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Rural Insight Survey - last chance to have your say!
Wed, 03 Nov 2010 2:19pm

The Rural Intelligence Foundation are urging people to complete their online Rural Insight survey which aims to help ensure key rural issues receive the prominence they deserve along with helping develop and promote fresh ideas that benefit rural people and the countryside.

  • Representatives of organisations involved with Rural Service Delivery should click here.
  • Rural Residents wishing to respond from their own personal experience should click here.

Respondents who feel both categories are relevant to their experience are encouraged to complete both versions of the survey.

All respondents will in due course receive a summary of the results, enabling them to see their contribution to what is a significant new source of information concerning the future of rural England.

Responses to the current Rural Insight survey will close on 5 November 2010 and should take no more than 15 minutes to complete.

Wed, 27 Oct 2010 4:44pm

The BIG Lottery Fund is investing an additional £75 million for community-use buildings through its flagship programme, Reaching Communities.
From early December, voluntary and community sector organisations and parish and town councils across England will be able to apply for capital funding from BIG of between £100,000 to £500,000.
The money will be available for all types of multi-purpose buildings used by communities including memorial halls, community centres and village halls. Each project should have a total value of no more than £750,000. The new funding stream has been designed with a view to transforming current buildings into community buildings which can offer a wide range of activities benefitting a broad group of citizens.

Winning CVs, Winning interviews, Winning that job!
Tue, 19 Oct 2010 2:51pm
Winning CVs, Winning interviews, Winning that job!

An LRP supported project aimed at those out of work in and around Lutterworth was showcased at County Hall recently.
In2Work, which is based at Wycliffe House, Lutterworth’s Voluntary & Community Services One Stop Shop, offers FREE training and advice through their Community Computer Centre, the Citizens Advice Bureau and Lutterworth Community Transport for:

  • Job searches
  • Confidence building
  • Application forms/CVs
  • Computer & IT skills
  • Volunteering
  • Benefits, financial & legal advice

Staff and clients from the One Stop Shop were met by LRP Chairman, Lesley Pendleton, before giving a presentation in the Council Chamber outlining their work and some of the success stories. This was followed by a buffet lunch and the opportunity to have a guided tour around County Hall.

(The In2Work group, along with Lesley Pendleton, are pictured in the Members Lounge at County Hall.)

For further information about In2Work please e-mail: John Warren or ring: 01455 555570.

In2Work flyer (PDF, 382 Kb)
FREE advice for ALL Leicestershire's Equestrian businesses
Fri, 15 Oct 2010 2:33pm

Monday 1st November 2010
Witham Villa Riding Centre, Cosby Road, Broughton Astley, LE9 6PA
Daytime session: 10am - 2pm (lunch provided)
Evening session: 6pm - 9pm (with tea & cakes)

The sessions will focus on:

Representatives from Business Link, the Leicestershire Equestrian Enterprise Partnership (LEEP), The National Forest and Endurance GB will also be attending. Natural horseman, Micky Gavin, will also be on hand demonstrating his skills.
E-mail or ring 0116 305 7034 for further information/to book your place.

Thu, 14 Oct 2010 1:22pm

THE Countryside Alliance Awards are asking the public to nominate their rural heroes.
The awards, were set up to applaud those who go the extra mile and help sustain life and business in the countryside.
There are now two weeks left to nominate - further information and award categories

Breedon Priory Farm Shop - taster weekend
Mon, 11 Oct 2010 11:32am

Breedon Priory farm shop are encouraging people to visit their taster weekend on October 16th - 17th from 11am - 3pm where they will launch their new tasty Farmshop Selection Box. The selection box includes a range local meat, cheese, milk, eggs, bread, cakes, pies, preserves, chutney, pickles, fruit & veg. Visitors can claim a 25% discount on a selection box by using the attached flyer. The farmshop is on the Ashby Road, Breedon on the Hill, DE73 8AT, tel: 01332 863494, e-mail: priorygardencentre@sky.com

Invitation to help refresh the Leicestershire Rural Partnership's future strategic priorities
Fri, 08 Oct 2010 2:36pm

The Leicestershire Rural Partnership (LRP) invites your input into the scheduled refresh of the Leicestershire Rural Strategy, 2007-14 - based on the principles of reduce, refocus and revise.

