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80th ANNIVERSARY OF THE D-DAY LANDINGS - 22/05/2024

 

 D-Day Anniversary commemorations in Braunstone Town!


Wartime Favourites with the Ratby Day Time Band
Begins: 2.00pm

Where: Millfield Hall, Braunstone Civic Centre
FREE concert, raffle and retiring collection towards band funds.
Wednesday 5th June

D-Day flag & Poppy cascade Commemorative Ceremony
Thursday 6th June

Begins: 11am for a short Civic Service to commemorate the Anniversary with the Town Mayor and Deputy Lord Lieutenant in attendance.
Followed by refreshments and cake in the Council Chamber from 11am to 1pm

Where: Memorial Garden, Braunstone Civic Centre.

Braunstone Community Life and local residents have refurbished the existing red Poppy Cascade and included a new banner within it to mark the 80th Anniversary of D-Day.
All are welcome to attend

Display on the D-Day Landings and the American
82nd Airbourne Division
Thursday 6th June, 11am – 5pm | Friday 7th June, 2pm – 5pm
Saturday 8th June, 1pm – 5pm | Sunday 9th June, 10am – 5pm

A display on the American 82nd Airbourne Division, who were based in Braunstone Town during the War. The display will be open to the public for viewing.

Where: Council Chamber, Braunstone Civic Centre

Lamp or candle lighting to commemorate the 80th Anniversary
Thursday 6th June

At 9.15pm on Thursday 6th June all residents are invited to light a lamp or candle in their windows or front garden to commemorate the 80th Anniversary of the D-Day Landings in line with the lighting of beacons and lamps throughout the nation.

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❗ IMPORTANT CIVIC COMMUNITY LOUNGE UPDATE ❗- 17/04/2024
 
The Civic Community Lounge Cafe will have New Opening Hours from the 22nd April 2024.
 
The Civic Community Lounge café will officially open on December 5th at 1200 pm. The Braunstone Town Mayor Tracey Shepherd will be present for the ribbon cutting ceremony at 130 pm. Please Come a 1 
 
Mon: 9am - 2pm
Tues: 9am - 2pm
Weds: 9am - 2pm and 5pm - 8pm
Thurs 9am - 2pm and 5pm - 8pm
Fri: 9am - 2pm and 5pm - 8pm
Sat: 12pm - 8pm
Sun: 12pm - 4pm
 
See you there!

Revenue Savings Projects 2024-2025 - 26/03/2024
 
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At the Policy & Resources Committee, held on 7th March 2024, members considered options for reducing expenditure in 2024/2025, and future years, in order to replenish the Council’s reserves quicker and reduce the future impact on taxpayers.
Please read more in the document below:
 

❗ Important Update ❗- 22/03/2024
 
Please note Thorpe Astley footpath over culvert bridge at the bottom of the trim trail will be closed on the 26th March for up to 2 days for essential work to be carried out.
 
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Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience caused.


❗ Important Update for Local Residents and Hirers ❗- 22/03/2024
 
From 1st April 2024 there will be a slight increase in hire charge prices and miscellaneous charges for Town Council rooms and services.
 
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Thank you for your understanding.

 Braunstone Town Council - STAR COUNCIL OF THE YEAR 2023 ⭐️ - 07/03/2024
 
This week we received a delegation from the Department of Levelling Up, Housing and Communities. The group spoke to users of our community centres and visited our community Library. They were interested to know more about the services we provide for the community and how these were received by residents.
Leader of the Council, Councillor Nick Brown, was pleased with their response adding “On the back of our national award, the Department of Levelling Up approached us and asked if they could visit to see what we had achieved. The delegation were keen to meet our residents and they heard first hand from them how important our facilities are to the community and their wellbeing. I’m delighted that they both enjoyed the visit and were impressed with our work”.
 
 
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The information gathered will form part of the case studies and evidence civil servants use to inform national policy making.

A message from Cllr Nick Brown, Town Counil Leader - 01/03/2024

 

Last month I spoke of the current financial situation and how the Council was not immune from the financial pressures affecting public bodies and local authorities at all levels up and down the country. We know that residents have faced increased costs particularly since Covid and therefore, over recent years we have sought to keep the Town’s share of Council Tax bills as low as possible

Similarly, we have kept our fees and charges frozen and, in some cases since Covid, reduced these to encouragehires and community activities. 

NICKAs a result, each year the Council drew on its cash reserves with a view to replenishing these in subsequent years. While our intentions were well meaning, we got this wrong. Due to the ongoing economic situation, funding and inflationary pressures, it is no longer possible to draw on our reserves or keep our increases below 10% without running out of cash. 

Therefore, short term immediate action had to be taken. Had Councillors not taken the difficult and painful decision to increase our share of the Council Tax, services would have adversely been affected and the Council wouldn’t have been able to function. Going forward, the decisions we have taken to increase Council Tax and charges will secure services and place the Council back on track to a stable financial footing. Similarly council tax increases will return to those previous levels in subsequent years. However, in the coming year and into the following year, we will continue to face pressures, which is why the Council is looking to identify savings, particularly one-off savings, to ensure we balance the books. Given the increase in tax and fees, Councillors are keen to avoid a double hit of higher taxes/fees and service cuts. We will set out our proposals in the coming months and there will be opportunities to engage with this process at meetings, through consultation and surveys. Further details on the 2024/2025 budget and council tax charge are available on our website or from customer services.


📗 Braunstone Town Community Library - Figures and Statistics 2023/ 2024 📗 - 14/02/2024
 
The latest library statistics are in and Braunstone Community Library is on the rise!
 
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☕ NEW Chatty Café opening in Braunstone Town! ☕ - 12/02/2024
 
The Town Mayor is launching a new Chatty Café at the Civic Community Lounge Cafe. This is part of the Town Mayor’s initiative to directly tackle loneliness in our community “right here right now”. A Chatter & Natter table creates a space for people to talk.
 
The Chatty Cafe will open towards the end of February so watch this space for updates!
 
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A message from Cllr Nick Brown, Town Counil Leader - 01/02/2024

 

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On 29th November, Braunstone Town Council was crowned Council of the Year 2023 at the National Association of Local Councils' (NALC) Star Council Awards.  This is a fantastic and well deserved achievement for the whole Council and the community.   Working with our partners and the local community, we saved and enhanced our community Library, facilitated an expansion of GP services, supported our neighbours through Covid, delivered enhanced sporting, recreation and play facilities, created a vital walking and cycling link and reduced our carbon footprint by approximately 40% this year.

We know that Braunstone Town and Thorpe Astley is a vibrant community and I’m delighted that what we are achieving here has been recognised nationally.   

Despite this, the Council is not immune from the financial pressures affecting public bodies and local authorities at all levels up and down the country.  Last year, due to significant increases in utility costs and rising inflation, the Council tried hard to keep council tax rises below 10%.   As a result, we set a very tight budget; however, salary costs increased significantly with a larger than anticipated pay settlement, which is negotiated nationally.  In addition, shipping delays meant that our proposals to install solar PV panels and an air source heat pump were delayed and consequently the associated income and savings on utility bills have been significantly less.   As a result, Councillors have recently taken the difficult and painful decision to increase our share of the Council Tax by approximately one-quarter to protect our services and ensure that the Council has sufficient cash and reserves to function.   We know that residents are facing increased costs and we have sought to keep the impact of this as low as possible.

However, failure to act decisively now risked significant cuts to our services along with larger tax increases in the coming years. Further details on the 2024/2025 budget and council tax charge are available on our website or from customer services.   Every penny we raise here in Braunstone Town and Thorpe Astley is spent in our community.

 


Star Council Awards Winners 2023 - 23/01/2024

The Council had a small celebration to commemorate winning the 2023 Star Council Awards at the end of last year.
Thank you to all who attended to celebrate this wonderful achievement! 🤩
 
 
 
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❗ Braunstone Town Mayor Officially Opened the Brand New Shakespeare Park Playground on Thursday 14th December 2023 ❗ - 18/12/2023
 

 
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What a transformation! 

✨ Thank you to all who joined us for our Christmas events ✨ - 18/12/2023
 
 
We had an absolute blast at the Civic Pantomime and Ratby Band's Christmas Sing a long and it looks like our guests did too!
 
Thank you to Glenfield Drama Group for another fantastic show!
Another Thank you to Ratby Co-Operative Band Organisation for a wonderful night of Christmas Carols.
 
Two full events to ring in the festive season 🤩
 
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Town Mayor’s Christmas Message 2023 - 07/12/2023
 
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As Town Mayor I am delighted to send Christmas greetings to all residents for 2023.
 
I began my year as Town Mayor attending several events in the community where people come together to chat, celebrate and to share their interests.   Given my theme for the year is tackling loneliness in our community “right here right now”; it has been a privilege and an honour to support the vital work of our community groups bringing people together and providing them with the simple and much needed opportunity to “chat”.
 
 
One of my first actions was working with local groups and organisations to provide “Chatty Café’s”.  Our first Chatty Café was launched at Gillys Gilly’s Sandwich Shop on Watergate Lane in June.   A ‘Chatter & Natter’ table creates a space for people to talk; whether it is for five minutes while you drink a brew, or an hour of good conversation.   If you wish to volunteer to set up a Chatty Café or to support the initiative at Gillys, please contact the Town Council.  
 
 
As Town Mayor I had great pleasure in officially opening the first stage of Phase 1 of the new pedestrian/cyclist pathway through Mossdale Meadows and into Meridian Leisure. This innovative pathway completely aligns to our Town’s sustainability and environment goals and it will be so exciting seeing further improvements to create a safer and more attractive route for pedestrians and cyclists between New Lubbesthorpe, through Thorpe Astley and Meridian, into Braunstone Town and on to the Great Central Way and Leicester City Centre.
 
 
A further initiative has been working with the Department of Work and Pensions to set up a Job Shop at Braunstone Civic Centre on Wednesday afternoons, where residents are able to access advice from a Jobcentre work coach.  As part of this initiative a jobs fair was organised on 12th October.   I was delighted that over 150 residents attended the event and positive feedback was received from the exhibitors.   Taken together, I’m delighted that our partnership work with the Department of Work and Pensions is making a real difference locally supporting our residents finding work which suits their circumstances.
 
 
Our annual Programme of Events is underway.  These events provide an opportunity for us to share what is good about our community and our community spirit, as well as raising vital funds to help support our community groups.  Details of events this Christmas season can be found in the Life pages and on our website. 
 
I am personally grateful to the organisations who put on these events since the programme also enables funds to be raised for tackling loneliness “right here right now”.  We think especially at this time of year of those in our community who feel lonely and isolated.   We can all play our part by simply saying hello and having a chat.   Just maybe we will have a big impact on someone’s day.
 
 
All that remains is for me to wish you a happy and joyous Christmas and a healthy and prosperous 2024.

Braunstone Town Mayor has Officially Opened the Brand New Civic Community Lounge Cafe and the centres Changing Places Toilet 🤩 - 07/12/2023
 
What a big day for the Centre! Not one but two new features have now received their grand opening and are ready for all to see and use! Our Cafe is now up and running and serving local customers. We think this will be a great component to the centre and the community! A real hub for residents to meet and eat!
 
Additionally we are very excited to announce the official opening of the centre's Changing Places Toilet. This is a huge advantage within the community and will be a great addition for hirers when looking for inclusive venues.
 
Thank you to all who joined us for the Grand Opening! We hope to see you at the Cafe soon!

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The Civic Community Lounge café ❗- 04/12/2023
 
Exciting News!!!!!
The Civic Community Lounge café will officially open on December 5th at 12:00 pm.
 
The Braunstone Town Mayor, Tracey Shepherd will be present for the ribbon-cutting ceremony at 1:30 pm. Please Come and check it out!
 
The Civic Community Lounge café will officially open on December 5th at 1200 pm. The Braunstone Town Mayor Tracey Shepherd will be present for the ribbon cutting ceremony at 130 pm. Please Come a
 
Get ready for a taste revolution! We're excited to announce the grand opening of The Civic Community Lounge Bar & Cafe on 5th December 2023.
Dive into the world of flavour with our hearty menu, featuring classic comfort food and innovative twists. From mouthwatering burgers to crispy fries, we've got your cravings covered.
Join us for a laid-back, catering experience for all culinary needs. Good vibes and great eats. Bring your appetite and a side of fun as we kick off this delicious journey
together!
 
Opening Times:
Tuesday - Sunday | 12:00 – 6:00 pm.

⭐️Braunstone Town Council Crowned Council of the Year 2023⭐️ - 01/12/2023
 
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Braunstone Town Council has been crowned Council of the Year 2023 at the National Association of Local Councils' (NALC) Star Council Awards, held at a parliamentary reception in the House of Lords on 29th November.
NALC's Star Council Awards, which in their current form date back to 2015, are the only awards in England that recognise local (parish and town) councils' contributions to their communities. The awards celebrate local councils, councillors, young councillors, county associations and clerks' positive impact on their communities.
Braunstone Town Council is the first local council in Leicestershire and in the East Midlands to be awarded Star Council of the Year.
Receiving the award, Braunstone Town Mayor, Councillor Tracey Shepherd, stated that “it is both a privilege and an honour to accept the NALC Star Council, Council of the Year Award. We are simply committed to achieving the best outcomes for our residents and our community. The services and facilities we provide are the foundation on which both community spirit and well-being is built and enhanced. Thank you to the judges for shortlisting us and thank you to all those residents, partners, colleagues and others who voted for our entry”.
Commenting on the news, Councillor Nick Brown, Leader of Braunstone Town Council, said “this is a fantastic and well deserved achievement for the whole Council and the community. I would like to thank the team for the superb work with our partners and the local community. We have saved and enhanced our community Library, facilitated an expansion of GP services, supported our neighbours through Covid, delivered enhanced sporting, recreation and play facilities, created a vital walking and cycling link and we have reduced our carbon footprint by approximately 40% this year. We know that Braunstone Town and Thorpe Astley is a vibrant community and I’m delighted that what we are achieving here has been recognised nationally”.
 
Find out more about the awards and Braunstone Town Council’s award winning entry at: https://www.nalc.gov.uk/starcouncilawards


🎄 Thank you to all who joined us for our Christmas Craft Fair 2023🎄 - 24/11/2023
 
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❓ Did you know ❓ - 24/11/2023
 
Thorpe Astley Community Centre Car Park is now permanently OPEN!
 
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🌹 Thank you to all who attended the Council's Armistice Service on Saturday 11th November at Braunstone Civic Centre 🌹 14/11/2023

 
The service was led by Revd Hoover with a warm welcome from our Town Mayor, Councillor Tracey Shepherd.
 
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On Sunday our Town Mayor then attended another local community service at St Crispins Church. She gave a reading during the Church's service from Micah, chapter 4 v 1 -5.
 
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Thank you to all who attended either of the local services. 
 
Finally, our Deputy Town Mayor, Councillor Paul Kennedy attended the Remembrance Event at Winstanley School on Friday. Thank you to the school for the invitation and a lovely service to be a part of. 
 
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❗ BRAND NEW DEFIBRILLATORS FOR BRAUNSTONE TOWN AND THORPE ASTLEY COMMUNITY ❗ - 14/11/2023

 
Brand new defibrillator’s have been installed at Braunstone Civic Centre and Thorpe Astley Community Centre.
 
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These defibrillators are funded by the Town Council with grant funding support from Blaby District Council. We know that the survival rates increase by 50-70% if defibrillation occurs within five minutes of cardiac arrest. Community Centres are in the first phase of our roll out, with our sports changing rooms due next year.

Braunstone Town Council celebrates Diwali 2023 - 08/11/2023
 
Thank you to all who joined us for ✨ Diwali✨ 2023 at Braunstone Civic Centre!
A great time was had by all, dancing the night away!
 
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🌹 Armistce Day at Braunstone Civic Centre 🌹

Saturday 11th November 2023 | 10:45 arrival for 10:50am start
 
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🎃 Braunstone Town Council's - Halloween Disco's 2023 👻 - 02/11/2023

 
Thank you to all who joined us for the Council's Children's Halloween Discos! A Spooktacular time was had by all and the costumes on display were fantastic!

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A message from Cllr Nick Brown, Town Council Leader  - 30/10/2023

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I am delighted that the Town Council is one of five finalists for the National Association of Local Councils' Star Council Awards 2023.   The judges describe us as having "exemplified impressive accomplishments in various endeavours, underscoring their unwavering commitment to enhancing community well-being and advancing progress". The winner is decided by public vote, which has now closed. Thank you if you voted for us, we will hear later this month whether we will receive national recognition for our achievements

This month we complete phase 1 of our work to reduce the Town Council’s carbon footprint by 40%, with the completion and commissioning of solar panels at Braunstone Civic Centre.   At Thorpe Astley Community Centre, the solar panels and air source heat pump was commissioned last month and reduce the carbon footprint of the building by approximately 90%.

