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December 2013

The second part of Richard Dunmore's revised version of Origins of Church & Manor has been published in our Appleby in Focus series, on the History site

September 2013

Appleby Film Society announce their new programme (see Village Groups)

August 2013

Have your say about the proposed housing developments in Appleby

May 2013

Origins of Church & Manor: a revised edition of this chapter in Richard Dunmore's Appleby in Focus series, on our History site

April 2013

Village Design Statement: a link to the original Appleby VDS has been added to the Conservation Area page

January 2013

Appleby Field Names and their Meanings: a brand new chapter of Appleby In Focus by Richard Dunmore representing a vast amount of research compiling a comprehensive list of Appleby locations

September 2012

Church Hall Bookings: if you want to book the hall the person to contact is now Claire Marsh at Barn Cottage (next to the hall): 01530 272088 or 07747 134924.

August 2012

Appleby in the '50s - Allan Condie writes about his childhood memories on our history site

Appleby in the News: fascinating clippings from local papers between 1877 and 1950 courtesy of the British Newspaper Archive

The Black Horse Inn - Pictures from Len Phillips, nephew of Floss and Jack Jones who ran the pub in the 1930s-1960s.

June 2012

Rogation Day 1946 - memories from Anne Silins on our history site

April 2012

The Classified Ads section has been re-done with new advertisers added

March 2012

Appleby Allotment Society web site launched

February 2012

The Motorway Comes to Appleby - pictures from 1986 when the M42 was extended to junction 11, showing the landscape before and after construction

January 2012

Pictures of the Black Horse renovation and updates on the work as it progresses

December 2011

A new book with a connection to Appleby: Joyce Lewis of Mancetter is a fictionalised account of the life of Joyce de Appleby (later Lewis), written by Pat Cunningham. Details here

Some lovely drawings by artist Frey Micklethwait have been added to Alan Robert's article A 16th Century Scandal

The history of the Black Horse in the 20th century is covered in Allan Condie's new article Alterations to the Black Horse on the History site

November 2011

A revised and extended chapter in the Appleby in Focus series has been published in our history site: In Focus 5: A Planned Village about the early development of Appleby Magna

Winning entries from our summer photo competition Village Life are published

A revised version of Allan Condie's article on the history of public transport in Appleby has been published

October 2011

Parish Council meeting dates for 2012 are published

The new refuse and recycling timetable is published

August 2011

The Film Society's programme for the new season, starting 9th September, is now published in our Village Groups section

June 2011

Appleby Occupations in 1911: a summary of the occupations listed on the 1911 census, showing how residents made their livings in the early part of the 20th century

The final census transcript, for 1911, has been added to the set on the history site

May 2011

Winning pictures in the wildlife photography competition are published

A further village census transcript is added to the history site -1841. We now have census transcriptions for 1841 to 1901 and a summary of the 1911 census

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Development Survey Results

February 2014: Following the disappointingly low response to the survey on this web site, an independent door-to-door survey was commissioned on the village's response to the recent development proposals. The results, from an independent market research organisation, are available here (pdf). It shows a clear majority of households in Appleby are opposed to the scale of developments proposed.

For more information see the Parish Council minutes available from the Parish Council page. The village environment group, Appleby Environment, have information on their web page here and there is also information on the village Facebook page.

Appleby Welcomes our New Vicar

October 2013: We are pleased to announce that the new Team Vicar for Appleby Magna is Revd. Sue Bradley.

Housing Development Proposals in Appleby

UPDATE: Have your say - complete our independent survey on residents' views about the proposed housing developments

Developers are proposing to submit planning applications for housing developments around the village. The Parish Council held a sub-group meeting with the developers and representatives from the village on 14th August and the notes from that meeting are available on the Parish Council page. The village environment group, Appleby Environment, have information on their web page here and there is also information on the village Facebook page.

High Speed Rail and Appleby

Update August 2013: Consultation on HS2 is now open. You can add your opinion at www.hs2.org.uk/phase-two/route-consultation.

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:

Appleby Environment issued a statement in the Parish News, and the Parish Council discussed the issue at their meetings on 7th February and 7th March (minutes of the last meeting).

Sports in Appleby Going Strong!

Cricket clubAs 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.

Football clubMeanwhile our Football Club are still doing well in the Premier Division of the Tamworth & District Sunday Football League - details on their website.

Stay Safe Online - How hackers exploit 'the seven deadly sins'Some tips from Chris have been posted on our Discussion Board.

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

Your Scout Group Needs You!

Beaver CampAppleby & 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

busUPDATE 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

Sports Relief Day
Appleby Runners Starting the Sport Relief Mile - Picture Gillian Day

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 Achieves!

Rural Community CouncilAppleby 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

A Son of the RectoryIn 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 Forum LogoCommunity 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

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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

To contact us email website @ applebymagna.org.uk

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