your Post Office and have a conversation with the sub-postmaster or branch manager about what you could do together to benefit the local community.

Sub-postmasters can find out more including how to apply on subspaceonline.co.uk. Deadline for applications is Friday 18 October 2013.

The Fund is a result of a partnership between the Department for Communities and Local Government and Post Office Ltd. It is limited to supporting a maximum of 20 schemes across the country (England only) in 2013/14.

Winning bids will be selected by a panel compromising Post Office Ltd, Department for Communities and Local Government, and others. Judging will take place in autumn with the successful schemes announced shortly after.

If you have any questions, email communities@postoffice.co.uk.

Posted:
Fri, 02 Aug 2013 11:29am

The Leicestershire Rural Partnership is pleased to release its annual report for 2012-13.

The report highlights the key achievements over the past year including celebrating 20 years as a partnership, continued support at policy and strategy level and on the ground delivery to Leicestershire's rural communities and businesses as well as the launch of many new initiatives.

Progress against the 'Big 7' rural priorities is updated and case studies showcase the tangible difference partnership working is making to the lives of those who live, work or visit rural Leicestershire.

Posted:
Fri, 02 Aug 2013 11:27am

Leicestershire County Council has launched a £124,000 SHIRE Community Building Grant Fund to support Community Buildings across Leicestershire.

A maximum £6000 grant and or £4000 loan can be offered to constituted management groups who manage community buildings in Leicestershire.

There is a mix of funding available to cover both capital work – improvements for buildings – and support for business planning, advice and training - improvements in how the buildings are run.

Leicestershire County Council is looking to support costs of:

  • Major repairs, such as new roofs and floors:
  • Improvements that increaseCommunityBuildingcapacity or enable wider usage such as extensions and internal refits.
  • Acquisition of buildings (via purchase or long lease) in order to provide a community facility.
  • Construction of new Community Buildings.
  • Training and development of the committee members, volunteers and staff running Community Buildings
  • Support with strengthening governance, developing business plans and community consultation.

Applications will be considered by a Grants Panel. For applications to be considered by the next panel meeting in October, applications need to be submitted by Friday 20th of September.

For more details about the fund and how to apply, please visit

www.leics.gov.uk/shire_community_buildings_grant

www.leics.gov.uk/grants

or contact Andy Hayes 0116 305 7269

Posted:
Fri, 28 Jun 2013 1:52pm

Rural communities across England that aspire to generate their own clean green power are being offered a helping hand today with the launch of a £15 million Government fund.

The Rural Community Energy Fund (RCEF), which is now open to applications, is specifically targeted at helping rural communities access the money needed to carry out feasibility studies into renewable energy projects, and fund the costs associated with applying for planning permission. It is intended that projects will then be able to attract private finance to pay for renewable energy kit and get projects up and running. Funding can be used to support rural projects across the renewable and low carbon energy spectrum including wind, solar, biomass, heat pumps, anaerobic digestion, gas Combined Heat and Power and hydro.

The RCEF offers funding in two stages and applications will be considered from rural communities with less than 10,000 residents and larger communities located in local authority areas defined as 'predominantly rural'. There is a grant of up to £20,000 on offer for feasibility studies into renewable energy projects in local areas. Once these studies have been successfully completed, communities can then apply for a loan worth up to around £130,000 to help with project costs, such as seeking planning permission and relevant environmental permits. The loan is repayable to Government once projects have received the necessary private sector funding required to get them up and running.

RCEF application form can be downloaded from the WRAP website.

Dementia Friends - creating dementia friendly communities together
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Wed, 26 Jun 2013 4:11pm
Dementia Friends - creating dementia friendly communities together

Dementia Friends is a national initiative that is being run by Alzheimer's Society. It's funded by the government, and aims to improve people's understanding of dementia and its effects.

People with dementia sometimes need a helping hand to go about their daily lives and feel included in their local community. Dementia Friends is giving people an understanding of dementia and the small things that they can do that could make a difference to people living with dementia.

You can get involved in two ways: become a Dementia Friends Champion or become a Dementia Friend.

What is a Dementia Friend?

A Dementia Friend learns a little bit more about what it's like to live with dementia and then turns that understanding into action - anyone of any age can be a Dementia Friend. From helping someone to find the right bus to spreading the word about dementia on social media, every action counts.

If you are interested in becoming a Dementia Friend and joining a national initiative, then you will need to register as a Dementia Friend , www.dementiafriends.org.uk , and go to one of our Friends' information sessions.

Once you have signed up please email the Dementia Project Lead - Martin Hall with your name, email address, and work location. Martin's email address is martin.hall@leics.gov.uk.

Training will be in groups of twenty and last for one hour. The training dates are being coordinated by the Dementia Friends and the date and venue will therefore be dependent on interest in your locality.

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