Work will complete this month on the final phase of our £1.2m improvements to the facilities at Shakespeare Park. The improved play area will host both new and refurbished equipment alongside a sensory play area meaning that all children, whatever their age and ability, will be able to play alongside their siblings and friends. We have been able to deliver our vision for the play area with £45k of National Lottery funding.

Our programme to improve our play facilities continues. The Town Council has published its vision and outline proposals to make improvements to Impey Close Play Area. More information, including on how you can have your say is available at Thorpe Astley Community Centre and on our website.

Finally, defibrillators will be installed at both Braunstone Civic Centre and Thorpe Astley Community Centre this month. We know that the survival rates increase by 50-70% if defibrillation occurs within five minutes of cardiac arrest. Community Centres are in the first phase of our roll out, with our sports changing rooms due next year.


! IMPORTANT UPDATE ! - 26/10/2023 

On Monday 30th and Tuesday 31st October, the Boardwalk access to Aylestone Meadows from Kingsway will be temporarily closed to carry out site investigation works in the area.

The site investigation works are ahead of the upgrading of the Boardwalk as part of the wider improvements to improve cycling and walking routes in the area.

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Click here for more information!


❗ Shakespeare Park Playground Update ❗- 17/10/2023
 
Refurbishment due to begin on the 23rd October 2023. The park will be closed for up to 4 weeks from this date.
 
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Braunstone Town Council named finalists for national award - 05/10/2023

 

Braunstone Town Council has reached the finals for the National Association of Local Councils' (NALC) Star Council Awards 2023.  

The awards recognise local (parish and town) councils’ contributions to their communities.  The judges describe the Council as having "exemplified impressive accomplishments in various endeavours, underscoring their unwavering commitment to enhancing community well-being and advancing progress".

A public vote will decide the Council of the Year category. Braunstone Town Council is asking residents, partners, and stakeholders to cast their vote and help obtain this prestigious award for Braunstone Town and Thorpe Astley.

Councillor Nick Brown, Leader of Braunstone Town Council, said “The Town Council is committed to achieving the best outcomes for our residents and our community. Working with our partners and the local community, we have both saved and enhanced our community Library, facilitated an expansion of GP services, supported our neighbours through Covid, delivered enhanced sporting, recreation and play facilities, created a vital walking and cycling link and are on track to reduce our carbon footprint by approximately 40% this year. We know that Braunstone Town and Thorpe Astley is a vibrant community and I’m delighted that what we are achieving here is recognised nationally”.  

Cllr Keith Stevens, NALC chair, commented on the announcement and said, "Congratulations to Braunstone Town Council. Your outstanding achievements have placed you among the best in your field, and this recognition is well-deserved. Your hard work, dedication, and talent have shone through, and it's an honour to see you as a finalist for this prestigious award. Best of luck for the awards ceremony, and may your journey continue to be filled with success and inspiration. Your achievements serve as an inspiration to us all!"

 

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The winners of the Star Council Awards will be announced on 29th November 2023.

Find out more about the awards at: https://www.nalc.gov.uk/our-work/star-council-awards#council-of-the-year-sponsored-by-blachere-illumination


❓Braunstone Community Life's Quiz Night 2023 ❓- CANCELLED - 05/10/2023
 
Unfortunately the Quiz Night ran by the Braunstone Community Life due to take place on Friday 6th October 2023 at Braunstone Civic Centre has been cancelled. Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience caused. Refunds will be given to those who have purchased tickets for the event.

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⭐️Braunstone Town Council named finalists for national award ⭐️❗
 
We are excited to announce that Braunstone Town Council is a finalist for the Star Council Awards this year.
The awards recognise local (parish and town) councils’ contributions to their communities. The judges describe us as having "exemplified impressive accomplishments in various endeavours, underscoring their unwavering commitment to enhancing community well-being and advancing progress".
Our achievements, working with our partners and local community, include our community Library, Shakespeare Park improvements, cycling and footpath improvements and links, Covid-19 community response, and facilitating GP branch services at Thorpe Astley.
The Council of the Year category will be decided by a public vote. So, please help us obtain this prestigious award for Braunstone Town and Thorpe Astley and encourage those that you know to do the same.
 
For more information about the awards and a summary of our nomination, please visit: STAR COUNCIL AWARDS 2023 (nalc.gov.uk)
 
Thank you for helping us achieve this well-deserved recognition for our community.

A message from Cllr Nick Brown, Town Council Leader  - 03/10/2023 

 

Work on achieving Carbon Neutrality by 2030 is well underway as we deliver some of the major initiatives in our Climate Change & Environmental Action Plan:

  • Solar Panels: have been installed at Braunstone Town Library and Thorpe Astley Community Centre; work to install Solar Panels at Braunstone Civic Centre will commence later this month;
  • NICKAn Air Source Heat Pump has been installed at Thorpe Astley Community Centre;
  • Electric Vehicle Charging Points are fully operational at both Community Centres.

Together these initiatives are estimated to reduce the Council’s Carbon Footprint by approximately 40%.

There is still much more to do with only 7 years to go.  The Council chose to deal with the big initiatives first, which means the next stages of our plans will be more challenging. 

Last month I reported on the Shakespeare Park improvements.  At that point work on the Play Area was due to commence later in the month. 

Unfortunately. due to a delay with the manufacture of some of the equipment, the work was delayed and is now scheduled to begin on 1st November 2023 and will take around three weeks to complete. 

The Council has also developed a vision and outline proposals to improve Impey Close Play Area and Open Space.  More information and an invitation for residents to comment is detailed below.

Our Civic Centre Facilities Improvements are now complete with the exception of some minor snagging.  

  • all toilets are now operational, including our brand new Changing Places Toilet, which has been used by a hirer; and
  • the new kitchen for the Civic Community Lounge is complete which means the Operator can now also provide a Café Service; look out for more details.

You can keep up to date with the Council’s initiatives and consultations here: TOWN COUNCIL INDEX


🌿 Buzzing Roots - Green Space 🌿 - 02/10/2023
 
Wednesday 25th October 11am - 2pm
Meeting Point: Outside Ravenhurst Primary School
 
Clearing Work to kickstart the community garden! - Refreshments and tools Provided!
 
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❗ Thorpe Astley Community Centre Solar Panels and Air Source Heat pump ❗ - 02/10/2023
 
Thorpe Astley Community Centre Solar Panels and Air Source Heat pump are now fully installed and operational, reducing the carbon footprint of the building by approximately 90%. Our Electric Vehicle Charging Points at the Centre play a significant part in offsetting the remaining 10%. These installations contribute significantly to the aim to reduce the Town Council’s carbon footprint by 40% this year and become carbon neutral by 2030.
 
Find out more about this on our initiative's page: Initiatives
 
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❗ TEMPORARY TRAFFIC REGULATION ORDER ❗ - 02/10/2023
 
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📗 Braunstone’s Vibrant Library! 📗 - 29/09/2023
 
Since the end of the Covid Pandemic we have seen our Braunstone Community Library develop into a thriving community hub with activities and events taking place in the library for the community. These community activities, far from detracting from the main role of the library to provide books, has encouraged more members to join and more books to be borrowed from our library.
Latest figures from the County Council show that there has been a 52% increase in the number of new joiners to the library from August 2022 compared to August 2023 and a 13% increase in the number of books loaned over the same period.
 
Braunstones Vibrant Library Since the end of the Covid Pandemic we have seen our Braunstone Community Library develop into a thriving community hub with activities and events taking place in the
 
Thank you for supporting your community library!

Civic Community Lounge - Halloween Party - 29/09/2023
 
Tuesday 31st October 2023 | 5pm
 
Under 18's must be accompanied by an adult!
 
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The Civic Community Lounge - Quiz Night - 29/09/2023
 
Tuesday 10th October 2023 | 5pm Doors | Quiz Start 7pm
 
FREE ENTRY!
 
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Leicester Transport Heritage Trust - Transport Celebration 2023 - 25/09/2023
 
The Town Mayor had a lovely time visiting the Leicester Transport Heritage Trust Exhibition on Sunday 24th September 2023.

Thank you to everyone that visited and popped into the event. You support is welcomed by the local heritage group!

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🍎 Thank you to all who joined us for Apple Day 2023 🍎 - 25/09/2023
 
On Saturday we had a wonderful turn out for Apple Day at Franklin Park. The weather held out for a great community day out!
 
Our Town Mayor spent the event promoting her Fundraising for the year through her Chatty Cafe scheme. If you would like to read more on this head over to the Town Mayors Fundraising page: Town Mayors Fundraising 2023 -2024
 
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❗ IMPORTANT UPDATE ❗ - 06/09/2023
 
The gate access and pedestrian footway from Kingsway to the entrances of the Civic Centre & Library is now operational again.
 
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A message from Cllr Nick Brown, Town Council Leader  - 05/09/2023

 

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Next month sees the commencement of the final phase of improvements to Shakespeare Park

refurbishment and installation of new equipment in the play area. The proposals include installing Sensory Play Equipment, replacing worn equipment and installing additional equipment, an Astroturf fitness trail, and replacing the safety surfaces.

The improvements are being provided using National Lottery Funding, other grant funding, and part of the underspend from the construction of  the new Pavilion.   The refurbished play facility will be available for our children to enjoy from October.

The new Pavilion and Car Park was delivered under budget by £65,443. This was part funded through borrowing and grant funding. To ensure the best deal for taxpayers, a Joint Management Association made up of Sports Clubs operating on the site and the Town Council has been established.

This arrangement allows for the sports clubs, with the support of the Town Council, to be fully involved in making a success of this community sporting facility and enabled the Council to access £100,000 of funding from Sport England and to reclaim 20% VAT on the build cost (over £200,000). The arrangements also mean that hirers don’t have to pay VAT on top of the hire costs.

A win-win situation. Residents are able to hire the Clubroom at the Pavilion through the Town Council, who are administering the bookings on behalf of the Management Association.

Initial feedback from hirers is positive and the Management Association will be happy to look at ways to make improvements as the facility settles down into regular use. 

The Management Association are also in advance stage discussions with a potential regular hirer, which will ensure the financial stability of the Pavilion facility going forward.    

Prior to 2021 we had a dilapidated Clubhouse which was not fit either for purpose or for wider use by the community, a car park which was too small for the use of the site, tennis courts with a decaying surface and play equipment over 40 years old.

I would like to thank all those involved in the project for making this happen; our Town now has modern accessible facilities for sport, recreation, play and community use all delivered under budget.  


❗ Leicester Forest Photography Society  - Open Evening ❗ - 01/09/2023
 
Thursday 7th September 2023 - Braunstone Civic Centre 
 
Head over to their website here: www.lfps.org.uk
 
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  Blaby District Cost of Living Event ❗ - 31/08/2023

Gain support with the cost of living at Braunstone Civic Centre on the 7th September 2023 from 12pm - 2pm.
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❗ Important Site Notice ❗- 24/08/2023
 
At the Civic Centre and Library site, scaffolding is being erected today around the Library. Due to the overhang on the Library building, the pedestrian footway from Kingsway to the entrances has been closed and will remain so for up to two weeks whilst the work is undertaken.
 
Access to Braunstone Civic Centre and Braunstone Community Library will still be open and is via the main car park off Welcombe Avenue
 
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Braunstone Town Recruitment Event 2023 ❗ - 23/08/2023


Thursday 12th October 2023at Braunstone Civic Centre from 10am - 1pm.

Come along for a face to face with potential employers!
 

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Braunstone Town Community Library Update ❗ - 18/08/2023

Braunstone Town Community Library will be closed on Bank Holiday Monday 28th August.

The library will be open as usual on Saturday 26th August and again from Tuesday 29th.
 
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IMPORTANT UPDATE  - 10/08/2023

Braunstone Chess Club Open Morning will be postponed until further notice.
 
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The event was due to take place on the 9th September 2023 but due to unforeseen circumstances this date will now be rearranged.

Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience caused.

Once a new date has been confirmed we will be sure to let you know! But for now keep up to date with all of our events and plans via our social channels and website.

🚛 Leicester Transport Heritage Trust - Transport Celebration 🚙 - 08/08/2023
 
Sunday 24th September 2023 | 10am - 4pm
 
Join Leicester Transport Heritage Trust for a celebratory exhibition. The group will be hosting an event to commemorate Leicester Transport Heritage with models and displays at Braunstone Civic Centre.
 
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Tickets are available from Braunstone Civic Centre:
 
Adults: £3
Child & Concession: £1.50


🍎 Apple Day 2023 🍎 - 08/08/2023

Join us for a Jam packed Apple Day on the 23rd September from 11am to 2pm at Franklin Park.

Come along for a Family Fun Day based at the Towns community Apple Orchard. We have lots planned with activities for all the family. Including an animal petting zoo, Teddy Bears Picnic and Circus Skills with Giggle Town Arts, Face painting, Inflatables and Rides and lots of Apple based activities such as Apple Juice Tasting, Juice making and hunting for the perfect apple!
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🔵 Ukraine Independence Day 🟡 - 08/08/2023
 
Thursday 24th August 2023 | Civic Centre Memorial Garden | 10:45am
 
The Town Council invites you to a short flag raising on Thursday 24th August at the Civic Centre Memorial Garden, 10.45am for 11am flag raising, to commemorate the Ukraine Independence Day.
 
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Refreshments will be served after the ceremony.
 
All are invited to attend.

❗ BRAUNSTONE TOWN COUNCILS SUMMER FETE 2023 - CANCELLED ❗
 
Sadly due to the unforeseen weather at this time of year we have had to make the difficult decision to cancel tomorrows Summer Fete event (Saturday 5th August 2023). This is with a heavy heart after months of planning and excitement for the event. We hope you can understand the difficult decision we have had to make as this hasn’t been easy but it seems to be the best course of action based on the predicted weather forecast.

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A message from Cllr Nick Brown, Town Council Leader  - 01/08/2023

The Town Council continues to make good progress with delivering Carbon Reduction Initiatives:

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  • Electric Vehicle Charging Points have been installed and commissioned at both Braunstone Civic Centre overflow car park and Thorpe Astley Community Centre and Park Car Park. Details on how to access these chargers is available on our website and at the chargers;
  • An Air Source Heat Pump will be installed this month at Thorpe Astley Community Centre;
  • Work on installing Solar PV Panels on some of the Council’s buildings is due to commence in September.

Stage 1 of phase 1 of the Improvements to Cycling and Walking Routes has been delivered with the widening of the footpath through Mossdale Meadows and the connection to Meridian Leisure.

This is a significant development for our community providing better access to Meridian Leisure and Business Park for Braunstone Town residents and to the Civic Centre, Library and Mossdale Meadows for Thorpe Astley residents.

Further phases of the project, to be delivered later this year and early 2024, include improvements to the pathway and crossing points along Meridian Way and work to improve access to Aylestone Meadows from Kingsway.

Improvements to the Civic Centre toilets is now complete, including our brand new Changing Places facility.   Shortly, the Civic Community Lounge will be operating as a Café on weekday mornings and lunchtimes.

The final stage of our improvements to Shakespeare Park, refurbishment of the Play Area is scheduled to begin later next month. With works taking around 3 weeks (subject to weather conditions), the refurbished play area is scheduled to open in time for the October half term.

In partnership with the Department of Work and Pensions, the Town Council is trialling a Job Shop on Wednesday afternoons at Braunstone Civic Centre.   These sessions will provide advice and support with employment, training and affordability.

More details of our Capital Projects and Initiatives are available on the Town Council Initiatives page.


SK8-2-U Roller Skating Disco's at Braunstone Civic Centre 2023 - 19/07/2023

 
Do you love roller skating? Or are you looking or something fun to do during the holidays? Look no further! SK8-2-U will be hosting Roller Disco's at Braunstone Civic Centre this Summer!
 
SK8-2-U will be at the Civic Centre on the following dates:
 
- 24th July
- July 31st
- August 7th
- August 14th
 
12.30pm -2.30pm | Millfield Hall | £6 to join in the fun and £1 for skate hire
 
Tel: 0116 2890045
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⚽️ Leicester City in the Community- Summer Sessions ⚽️
 
FREE FOOTBALL, MULTI-SPORTS, WORKSHOP SESSIONS AND MORE!
 
W/C 24th July 2023 - W/C 21st August 2023
 
Summer Park Project - At Mossdale Meadows
 
FREE SESSIONS! During the W/C 24th July 2023 - W/C 21st August 2023 on a Tuesday & Thursday 15:30 - 16:30 & 16:30 - 17:30
 
Two classes suitable for 8-11 & 12-16
 
For more information please email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
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Street lighting consultation open from 12 noon Thu 6 July - Leicestershire County Council - 10/07/2023
 

Leicestershire County Council continues to face significant financial challenges with the authority’s budget gap set to rise to nearly £90m by 2026. The council is also committed to reducing the impact of climate change.

