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Thu, 21 Jul 2011 3:27pm

Grants are still available through the Inspire Leicestershire Programme to assist Leicestershire's rural businesses.

The grants fall into 3 categories – The Workspace Development Grant (up to £15,000) Visitor Development Grant (up to £10,000) and Equestrian Development Grant (up to £10,000).

Full details can be found at: www.oakleaves.org.uk/rural-business-grants

If you have a project or idea and think your business could be eligible please contact Heather Bell (heather.bell@leics.gov.uk ) or Sarah McCartney (Sarah.mccartney@leics.gov.uk) for more details and they will be happy to help you through the process.

Get in touch now to make the most of this exciting opportunity, all funds need to be spent by November 2011.

Wed, 20 Jul 2011 2:56pm

The Ride Leicestershire & Beyond area covers over 1,000 square miles of beautiful English countryside dotted with castles and stately homes, picturesque stone villages and market towns.

Offering miles of off-road bridleways, permissive routes and toll rides, horse riding provides a fabulous way to explore the area.
Previously branded Ride Welland, the Ride Leicestershire and Beyond project has now been incorporated into Leicestershire Promotions www.goleicestershire.com, and has been extended to cover new developing areas for equestrian businesses, particularly in The National Forest. The new site will benefit from added functionality, promotion and a greater number of online visitors.

Visitors to the site will be able to:
o Plan a riding holiday, day ride or find somewhere new to hack!
o Check out accommodation providers and eateries that welcome horses.
o Find local equestrian services, including vets, farriers and livery yards.

Local businesses can add their details for free, helping to promote their services to local and visiting horse riders.

For more information please visit: www.goleicestershire.com/ride-leicestershire

Rural Community Council - Job Vacancies
Mon, 18 Jul 2011 12:22pm
Rural Community Council - Job Vacancies

The Rural Community Council (Leicestershire and Rutland), a partner organisation of the LRP, is looking to appoint two part time Community Development Officers to join thier successful Rural Action Team based in Leicester and covering primarily Melton and Hinckley & Bosworth Districts.

These appointments will help communities with Community Development and in the delivery of Big Society outcomes. Excellent communication skills, the ability to work independently demonstrating high degree of initiative are essential. Access to a car is required. To start as soon as possible after selection.

The job specification and application form can be downloaded at the RCC website. Alternatively, you may request an pack to be sent to you by calling 0116 2662905.

Thu, 23 Jun 2011 3:31pm

Through the Inspire Leicestershire Programme there are a number of grants available to assist Leicestershire’s rural businesses. The grants fall into 3 categories – The Workspace Development Grant (up to £15,000) Visitor Development Grant (up to £10,000) and Equestrian Development Grant (up to £10,000).

Full details can be found at: http://www.oakleaves.org.uk/rural-business-grants.html

Please contact Heather Bell ( ) or Sarah McCartney () for more details.

Leicestershire Rural Framework, 2011-14: Consultation
Thu, 23 Jun 2011 11:27am

There is only one week left to comment on the draft Leicestershire Rural Framework, 2011-14.

Please let us know what your future priorities for rural Leicestershire are. This information will help inform the allocation of existing and future resources available through the Leicestershire Rural Partnership.

Full details on the consultation are available on our Rural Framework webpage.

Alternatively please contact Matthew Kempson (matthew.kempson@leics.gov.uk, 0116 305 6179

Melton Mowbray Country Fair - 26th June 2011
Fri, 17 Jun 2011 11:39am

The LRP is encouraging you to enjoy a taste of the countryside at Melton Mowbray Country Fair on Sunday 26th June 2011.

A truly traditional event with plenty to see and do complimented by the annual baking competition – the Melton BIG BAKE supported by the Real Bread Campaign and Fair attendees

There is on offer lashings of local food and drink and a chance to make or bake in our onsite bakery with amazing bakers Vincent Talleu and Paul Jones.

A chance to watch a range of rural crafts demonstrations, visit animals soft and scary or just relax with a cream tea and listen to the music all in the wonderful setting of the Town Estates Parks in the centre of the "Rural Capital of Food" Melton Mowbray. LE13 0PT.

