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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! 

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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.    

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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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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.

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Business Hours

Braunstone Town Community Library

  • Monday: 2PM - 7PM
  • Tuesday: 2PM - 5PM
  • Wednesday: 10AM - 12:00 Noon, then 2 PM - 5PM.
  • Thursday: 2PM - 5PM
  • Friday: 10AM - 12:00 Noon, then 2 PM - 5PM.
  • Saturday: 10AM - 1PM
  • Sunday: Closed
  • Closed on Bank Holidays
  • Thorpe Astley Community Centre

    Slots available for hire, contact Customer Services for availability. 

    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

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    Our Community Centres


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

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

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


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