THE DUNTON BASSETT NEWS

                                             July 2008

                                              Issue 24

Well, as I type this Newsletter it is pouring with rain and the summer holidays are approaching fast!!
Looks like a repeat of last summer! We have quite a few functions coming up in the Autumn so make sure
you note the dates and come along to support and enjoy yourselves and of course if you want to get
involved – welcome aboard!!

Dunton Bassett Primary School
School finishes for the summer holidays this Friday, 11th July, and we wish good luck to all the Year6
pupils who will be leaving and going onto the High School in Lutterworth.
We raised an amazing £205 for our Help China Day, our thanks to all who helped make this appeal so
successful. We shall be running our now annual Shoe Box Appeal organised by The Rotary Club of Blaby
Meridian, more details will be available in the Autumn term.
A uniform recycling project has opened at 68, Main Street, Broughton Astley, where you can buy and sell
old school uniforms including Dunton Bassett and the high School at Lutterworth, telephone Lynne on
01455 289945 for more information.

Dine in Dunton
Our next Dine in Dunton will be held on Saturday November 1st in the Village Hall with all proceeds going
to the Air Ambulance. So far Carol Roberson and her team have raised over £2,000 for charity via this
evening so keep supporting this event. More details in the next Newsletter.

Coffee Morning.
Be Wood is holding her second Coffee and Cake Morning in aid of the East Midlands Dog Rescue Centre on
Saturday 9th August from 10.30am to 1.30pm. at Millbarn House 2A, Leire Lane Dunton Bassett. Be and
another villager have homed dogs from the Centre and Sandy McClusky who runs the centre with only
voluntary help will be at the coffee morning. All proceeds will go to help the dogs, no costs are taken out.

All Saints Church.

John and Claire Hurford held another very successful plant sale and coffee morning at their Dunton
Bassett home on Saturday May 10th. Although the warm weather may have put some people off,
sales were steady throughout the day, and the profits of £300 will be given to funds for All Saints
Church. John, Claire and family would like to thank everyone who helped in any way.

History Group

12 members from Dunton Bassett History Group enjoyed a visit to St Nicholas' Church in Leicester
on Tuesday May 20. Dr Ann Beck, who had recently attended one of the group's meetings, showed
the party around the church, and explained a little of its architecture and history. The group then
enjoyed a meal at a nearby restaurant. On June 17th, the history group enjoyed a return visit by
speaker Felicity Austin, who talked about Toys and Games. The talk was in Dunton village hall and
started at 8pm after a short business meeting. Visitors are always welcome to these meetings.

The group has an outing in July and do not meet in August, their A.G.M. will be held in the village
hall in September.

Women’s Institute
Members of Dunton Bassett W.I. enjoyed hearing Tony Ward talk about the Life and Times of the
Little Theatre as part of their meeting on 10th June. Tony spoke of his long association with the
theatre and with amateur dramatics and revealed that his motto should be "never work with
children animals or doorknobs"! On Tuesday, July 8th Monica Winfield of Radio Leicester gave a
thought provoking a talk on LOROS..

Village Hall.
The Trustees & Management Committee of the Village Hall give their wholehearted thanks to those
who contributed to the organisation and success of the recent 'Dine at Dunton 'evening .IT RAISED
A GRAND TOTAL OF £750 which will go towards the redecoration of the kitchen .You may have
seen the flower troughs which now brighten the outside of the village hall They were the idea of the
committee & were planted up by Kathrin Spiers & Margaret Brooks. The Committee are also deeply
grateful to Keith & Eva Laban who donated two of the troughs & to Keith who hopefully secured
them against thieves ! We are also indebted to The Parish Council who contributed £50 towards the
cost of the other two troughs .
The committee is anxious that the Hall should be used as often as possible, especially at weekends
by the local community. We are hoping to organise varying activities and entertainment for
youngsters & adults: the first of these will be on Monday mornings 10am -12pm July 21st & July
28th for youngsters 7yrs.and upwards. More information on flyers which will be distributed later or
call Julia Milner on 01455 286 837.

 PC Henry Henderdson –Our Local Policeman
I would to say how nice it was to be invited to the Dunton Basset church fayre at the Elwells in
June. Thankfully the rain stayed more or less at bay. It was a good opportunity for me to meet
with some residents in less formal surroundings. Your neighbourhood team are keen to be seen
and available to speak to in the village and will try to be around when possible.