Dogs are very welcome and can enter the Novelty Dog Show sponsored by Mars with plenty of prizes for owners and dogs.

10am – 5pm Free parking nearby. Adults £5.00 Children 5-16 £1.00 Under 5 FREE Family ticket 2 adults and 2 children £10.00

Tickets available on the day.

Foundation Degree (FdA) in Work with Communities and Young People
Thu, 16 Jun 2011 3:57pm

Foundation Degree (FdA) in Work with Communities and Young People

- specially designed for those who are working or volunteering in community and voluntary organisations or the public sector.

“The Foundation Degree inspired me, educated me, gave me confidence and informed my practice. It was led by inspirational lecturers with differing teaching styles. Whilst on the course I grew and realised I was able to achieve; before this I thought I was not intelligent and would never achieve a professional career. It shaped me as a professional and as a person.” Sarah Tiffany, recent graduate

It offers students the opportunity to:
• Reflect on and develop your work in communities
• Gain an accredited qualification
• Continue professional training and development
• Understand and develop working practices based around current theory
• Find out about current research and thinking surrounding areas such as community development and widening participation.

The course covers a variety of topics including: principles and values, social policy, concepts of community, identity and issue based work. Assessment is carried out via coursework with an emphasis on experiential learning or learning by doing.

Duration: 2 years full-time, 3-6 years part-time. Tuesday and Wednesday full-time 2011-2012
Locations: DeMontfort University, city campus (D26) or North Warwickshire & Hinckley College
UCAS code: L590

Entry and Admissions Criteria
Normally at least five GCSEs at grade C or above, including English and Maths, plus one of the following:
• 180 UCAS points from at least one A Level, or equivalent
• International Baccalaureate: 26 + Points
• NVQ Level 3 or modern apprenticeship in a related subject or a progressive diploma
• Access to Higher Education Award.

Applicants should possess one year’s practical experience in a youth or community setting (paid or voluntary) and will be required to undertake six hours relevant work experience per week for the duration of the course.

Applications from mature students are more than welcome, and, work experiences may be accepted for entry in place of academic qualifications.

Suitable applicants will be invited for interview. You must complete a Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) disclosure clearance prior to the start of the course. A criminal record does not necessarily exclude you from undertaking the course. Course Fees for 2011-2012: £3,375 per annum. Bursaries, grants, scholarships and other funding may be available depending on your individual circumstances. Contact us for more details:

Drop-In days and Open Evening
If you would like to find out more, visit us at our:
Tuesday 21 June and Friday 24 June – drop in days
Tuesday 26 July, 5.00 – 7.00pm – open evening

To book a place at the Drop-In days or Open Evening or to find out more information contact:
T: 0116 257 7700 E: W: dmu.ac.uk/wcyp

Thu, 09 Jun 2011 2:06pm

This weekend the LRP encourages you to get out and about and enjoy Open Farm Sunday.

Visit a farm on LEAF's Open Farm Sunday 12th June 2011 and discover how farmers grow your food and care for the countryside and its wildlife.

Across Leicestershire 6 farms will be welcoming visitors. These include

- Cotesbach Estate
Guided farm walks depart from the Stable Yard, Cotesbach, at 10.30am and 1.30pm. Sturdy footgear recommended. The Church is open all weekend with a Flower Festival and the Village Hall for teas. Songs of Praise 4pm. All welcome

- Gorse Hill Farm, Leicester
Farm open to the public. Opportunity to meet a variety of different animals.

- Hill Farm, Ashby de la Zouch
Farm animals including deer, bison,alpacas, mangalitza and tamworth red pigs and lambs. Shire horse. Craft activities and children's play area. Forest walks and talks. Farm machinery bygone to present day. Home produced food and cream teas are to be avialable on the day for a small charge.

