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High Speed Rail and Appleby
Update: The issue of HS2 was discussed at the meeting of the local Community Forum in Ashby on 5th March. More information.
The proposed route for the second phase of HS2 has been announced, and if it is accepted the line will pass between Appleby Magna village and the M42. This is the beginning of a long process which starts with consultations on the proposed line, and local MP Andrew Bridgen is opposed to it. Here are some links to find out more:
- BBC report on the government announcement
- Maps and detailed reports from the Dept for Transport (the Appleby section is in HSL06 Birchmore to Tonge with the detail on HSL06 Plan and Profile sheet 2 of 5 - these are large pdf files)
- HS2 Ltd web site (the company responsible for developing and promoting HS2)
- Andrew Bridgen MP's comments on his web site
- Stop HS2 - the national campaign organisation opposing HS2
- Ashby-based anti-HS2 petition set up by DLZ Design
- Leicestershire Community Forum information page
Sports in Appleby Going Strong!
As the Parish Council work with the Cricket Club and Football Club to provide new facilities on the recreation ground, the Cricket Club hopes to continue last year's success and is already preparing for the new season. Sunday net sessions take place at Ibstock Community Centre - details on their web site.
The Club plays in divisions 1 and 3 of the Leicestershire Senior League. They have a side in the Loughborough Evening League, and the junior section have has sides playing league and cup cricket in the Leicestershire Youth Cricket League.
Anybody interested in playing or helping with the fund-raising should contact Steve Richardson on 01162 870461.
Meanwhile our Football Club are still doing well in the Premier Division of the Tamworth & District Sunday Football League - details on their website.
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Church Repairs Run into Problems
With the top of the spire missing and scaffolding around the spire it's been a few weeks since work started on the church. Now it's likely to take longer than expected as inspection has revealed weaknesses in previous repairs, and much more rebuilding than originally expected. An urgent appeal has been made to raise the additional £6,000 needed to restore the spire.
There are details on how to donate on the Church News page. Funds donated specifically for building repairs are restricted and cannot be used for any other purpose.
Right: Picture of the last repairs to the spire in the 1950s, with thanks to Allan Condie. Click image for larger view
Appleby in the News (in 1877!)
We have received permission from the British Newspaper Archive to publish clippings from the Leicester Chronicle and Tamworth Herald dated between 1877 and 1950. Thanks to Chris Bee's hard work in sourcing and preparing these you can read them on our history site. They include the Black Horse fire, the joining of two parish councils to become Appleby Magna PC, plenty of deaths and scandals and the inaugural meeting of the WI. Be prepared to spend some time...! Click here for Appleby in the News
Mawby's Lane Re-opens
As the scaffolding comes down from the Black Horse Inn we have been sent this amazing old photograph from Len Phillips, whose aunt and uncle, Floss and Jack Jones, ran the pub for many years. The date of the photograph is uncertain. Len has also sent some of his photographs and memories of the pub (links to our History site).
You'll find pictures of the renovation on the village Facebook page.
Your Scout Group Needs You!
Appleby & Measham Scouts are having a recruitment drive - for anyone aged between 5 and 75. As well as encouraging young people to join they would like more adults - as leaders in uniform, section helpers, as parent helpers, or as community volunteers maintaining the scout hut grounds and looking after the buildings and equipment.
Youngsters can join the Beavers at 5 years, moving on to Cubs at 8, Scouts at 10½ and on to become Young leaders between 14-18 years.
So if you have a couple of hours spare a week to help our children develop new skills and have fun. Contact Steve on 0797 1035695 after 6pm or visit www.applebyscouts.co.uk
No. 7 Bus to Disappear - County Council Survey on its replacement
UPDATE April 2013: The County Council have announced that a decision will not be made on the fate of the No. 7 until December 2013 and any alteration will not occur before February 2014
As part of the county council cutbacks, the No. 7 bus is to be replaced by a much reduced on-demand service. The council is conducting a survey on how best to provide this replacement service - details here. The leaflet about the consulation is also available here as a pdf. The consultation period ends on 9th July.
The suggested replacement service will only run from Snarestone to Ashby via Appleby and Measham, not to Twycross and Nuneaton as the No. 7 does. Note that this consultation is about the details of the new service, not whether we want to keep the No.7 or not - that bit is a fait accompli.
Appleby Runners for Sports Relief
Appleby Magna Sports and Recreation Club has started a new club: Appleby Runners. The club is for adults and children to have a go at all levels of running, with the emphasis on an informal and friendly atmosphere.
The club was launched on Sunday 31st March with over 30 runners, ages from 5 to 50, walking, jogging and running a mile in aid of Sport Relief.
More pictures and information about Appleby Sports Club
To get involved, sign up on the Appleby Magna Sports Club website www.applebymagnasports.org.uk or contact the secretary Paul Cooper on 01530 274990
Appleby has had great success in the Leicestershire Village Achievement awards, run by the Rural Community Council. Appleby Environment's Thermal Imaging project won the main prize in the Cleaner Greener Village category, and there were gold and silver awards for the Sir John Moore Foundation in the Community Hall and Community categories. Full details here.
A Son of the Rectory - Now Available in Print
In October 2010 we published a new extended digital edition of Aubrey Moore's A Son of the Rectory, which gives an account of Aubrey's life growing up in the Old Rectory in the early 20th Century and describes the village, its people, its buildings and everyday life of the time. First published in 1982, and long out of print, we added previously unpublished material and an extra chapter by Aubrey's son, Peter Moore.
For those who still prefer 'real' books we can now offer printed copies: softback with comb-binding for £10.50 plus p&p and hardback for £25 plus p&p. If you would like to order one please contact Sonia, tel: 272327, email sonia @ applebymagna.org.uk, 14 Top Street.
Local Community Forum - Have Your Say
Community forums are for people to raise and discuss local issues with policymakers from the councils, police and health services. Appleby is part of the Ashby, Measham and Moira Community Forum which meets quarterly. Anyone can go along to these meetings to raise questions, or you can raise issues through the Community forum web site
Appleby Magna website is run by Information Byway, a not-for-profit organisation, and is maintained by volunteers. Since 1998 the site has published regular news about the village and put together extensive information about its history.
We welcome contributions, but are unable to answer individual questions relating to family history. You can use the Appleby Discussion Board, which has been operating for some time as a Family History information board. Here you can ask questions or discuss any aspect of Appleby Magna's society or history, so if you haven't seen it already do have a look at it
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