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Do you want to sell your unwanted items? Are you looking for that special something? Maybe you would like swap your unused items for something you can use?
Sorry, no properties, cars or commercial ads.

To advertise for free in this column please email me with the details.

Items for Sale

Nothing at the moment.

Items wanted

Video Cassette or DVD
of Hinckley as it was years ago. Think it was produced locally.
Phone: 01455 846 587


Nothing at the moment.

Local Community

Earl Shilton Community
Radio Group

Hilltop Radio is the brand name of the Earl Shilton Community Radio Group, a voluntary organisation with a focus on the community in and around the town of Earl Shilton in Leicestershire.Our objectives are to develop and provide a media network, delivering information and awareness to a wide diversity of the local community.

To read more about Hilltop Radio click here to go to their website.

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Community House

Working together

The Community House was developed through the Crime & Disorder Partnership. The project was launched in September 2001 with the initial funding coming from the Home Office, county and borough council.

The aim of the project is to work with local residents and youth, encouraging them to become involved in community projects and activities, helping to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour and by working together to encourage a sense of pride back into the area.

To read more about the Community House and to find out what is available there click here.

Earl Shilton Trials Club Earl Shilton
Trials Club

is affiliated to the Auto Cycle Union (A.C.U.)

The main aim of the club is to promote trials to suit young riders and beginners. The Club run numerous training days for every standard of rider from just started to expert.

The contact page is here.

E/S Institute

About the "Stute"

The Social Institute was founded at the end of the 19th century to cater for the social needs of the young men of Earl Shilton. Reconstituted in 1977 as a charity, it now serves as a social centre for the whole village and the surrounding area.

Click on the image to go to the webpage or here for more details

The things you see!

The face is familiar....

Ripped off!

Not quite in Earl Shilton, but close enough for people who like to shop in Hinckley.

I used the Coinstar machine in our local Sainsburys a few days ago with about £11 worth of 1p’s, 2p’s and 5p’s. My voucher showed £10.15 to turn Into cash or spend In store after taking their fee of £1.12. I did this as I was leaving the shop with my groceries and just put the voucher in my wallet to use the next time I went shopping.

Two days later I handed the voucher to Customer Services only to be told the voucher was null and void and I couldn’t get my money. It was pointed out to me that I should have cashed It the same day I used the machine otherwise I lose my money!

On their website it says: “All our machines count your coins in seconds and give you back a voucher in return. You can then cash the voucher in at the Customer Service desk, or take it to a checkout to pay for your shopping.” It does not give a date when the voucher expires, and on the voucher itself it says quite clearly “Please redeem today at this store” which I took as a REQUEST or a SUGGESTION, but not as an ORDER!

Consequently this means that I have lost all my money to Coinstar, which is quite clearly theft, legal or not! No doubt Sainsburys get a percentage of the money the machine takes. Must be a nice little earner for them and Coinstar too, I bet they’re making a mint.

Coinstar machines are just a racket. Not because their machines take nearly 10% of the change you ask them to sort, it’s because they don’t make it clear in their advertising OR on the machine. 

Pathway obstructions


I recently bought a mobility scooter, a case of “needs must”, because my arthritis is getting worse. I can only walk for about 100 yards now with the aid of a stick.

The mobility scooter is a Class 2 model, which means that it can only be driven on the footway, or pavement as it used to be called. The only time I can legally go on the roadway is to cross over. Top speed is 4 mph (walking speed) which doesn’t give me much time to get out of the way of the speeding cars in Church Street. The scooter doesn’t have lights, just rear reflectors, so crossing the road at night can be a bit dodgy, especially when some of our street lamps go off at midnight.

pavement_parking_newsIn some of the other roads there are one or two people who park on the footway, or halfway on it, making life difficult for the visually handicapped and elderly. Its the young mothers with their pushchairs who most at risk. I believe there was an incident a while back in another town where a child was killed and the mother injured while trying to maneuver around a parked car on the pathway.

My issue is with people who leave their wheelie bins out on the footway 24/7 and don’t bother to put them back on their own property. This makes it difficult for me to use my mobility scooter. I wont go and ask them to remove the bins, because it is obvious that they don’t know the law and are probably people who think they have a right to flaunt it even if they do know.

Local by-laws in other areas state: “Wheeled bins should be stored on private land at all times and only presented for emptying on the day of collection. Bins should be moved back onto private land as soon as possible after emptying. Wheeled bins should not be stored on the highway (road, footpath or verge) as they can cause a nuisance, danger or obstruction to people including wheelchair/mobility scooter users, those with impaired vision and people pushing prams. Wheeled bins stored on the highway can also lead to vandalism, litter, fly tipping and arson. If you continue to leave bins out on the highway you will be prosecuted”.

Driving on the pavement with intent to park.
Although parking is generally permitted at the side of the road, except where there are restrictions or a specific offence has been committed, driving actually onto the pavement or footway (to park or otherwise) is an offence.