Through its Medium-Term Financial Strategy, the council has identified potential savings of approximately £500,000 with a street lighting proposal, which also reduces energy consumption by 1.508m kWh and carbon emissions by 315 tonnes a year.

Advances in LED lighting – and their management systems – mean the council has an opportunity to tweak lighting levels during less-busy periods. Currently, all streetlights are lit to various levels across the county, some of which gradually dim through the night.

Following approval at the Cabinet on 23 June 2023, the council is now launching a consultation to seek views on dimming most streetlights in the county to levels of 30 percent from 8pm (down from 50%), depending on the location, and to understand where we should have exceptions to this approach.  

The majority of the residential street lighting provision dims to 30% at 10pm and visiting a residential street after 10pm will help give residents an understanding of what this lower lighting level looks like. 

 

To have your say, visit the consultation page. The consultation runs until Thursday 3 August.


The “All Is Well Van” will be hitting the road and visiting various locations in Blaby District. 0 -4/07/2023
 
The All is Well Van will be used to reach out to families and individuals who may be feeling isolated or disconnected from their community. Whether you’re looking for a bit of entertainment, seeking information about local services, or simply want to meet new people, the All Is Well Van has got you covered. It’s a fantastic opportunity to get out, have a great time, and feel more connected to your community.
 
Please see poster below for location and times:
 
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Thorpe Astey on the Beach 2023 - 03/07/2023
 
On Saturday the 1st July 2023, Braunstone Town Council held their first ever Thorpe Astley on the Beach at Thorpe Astley Community Centre. The event was very well attended by many local residents and guests who had travelled to the event from outside of our town. Blaby District and Braunstone Town Councillors came out to support the Town Mayor in her first large public event of the 2023 -2024 season. Thank you to all who joined us for a great family day out we look forward to our next, (being our Summer Fete) on the 5th August 2023 on Mossdale Meadows.
 
Read more on the Town Mayors page here: Councillor Tracey Shepherd, Town Mayor 2023- 2024
 
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‼️ DONT MISS THORPE ASTLEY ON THE BEACH THIS SATURDAY ‼️ -29/06/2023
 
⛱ Thorpe Astley on the Beach ⛱
 
SATURDAY 1ST JULY 2023 | 11AM - 3PM | THORPE ASTLEY COMMUNITY CENTRE
Join us for a day of Sea Side Fun at Thorpe Astley Community Centre!
 
FREE ENTRY!
 
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PLEASE NOTE: There is limited parking at the centre so we advise residents to try to walk to the event where possible to ease congestion in the local area.

‼️ Advanced Road Closure Notice ‼️ - 22/06/2023
 
The duration of the restriction is not anticipated to exceed a period of 1 day on Sunday the 23rd July 2023. Please read below for further information and what roads will be affected.
 
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Armed Forces Day 2023 - 22/06/2023
 
Thank you to all who joined us to commemorate Armed Forces Day 2023.
 
It was a lovely service led by Deputy Town Mayor, Councillor Paul Kennedy
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Armed Forces Day 2023 - 12/06/2023

Braunstone Town Mayor invites all residents to join her for the annual Armed Forces Flag raising at Braunstone Civic Centre Memorial Garden. Refreshments to then follow.

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The Civic Community Lounge - Quiz Night 2023 - 07/06/2023

Tuesday 27th June | 7-9pm | FREE ENTRY
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💚 Lets Talk 💚 - 07/06/2023
 
Drop In Sessions - Blaby District
 
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🚌 COMMBUS - 05/06/2023 🚌
 
The COMMBUS has some fantastic specials coming up over June and July! Don't miss out check them out now!
 
Call: 011628666116 to book your Trip!
 
 
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They are also on the lookout for volunteer Escorts and Drivers. Not previous knowledge or experience required as Full Training is given. For more information call: 07836128783 or 07899668034.
 
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‼️ Citizens Advisory Panel ‼️- 26/05/2023
 
Thursday 1st June, 7:30pm at Braunstone Civic Centre
This meeting is open to the local community for you to come along and have your say on how your community is ran.
 
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We hope to see you there!

Civic Centre Refurbishment 2023 🛠 - 24/05/2023
 
The Civic Centre refurbishment commenced on 16th January 2023.
The renovation has seen improvement to the centre with two new sets of toilets, a Changing Places toilet, new kitchen for the bar, storage room and staff room.
 
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All done over here! Take a look at the new and improved Civic Centre!

🎾 Braunstone Town Council are on the lookout for a Tennis Coach 🎾 - 24/05/2023
 
- Tennis coach/coaches required to run adult and children’s beginner courses in Braunstone Town over Summer holidays 2023.
 
- The Town Council has two sets of courts with 2 courts at each venue, where we want to encourage new tennis players or help beginners improve their game.
 
Tennis Coach Required 
 
If you are interested in running a short course at Thorpe Astley Community Centre and/or Shakespeare Park courts or would like more information on what we are looking for please contact Pauline Snow on: 0116 2899270 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Notice of an Application for a Development Consent Order - Hinckley National Rail Freight Interchange Order 202X - 09/05/2023

Notice is hereby given that the above referenced application (the 'Application’) for a Development Consent Order (a ‘DCO’) submitted to the Planning Inspectorate on behalf of the Secretary of State for Transport under Section 37 of the Planning Act 2008 (the “Application”), by Tritax Symmetry (Hinckley) Limited, Unit B, Grange Park Court, Roman Way, Northampton, England, NN4 5EA has been accepted for examination by the Planning Inspectorate on behalf of the Secretary of State. The reference number applied to the Application is TR050007.
 
Read Section 56 Site Notice 2023 Here!

👑 Community Coronation Picnic 2023 - ( Ran by the Braunstone Life newspaper ) 👑
 
Monday 8th May | 11am - 4pm | Shakespeare Park
 
Celebrate the coronation in style!
 
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🛠 Civic Centre Refurbishment 2023 🛠 - 12/04/2023
 
The Civic Centre refurbishment commenced on 16th January 2023.
The renovation will see the improvement to the centre with two new sets of toilets, a Changing Places toilet, new kitchen for the bar, storage room and staff room. The work is due to last approximately 10 weeks.
 
Check out the New Changing Places Toilet soon to be finished!
 
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‼️ All other Council services and room hire are still available as standard while the work continues ‼️


‼️ IMPORTANT UPDATE ‼️ - (12/04/2023)
 
Braunstone Town Community Library will be closing at the earlier time of 4:30pm today.
Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience caused.
 
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🛠 Civic Centre Refurbishment 2023 🛠 - 04/04/2023
 
The Civic Centre refurbishment commenced on 16th January 2023.
The renovation will see the improvement to the centre with two new sets of toilets, a Changing Places toilet, new kitchen for the bar, storage room and staff room. The work is due to last approximately 10 weeks.
 
Check out the work in progress!
 
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‼️ All other Council services and room hire are still available as standard while the work continues ‼️

Community Coronation Picnic 2023 (Ran by the Braunstone Life) 04/04/2023
 
Monday 8th May | 11am - 4pm | Shakespeare Park
 
Celebrate the coronation in style!
 
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Warm Space Initative 2023 Closing - 03/04/2023
 
Our Warm Space Initiative will be coming to a close tomorrow on Tuesday 4th April 2023. Thank you to all who have joined us during our time of operation.
 
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We hope to see you there for our final Warm Space!
‼️ IMPORTANT UPDATE ‼️ -23/03/2023
 
Please note that Mossdale Meadows car park will be closed on Monday 27th March for essential works.
 
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Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience caused.

🛠 Civic Centre Refurbishment 2023 🛠 - 21/03/2023

The Civic Centre refurbishment commenced on 16th January 2023.
The renovation will see the improvement to the centre with two new sets of toilets, a Changing Places toilet, new kitchen for the bar, storage room and staff room. The work is due to last approximately 10 weeks.

The builders are hard at work!

‼️ All other Council services and room hire are still available as standard while the work continues ‼️
 
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‼️ Civic Community Lounge Quiz Night! ‼️ - 20/03/2023
 
Tuesday 11th April 2023 | 7pm - 9pm | Teams of 4
 
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📗 Braunstone Town Community Library - Change in Opening Hours 2023 📗 - 16/03/2023
 
Following consultation with residents and users of the Braunstone Community Library there will be a slight change in the opening hours to the library as from 1st May 2023.
 
Due to the lack of customers on a Monday evening after 6pm and the increase in customers on a Wednesday afternoon it was agreed to reduce the Monday evening opening to 6pm and open for an additional hour on Wednesday mornings until 1pm.

 
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Civic Centre Refurbishment 2023 🛠 - 10/03/2023
 
The Civic Centre refurbishment commenced on 16th January 2023.
The renovation will see the improvement to the centre with two new sets of toilets, a Changing Places toilet, new kitchen for the bar, storage room and staff room. The work is due to last approximately 10 weeks.
 
Work has begun on the reception side of the building.
 
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‼️ All other Council services and room hire are still available as standard while the work continues ‼️

🐥 Spring Time Crafts at Braunstone Town Community Library 🐥 - 10/03/2023
 
Book your place for FREE on 0800 988 0308!
 
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‼️ Walking and Cycling Improvements ‼️
 
We have a snowy update for you on the exciting new walking and cycling routes!
 
Work in now underway on improving pedestrian and cycling routes both within Braunstone Town & Thorpe Astley and with the surrounding area. The first phase of the works includes a new shared pedestrian/cyclist pathway through Mossdale Meadows and into Meridian Leisure. This route is due to be complete by May.
 
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Further works are due to be carried out in the summer to improve the pathway and crossing points along Meridian Way. The route will provide safe access for pedestrians and cyclist from Braunstone Town to the Meridian Leisure and Employment Park and from Thorpe Astley to the Civic Centre/Library and Mossdale Meadows.
Work to improve access to Aylestone Meadows from Kingsway is also due to take place later this year.
 
More information is available here: Improvements to Cycling and Walking Routes

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SATURDAY 1ST JULY 2023 | 11AM - 3PM | THORPE ASTLEY COMMUNITY CENTRE
 
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Join us for a day of Sea Side Fun at Thorpe Astley Community Centre!
 
FREE ENTRY!
 
For enquiries or more information please Call: 0116 2890045 or Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Braunstone Town Council's Summer Fete 2023 - 09/03/2023
 
Saturday 5th August 2023 | Mossdale Meadows | 11am - 4pm 
 
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For Stall Holder / Attraction / Food enquiries CLICK HERE!

🛠 Civic Centre Refurbishment 2023 🛠 - 08/03/2023
 
The Civic Centre refurbishment commenced on 16th January 2023.
The renovation will see the improvement to the centre with two new sets of toilets, a Changing Places toilet, new kitchen for the bar, storage room and staff room. The work is due to last approximately 10 weeks.
 
The far side of the Civic Centre refurbishments are now complete! Check out our new toilets!
 
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‼️ All other Council services and room hire are still available as standard while the work continues ‼️

❕ Braunstone Town and Thorpe Astley Beat Surgeries - Leicestershire Police ❕- 06/03/2023
 
A member of the local beat team will be available on the below dates to talk to local residents and discuss any concerns you may have:
 
- 08/03/23 | 18:00-19:00 | Braunstone Civic Centre
- 30/03/23 | 18:30-19:30 | Braunstone Civic Centre
- 28/04/23 | 19:00-20:00 | Thorpe Astley Community Centre
 
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🛠 Civic Centre Refurbishment 2023 🛠 - 24/03/2023
 
The Civic Centre refurbishment commenced on 16th January 2023.
The renovation will see the improvement to the centre with two new sets of toilets, a Changing Places toilet, new kitchen for the bar, storage room and staff room. The work is due to last approximately 10 weeks.
 
The renovation team are doing a great job so far!!
 
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‼️ All other Council services and room hire are still available as standard while the work continues ‼️

🏆 Town Mayors Awards Evening and Curry Night 2023 🏆 - 23/02/2023
 
Join us for a celebratory evening at the Town Mayors Awards and Curry Night!
 
Thursday 11th May 2023 | Event Start 7:30pm | Food: 8pm | Braunstone Civic Centre
 
- Tickets are £15 per person (Limited Number Available)
 
Curry Night and Town Mayors Award Evening
 
Tickets are available to purchase from Braunstone Civic Centre Reception or alternatively please call: 01162890045

🚨 Crime Reduction Items Available at Braunstone Civic Centre 🚨
 
The Town Council has a small amount of Crime Reduction items available to purchase for only £1 from the Civic Centre.
 
Items Available:
- Small Personal Alarms
- Big Personal Alarms
- Window Alarms
- Number Plate Security Kit
 
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Purchase now from the Civic Centre! (£1 per item)

🗣 Family Barn Dance - Organised by Ratby Band Co-Operative Band 🗣

 
An evening of family fun full of music and dancing with official barn dance caller!
 
For all ages and abilities!
 
Tickets: Adults £8 | Children £5 | Concession £5
7:30pm - 10:30pm | 18th March 2023
Millfield Hall, Braunstone Civic Centre
 
RATBY BAND BARN DANCE 2023
 
Tickets are available to purchase from Braunstone Civic Centre Reception or alternatively please call: 01162890045

❗️ Braunstone Town - Community Quiz 2023, In aid of St Crispins Church ❗️
 
Join St Crispins Church as they host their annual Community Quiz at the Civic Centre on the 24th March 2023!
 
Bring your friends along and enjoy a social community evening in aid of the Church.
 
Doors Open: 7pm | Quiz Begins: 7:30pm | Tickets £7.50 per Adult (Refreshments Included)

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Tickets are available to purchase from Braunstone Civic Centre Reception or alternatively please call: 01162890045

 Arts and Nature Workshops for Adults at Braunstone Town Community Library - 08/02/2023
 
No need to book! Just turn up and Enjoy!
 
Arts and Nature advert volunteer led Buzzing Roots

Braunstone Town and Thorpe Astley Beat Surgeries - Leicestershire Police -08/02/2023

A member of the local beat team will be available on the below dates to talk to local residents and discuss any concerns you may have:
08/02/23 | 14:00-15:00 | One Stop, Watergate Lane
24/02/23 | 19:00-20:00  | One Stop, Watergate Lane
08/03/23 | 18:00-19:00 | Braunstone Civic Centre
30/03/23 | 18:30-19:30 | Braunstone Civic Centre
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Please also find the Leicestershire Police Braunstone Town and Thorpe Astley Newsletter here: Leicestershire Police Braunstone Town Thorpe Astley Newsletter February 2023

🛠 Civic Centre Refurbishment 2023 🛠 - 03/02/2023
 
The Civic Centre refurbishment commenced on 16th January 2023.
 
The renovation will see the improvement to the centre with two new sets of toilets, a Changing Places toilet, new kitchen for the bar, storage room and staff room. The work is due to last approximately 10 weeks.
Improvement works continue this week on the toilets.
 
‼️ All other Council services and room hire are still available as standard while the work continues ‼️
 
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Community Fruit Tree Pruning Day Update - 30/01/2023
 
Due to unforeseen circumstances our final Community Fruit Tree pruning day will
no longer be going ahead on the 11th February 2023 
 
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Please accept our apologies on this occasion.

Town Mayors Charity Fundraising Event - 27/01/2023

 

10,000 Steps Challenge

The Town Mayor is hosting a fundraising event for her chosen charity for the year, Rainbows. She invites you to take part and raise funds in your own time by taking part in the 10,000 steps challenge that she has set.

Sponsorship forms can be found here: Sponsorship Form

Choose when you would like to start! The 30 days will need to be completed between February & April 2023.

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The challenge is Free to join, just grab a form and go!

Sponsorship money to be paid into Braunstone Civic Centre customer services.

For more information please email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. & This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Or call: 01162899270


🛠 Civic Centre Refurbishment 2023 🛠- 26/01/2023
  
The Civic Centre refurbishment commenced on 16th January 2023. The work is due to last approximately 10 weeks.
 
Improvement works continue this week on the toilets and storage room.
 
‼️ All other Council services and room hire are still available as standard while the work continues ‼️
 
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Walking and Cycling Route Improvements - 26/01/2023
 
The Town Council is working with its partners across the city, Blaby and County to deliver improvements to local walking and cycling links.

 

Works to improve pedestrian and cycle routes across Braunstone Town and Thorpe Astley begin at

Mossdale Meadows on Monday 6th February 2023.

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More information can be found here: Improvements to Cycling and Walking Routes

🛠 Civic Centre Refurbishment 2023 🛠 - 17/01/2023
 
The Civic Centre refurbishment commenced on 16th January 2023.
 