During the coming summer months we are running a summer burglary campaign to remind
everyone to think of security during the warm weather. During summer we see a rise in the
number of burglaries where entry has been gained via open windows and doors as people try to
get cool air in. Please do not leave easily accessible windows open overnight or whilst you are
out. As part of the campaign we will be leaving „footprint‟ leaflets in insecure premises to remind
you. As well as this, other proactive operations will be carried out in the area to target and disrupt

I have been doing a lot of work towards tackling speeding in the area. Unfortunately speeding is
something which affects all of us and unfortunately can have devastating consequences. The high
profile initiatives are hopefully having some effect in the short term of slowing people and making
them think. In the long term I shall be promoting community speed watch to the parish council in
an effort to look at the possibilities of a local scheme being started. If anyone is interested can I
suggest you go to for more information?

We are looking into incidents of damage which have been happening at the playground in Dunton
Bassett. This sort of act is damaging to community spirit and dangerous to the children that are
using it. Mindless damage will not be tolerated and we will be doing what we can to prevent any
further occurrences of this.

If you would like to speak to your neighbourhood team please contact 0116 222 2222 option 2 and
key in the officer number you want PC1837 Adam Dewfield or PC2199 Henry Henderson and leave
a message. If you want to pass information confidentially please contact crime stoppers on 0800
555 111.

Neighbourhood Beat Officers are getting personal with their communities by leading a group of
officials from partner agencies in carrying out drop in surgery events in the villages they serve to
listen to the concerns and opinions of local people.
PC Adam Dewfield 1837 and PC Henry Henderson 2199 will be visiting the village on Dunton Bassett on
   th                                th
27 August 10.00am – 2.00pm and 28 August 6.00pm – 8.00pm. Look out for the posters to say where
they will be located.
The aim of these surgeries is to allow local residents of the village to attend and voice their
concerns about anything from litter and dog fouling to noise nuisance, speeding and general crime
and disorder. By having all partner agencies present the beat officers hope to promote a problem
solving approach to any issue raised by individual residents or the community as a whole by
allowing peoples concerns to be aired at the right level and with the right people who can make a

PC 2199 Henry Henderson
Your neighbourhood beat team

                                          Seven Locks Housing
                                              “Moving On”

Seven Locks Housing are moving to our new offices and we will be open for business on 10th July 2008 at
Our New Address
1a Anson House, 8 Compass Point
Northampton Road, Market Harborough Leicestershire, LE16 9HW

Office Opening Hours: Mon –Fri 9.00am – 5.00pm

New Telephone Numbers
New Customer Services: 01858 414500
New Repairs Freephone: 0800 1300 365

Getting there
X7 stops at the square and outside Harborough Leisure Centre opposite the new office

Lutterworth Arrangements
We will continue to provide a service in Lutterworth and from the week of the 14th July 2008 Seven
Locks Housing will begin to hold a dedicated surgery for customers to call in to discuss Housing
Management issues. These will be held at the Lutterworth Service Shop until we source an
alternative central location and will be on: Monday and Thursday from 09.30 – 12.30 and 13.30 –

Josh Johnson is Abseiling 100 ft at Leicester Tigers Stadium on Saturday 12th July 2008 to help
raise funds for the Stroke Association.
120, 000 people every year in the UK suffer their first stroke. Stroke is also the UK‟s third biggest
killer. Your support in making this fundraising event more successful will help the Stroke
Association work towards a world where there are fewer strokes and those affected by stroke will
get the help and support they need.
If you think you can sponsor Josh, please forward:
Full Name           1st line of your home address             Post code              Amount

Please forward your donation asap, many thanks for your support.
Josh lives in the village in Leire Lane, if you can help please contact his mother at or telephone 01455 208060.
Dunton Bassett Playground

The playground has proven very popular with children and their families, over 100 trees and shrubs
have been voluntarily planted, and a small group of volunteers continue to maintain and improve it
for the enjoyment of all. A sub-group of the Parish Council have now taken over running of the
playground and it continues to be funded from the moneys raised by the Playground Group over
recent years.
However; it is with regret that we have had to call the Police in to investigate repeated and
deliberate damage being caused to the playground.
Whoever is responsible is asked to stop before some one is injured and the pleasure of many is
spoilt by the ill will of one or two. Those responsible will be identified and prosecuted. We
would ask parents to regularly visit the playground and report any disturbance or damage to the
Parish Council or Police.
If you would like to help in the maintenance and inspection of the playground please contact Eric
Pridding on 209208.

Leire & Dunton Beaver Scouts

The summer term has been a fantastic adventure for Leire & Dunton Beavers. You may have seen
in the local papers that we held our first “Family Camp” and invited neighbouring groups to join us.
There were 86 people on Family Camp, many children and adults first night in a tent, everyone
joined in the games and activities. The highlight was a family sing-song around a traditional Scout
campfire. Thanks to all of the local families who joined in and have already asked me to do

Beavers also enjoyed an uninterrupted season of outdoors evenings (after last years wash out). We
joined the Park Ranger at Fosse Meadows and found an amazing range of bugs and pondlife.
Beavers have also made their own compasses, had a “tent race”, been off road cycling, held their
own Olympics and been on a hike – what a great summer!