The current Strategy was launched by Lord Haskins and Mrs Lesley Pendleton at our Bi-Annual Conference in 2007. It has since been successfully used to support funding bids for both our Vibrant Villages and INSPIRE Leicestershire programmes. It has also formed the backbone to all our consultation responses at a local, regional and national level.

As part of the consultation on the revised Strategy – revised as the Leicestershire Rural Framework, 2011-14 – we will host a Forum event on 23rd November 2010 at Kibworth Grammar School Hall, Kibworth Beauchamp (12-4pm - tbc).

Reduced public sector funding and changes to governance structures will mean that it is essential we have a Framework which clearly outlines what we want to achieve for Leicestershire's rural communities and businesses, and how we will ensure this.

Mrs Lesley Pendleton, Chairman of the Leicestershire Rural Partnership, commented, "I strongly urge as many people and organisations with an interest in rural Leicestershire to attend this event. There is a real danger that as funding is reduced, those living in more sparsely populated areas will be hit hardest. A refreshed Leicestershire Rural Framework which clearly articulates the needs and aspirations of rural Leicestershire will be the necessary instrument to ensure our effectiveness at influencing policy and delivery".

Full details of the event are currently being finalised. The agenda and booking form will be published through the LRP's website shortly.

For further information in the meantime, please e-mail:matthew.kempson@leics.gov.uk or ring him on tel: 0116 305 6179.

Fri, 08 Oct 2010 9:09am

Former Brooksby College student Andrew Rees, from Gauldby Lodge Farm near Billesdon, was last night crowned Young Farmer of the Year at the 2010 Farmers Weekly Awards held at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London.
The Awards' aim is to recognise innovation and achievement among individual farmers as well as celebrate excellence within the industry.
Another local farmer, Jan McCourt of Northfield Farm at Cold Overton, was also recognised by coming runner up in the Local Food Farmer of the Year category.

Thu, 07 Oct 2010 2:10pm
The latest Leicestershire Food & Drink Directory

Ardent local food shoppers will be pleased to know that the NEW online Leicestershire Food and Drink Directory has just been launched. With a wide range of farmshops, delicatessens and local producers it's the ideal way to find your freshest local produce.
Produced by Leicestershire Food Links, the directory also includes details of pubs, restaurants and accommodation that serve local food.

Every effort has been made to make the directory as up to date as possible, however, Leicestershire Food Links are always eager to hear from any new producers or retailers that would like to be added to the next edition.

Tue, 05 Oct 2010 8:22am

The Woodhouse restaurant in Woodhouse Eaves has been named as the winner of the Best Leicestershire Menu.

The award, run by Leicester Shire Promotions, was announced at the East Midlands Food Festival at Brooksby Hall, near Melton Mowbray. Held in conjunction with the Leicester and Leicestershire Food Fortnight other shortlisted entries including Horseshoe Cottage Farm B&B, Belvoir B&B, Manor House farm tea rooms and Scalford Hall.

Aimed at local restaurants, the Best Leicestershire Menu looked for examples of fixed price menus, celebrating the best local produce.

Paul Leary, owner/chef at The Woodhouse, commented: “We feel privileged to win this award. We strongly champion local produce and the key to winning is to do as much as we possibly can to make best use of the high quality food around us. This award is also for our suppliers – they make our job much easier.”

Martin Peters, Chief Executive of Leicester Shire Promotions commented: “An increasing number of people visit Leicester and Leicestershire to experience the destination’s strong heritage in food and drink, and the use of local produce continues to be a key factor in the promotion of the food and drink offer. The Woodhouse has displayed their commitment to promoting this key message and have been rightfully recognised with these awards.”

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