The renovation will see the improvement to the centre with two new sets of toilets, a Changing Places toilet, new kitchen for the bar, storage room and staff room. The work is due to last approximately 10 weeks.
 
Improvement works began with the toilets in the Centre this week.
 
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All other Council services and Room hire are still available as standard while the work continues.
👑 KING CHARLES’ CORONATION EVENTS 👑 -17/01/2023
 
Thinking of holding an event to celebrate the Kings Coronation?
 
King Charles’ coronation is to be held over the weekend 6th - 8th May this year and to celebrate Braunstone Town Council is supporting local community groups to arrange events to commemorate the Coronation with a mini programme of events.

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To find out more please click here: Community Grant Schemes

‼️ Community Tree pruning days - Annual Pruning at Braunstone Town Community Orchard 2023 ‼️ - 16/01/2023
 
Thank you to all who attended the first of two annual community Pruning days at Braunstone Town Community Orchard.
GoodGym - A group of runners, walkers, and cyclists who combine regular exercise with helping their communities attended the first session and took the time to write about their experience.
 
Take a read here:
 
Interested in attending the next community Pruning day?
Pruning will be taking place on:
 
Saturday 11th February 2023, 10am
 
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Meet at Franklin Park Community Orchard - Franklin Park, Welcombe Ave, Braunstone Town, Leicester LE3 2TA
 
All help is gratefully accepted. If you are able to come along and help please contact Pauline Snow on: 0116 2899270 or email:
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Please note: No Soup/Refreshments will be provided after the pruning as the for mentioned dates are both Saturdays


🌳 The Queen's Green Canopy 🌳 - 12/01/2023
 
Braunstone Town Council is taking part in the Queens Green Canopy Scheme. This scheme encourages communities and organisations to plant trees to commemorate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
As a part of the scheme the Town Council has begun planting a selection of trees in Braunstone Town and Thorpe Astley.
 
'The Queen’s Green Canopy is proud to be creating a living legacy with over a million trees planted in Her Majesty’s name across the nation during the first planting season, October 2021 to March 2022. As a nationwide initiative created to mark the Platinum Jubilee, the QGC was due to conclude in December – the end of the Jubilee year. However, as the official tree planting season in the United Kingdom is from October to March, the initiative will now be extended to include the full tree planting season, beginning in October 2022 and concluding in March 2023. The extension of the QGC initiative will build on this legacy and serve as a lasting tribute to Her Majesty’s extraordinary service to her country and her people.' - Taken from the Queen's Green Canopy Website. Find more information here: https://queensgreencanopy.org/
 
The Town Mayor can be seen below planting the very first Pear Tree at Thorpe Astley Community Centre.
 
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🟢 Shire Environment Grant from Leicestershire County 🟢 - 10/01/2023

The Council is in receipt of a Shire Environment Grant from Leicestershire County Council.
 
The Grant is to be used towards the replacement of all the lights in the library to LED fittings.
The work is currently being carried out and will complete the Town Council’s programme of replacing all of our lighting to LED.
 
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‼️ IMPORTANT LIBRARY UPDATE ‼️
 
Due to work being carried out in the library the Children's section will be closed on Monday 9th January. The rest of the library will remain open as usual.
 
PHONE LINES DOWN
 
Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience caused.
Falcon
 
Homeless & Community Support - 05/01/2023
 
Falcon are a charity that has been helping the homeless and those in need find independence through housing and community support for 20 years. The community support charity meets regularly at the Civic Centre every Tuesday between 10.00am – 12 noon. 
 
Looking for help in finding a place to stay or with your health and wellbeing? No appointment necessary, come along and meet the team!
 

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LeicestershireCounty Council -  Warm Homes - 05/01/2023
 
A guide to staying warm this winter!
 

Civic Community Lounge (Bar) Chritmas & New Year Opening Hours 2022
 
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Civic Community Lounge (Bar) Christmas Quiz 2022
 
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Centre Opening Times for Christmas / New Year 2022/2023  - 06/12/2022
 
Civic Centre 

Friday 23rd December – CLOSING AT 3PM

Saturday 24th December – Wednesday 28thCLOSED

Thursday 29th December – OPEN 12PM – 9PM

Friday 30th December – OPEN 3.00pm - MIDNIGHT

Saturday 31st December – Monday 2nd January – CLOSED

Tuesday 3rd January – OPEN AS USUAL

Thorpe Astley

Friday 23rd December – CLOSING AT 3PM

Saturday 24th December – Monday 2nd January - CLOSED

Tuesday 3rd January – OPEN AS USUAL

Braunstone Library

Friday 23rd December – CLOSING AT 12PM

Saturday 24th December – Monday 2nd January - CLOSED

Tuesday 3rd January - OPEN AS USUAL


Arts & Nature Library Workshop Group - 19/12/2022
 
Our Arts and Nature Library workshop group has been working hard to create a lovely community wreath to decorate the gates leading to the centre 🎄
Would you like to get involved in the FREE workshop group that takes place on Saturdays at Braunstone Town Community Library?
 
Contact Liga to book your place for after the Christmas Break!
 
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Ratby Band Christmas Carol Concer - 19/12/2022
 
Thank you to all who joined us for the Ratby Band Christmas Carol Concert. It was a fantastic sold out event that really kicked the festive period off 🎄
Watch out for the band's next event at the Civic Centre coming up early next year!

RATBY BAND 2022


‼️ Braunstone Town Council - Warm Spaces Initiative at Braunstone Civic Centre ‼️ - Beginning Tuesday 13th December 2022.
 
 
Braunstone Town Council is aware that local elderly and vulnerable residents could struggle this winter due to the ongoing Cost of Living Crisis. In order to offer support to our residents the Town Council will be operating a Warm Space at Braunstone Civic Centre every Tuesday beginning, Tuesday 13th between 12pm and 2pm where vulnerable residents can attend for a bowl of hot soup, bread and warm drinks.
 
Please come and join us for a couple of hours. 

WARM SPACES UPDATED 

 

PLEASE NOTE - There will be no Warm Space operating at the Civic Centre on Tuesday 27th December 2022. The initiative will resume again on Tuesday 3rd January 2023.


‼️ Community fruit tree pruning days - Annual Pruning at Braunstone Town Community Orchard 2023 ‼️ - 06/12/2022
 
Would you like to help maintain the Community Orchard in the New Year? We are looking for volunteers to help prune the fruit trees in the Town Orchard. No experience necessary, all equipment will be provided and support and instructions on pruning the trees will be available on the day.
 
Pruning will be taking place on:
 
Saturday 14th January 2023, 10am
Saturday 11th February 2023, 10am
 
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Meet at Franklin Park Community Orchard - Franklin Park, Welcombe Ave, Braunstone Town, Leicester LE3 2TA
 
All help is gratefully accepted. If you are able to come along and help please contact Pauline Snow on: 0116 2899270 or email:
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Please note: No Soup/Refreshments will be provided after the pruning as the for mentioned dates are both Saturdays.

‼️ IMPORTANT UPDATE ‼️
 
Our Ratby Band event is now all SOLD OUT! Please note, this means there will be NO tickets available on the door and you will not be granted access to the event without one due to room capacity.
 
We look forward to a fantastic Christmas Event 🎄
 
RATBY BAND 2022

Christmas Message from Braunstone Town Mayor 2022 - 05/12/2022
 
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     As Town Mayor I am delighted to send Christmas greetings to all residents for 2022.

    I began my year as Town Mayor attending events in the community to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, the sense of celebration at such an extraordinary achievement by a very special lady will remain in our hearts and minds for years to come. Therefore, it was with great sadness that we received the news on 8th September that Her Majesty had passed away. In this Platinum Jubilee year, the Town Council will be planting trees this winter as part of the national Queen’s Canopy initiative. This important project will now take on a new meaning as well as acting as a permanent and lasting tribute in our community to our late Queen for the decades to come.

    It has been a pleasure to host our community events. The weather was just right for the Town’s Summer Fete in August and many residents seemed to enjoy the day. Similarly, I was able to host “Apple Day” at the Community Orchard in October when we had good  weather, a lot of activities and it was lovely to see the children enjoying picking apples and making apple juice.

    Our annual Programme of Events is underway. The Diwali Celebrations in October was well supported by over 100 people.These events provide an opportunity for us to share what is good about our community and our community spirit, as well as raising vital funds to help support our community groups.

    I am personally grateful to the organisations who put on these events since the programme also enables funds to be raised for my chosen charity, Rainbows Children’s Hospice. We think especially at this time of year of the children and families supported by the Hospice as they make the most of every precious moment. Thank you to everyone who has supported and plan to support these events.

    All that remains is for me to wish you a happy and joyous Christmas and a healthy and prosperous 2023.

                                 

Cllr. Satindra Sangha, Braunstone Town Mayor.  

 

Trading Standards News Letter - Christmas Edition 2022 - 12/12/2022
 
 

Christmas Pantomime 2022 - Robninson Crusoe & the Pirates! - 05/12/2022
 
Thank you to all who attended our Christmas Panto, Robinson Crusoe and the Pirates by Glenfield Drama Group yesterday.
We had lots of happy faces and a great atmosphere full of fun and Christmas Joy!
 
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A Very Merry Movie Night - 05/12/2022
 
Thank you to all who attended our Merry Movie Night on Friday evening! 🎄
 
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Narborough Road South Subway - Works Update - 30/11/2022
 
Work has been issued to a contractor to drain the Narborough Road South Subway in Braunstone Town and subsequently replace the pump and the electrical control panel to bring these up to date. Leicestershir
 
Work has been issued to a contractor to drain the Narborough Road South Subway in Braunstone Town and subsequently replace the pump and the electrical control panel to bring these up to date. Leicestershire County Council are currently waiting for a date for the works to be carried out however, they have expressed the urgency due to the disruption being caused for the local residents.
 
Once the works are complete all will be tested to ensure the replacement pump is working correctly, in the hopes that further repair will be avoided as this would mean major disruption to the residents of that street as well as bus routes.

Arriva Midlands - BUS ROUTE UPDATE - 25/11/2022
 
Days MONDAYS TO FRIDAYS -  Commencing: 3RD JANUARY 2023 - Service Number: 104 - 
Service Description: Leicester - Fosse Park
 
 

Christmas Craft Fair 2022 - 22/11/2022
 
Thank you to all who joined us for our Christmas Craft Fair on Saturday. We had a great time with some incredible stall holders making the day one to remember!
 
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Our new Pine Cone Decorating and Crafting room also went down a treat with lots of smiling faces leaving the craft fair with their new decoration 🤩
 
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🎄 Harvest Church Carol Service 🎄

11th December 2022 at the Civic Centre, doors open at 6pm for an event start time of 6:30pm.
 
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Tickets are FREE and are available now from the Civic Centre.

Ratby Band Christmas Sing a Long Concert 2022
 
Are you excited for Ratby Band to return to the Civic Centre for their annual Christmas Concert? 🎺
 
Join us on the 17th December 2022 from 7:30pm for a Christmas sing a long with Ratby Band!
 
RATBY BAND CHRISTMAS CONCERT 2022

❗️ JG Sports - Christmas Holiday Camp ❗️ - 21/11/2022
 
Monday 19th - Thursday 22nd December | 9am - 3pm | £15 per child per day | Age 4 - 16 | Thorpe Astley Community Centre
 
JG SPORTS CHRISTMAS

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❗️ Hope and Harmony Events - Mind Body Spirit Show ❗️

At Braunstone Civic Centre on Sunday 27th November 2022 | £2 Entry | 11am - 4pm
 
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Arts and Nature - FREE Workshop for Adults at Braunstone Town Community Library!
 
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🌹 Remembrance Day 2022 🌹
 
Thank you to all who joined us on Friday to pay our respects and commemorate Remembrance Day 2022.
 
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🌹 Remembrance Services in Braunstone Town 🌹
 
Join us at the Civic Centre on the 11th November 2022 at 10:45 for an Armistice Day Service.
 
Friday 11th November Braunstone Civic Centre 10.45am Armistice Day Service Sunday 13th November St Crispins Church Turnbull Drive 10.45am the Town Mayor will be attending the Remembrance Sunday ser 

 

Other Services include:

Sunday 13th November, St Crispin’s Church, Turnbull Drive 10.45am, - the Town Mayor will be attending the Remembrance Sunday service

Sunday 13th November, Christchurch, Dumbleton Avenue, 10.45am the Deputy Town Mayor will be attending

the Remembrance Sunday service

 

🦇👻 Happy Halloween 🕸🎃 - 31/10/2022
 
We had a Spooktacular time celebrating at our Children's Halloween Disco yesterday. Thank you to all who attended a great community event!
 
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Drop In Sessions for Local Residents - 25/10/2022
 
PCSCO Kurk Brookes will be available at our centres to talk to local residents and discuss any concerns you may have.
 
PCSO Kurk Brookes shall be attending 281022 Civic Centre Braunstone 4pm 5pm 281022 Thorpe Astley centre 7pm 8pm to hopefully encourage residents to attend and raise any concerns they may have regardin
 
PCSO Kurk Brookes shall be attending:-
 
 

28/10/22 Civic Centre Braunstone 4pm – 5pm 

28/10/22 Thorpe Astley centre 7pm – 8pm 

 

Please feel free to attend if you have any concerns or queries.


✨Braunstone Town Council Presents Diwali ✨ - 24/10/2022
 
From all of us here at Braunstone Town Council we would like to wish you all a very Happy Diwali ⭐️🕯✨🌟🌙
 
We had a wonderful time celebrating the festival of lights at our Diwali event on Friday night.
 
Thank you to everyone who attended, we enjoyed a fantastic evening full of dancing and great food!
 
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Below: Our Town Mayor hosting the event at Braunstone Civic Centre. Read More here!
  
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VCS Drop In Session - Taking Place on 10/11/2022
 
On the 10th November 2022 at Braunstone Town Community Library, Blaby District Council is holding a drop-in session for local charities, community groups and sports clubs. Come along to meet members of the Community Development Team and
find out what support is on offer!
 
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Thursday 10 November | 2.30pm - 4.00pm | Braunstone Town Community Library

‼️ ⚠️ COST OF LIVING EVENT - FOR LOCAL RESIDENTS ⚠️ ‼️
 
Tuesday 1st November at Braunstone Civic Centre from 12pm - 3pm

Come along to find out about how services / Organisations can support through the Cost Of Living Crisis this winter.

Cost Of Living Event


❗️ IMPORTANT NOTICE ❗️- 18/10/2022
 
Story Time is cancelled this Friday (Friday 21st October) due to unforeseen circumstances.
Apologies for any inconvenience caused.
 
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Braunstone Town Council's Childrens Halloween Disco - UPDATE 10/10/2022
 
Tickets for the Disco are now SOLD OUT!
Apologies if you didn't get a ticket this time, but why not look into our other upcoming events like the, 'Very Merry Movie Night' or our swash buckling pantomime,
'Robinson Crusoe and the Pirates!'
 
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Apple Day 2022 - 04/10/2022
 
A huge Thank you to all who joined us for 🍎 Apple Day 2022 🍎
 
The rain stayed away to allow a great day for all at Franklin Park and the Apple Orchard. Take a little look at what we got up to 🤩
 
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Voluntary and Community Organisations Funding Package to Increase Positive Activities for Young People

Voluntary and community organisations across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland are being invited to apply for a share of £200k to help prevent young people from being drawn to crime and anti-social behaviour.

The Community Fund: Diversion from Anti-Social Behaviour (ASB) and Crime is a collaboration between the Police and Crime Commissioner and the Violence Reduction Network (VRN) to fund new diversionary activities to encourage young people at risk of crime to engage in positive and purposeful activities.

It is part of a shared ‘public health’ approach between the PCC and the VRN based on the view that violence is preventable and an important part of this is providing opportunities and ensuring provision is in place to keep young people safe.  

Grants of up to £20k are available for applicants who can provide evidence of how their project will support young people aged between 10-24 years old to prevent involvement in ASB and crime.

Charities, community groups, social clubs and sports associations are among the organisations being invited to apply for funding to deliver projects that support the Commissioner and VRN’s objectives.

The deadline for submissions is 24th October 2022. Information and the simple 5-page application is available here.


 
Saturday 19th November 2022 | 11am - 3pm 
Braunstone Civic Centre, 209 Kingsway, Braunstone Town, Leicester LE3 2PP
 
Our ever popular Craft Fair is back in the lead up to Christmas this year. Come along and make a start on your Christmas gifts with the fantastic collection of stalls on offer!
 
CRAFT FAIR 2022
 
Interested in being a Stall Holder at the Craft Fair?
 
 
CLOSING DATE FOR BOOKING FORMS: 4TH NOVEMBER 2022

Proclamation for the new King Charles III
 
Braunstone Town Mayor, Councillor Satindra Sangha, led the reading of the Proclamation for the new King Charles III in Braunstone Town, yesterday on Sunday 11th September 2022 in the Civic Memorial Garden at Braunstone Civic Centre, Kingsway.
 