- Little Markfield, Markfield
Come and enjoy seeing sheep being sheared, wool being spun, pig with piglets, cows with their babies and feed the lambs! There will farm walks, which are ideal ways to enjoy the peace and beauty of the countryside., Enjoy hot dogs and beef burgers using farm produce, homemade cakes and. For those of you who love machinery, there will be plenty of tractors and tools on show too! Also vintage tractors and machinery, over 30 crafts & food stalls, Meet Pen the Red-Tail Hawk, Pumpkin growing competition for the children, beer festival Sausage making, and much more.

- Manor Farm, Catthorpe
Join us at Manor Farm to discover life on a real working farm. This year we will be focusing on the life of beef cattle - who play a vital role on our farm. Learn about their life cycle, feed, different breeds and lots more. Meet the farmers, see the equipment, tour the farm and enjoy lots of actvities too. The event will run from 11am - 4pm. We are easy to find - look out for signage from the A5 and Catthorpe Interchange. Please wear appropriate footwear for a farm walk and sun hats if the sun is out! The tearoom will be open all day and we will also be having a BBQ using our own meat! No need to book - just turn up on the day!

- Whetstone Pastures Farm
Farm and woodland walks, trailer rides. Big machines! Little creatures! Fruit to pick, pizzas to make, cream teas and local food to enjoy - and gems to pan for! 10.30am to 4.30pm. Off A426 thre miles south of Blaby.

More information is available on the OFS 2011 website at www.farmsunday.org.

We hope you enjoy your farm visit.

Wed, 27 Apr 2011 4:22pm

Investors in People offers a practical, flexible and easy to use framework delivering business improvement through people. It is used by more than 30,000 organisations in over 50 countries - from start-ups to multinational organisations.

EMB Excellence Ltd (emb-x) delivers Investors in People across central England, have launched an exciting timetable of local events for those interested in finding out more about the benefits that Investors in People can bring to their organisation.

The proven framework can help:

• improve competitiveness
• clarify employees’ roles and responsibilities
• improve succession planning
• create a strong, organisational learning culture
• establish levels of managerial autonomy
• develop and train your people
• increase job satisfaction and motivation
• reduce workplace stress and employee turnover.

Stephen Smith on behalf of emb-x says “Working with Investors in People can bring many benefits to your business, both to your internal processes as well as your performance and profitability. It is well documented that those organisations that have achieved The Standard are more likely to have higher levels of product and service innovation”

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To find out more about how Investors in People can benefit your business, contact the Investors in People Central England Centre on 0845 872 7727 email or visit www.iipcentralengland.co.uk

Seeking your views on refreshed Leicestershire Rural Framework priorities
Mon, 18 Apr 2011 12:33pm

We are seeking your views on our refreshed Priority Outcomes

We launched our third Leicestershire Rural Strategy at our bi-annual conference in 2007.

Since then the Strategy has been influential in a number of successful funding bids, including Vibrant Villages and INSPIRE Leicestershire it has supported many consultation responses and has helped us influence other organisations in their support of rural Leicestershire

Mrs Lesley Pendleton, Chairman of the Leicestershire Rural Partnership, said, "with new Government priorities, such as the Big Society, and reduced public sector funding, it is critical that, through consultation, we identify and agree rural Leicestershire's future priorities.

"My vision is for rural Leicestershire to be made up of thriving and safe communities, which have access to good employment opportunities, affordable housing and essential local services".

In order to ensure the LRP remains effective and fit-for-purpose we need to ensure our priorities reflect current issues faced by Leicestershire's communities and businesses. To ensure this we have scheduled a mid-Strategy refresh.

The LRP has launched a public consultation on the refreshed Leicestershire Rural Framework, 2011-14 which will be open until 30th June 2011.

The Framwork includes a number of priority outcomes arranged by the following theme chapters

1. Strong, safe and inclusive communities
2. Thriving economy
3. High quality and accessible services
4. Countryside and the environment

The full consultation document of the Leicestershire Rural Framework, 2011-14 and a questionnaire to guide you in your respective responses is available on the LRP's Oakleaves website. Please click the title to this news item.

We welcome comments from all residents, businesses and organisations who live or work within rural Leicestershire.

For more information please contact Matthew Kempson on 0116 305 6179

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