If you want your child to be part of the Scouting Adventure, we have a waiting list for younger boys
and girls to join at 6, so get on the list to avoid disappointment. Beavers contact is Alan Hill on

Another successful summer term. We held our own summer camp at Willesley near Ashby and the
weather, compared with last years camps, was much better as was the weather for the District Cub
camp held at Ullesthorpe Camp Site. The theme this year was Super Heroes. Other activities this
term included keep fit, athletics, bike ride and visit to the top of Leire Church.

Leire & Dunton Scouts
It has been a very successful and rewarding summer term for L&D Scouts.
In June, the Scouts won the District Camping Competition trophy. Teams of Scouts from
Claybrooke & Ullesthorpe, Countesthorpe, Lutterworth and Leire & Dunton were challenged to
organise and run their own camp with no help from the leaders. All cooking had to be done over
wood fires – the team from L&D cooked dishes such as spaghetti carbonara (a little more
adventurous than sausages followed by marshmallows!).
Earlier in the term, the Scouts were on camp near Markfield, where they were given a surprise
role-play game. Their mission was to defeat an imaginary group who were trying to bring back
corporal punishment in schools. To do this they had to use basic Scouting skills – a series of clues
led them all over nearby Bradgate Park in pursuit of secret documents.
Other activities this term have included car mechanics (using one of the leader‟s cars – yes, it did
still work after the Scouts had had their hands on it!), tree planting at the new Dunton Bassett
playground, self-defence, District Ready Steady Cook (competition just like the TV show – L&D
came third out of sixteen) and six of our Scouts are currently qualifying for their 1 Star British
Canoe Union Award.
At the end of July, the Scouts will be going to Poacher 2008 – a weeklong international Scout &
Guide camp being held in Lincolnshire, which is expected to play host to several thousand Scouts
and Guides from around the world.
If your son / daughter would be interested in joining our ever-growing troop, give Ceri Sinfield a
call on 0116 2338646 for more information.

Dunton Basset Street Fayre

Yes, you read it right, a group of ladies in Dunton Bassett have decided to hold a Street Fayre in
Dunton on Saturday 20th September 5.00pm to 8.00pm. It will be based in Well Lane, using the
court yard of Ewells House and the Manor entrance and gardens by very kind agreement of the
owners. We are very anxious that all the village be involved with this event so we have invited all
the organisations to have a stall either to sell items from or just to advertise themselves. If
anyone else would like a stall or side show please contact either Margaret Brookes on 209170 or
Judi Pridding on 209208 or Glynis Walker on 202444.
At this stage we have some bookings for stalls, and will have live music playing with a bar and
BBQ, raffle, cake stall, tombola, children‟s games etc. Profits will be divided between the MacMillan
Nurses and the village. To make this evening a success we need YOU to help US to help the village!
So please come forward and help either with a stall or with us on a stall. More details in the next


Monday 21st July Village Hall activities for youngsters
Monday 28th July Village Hall activities for youngsters.
Saturday August 9th Coffee Morning at Be Wood‟s from 10.30am
Thursday 28th August Primary School opens for Autumn Term
Saturday 6th September School Summer Event 3.00pm to 7.00pm.
Saturday 20th September Street Fayre in Well Lane 5.00pm to 8.00pm
Saturday 1st November Dine at Dunton.

Oaktree Studios is a new photographic company that has been set up by village member Paul Hunter and
specialises in Wedding, Portrait and Lifestyle photography. Oaktree studios offers a thoroughly comprehensive
service from the initial consultation to the moment the photograph is taken and eventually to the point when the
images are framed or presented in a range of quality, modern albums.
A taster of Oaktree Studio's work can be viewed on their website: and they can be
contacted by e mail:
If you would like Paul to visit you and discuss any potential commissions then please feel free to contact him on
0777 271537.

All reports for the next Newsletter must be in by the 30th August 2008. to the Editor:
Judi Pridding 01455 209208 or E Mail at

                              Dunton Bassett Primary School „100 Club‟.

2007/2008 proved to be another successful year for the ‘100 Club’ with yet more funds raised
for items for use in school, by and for the benefit of the children, so thank you to all of you, for
your much anticipated support.

It’s now the time of year to start collecting subscriptions for the new school year which is once
again £12 for 11 draws (possibly the only item you haven’t had a price increase for this year)!

If you are interested in Supporting your School, but at the same time with a chance to Win
£50.00 in each of 10 monthly draws and £100 at Christmas, please could you send your cash or
cheques (payable to Dunton Bassett Primary School ‘100 Club’) into school, or push through The
Crooked Billet (opposite the post office) marked ‘100 Club’, by 18th JULY 2008
Once again, thank you for your support, the children continue to benefit from your generosity.




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