This short ceremony consisted of a reading of the Proclamation, the National Anthem – God Save the King and three cheers for our new King.
 
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There is still an ongoing opportunity to leave floral tributes by the memorial stones in memory of our late Queen Elizabeth II this week and the book of condolence is also available at Braunstone Civic Centre.

🌹 In Memoriam, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 🌹
 
You are warmly invited to lay flowers at the Civic Centre Memorial Garden in memory of Her Majesty who sadly passed away on 8th September 2022.
 
All flowers that are left should have cellophane and wrapping removed before laying. Following protocols for these occasions, all flowers will be removed first thing on the morning after the state funeral.
 
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We also have a book of condolences available to sign in the small Meeting Room at the Civic Centre and at Thorpe Astley Community Centre.

Book of Condolence

Books of condolence are available for people to sign at:

Braunstone Civic Centre;

Friday 9th – until midnight

Saturday 10th – 9:00 – 12:30

Sunday 11th – 10:00 – 18:00

Monday 12th – 9:00 – 22:00

Tuesday 13th – 9:00 – 22:00

Wednesday 14th 9:00 – 17:00 & 18:30 – 23:00

Thursday 15th 9:00 – 22:00

Friday 16th 9:00 – 17:00 & 19:00 – midnight

Saturday 17th 12noon – 16:30

Sunday 18th 10:00 – 20:00

Please ask at Reception in the evening and at weekends.

Thorpe Astley Community Centre;

Saturday 10th - 10.00 – 14.15 & 15:30 – 20.00

Monday 12th - 9:30 – 12:00; 16:30 – 18:30 & 19:30 – 21:30

Tuesday 13th - 9:30 – 13:00

Wednesday 14th - 9:30 – 16:00 & 18:00 – 20:00

Thursday 15th - 18:00 – 20:00

       Saturday 17th - 12:00 – 14:00

Virtual books of condolence are available on: the Official Royal Family website, and the Leicestershire Lord-Lieutenant’s website.

 

Proclamation Reading by the Town Mayor

The Town Mayor, Councillor Satindra Sangha, will be reading the Proclamation at the Civic Memorial Garden, Braunstone Civic Centre, Kingsway, at 3pm on Sunday 11th SeptemberThis short ceremony will consist of a reading of the Proclamation made on Saturday 10th September at the Accession Council, the National Anthem – God Save the King, followed by three cheers for our new King. 

Please arrive by 2.55pm for a 3pm prompt start.

 

Floral tributes

You are warmly invited to lay flowers by the Memorial Stone and Flag Pole at the Civic Centre

Memorial Garden in memory of Her Majesty.

All flowers that are left should have cellophane and wrapping removed before laying.

Following protocols for these occasions, all flowers will be removed first thing on the morning after the

state funeral.

Union Flag

Following the announcement of the death of Her Majesty the Queen Elizabeth II, as a mark of respect the union flag will be flown at half-mast at Braunstone Civic Centre until the morning after the State Funeral; except on Proclamation Day when the flag will be raised to full mast from 11am to coincide with the Principal Proclamation and lowered to half-mast again the following day.


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Tribute from the Town Mayor to HM Queen Elizabeth II
 
 
Tribute from the Town Mayor to HM Queen Elizabeth II
 
It is with great sadness that I received the news that Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II passed away on 8th September 2022.  
 

Our Queen gave the country and the commonwealth 70 years of unwavering dedication in her role as Head of state.  On behalf of all in our Town, I send our condolences to the Royal family on their loss and to the country on the loss of the longest reigning monarch in British history.

Books of condolences are available for residents to sign at Braunstone Civic Centre and Thorpe Astley Community Centre during our normal opening times.

Flowers may be laid at the Memorial garden at Braunstone Civic Centre up to the day of the State funeral.

There are now ten days of official mourning and the Union Flag will be flown at half-mast at Braunstone Civic Centre.

Councillor Satindra Sangha

Braunstone Town Mayor


 Braunstone Town Council's, Children's Halloween Disco 🕸

 
Join us for a Spooktacular Halloween party on the 30th October 2022 at Thorpe Astley Community Centre!
 
The party will begin at 5:30pm - 7:30pm and will be suitable for children 12 years and below.
 
Only £4 a Ticket and Under 3's Go FREE! (Although you must still collect a ticket prior to the event in order to gain entry).
 
Prizes will be available for our most Fa-BOO-lous Halloween Dress Up so make sure to give us a fright!
 
Tickets are available NOW from Braunstone Civic Centre reception & Thorpe Astley. Alternatively please call to book your ticket today!
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🎉DIWALI AT THE CIVIC CENTRE  🎉
 
Next month we will be hosting Diwali at the Civic Centre on the 21st October 2022 in the Millfield Hall.
 
This will be an evening to remember full of food, music and dancing! Bring along your friends and family and join us for an evening of celebration!
 
The event will begin at 7pm and end at 10pm.
 
Tickets are available now from the Civic Centre Reception. Ticket prices are as follows:
Adult: £6.50
Children (Under 16's): £4.50
Family (2 Adults 2 Children): £20
 
For more information please call: 01162890045 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
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All net proceeds raised go towards the Town Mayors Charity - Rainbows Hospice

☕️ Macmillan Cancer Support Coffee Morning ☕️
 
On the 28th September our regular coffee morning which takes place every Wednesday in the library will be having a little update as we host a Macmillan Cancer Support Coffee Morning from 10:15am - 11:45am at Braunstone Town Community Library.
 
We would appreciate any baked goods you may be willing to buy or bake to donate to the Coffee Morning to sell. Please bring these along on the day!
 
All funds raised will go towards helping to support people with Cancer through Macmillan.
 
 
MACMILLAN COFFE MORNING 
 
We hope you can join us! 💚

 
Be part of a conversation on Primary Care  

The Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland (LLR) Integrated Care Board (local partnerships that plan and coordinate health and care services) is inviting local people to a conversation on primary care. Chaired by David Sissling, Independent Chair of the LLR Integrated Care Board, the event is open to all. 

Primary care is often described as the ‘front door’ of the NHS and most people’s care is through their GP Practice. There are huge challenges in primary care post-pandemic, and we know that for some people their experience of services has not been as good as it should be. From trying to book an appointment over the phone, the increased use of online consultations as opposed to face-to-face consultations and difficulties seeing a GP, we know people have concerns. 

The ICB wants to take the opportunity to hear directly from local people about what matters to them, how we can improve services and discuss how primary care is adapting and responding to the challenges through an open and positive conversation. 

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Our ‘In conversation on Primary Care’ event, takes place on Thursday 8 September, between 1pm to 2.30pm at Leicestershire County Cricket Club. If you would like to attend, please register here: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/408044751837. If you would like to ask a question you can submit when registering online. Your question doesn’t need to be about primary care, it can be on any topic you want to ask the ICB.

Please be aware that places are limited so if you do not register and attend on the day, we cannot guarantee you will be able to participate. 

We intend this to be the first in a series of ‘In conversation on’ events. 

We look forward to seeing you on the 8th.  In the meantime if you want to find out more about the Integrated Care Board please visit https://leicesterleicestershireandrutland.icb.nhs.uk/


🍎Apple Day 2022 🍎
 
Guess what's back for 2022? That's right, it's Apple Day!!
On the 1st October 2022 we will be hosting Apple Day at Franklin Park from 11am - 2pm.
 
We have limited Stall Holder availability so if you are interested please don't hesitate to get in touch for a booking form! Also Available here.
 
We look forward to a lovely community event 🍎
 
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🟢Thorpe Astley Community Centre Open Day! 🟢
 
On the 17th September 2022, we will be hosting an Open Day at Thorpe Astley Community Centre to advertise what is on offer within the local community space.
 
We already have lots planned including a Bouncy Castle and Face painting so make sure to bring the family down to find out about your local community centre!
 
We look forward to seeing lots of local residents!
 
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✨ Psychic Night at The Civic Centre 2022 ✨
 
On October 13th 2022 from 7:00pm there will be a Psychic Night held at the Civic Centre.
 
Everyone is guaranteed a reading and will be able to enjoy the buffet on offer. All for £25 a ticket.
 
Limited Spaces available, for booking please call: 07375490753
 
For further information please click the image below!
 
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‼️🟡 Ukraine Independence Day 2022 🔵‼️
 
On the 24th August 2022 at 11am the Town Council will be holding a small Flag Raising Ceremony to commemorate Ukraine's Independence Day and show our support to them during the ongoing situation.
 
The Ceremony will be held in the memorial garden outside of the Civic Centre on the 24th August at 11am. All are Welcome to Attend.
 
Refreshments will also be available after the ceremony.
 
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Braunstone Chess Club Open Morning 
 On the 3rd September 2022 Braunstone Chess Club will be hosting their very own Open Morning at the Civic Centre as a part of our Programme of Events for the 2022-2023 season. The event is FREE to attend (however, you must have a ticket) and no experience is necessary! All ages and abilities are welcome to come and have a go.
The event will be held at Braunstone Civic Centre on the 3rd September 2022 from 10am - 1pm.
FREE Tickets are available from Braunstone Civic Centre Reception.
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 Come Along and Have a Go. You never know you may find a new hobby! 

🎨 Craft and Chatter! ☕️
Beginning MONDAY 22ND AUGUST 2022 at Braunstone Town Community Library!
All Welcome! Free to attend! Mondays 2pm - 4pm at Braunstone Town Community Library.

Craft and chatter

Whatever you do, bring a long your hobby and lets Craft and Chat whilst we work!
❗️ Tenders – Climate Initiatives ❗️

We are inviting tenders for the installation of:
1. Solar PV Panels and Battery Storage
2. Hybrid Air Source Heat Pump
3. Electric Vehicle Charging Points

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WOULD YOUR GROUP OR CLUB LIKE TO HOST A NEW YEARS EVE EVENT?

We have an exciting opportunity for a local group to host a NYE event FREE of charge*

Room Hire: Millfield Hall & Council Chamber at the Civic Centre / Main Hall at Thorpe Astley.

The Event must be open to the general public to attend and 25% of the profit made by the group will need to be donated to the Town Mayor's Chosen Charity - Rainbows.

New Years Eve Posters

If you are interested IN HOSTING AN EVENT please apply in writing to Pauline Snow. Braunstone Civic Centre, Kingsway, Braunstone Town, Leicester, LE3 2PP

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Closing date Friday 3rd September 2022


*** SHAKESPEARE PARK TENNIS COURTS ***
 
The tennis courts at Shakespeare Park are currently unavailable to hire due to final preparations being made
 
on the access gate and final finishing of the surface.
 
We apologise for the disappointment and inconvenience this may cause but the courts will be open shortly for booking online.    

THORPE ASTLEY TENNIS COURTS
 
Feeling inspired by Wimbledon? Why try the sport of the summer at Thorpe Astley Community Centre where you can hire the courts via our Tap 4 Tennis system.
 
For further information and to book a court CLICK HERE
 
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🥳 Braunstone Town's Summer Fete 2022 🥳
6th August 2022 🤩
THE DEADLINE TO BE A STALL HOLDER AT THIS YEARS SUMMER FETE IS FAST APPROACHING! - 11/07/2022
We have so much packed in to our Summer Fete his year, Don't miss out on your chance to be involved, get in touch now!
Click HERE for more information and to find ALL booking forms:
If you are interested in being a Food Vendor/Large Exhibitor then please email (this does not include individual stall holders) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to discuss in further detail.
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We look forward to a great summer day out for all!

🛼 SK8 - 2 - U at Braunstone Civic Centre 🛼
Open to all | Mondays 7pm - 9pm | £6 (Includes Skate Hire)
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❗️ JG Super Sport Camp at Thorpe Astley Community Centre this summer! ❗️
Only £15 per child per day!
July 11th - 26th August 2022 | 9am - 4:30pm
For more details call: 07713980333
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  ❗️ Braunstone Community Life ❗️
Re-Opening Tuesday 19th July 1:30-4pm at St Crispins Church.
Please contact Lin on 0116 2992192 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further details.
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Queen’s Green Canopy 
Braunstone Town Council is taking part in the Queens Green Canopy Scheme. This scheme encourages communities and organisations to plant trees to commemorate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
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As a part of the scheme the Town Council will be planting a selection of trees in Braunstone Town and Thorpe Astley later in the year when the tree planting season commences. Further details of when and where the trees will be planted will be available later in the year. Please keep up to date with our website and social media for further information.


🟢 Shakespeare Park Open Day 2022 🟢
It was a wonderful turn out to see the Mayor Officially open the New Shakespeare Park Pavilion in Braunstone Town.
The Football and Bowls clubs provided great entertainment and taster sessions throughout the afternoon as well as the community enjoying the new facilities and activities we had in store!
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Thank you to all who attended! We look forward to the facilities providing another great community space.

Pop Up Care Club's Queens Jubilee Picnic in the Park
A great time was had by all at Pop Up Care Clubs - Thorpe Astley Queens Jubilee celebrations when they hosted their Picnic in the Park for the local Thorpe Astley community. Check out what they got up to below.
Our Town Mayor and Councillors were also in attendance. See below she is pictured with Cllr Anthea Ambrose.
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👉 Armed Forces Day 2022 👈
On Monday the 20th June 2022 there will be a flag raising outside of the Civic Centre in the War Memorial Garden from 1:45pm - 2pm to commemorate Armed Forced Day.
Local Residents are welcome to attend.

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‼️ WOULD YOU LIKE TO VOLUNTEER? NOW IS YOUR CHANCE! ‼️ - 09/06/2022
Braunstone Town Community Library is looking for volunteers for their weekly ✨ STORY TIME ✨
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Story Time runs every Friday at Braunstone Town Community Library (Braunstone Civic Centre, 209 Kingsway, Braunstone Town, Leicester LE3 2PP) from 10:30am - 11:00am.
Does this sound like something for you? If your answer is yes, then don't hesitate to get in touch for a chat: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call: 0116 3055909

Braunstone Town Community Library celebrates the Queens Jubilee 2022!
Our local Library Coffee Morning group (meets in the library every Wednesday) had a
wonderful time celebrating the Queen's Jubilee. The Town Mayor was in attendance along with many other residents.
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Join them each week at the Community Library, opposite the Civic Centre main entrance. All are welcome to attend!

❗️ ADVANCE INFORMATION of Upcoming Work ❗️
Upcoming development work on the land off Meridian Way within approved planning permission application. The proposed development is the creation of approx. 2.9ha of new parkland for the enjoyment of all visitors and for the benefit of biodiversity and local wildlife.

 ADVANCE INFORMATION Land adjacent to Meridian Way

The work is expected to commence from the 6th June 2022 for a period of 38 weeks. Working hours will be restricted to 8:00am to 5pm Monday to Friday
Pedestrian access will be maintained at all times via a temporary entrance / crossing diversion of the existing pathway around the construction works.
We thank you in advance for your patience and cooperation during these works.
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🎾🌲 SHAKESPEARE PARK OPEN DAY 🌳⚽️

Braunstone Town Council would like to extend an open invite to all local residents to attend the Official Opening of the new and improved Shakespeare Park Pavilion.
The Open Day will take place on the 19th June 2022 from 12pm-2pm at Shakespeare Park, of course!
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Joins us for a fun family event with plenty to do for all, including Inflatables, Tennis Coaching, Bowls games and Taster Sessions, Penalty Shoot Out and More!
We look forward to seeing you there 🤩

The Queens Jubilee - POP UP CARE CLUBS

Pop Up Care Clubs will be holding a 'Picnic in the Park to celebrate the Queens Jubilee. The Picnic will be hosted at Thorpe Astley Community Centre as a community get together. All are welcome and the event is FREE to attend. 

FRIDAY 3RD JUNE | 1PM - 4PM

Just bring yourselves and a picnic!

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Braunstone Town Mayor 2022-2023

A huge welcome and congratulations to the new Braunstone Town Mayor 22-23, Councillor Satindra Sangha. Also Well Done to the New Deputy Town Mayor, Tracey Shepherd.

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Learn more about our new Town Mayor here!


🏆 Mayors Awards Evening 2022 🏆

We had a wonderful time celebrating the great year we still managed to have despite the pandemic.Thank you to The Mayor of Braunstone Town 2021/2022, Councillor Darshan Singh for the effort you have made, particularly in raising money and awareness for Macmillan Cancer Support in your time as Mayor.

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☀️ Around Braunstone Town in 2022 ☀️

Lots of apple blossom to see in the Franklin Park community orchard at the moment. Why not pop along and see for yourself!

