Hi Everyone,

In the email below I set out details of the planning application that has been submitted for a massive 'distribution campus' at junction 11 of the M42. If it is approved it will lead to a huge increase in HGV's on the A444 and cause chaos at junction 11 (in my opinion). It will also result in significant environmental damage to a beautiful area.

If you want to comment on the planning application you must do it NOW, as the opportunity to comment will probably end on 25th September. My email below tells you how to comment but you can also email the planning officer . 

Twycross parish council has objected to this application, and if you do wish to object I URGE YOU TO DO SO IMMEDIATELY AS OTHERWISE IT MAY BE TOO LATE.


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From: Alan Davies <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date: Fri, Aug 24, 2018 at 3:40 PM

Another major planning application I'm afraid! Could you circulate this a.s.a.p please as there is not much time to comment, and it is very important everyone is aware of what is proposed. Thanks.


I have recently been made aware that a planning application has been submitted for the development of land close to junction 11 of the M42. The application is not within Hinckley and Bosworth (or Twycross parish for that matter), but it is extremely close to Norton Juxta Twycross and will therefore have huge implications for us.

The application is for the construction of a distribution campus of 270 acres, together with associated offices and infrastructure, on land located in the triangle between the A444 and B5493, immediately adjacent to to the left of junction 11 of the M42 as you exit from the south. I believe it is hoped to create jobs for 3,000 people. So it will be a huge development,which will lead to a huge increase in cars and HGV's using junction 11 and surrounding roads.

The development will massively increase the numbers of cars and HGV's on the M42/A42 around junction11, and the M42 already struggles to cope with traffic, particularly at peak periods; there is no public transport to this site and it has no major settlement nearby so it is not a 'sustainable' location (in my opinion); and this is an area of open countryside used predominantly for farming, so there will be significant environmental issues.

You can comment on the application by visiting the website of North West Leicestershire District Council, and following the links on their planning pages to the planning applications section and entering planning application reference number 18/01443/FULM. 

I believe formal comments are required by 28th August, but this period may be extended as the application has such major implications for many local villages and local people. However, if you do wish to comment please do so as soon as possible, and if all else fails send an email or letter to North West Leicestershire!

Alan Davies (Chairman, Twycross parish council and Cock Lane resident.)



The Medical Unit is closed for staff training on Wednesday afternoon 14 November .

Measham Medical Unit &The Surgery Ashby – Merger

We are to hold information events for patients of both practices, where you can come and speak to staff about the proposed changes and what they may mean for you:

Friday 2 November 2018 Ashby Library, North Street, Ashby 12.30 – 4.30pm

Saturday 3 November 2018 Measham Medical Unit 9.00 – 12.00pm

Wednesday 7 November 2018 Measham Leisure Centre 2.00 - 6.00pm

Some tips on cutting down on your drinking ...

If you regularly drink more than 14 units a week, try these simple tips to help you cut down. (Fourteen units is equivalent to six pints of average-strength beer or 10 small glasses of low-strength wine).

Make a plan Before you start drinking, set a limit on how much you're going to drink.

Set a budget Only take a fixed amount of money to spend on alcohol.

Let them know If you let your friends and family know you're cutting down and it's important to you, you could get support from them.

Take it a day at a time Cut back a little each day

Make it a smaller one You can still enjoy a drink, but go for smaller sizes. Try bottled beer instead of pints, or a small glass of wine instead of a large one. Take a break Have several drink-free days each week.

The immediate effects of cutting down include: feeling better in the mornings being less tired during the day your skin may start to look better you'll start to feel fitter and you may stop gaining weight.

Local History Cafe at the Sir John Moore Foundation, Appleby Magna


About Local History Café

Local History Cafés are community based heritage and wellbeing get-togethers for nearby residents aged 50 and over experiencing, or at risk of, social isolation and loneliness.

Beauty and Utility Arts, the Leicestershire based social enterprise behind the project, work in partnership with heritage sites, supporting them to draw on their fascinating collections, knowledge and spaces to positively contribute towards the growing issue of loneliness amongst older community members. In return, organisations open their doors to a wealth of stories, adding layers of interest to their own work.

Katherine Brown, Director of Beauty and Utility Arts commented ‘Local History Cafes offer a really great way for people to get together with other like minded residents in a very supportive environment. Sharing of information works both ways, and at existing cafes we’ve met some fascinating people and found out all sorts of interesting things together. There are many, many different reasons someone may be feeling lonely, and we want people to know they are very welcome to join us.’


Local History Cafes take place on a monthly basis and comprise of tea and cake over a catch up, a heritage themed presentation and a related activity. All the heritage sites taking part have access to a blog space and social media, and a big part of the project is getting different venues and communities talking to each other about what they're up to to inspire others.

We are delighted to announce the Sir John Moore Foundation in Appleby Magna as a new Local History Cafe member and their first café will take place on Tuesday 28th November 10 – 12.30. Each session costs £3, payable on the day, and support towards

transport may be available upon request for local residents. Spaces are limited, so to find out more, or book a place, contact Becky Gravener by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call the Sir John Moore Foundation on 01530 273629

Sonia Liff, Heritage Volunteer at the Sir John Moore Foundation, is looking forward to the first Local History Cafe saying ‘ We’re very pleased to be part of this popular project and look forward to welcoming visitors old and new. We play an important part in our local community and relish the opportunity to do even more.’


The rollout of Local History Cafes in the East Midlands has been made possible by funding from Museum Development East Midlands, who support the improvement and sustainability of museums and heritage sites around the region.


Photo courtesy of the Lutterworth Local History Cafe.



Additional information on loneliness from The Campaign to End Loneliness (

Loneliness and social isolation in the United Kingdom


17% of older people are in contact with family, friends and neighbours less than once a week and 11% are in contact less than once a month (Victor et al, 2003)

Over half (51%) of all people aged 75 and over live alone (ONS, 2010)

Two fifths all older people (about 3.9 million) say the television is their main company (Age UK, 2014)

63% of adults aged 52 or over who have been widowed, and 51% of the same group who are separated or divorced report, feeling lonely some of the time or often (Beaumont, 2013)

59% of adults aged over 52 who report poor health say they feel lonely some of the time or often, compared to 21% who say they are in excellent health (Beaumont, 2013)

A higher percentage of women than men report feeling lonely some of the time or often (Beaumont, 2013)

· The impact of loneliness on our health


Loneliness is a bigger problem than simply an emotional experience. Research shows that loneliness and social isolation are harmful to our health: lacking social connections is a comparable risk factor for early death as smoking 15 cigarettes a day, and is worse for us than well-known risk factors such as obesity and physical inactivity. Loneliness increases the likelihood of mortality by 26%.

Other ways to stay in touch:

· Facebook group – search for Local History Café and ask to join

· Twitter - @LocalHistoryCaf · Website -

· E-Newsletter (with all Beauty and Utility Arts project information) - sign up at

· Beauty and Utility Arts website

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