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Remember to share your photos with us if you do! We would love to see local residents enjoying what our community has to offer 🤩


❗️ Important Announcement ❗️

The Shakespeare Park car park will be closed tomorrow,10th May for line marking. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

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❗️ WEATaster Sessions & Short Courses at Braunstone Town Library ❗️

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An message from Cllr Nick Brown, Town Council Leader  - 01/05/2022
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Phase 2 of our improvements to Shakespeare Park – is nearing completion with the finishing touches being put in place.   Along with the sports clubs, we are organising a community open day in June. Please come along with the family to see the new facilities and what is on offer. Details below.

During April the Council invited tenders to carry out improvement works to the Civic Centre toilet facilities and Civic Community Lounge kitchen facilities.   The project will involve the provision of a catering kitchen facility for the Civic Community Lounge to enable the expansion of the facility to provide a café service during the day and additional lunches and meals, utilising the space more effectively and providing a wider community social space. The plans to refurbish both sets of toilets will include the provision of a new Changing Places toilet, for which we have been successful in obtaining Central Government funding.

Changing Places Toilets provide for individuals with extra needs, such as those with brain injuries, Motor Neurone Disease, Dementia, Cerebral Palsy, who need assistance when using the toilet. By including this facility as part of our planned improvements to the Civic Centre, all residents, whatever their disability or requirements, can attend events with their families and friends knowing that the toilet facilities they need will be available for them.

Following Blaby District Council’s Community Governance consultation on potentially splitting Braunstone Town and Thorpe Astley into two separate parishes, the District Council on 5th April concluded that no further action be taken. Out of 42 responses to the consultation, only 11 supported the creation of a separate Parish for Thorpe Astley.   This is both a welcome and sensible decision; we never believed this review was necessary since there was never any evidence that supported splitting our parish. The detrimental impact on both the council tax and local services would have effected all our residents. The last thing everyone needs is a massive increase in council tax during a cost of living crisis.   As a result of the decision to end the process we can continue to get on with ensuring that we respond to the challenges of our time and deliver high quality, cost effective improvements and investment to services in both Braunstone Town and Thorpe Astley.


Cultural Communities Network Grant - Braunstone Town Community Library

AntheaA"Braunstone Town Council was successful in bidding for a grant from the Cultural Communities Network in the sum of £5000 in March 

2021. This grant has enabled the Braunstone Community Library to encourage local residents to engage in the community, reduce isolation, volunteer to run projects and provide a vibrant, community-led library.  

Over the past year we have heldart and nature workshops,children’s music sessions and engagement events in the library. This culminated in our Spring Celebration Event held on Saturday 26th March where we brought together all the events held over the past year and shared them with the community. We are particularly pleased that over seven local residents have now volunteered to run events in the library including the Coffee morning and Story Time. 

The workshops and events that took place over the year were filmed and it is a great pleasure to be able to share this short film showing the community spirit, engagement and happiness that we have achieved with the grant “.  

- Anthea Ambrose, Chair Community Development Committee, Braunstone Town Council 

To see a short film on the achievements of the Cultural Communities Network please click here: Cultural Communities Network Film


Changing Places Toilet in Braunstone Civic Centre
Braunstone Town Council is delighted to report that we have been successful in applying to central government through Blaby District Council for a grant in the sum of over 20000 to install a Changing
Braunstone Town Council is delighted to report that we have been successful in applying to central government, through Blaby District Council, for a grant in the sum of over £20,000 to install a Changing Places Toilet in Braunstone Civic Centre. There are over 250,000 people in the UK with brain injuries, Motor Neurone Disease, Dementia, Cerebral Palsy and other conditions that mean they need personal assistance to use the toilet or other support. Standard accessible toilets simply do not have the facilities to make this possible. By including this facility as part of our planned improvements to the Civic Centre, all residents, whether having a disability or other requirements, can attend family events, shows and access the same services as their families and friends knowing that facilities they require will be available for them. Changing Places Toilets provide enough space for disabled individuals and their carer(s) to use them with dignity and safety.

Community Governance Review - Update 07/04/2022

Following a recent consultation by Blaby District Council on potentially splitting Braunstone Town and Thorpe Astley into two separate parishes, the initial consultation responses did not indicate that any changes are required.  Out of 42 responses to the consultation, only 11 supported the creation of a separate Parish for Thorpe Astley. Therefore, Blaby District Council on 5th April concluded that no further action be taken.

Braunstone Town Council Leader, Councillor Nick Brown, stated “This is both a welcome and sensible decision; we never believed this review was necessary since there was never any evidence that supported splitting our parish.  The detrimental  impact on both the council tax and local services would have effected all our residents. The last thing everyone needs is a massive increase in council tax during a cost of living crisis.   As a result of the decision to end the process, the Town Council can now get on with ensuring that we respond to the challenges of our time and deliver high quality, cost effective improvements and investment to services in both Braunstone Town and Thorpe Astley”. 

Blaby District Council has asked the Town Council to review the comments received during the community governance review and determine whether we can take any additional actions to address the concerns.  Therefore Policy & Resources Committee will be considering the matter at its meeting on 28th April 2022.


An message from Cllr Nick Brown, Town Council Leader  - 01/04/2022
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Phase 2 of our improvements to Shakespeare Park - refurbishment of the tennis courts, is on time and due for completion in April. The perimeter fencing has been erected and the surface laid. Final court markings need to be completed. Following the completion of the tennis courts, the car park will be surfaced and lined later in the month.

Along with the sports clubs, we are organising a community open day at the venue.More details will be available on this soon.

Further to my update last month on delivering the objectives in our Climate Change & Environmental Strategy and the Carbon Audit of the Town Council, preparatory surveying work has begun in order to put together proposals for installing PV panels on our buildings and installing an air source heat pump at Thorpe Astley Community Centre.

We have also put together a draft Environment and Biodiversity Strategy for our Parks and Open Spaces and are inviting residents to comment. More details available here: Consultation on proposed Environment & Biodiversity Strategy


❗️ Shakespeare Park Tennis Court Update ❗️
The base course has now been laid. The surface course is due to be laid in a couple of weeks. All on track for completion mid-April.
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Braunstone Town Community Library - 🌸 Spring Celebration Day! 🌼
Braunstone Town Library’s Community Group Members invite you to join them on 26th March from 10am to 1pm to take part in FREE Music, Art and Nature activities.
This celebration day will conclude the community projects that have been on going in the library over the last couple of weeks and continue in the lead up to the 26th March. If you aren't already aware these include the Vinyl & Art and Grow & More workshops.
We hope to see lots of local residents at this lovely community event!
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Community Governance Review – Braunstone Parish
All residents will pay if our Parish is split up

Following the news that Blaby District Council had decided to review the governance arrangements in Braunstone Parish, with a view to creating a separate Parish Council for Thorpe Astley.   Braunstone Town Council has investigated the implications and submitted its formal response to Blaby District Council. 

Braunstone Town Council response to Community Governance Review

Any decision to split the parish will result in higher Council Tax bills and less resilient and less responsive services as the Town Council’s assets, services and staff are split.

Based on the forthcoming financial year 2022/2023, instead of seeing a Council Tax rise of 5.66%; Thorpe Astley residents would instead see an approximate 15 to 16% rise, as one of the two community centres and half the Town’s parks transfer to the new Thorpe Astley Parish Council.  Braunstone Town residents would see an approximate 9 to 10% rise as corporate management costs are either duplicated (e.g. Audit and IT Systems) or are a slightly higher proportion for each council of the current combined cost (e.g. Insurance and IT equipment).   With the staff split between the Councils, both Councils will have less capacity to respond to the current and future needs of our communities resulting in less resilient and less responsive services.

Braunstone Town Council believes that it has successfully coordinated a community response to the pandemic, supported a local foodbank, has protected and enhanced services such as the Town’s Library and attracted and supported essential services at Thorpe Astley Community Centre, such as the pre-school, GP Surgery and Covid vaccinations, because of our size, resources and the economies of scale that can be made.   Following the pandemic and in a time when resources are tight, the Town Council’s focus is to support our community and local groups recover, protect and enhance our local services and respond to the challenges we face such as climate change.

Blaby’s consultation closes at 5pm on Friday 4th March.

Details of the consultation can be found here: https://www.blaby.gov.uk/your-council/news-and-awards/news/braunstone-parish-consultation-underway/.

All representations should be submitted to Legal Services,  Blaby District Council, Council Offices, Desford Road, Narborough, Leicester, LE19 2EP or via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Have you heard about our new Room Hire offers?  🤩

For more information click here: https://www.braunstonetowncouncil.org.uk/index.php/our-centres/communityc-hirecharges

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Braunstone Town Community Library - 🌸 Spring Celebration Day! 🌼
On the 26th March 2022, 10am-1pm Braunstone Town Community Library will be hosting our Spring Celebration Day with Buzzing Roots.
This celebration day will conclude the community projects that have been on going in the library over the last couple of weeks and continue in the lead up to the 26th March. If you aren't already aware these include the Vinyl & Art and Grow & More workshops.
All are invited and welcomed to the FREE Spring Celebration day event where you can take part in Nature and Arts activities.
We hope to see lots of local residents at this lovely community event!
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Braunstone Town Council presents...
Thorpe Astley Craft Fair
On the 9th April 2022 Braunstone Town Council will be hosting a craft Fair at Thorpe Astley Community Centre. From 11:00am-14:00pm. The Craft Fair will take place throughout the centre on Lakin Drive. 
Applications are now open for Stall Holders!
Interested in holding a stall at the fair?
Please contact Scarlett Myers at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 01162899270

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St Crispins Church Community Quiz
On the 25th March 2022 St Crispins Church will be hosting their annual Community Quiz!
Tickets are £7.50 per person and are available from the Civic Centre reception. Refreshments are also Included.
We look forward to a great event 🤩
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👉 VINYL & ART 👈
Come to our Vinyl and Art afternoon sessions on Mondays 1.30pm - 3.00pm to listen to music from different eras and take part in arts activities.
Suitable for all ages. Please email Liga at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to book your place.
Sessions capped at 15.
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Grow & More
Beginning on the 19th February for 5 sessions, Grow and More!
Come along to “Grow and More” workshops for a chat, some planting and let’s explore together what ‘more’ could be!
To book please email or call Liga at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / 07425 867969 or you can join us on the day
(if there is space available- sessions will be capped at 15).
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Programme of Events 2022/2023
You may or may not already be aware that here at Braunstone Town Council we invite local community groups and charities to be a part of our Programme of Events by arranging events or shows to help fundraise for their club.
Groups are invited to arrange an event or show to help raise funds for your group and the Town Council will support the event.
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Does this sound like something you would be interested in? Don't hesitate to get in touch! If you would like further information or to discuss an idea for an event further then please contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 0116 2890045

❗ ATTENTION ❗
During the last week three trees were deliberately chopped down on Franklin Park.
Today on the 25th January 2022 work has commenced on the Tennis Courts at Shakespeare Park.
Work will include surface refurbishment, new fencing, court lining, new tennis posts, nets and the installation of a Lawn Tennis Association Tap4Tennis access gate. The work will take approximately 9 – 10 weeks to complete to be finished for early April.
We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause you.
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☕️ Coming very soon to Braunstone Town Community Library ☕️
Make sure to come along for a coffee and a catch up, the morning is open to all! We look forward to having you join us 🤩
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Wednesday Mornings 10:15am-11:45am at Braunstone Town Community Library

⭐️ Coming very soon to Braunstone Town Community Library ⭐️
Be sure to bring your little ones down to Story Time! We cant wait for lots of rhymes, reading and imagination 🤩
Free to Attend and open to all!
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Friday Mornings 10:30am at Braunstone Town Community Library

🍎 COMMUNITY PRUNING DAY - FRANKLIN PARK COMMUNITY ORCHARD 🍎
TUESDAY 25TH JANURAY - 10AM
Local residents are invited to come along to the Franklin Park Community Orchard on Tuesday 25th January 2022 to help undertake pruning of the apple trees. All equipment is provided and advice and support will be available to show you how to undertake the pruning. If you would like to come along and help, please meet at 10am at the Community Orchard on 25th January.
Refreshments and hot soup will be available at Braunstone Civic Centre after the pruning.
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❗ IMPORTANT UPDATE ❗
Lateral Flow Tests
We currently do not have any Lateral Flow Tests available. Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience caused.
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❗ IMPORTANT EVENT UPDATE ❗
Ratby Band Christmas Carol Concert
Unfortunately due to several cases of Covid within the Ratby Band Organisation the Christmas Carol Concert which was due to be held on the 18th December 2021, has now been cancelled.
Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience caused.

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Lateral Flow Tests Update

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We are currently awaiting a delivery of Lateral flow tests. This should hopefully be with us in the next couple of days. An update will be posted once these are available for collection.


Proposed Community Governance Review

Braunstone Town Councillors react with dismay as Blaby District Council is set to consult on splitting the parish in two.
Blaby District Council on 14th December 2021 is due to consider an item to undertake a Community Governance Review of Braunstone Town with a view to creating separate Local Councils for Thorpe Astley and the rest of Braunstone Town.
To read the full Press Release please clicke here: Proposed Community Governance Review

CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEARS OPENING TIMES

FOR BOTH BRAUNSTONE CIVIC CENTRE AND THORPE ASTLEY COMMUNITY CENTRE AND THE CIVIC COMMUNITY LOUNGE

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Planning Act 2008

Hinckley National Rail Freight Interchange

Section 47 Publication of the Statement of Community Consultation (SoCC)

The Statement of Community Consultation : https://www.hinckleynrfi.co.uk/formal-consultation/


Giggle Town Arts Christmas Show & Crafts 

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🎄 The elves and the Shoe maker at Christmas 🎄
On the 19th December 2021 Braunstone Town Council will be hosting Giggle Town Arts Christmas Show & Crafts.
Come along for an afternoon of Christmas family fun, great for your little ones!
Join us for an afternoon of Christmas Family Fun!
Tickets are available from Braunstone Civic Centre Reception
Braunstone Town Council Presents:
Christmas Carol Concert with the Award Winning Ratby Band
Christmas carol concert with the award winning Ratby Band
On the 18th December Ratby Band will be hosting their annual Christmas Carol Concert at the Civic Centre. 
A magical sing-a-long evening of Christmas carol favourite's accompanied by the award winning Ratby Band.
Tickets are available from the Civic Centre Reception.

Braunstone Town Council Presents:
Harvest Chruch Carol Service accompanied by Brass Band
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🎄 Harvest Church Carol Service accompanied by Brass Band 🎄
On the 12th December 2021, The Harvest Church will be hosting their Carol Service at the Civic Centre. This is a FREE event however, you must have a ticket to gain entry on the night.
Tickets are available from the Civic Centre Reception.

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Hosts: Christmas Tree Decoration Workshop

On the 11th December 2021, Braunstone Town Community Library will be hosting a Christmas Decoration Workshop. Come along for a wonderful and FREE creative Christmas event.

10:30AM - 12:30AM

Be sure to book your space soon as they are limited and are expected to fill up quickly!

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BRAUNSTONE TOWN COUNCIL'S CHRISTMAS CRAFT FAIR 2021

Braunstone Town Council's annual Christmas Craft Fair will be taking place at the Civic Centre on the 20th November 2021 from 11:00am - 15:00pm.

Come along for a great day of unique gifts and crafts! 

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IMPORTANT LIBRARY NOTICE 

Leicestershire County Council is upgrading part of their IT infrastructure on the weekend of 27 and 28 November

This upgrade requires all IT services to be shut down over the weekend while the upgrade takes place, including all council phonelines and website forms.

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Braunstone Town Community Library Survey 

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Braunstone Town Community Library are interested in hearing your views and opinions on our local services. Please take the time to fill out our short survey where you will have the chance to register for volunteering oppurtunities, put forward ideas for new activities and most importantly help us to learn more about what the community would like from their library and how we can improve your library service.

Please take a moment to download the form here: Braunstone Town Community Library Engagement Survey

Once completed please return your survey to: Via Email - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by Post - Pauline Snow, Brauntone Town Council, Braunstone Civic Centre, 209 Kingsway, Braunstone Town, Leicester LE3 2PP


BRAUNSTONE CIVIC CENTRE HEATING

On Wednesday 9th November a fault with the heating boiler at Braunstone Civic Centre was discovered resulting in the need to switch off the system. Due to this there is currently no heating or hot water available at the Centre.  Through urgency powers available to the Town Council, a new boiler has been ordered and is due to be fitted on Thursday 11th November.  In the meantime, we are advising all users of the Civic Centre of the situation and apologise for any inconvenience this may cause you.


DROP IN SESSIONS at Braunstone Community Library

Katie Barradell( Local Area Co-ordinator , Public health Leicestershire County Council )

Katie will be providing 5 ‘drop in ‘ sessions at Braunstone Library . We would like to invite local residents to come along to the library and meet Katie . You are welcome to come for an informal conversation or something more specific that you may find helpful to talk through.

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Sessions are as follows: 
Wednesday 24th Nov 10-12 
Wednesday 1st Dec    10-12 
Wednesday 8th Dec    10-12
Wednesday 15th Dec   10-12
Wednesday 22nd Dec   10-12 

BRAUNSTONE TOWN COUNCIL SUPPORTS HELIPADS FOR HOSPITALS!

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Helipads For Hospitals is a UK charity founded by former RAF and Air Ambulance helicopter pilot John Nowell.  The aim is to collect about one million drinks cans and other unwanted aluminium items (i.e. saucepans) to sell and raise funds to help build a helipad on site at hospitals.

Braunstone Town Council is pleased to support the Helipads for Hospitals charity and has purchased a Big Red Bin for the collection of aluminium cans that can be sold and the money raised will be donated to help the Leicester Royal Infirmary to get a much-needed Helipad at the hospital.

The bin is located in the car park at Franklin Park off Welcombe Avenue and has a can crusher attached so that cans can be compacted before depositing.  The Braunstone Wombles litter picking group will be also be depositing all of the cans they collect when litter picking around the Town to support the charity.

Councillor Amanda Hack, Deputy Leader of Braunstone Town Council, said “I am delighted that the Town Council is able to its bit with helping Helipads for Hospitals. Not only will the cans help to provide a vital helipad for the hospital but will also help the climate by recycling used aluminium and reuse the litter picked up from around the Town”.
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SHAKESPEARE PARK IMPROVEMENTS - 4th November 2021

Works to improve the tennis courts and complete the car park have been further delayed due to supply chain issues with building materials which are beyond the Council’s control. The selected contractor has now delayed the start of the works to improve the tennis courts to January 2022, after which the top surface can be laid on the car park.  Improvements to the play facilities are due to commence in Spring 2022. Braunstone Town Council apologises for any inconvenience. 

Current Project Timescales

The next stages of the Project are set out in the table below:

November 2021

·        Funding applications for Playground Work

·        Snagging on New Pavilion completed

January 2022

·        Commencement of works on Tennis Courts

·        Policy & Resources Committee determines funding arrangements for the Playground works

March 2022

·        Completion of works on Tennis Courts

·        Completion of surfacing works on the Car Park

Between February & April 2022

·        Commencement of works on Playground

Between March & May 2022

·        Completion of works on Playground

Updates are available on the Initiatives page of the Town Council’s website: www.braunstonetowncouncil.org.uk


BOOKABLE TENNIS COURTS AT THORPE ASTLEY NOW AVAILABLE!

BOOKABLE TENNIS COURTS AT THORPE ASTLEY NOW AVAILABLE

The Town Council has been working with the Lawn Tennis Association to consider ways to encourage and expand the use of the tennis courts for local residents and has now introduced a system whereby residents can book and pay for the use of the tennis courts at Thorpe Astley.

Braunstone Town residents will be paying a reduced price for the facilities and have the advantage of accessing the courts free of charge at set times. Several membership options are also available including monthly and yearly fees and spreading the cost of payment, free use for residents on specific benefits and reduced rates for pay and play.

Non-Braunstone Town residents will be paying a higher rate and will not be offered the use of the courts free of charge or monthly/yearly package options.

These prices and packages will also be applicable to Shakespeare Park Tennis Courts once the refurbishment is complete. 

The system provides the following advantages 

  • Allows for a more structured use of the tennis court facilities - booked slots ensure residents will know their court will be available. The Lawn Tennis Association confirmed that payment of courts increases use.
  • Reduce the misuse of the tennis courts, for example, exercising pets.
  • Generate a moderate income to help with the maintenance and future upkeep of the courts.
  • Hire of equipment that residents can access free of charge if needed, available for a small deposit of £5 (tennis racquets, balls if residents do not have access)
  • Provision of coaching sessions at the courts to encourage new players and improve the skills of existing players
  • Encouragement of a formal tennis club being established within Braunstone Town

 To book a court go to https://clubspark.lta.org.uk/ThorpeAstleyCommunityCentre

BRAUNSTONE TOWN RESIDENT TENNIS COURT HIRE FEES

7.00am – 3.00pm

3.00pm – 6.00pm

6.00pm – 9.00pm

MONDAY

£3.00 per hour

FREE

£3.00 per hour

TUESDAY

£3.00 per hour

FREE

£3.00 per hour

WEDNESDAY

£3.00 per hour

FREE

£3.00 per hour

THURSDAY

£3.00 per hour

FREE

£3.00 per hour

FRIDAY

£3.00 per hour

FREE

£3.00 per hour

SATURDAY

£3.00 per hour

FREE

£3.00 per hour

SUNDAY

£3.00 per hour

FREE

£3.00 per hour

FOR THORPE ASTLEY COMMUNITY CENTRE AND SHAKESPEARE PARK 

NON - BRAUNSTONE TOWN RESIDENT TENNIS COURT HIRE FEES

7.00am – 3.00pm

3.00pm – 6.00pm

6.00pm – 9.00pm

MONDAY

£4.00 per hour

£6.00 per hour

£4.00 per hour

TUESDAY

£4.00 per hour

£6.00 per hour

£4.00 per hour

WEDNESDAY

£4.00 per hour

£6.00 per hour

£4.00 per hour

THURSDAY

£4.00 per hour

£6.00 per hour

£4.00 per hour

FRIDAY

£4.00 per hour

£6.00 per hour

£4.00 per hour

SATURDAY

£4.00 per hour

£6.00 per hour

£4.00 per hour

SUNDAY

£4.00 per hour

£6.00 per hour

£4.00 per hour

       FOR THORPE ASTLEY COMMUNITY CENTRE AND SHAKESPEARE PARK


📗  BRAUNSTONE TOWN COMMUNITY LIBRARY  📕
On the 28th October and the 12th November 2021. The library will be hosting a community drop in session. Come along to tell us what you think of your local library and what you'd like to see in the future. You will also have the chance to learn more about and discuss volunteering roles.
There will be Coffee and Cake provided as well as free children's activities.
We hope to see you there! 🤩
Braunstone engagment flyer A5
 

SUPPORT FOR NEW COMMUNITY GROUPS

 

Community Groups

 

In order to ensure that vital services and groups are supported or replaced following the Covid-19 pandemic the Town Council has agreed to provide additional financial support for the formation of new community groups. New community groups that are set up to provide a service in the Town that does not already exist can apply for up to £500.  New groups that duplicate an existing group or service can apply for up to £300 if it can be shown that the service of the new group compliments and adds to the other existing services in the Town.

If you are thinking of setting up a new community group in the Town and need more information, please contact Mrs Pauline Snow on 0116 2899270 on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

The Grant Criteria and Application form for the New Community Group Grant can be found below: 

Community Groups Criteria for Grant

Community Groups Grant Application Form


How is your Community Group doing Post Pandemic?

Community Group Post Pandemic Poster

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic community groups were unable to meet, but with the lifting of restrictions and a return to some normality we hope that many of the local community groups can now start meeting and resume normal activities. However, the Town Council is aware that many groups have not returned or are facing difficulties. The Town Council is keen to support and help our community groups where we can so we would be grateful if you would be able to complete and return a short questionnaire about your group.

Questionnaires can be collected from reception at the Civic Centre

or

Alternatively please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..uk


TEMPORARY TRAFFIC NOTICES 

SCHEDULE 1

TEMPORARY PROHIBITION OF THROUGH TRAFFIC

Meridian East, Braunstone – from the northside of the access to McDonald’s restaurant to outside the access to the Fire Station on Meridian East

SCHEDULE 2

TEMPORARY PROHIBITION OF RIGHT TURN

Meridian South, Braunstone – No right turn from Meridian South onto Meridian East

SCHEDULE 3

TEMPORARY IMPLEMENTATION OF ONE WAY

Meridian East, Braunstone – one way for traffic heading southbound on Meridian East towards Meridian South with no access from Meridian South onto Meridian East

Dated 4th October 2021

Lauren Haslam, Director of Law and Governance. County Hall Glenfield Leicester LE3 8RA

 


Braunstone Town Council's Christmas Craft Fair!

On the 20th November 2021 Braunstone Town Council will be hosting a Christmas Craft fair at the Civic Centre from 11am-15:00pm.
 
Stall Bookings are now full!
 
We are looking forward to a great day of crafts, gifts and amazing finds! 💍🧶🌻

CRAFT FAIR SOCIAL POSTER 2021 1


COMMBUS IS COMING TO BRAUNSTONE TOWN! 

COMMBUS are extending our community bus Dial-a-Ride services to Braunstone Town. Commbus is FREE to join! Call the Office on: 01162866116 to Resgister (Office hours: 10am to 12 noon Monday to Friday. 

 

Dial-A-Ride Services available from 15th October 2021

 

COMMBUS IS FREE TO JOIN! CALL THE OFFICE ON 01162866116 TO REGISTER

OFFICE HOURS: 10AM TO 12 NOON monday to friday

 

COMMBUS COMMUNITY TRANSPORT IN BLABY DISTRICT

Dial-a-Ride shopping trips, daytrips, door to door, low fares

2021 10 Commbus is coming to Braunstone Town ad and poster page 001


 

 

Braunstone Town Council Meeting of the Citizens Advisory Panel

 

INFORM...CONSULT...INVOLVE

A meeting of the BRAUNSTONE TOWN CITIZENS’ ADVISORY PANEL will be held at the Civic Centre in the Council Chamber and on Zoom Video Conferencing (details below) on Thursday, 2nd September 2021 commencing at 7.30pm.

WE NEED YOUR HELP...

The Council extends an invitation to any interested local Residents and Community Groups to discuss Enhancing a socially Inclusive and Vibrant community.

Citizens Advisory Climate Change post 1

The agenda for the meeting can be found using the link below:

https://www.braunstonetowncouncil.org.uk/index.php/agendas-minutes-2021

Zoom Details: 

Join Zoom Meeting

https://zoom.us/j/99036611840?pwd=NzFSbkRKM05BVE1GQkhVRWR6UUtCdz09

Meeting ID: 990 3661 1840

Passcode: 551111

 

July 

Could our Covid Support Grant be useful to your local club or group?
 
Contact Pauline now for more information!
But be quick, the closing date for completed applications is 24th September 2021.
 

covid support grant

 

 


 

 

For the local residents of Braunstone Town and Thorpe Astley

we would like to make you aware of the Beat Officers and PCSO's for the area. 

 

BEAT OFFICERS AND PCSOS FOR BRAUNSTONE TOWN THORPE ASTLEY 1

 


 

Looking for something to do this summer? Look no further! 

Blaby District Council are hosting Sporting sessions for young people aged 11-18. 

See poster below for further details:

88923 BLABY Summer Activities Poster page 001


June

HAVE A SAY ON BUS SERVICES

The county council is working closely with local bus operators to come up with bold plans to improve public transport – and encouraging more people to use it.

The Government has pledged £3 billion to help progress these plans across the country – and Leicestershire is aiming to secure a fair share of the funding.

However, to secure this funding, the council must develop a Bus Service Improvement Plan (BSIP).  The council needs input to help it develop the plan.

It wants to find out what people think would improve local bus services and what would encourage them to use local buses more.

It would like to hear from people who already use buses, those who currently don’t, as well as from public, private and voluntary organisations.

There’s a questionnaire at www.leicestershire.gov.uk/bus-strategy-survey for people to have their say.

The closing date is Friday, 30th July.

GP PRACTICE SURVEY

NHS Leicester has launched a GP practice survey exploring views and experiences of GP-led (primary care) services during the Covid-19 pandemic to help them build on the things that people in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland like about the service and to identify areas of care that could be improved.
 
Over the last year, Coronavirus has placed enormous strain on all areas of the NHS, including your General Practice. Despite that, General Practices have remained ‘open’ providing more than 6 million appointments over the last 12 months, with the majority still providing face-to-face. Some changes have been made to keep both patients and staff safe though, including increased use of both telephone assessment and, in some cases, online consultation where appropriate. Right now, your GP and GP practice is handling more appointments than ever before.
 
They would love to hear your opinion and about your experiences that will help them to plan for service delivery in the future. Even if you haven’t visited your General Practice recently it’s still really important that we hear from you so that we can understand the way care needs to be provided to you in the future. The gathered feedback will inform a series of discussions going forward to help create a shared vision for modern, sustainable primary care.
 
The survey closes on Monday 12th July 2021.
 

May

Everyone is entitled to free NHS Covid-19 Self-Test (Rapid Antigen Tests) test kits to test you and your family for Covid-19 twice a week.  Available to collect from Braunstone Civic Centre and Library during opening hours.

Collect free rapid Covid 19 tests here

 

April

CONSULTATION ON ACCESS GATES TO TENNIS COURTS AT

THORPE ASTLEY AND SHAKESPEARE PARK

The Town Council is undertaking further consultation to ascertain the community’s views on the implementation of “Tap4tennis” at the Thorpe Astley and Shakespeare Park Tennis Courts.

Tap4Tennis is a booking system for tennis courts which allows residents to book access to tennis courts over the phone or online. The resident then receives a passcode which can be entered into the access gate lock.

The Town Council has proposed charging fees as attached, which ensures that Braunstone Town residents are paying fair and reduced price for the facilities and have the advantage of accessing the courts free of charge at set times. Braunstone Town residents also have the option of monthly, yearly fees and spreading the cost of payment.

The system would provide the following advantages:

  • Allow for a more structured use of the tennis court facilities - booked slots ensure residents will know their court will be available. The Lawn Tennis Association confirmed that payment of courts increases use.
  • Reduce the misuse of the tennis courts, for example, exercising pets.
  • Generate a moderate income to help with the maintenance and future upkeep of the courts.
  • Hire of equipment that residents can access free of charge if needed, available for a small deposit (tennis racquets, balls if residents do not have access)
  • Provision of coaching sessions at the courts to encourage new players and improve the skills of existing players
  • Encouragement of a formal tennis club being established within Braunstone Town

The consultation also includes the implementing of “Tap4tennis” at Shakespeare Park when the current courts will be refurbished once the new sports pavilion adjacent to the tennis courts is completed in Spring 2021.

The Town Council invites you to have your say on this scheme, and to make alternative suggestions to the pricing structure or access to the courts.

CLOSING DATE FOR RETURNING RESPONSES – 9am on Monday 10th May 2021

Survey Form

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/9CXTGYL

9th April 2021

 

Prince Philip - Statement from Braunstone Town Mayor

Image of Prince Philip

 

 

It is with great sadness that I received the news that His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh passed away peacefully this morning, Friday 9th April, at Windsor Castle.

Prince Philip has given the country and the commonwealth nearly 70 years of unwavering dedication as the longest serving consort in British history.  

On behalf of all in the Town, I send our condolences to Her Majesty the Queen and the Royal family on their loss.

Books of condolences will be available for residents to sign from Monday 12th April at Braunstone Civic Centre (Monday – Friday, 9.30am – 5.00pm) and at Thorpe Astley Community Centre (Monday – Friday, 8.30am – 3.30pm).

Councillor Parminder Basra,Flowers may be laid at the Memorial garden at Braunstone Civic Centre from Sunday 11th April up to the day of the funeral.

Braunstone Town Mayor

 

 

 

 

 

March 2021

press release re M1 land works

Lubbersthorpe East of M1 Consultation Leaflet

Fete Event Announcement Poster Copy

Would you like to plan a walk and talk session between 1st March and 30th April to raise money for the local mental health charity 'Life Links'?

Plan one session or many - ask for sponsorships and help to raise money for Life Links. Walks can be done on your own, or with one member of your household or support bubble.

If you don't wish to walk, you can still donate through the link below! For further information please contact Customer Services on 0116 2890045 or Parminder Basra on 07967 191085.

www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/improvingmentalhealth

February 2021

Roadmap out of lockdown

From 8 March, people in England will see restrictions start to lift and the government’s four-step roadmap offer a route back to a more normal life.

The success of the vaccination programme is one factor - so far over 17 million people have had their jabs - but by no means the whole story. The public have also risen to the challenge of suppressing COVID-19: by obeying the law; staying at home; getting tested when needed; isolating when required, and following the ‘hands, face, space’ and ‘letting fresh air in’ guidance.

Please see the official government website on the roadmap for further details and an accessible format.

Government graphic describing dates for Covid-19 reopening - please see link for accessible option.
Government graphic describing dates for Covid-19 reopening - please see link for accessible option.

Shakespeare Park Notice of Works

From 15th February 2021 work will commence on the demolition of the old sports pavilion and the refurbishment of the car park at this site. The car park will therefore be unavailable for approximately 2 months. 

Pedestrian access to the footpath and park area will remain open. We apologise for any inconvenience caused. Telephone 0116 2890045 for further details or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

January 2021

Community Grant Criteria under Covid-19

The deadline for applications is 09:00 at Monday, 1st February 2021. 

Braunstone Town Council makes small grants available to various organisations, including organisations involving young people, to assist their work.

Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic the Town Council has extended the grant scheme to allow groups to apply for an additional £200 in the 2020/21 financial year to cover direct financial costs or loss of income due to the pandemic.

Thorpe Astley Community Centre and the Coronavirus Pandemic

Thorpe Astley Community Centre was selected as the base of operations for the coronavirus vaccination clinics ran by the North Blaby Primary Care Network, made up of six GP practices including Kingsway Surgery.

To date, over 2,000 patients across the North Blaby PCN have been vaccinated against coronavirus in this building with an attendance rate of 99%.

We’d like to thank the Braunstone Town Council and Pop Up Care Nursery for being so accommodating and flexible during this time.

We’d also like to thank the North Blaby PCN for their collaborative undertaking and organisation of these clinics and are proud to be able to contribute and do our part in these trying times.

Well done to everyone involved!

November 2020

Blaby District Council has launched a telephone befriending scheme.

Befriending often provides people with emotional support and can lead to increased self-esteem and self-confidence. Whether it’s a chat about interests, hobbies or even the weather, befriending is a simple volunteering activity that makes a huge difference to people.

For more information, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call on 0116 272 7718.


Consultation about Leicesters hospitals

Public consultation about proposed £450 million improvements to transform acute and maternity services at Leicester’s hospitals.

For a long time we have been involving people in conversations about proposals to make considerable changes to our hospitals in Leicester and to midwifery-led services in Melton Mowbray. We want to spend £450 million to see improved patient care, better patient outcomes, and staff all working in the best place to make this happen.

www.betterhospitalsleicester.nhs.uk
The Building Better Hospitals for Leicestershire consultation

Temporary Covid-19 testing centre in Narborough

A temporary Covid-19 walk-in test centre will be set up on the Visitors Car Park at Blaby District Council’s Offices on Desford Road in Narborough.

The site will be managed by Department of Health and Social Care and their contractors, and will remain in place for six months, although this may be extended depending on local testing need.

The walk-in test centre will operate from 8am-8pm seven days a week and offer vital testing capacity locally. As tests are offered by appointment only, the number of people on the site at any one time is always limited.

Read more about the new test centre on Blaby District Councils website.

Braunstone Town Council - Covid-19 Restrictions from Thursday 5th November

The Council’s Management Team met this morning to assess the new national Covid-19 restrictions, which apply from 5th November at least until 2nd December, and what they mean for the Town Council and its services.

Services / Facilities / Operations to Close

The following services will close to the public at closing time Wednesday 4th November and will not reopen again at least until 3rd December:

  • 1. All indoor facilities (Community Centres, Library, Parks Sports/Changing Facilities), except for the exceptions below
  • 2. all Parks Sports Pitches and courts for organised sports/physical activity;
  • 3. Sports Courts, including Tennis Courts, Basket Ball Courts and Multi Use Games Areas;
  • 4. Parks Gym Equipment;
  • 5. Customer Service Shop at Braunstone Civic Centre for face to face enquiries/transactions (enquiries will remain available by phone, email and web form);
  • 6. Civic Community Lounge;
  • 7. The Civic Centre will not be available to hire until Monday 4th January 2021
  • 8. Members of the public will not be able to attend Council meetings in person (the public will continue to be able to attend meetings by phone or video link using Zoom)

Services / Facilities / Operations to remain open

The following services will remain open / operating, subject to any changes in the regulations / restrictions:

  • 1. Parks, Open Spaces and Playgrounds for exercise and play with members of your household/support bubble or, when on your own, with 1 person from another household provided you socially distance (children under 5, as well as those dependent on round-the-clock care, such as those with severe disabilities, who are with their parents will not count towards the limit on two people meeting outside) (sports courts and gym equipment is closed);
  • 2. Customer Services, via telephone, email and web form, Monday – Friday, 9am – 1pm & 2pm – 5pm;
  • 3. Braunstone Town Community Foodbank at Braunstone Civic Centre;
  • 4. support for the Town’s Covid-19 Mutual Aid Community Response initiative;
  • 5. Pop Up Care Pre-school at Thorpe Astley Community Centre;
  • 6. Kingsway GP Branch Surgery at Thorpe Astley Community Centre will be operating as currently with pre-booked appointments;
  • 7. Support groups that are essential to deliver in person can continue at Braunstone Civic Centre with up to 15 participants. They must be formally organised by an organisation such as a business, charity or public body, to provide mutual aid, therapy or any other form of support.
  • 8. Shakespeare Park improvement works and associated project and site meetings
  • 9. Braunstone Civic Centre will continue to be the principle administrative base for the Town Council’s operations

October 2020

Community Grant Criteria under Covid-19

Braunstone Town Council makes small grants available to various organisations, including organisations involving young people, to assist their work.

Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic the Town Council has extended the grant scheme to allow groups to apply for an additional £200 in the 2020/21 financial year to cover direct financial costs or loss of income due to the pandemic.

Remembrance Announcement

Braunstone Town Council recognises the importance of honouring Remembrance to remember the sacrifice of soldiers from around the Commonwealth.

However, 2020 has caused a lot of changes in the way we do things, especially with regards to events and face to face interactions.

We have explored various options for a Remembrance ceremony and after consulting with the Reverend of St Crispins Church, have decided to conduct a private pre-recorded ceremony to be broadcast on Facebook. We are also asking residents to stand on their doorsteps at 11 AM for two minutes of silence and to decorate their windows or doors with Poppies or other artwork.

While we appreciate this is not ideal, the Royal British Legion does not specify how, where, or when people should Remember. We would ask anyone looking to visit our war memorial garden to consider visiting at different times, and to observe social distancing guidelines at all times.

Flyer requesting residents stand on their doorsteps at 11AM for two minutes silence

Halloween - No thanks!

People may be uncomfortable with Halloween coming up, especially this year.

Printed copies of this poster are available at the Braunstone Civic Centre reception.

Poster reading 'No thanks Trick or treaters'

Download a high resolution version of this poster (PDF).

Download a high resolution version of this poster (JPG).

September 2020

23rd September 2020

From Thursday 24th September:

Community Centres

  • must collect contact details for NHS Test and Trace and use the official NHS QR code posters;
  • indoor organised sport for over 18s limited to six; there is an exemption for indoor organised team sports for disabled people;
  • support group meetings are limited to a maximum of 15 people

Civic Community Lounge

  • customers in the Civic Community Lounge must wear face coverings, except when seated at a table to eat or drink;
  • staff in the Civic Community Lounge are required to wear face coverings;
  • the exemptions on face coverings, e.g. an underlying health condition, continue unchanged;
  • the Civic Community Lounge must be closed between 10pm and 5am and food and drink must be ordered from, and served at, a table;
  • must collect contact details for NHS Test & Trace and use the official NHS QR code posters;

Library

  • must collect contact details for NHS Test & Trace and use the official NHS QR code posters;

From Monday 28th September:

Community Centres:

  • Weddings and civil partnership ceremonies and receptions will be restricted to a maximum of 15 people;
  • other significant standalone life events will be subject to the ‘rule of six’ limits,
  • funerals will continue with a maximum of 30

16th September 2020

Covid-19 testing in Blaby district

Please click on the images for a larger view

Page 1 of the Blaby District Council testing flyer
Page 2 of the Blaby District Council testing flyer
Page 3 of the Blaby District Council testing flyer
Page 4 of the Blaby District Council testing flyer

2nd September 2020

Braunstone Town Community Library

Overdue book charges will be reintroduced at the Braunstone Town Community Library as of the 7th September. Unfortunately, public computers will remain unavailable for use until further notice.

2nd September 2020

Blaby District Council Grant Funding

The Blaby District Council Community Grants scheme is open for 2020-21. The scheme supports the local voluntary and community sector to develop and strengthen community facilities and activities.

Application deadlines are 5pm on:

  • Friday 14 August 2020
  • Friday 2 October 2020 (New date added!)
  • Wednesday 25 November 2020
  • Wednesday 24 February 2021

You can find out more on the Blaby District Council website.

July 2020

28th July 2020

Braunstone Town and Thorpe Astley Community Food Bank 

From Friday 31st July, the Braunstone Community Life group will be running a community food bank from the Braunstone Civic Centre.

This service will help to support households in the area which were previously shielding, and any households requiring emergency support due to financial problems or crisis situations.

The Coronavirus pandemic has created a significant increase in requests for help from foodbanks, most of which are now largely restricted by City ward – this community led food bank will give our County residents a local option.

Braunstone Town Council has agreed to temporarily provide a room free of charge to support this service and the community. The Town Council will be able to refer anyone in need, as well as continuing to match residents with volunteers who can assist with shopping or medication collections.

Priority will be given to residents of Braunstone Town and Thorpe Astley, although the food bank is not limited by area.

Collections and dropoffs to the food bank will be by appointment only to help with social distancing. 

Contact Lin Burrows on 0116 2992192 for any further information, or to offer donations or request help.

June 2020

19th June 2020

Thorpe Astley Tennis Courts

The Town Council has plans to install tap4tennis following consultation with the Lawn Tennis Association, at these courts to enable a more structured use of the tennis courts facilities and to ensure that funds are available to maintain the standard of the courts in future years.

This includes exploring the viability of introducing a venue management system and gate access technology. Further information will be available shortly regarding this.

Although the gate is now in place the tennis courts are currently open for use as usual for use without booking or payment.

If you have any queries please contact Customer Services on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 0116 2890045

17th June 2020

The Thorpe Astley tennis courts will be closed until Friday 19th June, as a new gate is being fitted. We're sorry for any inconvenience this may cause!

NHS Track and Trace

The NHS #TestandTrace system has gone live to help reduce the spread of #Covid19. Here's some information on how the system works and what to be aware of.

NHS Test and Trace will only call you from 0300 0135000, or send you texts from NHS directing you to https://contact-tracing.phe.gov.uk

UK GOV have a webpage all about how the Test and Trace system works and it also contains a section detailing what tracers WON'T do or ASK to help you avoid being caught out by potential fraudsters https://gov.uk/guidance/nhs-test-and-trace-how-it-works (if you prefer, rather than clicking this link search for GOV UK Test and Trace)

Contact tracers will:

  • call you from 0300 013 5000
  • send you text messages from ‘NHS’
  • ask you to sign into the NHS test and trace contact-tracing website
  • ask for your full name and date of birth to confirm your identity, and postcode to offer support while self-isolating
  • ask about the coronavirus symptoms you have been experiencing
  • ask you to provide the name, telephone number and/or email address of anyone you have had close contact with in the 2 days prior to your symptoms starting
  • ask if anyone you have been in contact with is under 18 or lives outside of England

Contact tracers will NEVER :

  • ask you to dial a premium rate number to speak to us (for example, those starting 09 or 087)
  • ask you to make any form of payment or purchase a product or any kind
  • ask for any details about your bank account
  • ask for your social media identities or login details, or those of your contacts
  • ask you for any passwords or PINs, or ask you to set up any passwords or PINs over the phone
  • disclose any of your personal or medical information to your contacts
  • provide medical advice on the treatment of any potential coronavirus symptoms
  • ask you to download any software to your PC or ask you to hand over control of your PC, smartphone or tablet to anyone else
  • ask you to access any website that does not belong to the government or NHS

Join the NHS Citizens’ Panel

People in Braunstone Town are invited to sign up to a new online network to share their experiences of NHS services and help shape the future of local NHS services.

The NHS Citizens’ Panel has been set up by local NHS organisations to gather public views and opinions on a wide variety of health topics, which will be used to help us to understand peoples’ experiences and what matters most to them.

Citizens Panel article (PDF)Citizens Panel poster (PDF)Sign up today

May 2020

Reopening of local domestic waste sites

The city and county councils say they are working hard to re-open some of their recycling and household waste sites later this month. Under new Government guidelines, sites can re-open for waste that can’t be stored safely at home.

Leicestershire County Council says it will open the gates on Monday, 18 May – at seven sites over seven days a week. The county sites opening are at Barwell, Lount, Market Harborough, Melton Mowbray, Mountsorrel, Oadby and Whetstone. The seven county sites will be open to county residents only. The county council is also looking to introduce a booking system for their sites.

Click here for up to date information.

News Summary - Updated 26th March 2020

Following the announcement by the Prime Minister on Monday evening, all Town Council services have been closed to protect residents, staff and councillors. 

Government advice is not to use playgrounds and these have been closed and signs put up both to reduce the spread of Covid-19 but also for the safety of our children and young people.   Due to the advice, our Ground staff will not be undertaking the regular nor detailed safety checks of our parks equipment for at least three weeks.

The Town Council will be providing a co-ordination and facilitation role to support residents who wish to volunteer to assist others in their neighbourhood, particularly the elderly and vulnerable, more information is available on our dedicated webpage.

There may be delays in responding when contacting the Council, particularly in the next three weeks:

  • Voice mail is available on the main number 0116 289 0045 and these are being monitored weekdays.
  • Emails to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and messages from the website will continue to be monitored weekdays.
  • No face to face Reception service is available at either Braunstone Civic Centre or Thorpe Astley Community Centre for the next three weeks and the buildings will remain closed to the public.

Centres

  • The Civic Community Lounge is closed until further notice.
  • The Braunstone Town Library is closed until further notice.
  • All library books have extended return dates until the 4th July 2020. 
  • Pop Up Care group at Thorpe Astley Community Centre is currently closed.
  • Customer services at the Braunstone Civic Centre is responding weekdays to voice messages, emails and web form enquiries and reports. 

Bookings

  • We will not take any room bookings and all bookings until 30th June are cancelled. Please bear with us for your refund.  Following the announcement on Monday 24th that only essential travel to work should be undertaken, we will not be processing any refunds in the next three weeks.

Council Meetings and Programme of Events

  • Council meetings for the 2nd of April 2020 have been cancelled.
  • All events up until the 30th June are cancelled, including the Spring Craft Fair.


If you would like further information on any of the above, see below - this is just a quick summary of the updates. If you have any further questions please leave a voice message for Customer Services on 0116 2890045 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

If you have any concerns about the Covid-19 Coronavirus, please see the guidance from the NHS, or the official government website.


23rd March 2020

The Customer Service shop at the Braunstone Civic Centre will close tomorrow from 5PM until further notice. Customers can get in touch via 0116 2890045 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

21st March 2020

Following the latest advice that all Café, Bar and Leisure Venues should close, the Civic Community Lounge will be closed from 20th March 2020 until further notice.

There will be no more hires at our Community Centres.

If you have a booking this week, your event will be cancelled, we will contact you shortly. If you have any queries please contact Customer Services who open at 9am on Monday.

20th March 2020

19th March 2020

18th March 2020

 

Business Hours

Braunstone Town Community Library

  • Monday: 2.00pm - 6.00pm
  • Tuesday: 2.00pm - 5.00pm
  • Wednesday: 10.00am - 1:00pm, then 2.00pm - 5.00pm.
  • Thursday: 2.00pm - 5.00pm
  • Friday: 10.00am - 12:00 Noon, then 2.00pm - 5.00pm
  • Saturday: 10.00am - 1.00pm
  • Sunday: Closed
  • Closed on Bank Holidays
  • Braunstone Civic Centre & Thorpe Astley Community Centre

    Slots available for hire, contact Customer Services for availability. 

    Closed Bank Holidays (Subject to hirings)

    Customer Services Shop

    Open Monday - Friday: 9.00am - 5.00pm. Closed on Bank Holidays.


    Braunstone Civic Centre
    Kingsway,
    Braunstone Town,
    Leicester,
    LE3 2PP

    Tel: 0116 2890045
    Fax: 0116 2824785

    enquiries@braunstonetowncouncil.org.uk

    The coat of arms of Braunstone Town, with text reading 'Braunstone Town Council'.       WINNERS LOGO

    Our Community Centres


    Logo for Google Maps, linking to a map showing the Braunstone Civic Centre.

    Braunstone Civic Centre
    Kingsway, Braunstone Town, Leicester, LE3 2PP.
    Tel: 0116 2890045
    bookings@braunstonetowncouncil.org.uk

    Logo for Google Maps, linking to a map showing the Thorpe Astley Community Centre

    Thorpe Astley Community Centre
    Off Lakin Drive, Thorpe Astley, Leicester, LE3 3RU.
    Tel: 0116 2890704
    bookings@braunstonetowncouncil.org.uk

    Logo for Google Maps, linking to a map showing the Braunstone Town Community Library.

    Braunstone Town Community Library
    Kingsway, Braunstone Town, Leicester, LE3 2PP.
    Tel: 0116 3055909 or 01164820159
    library@braunstonetowncouncil.org.uk


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