Under the Highways Act 1835, s.72, it is an offence to ride or drive wilfully on the footway, even though the driving may last for only for a few seconds ( McArthur v Jack 1950 S.C.(J.) 29). The offence will also apply to pedal and motor cyclists. Driving across the footway to get to a private park is held to be an offence in the absence of proof of long use or of its being a way of necessity.


I’m back!

220px-uk_earlshiltonI closed this blog just two years ago because of the lack of interest shown by people in Earl Shilton. Someone said to me that I never say anything good about the town or the Town Council. Quite frankly I can never find anything good to write about, it seems that the town is just going downhill.

The roads and footways (pavements) are in an appalling condition around the Hilltop area due to the constant digging up and patching afterwards by BT, electricity, gas, cable and water companies. Over the years this has rendered some parts into potential accident areas, especially in Keats Lane and Church Street.

I look around me and I see new shops opening up and within a few months they close down, probably due to lack of custom. The premises stand empty for a while and then a new business opens up and the cycle starts all over again. Even the Tuesday market is pathetic. I have seen some good stallholders come and go through lack of trade. The independant baker who tried to sell his breads, which incidentally were excellent and far better than the mass produced muck in the supermarkets, gave up after two attempts. Then there was a man selling fancy goods, he lasted about two weeks. If you read the previous post you will see some of the reasons why.

I still shop in Hinckley and also do my main shopping in Leicester rather than Earl Shilton.

Great British High Street

s300_Great_British_high_street_960x640An article with the above title was published in the latest copy of the “Newsletter of the Town Council”.

An award?

It states that “Earl Shilton has achieved success as a result of being short listed in the ‘Great British High Street Awards 2014’.”

Just who do they think they are kidding? We have a dysfunctional High Street that wouldn’t stand a cat-in-hells chance of winning any award, not even the ‘Worst High Street in Britain’. If we have such fantastic shops and facilities then will someone please point them out to me because I cannot find many.

Where are the shoppers

If you go into Earl Shilton on any day of the week the first thing you notice is the small number of shoppers. Why? Because most people go into Leicester or Hinckley where there is more variety and the shops don’t close early like in Shilton.

The Co-op in Wood Street seems to have the monopoly on groceries, and don’t they know it! The prices they charge are way over the top compared with the out of town supermarkets. For many of the older generation without transport, they have to use the Co-op or travel out of town by bus or taxi.

Most of the shops, like the Fruit and Veg shop had to close down because they couldn’t compete with the Co-op. The one and only Butchers appears to have the monopoly in the High Street, Other Butchers and Delicatessens seemed to disappear after a few short weeks, and now the butchers shop near Kings walk stands empty. We can only buy fresh fish in the High Street on Thursday when the fish van comes, and buy decent fresh fruit and veg on Tuesdays Market.

Public toilets (again!)

The most conspicuous amenity that’s missing are public conveniences. That alone would prevent Earl Shilton from getting any award. Public conveniences are a necessity if people want to spend time in town browsing and shopping.

All the cafes seem to have a cartel on closing times, because if you want a snack or a coffee whilst shopping in the afternoon, you will find that they are all closed after 2:30pm, except the Fish and Chip Bar. In fact most shops and business close on Wednesdays and Saturday afternoons. Saturday afternoon is the time when most families go shopping after they they have been at work all week. A visit to Hinckley and Leicester will confirm this. I always do my shopping in Leicester and I often meet people I know from Earl Shilton doing their shopping.

Where can I buy men’s clothes, shirts, socks, underwear, and shoes etc in Shilton? Where can a woman buy similar items here? Why isn’t there a national chain store in Shilton? Probably because they have all done their homework and decided it would be a waste of time and investment.

The propaganda in the newsletter then goes on to say “The application focussed on showcasing many recent local initiatives which are making a positive difference in Earl Shilton. The shortlisting provides national recognition of the work that is being undertaken by the charitable sector, volunteers, councils and the business community in the area.”

This is one of the finest examples of “spin” that I have come across for many years. The person who wrote that deserves a pat on the back for using a lot of big words to say very little!


The First World War was a turning point in world history. It claimed the lives of over 16 million people across the globe and had an impact on the lives of everyone. One hundred years on, we are all connected to the First World War, either through our own family history, the heritage of our local communities or because of its long term impact on society and the world we live in today.

Across the world, nations, communities and individuals of all ages will come together to commemorate the lives of those who lived, fought and died in the First World War.

Do you or your family have a World War 1 story to share with the community? Perhaps you have photographs, medals or memorabilia you’d like to share on this page.

If you have anything which you think may be of interest, please contact:

Kath on 01455 841254 or
Paula on 01455 459886

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Scene at the “Lord Nelson”



Old Earl Shilton

If you want to stop the video to examine a photo more closely just left click on the picture and again to continue.
Pictures from the Past, compiled by Jim Lord.


The Tuesday Market

Earl Shilton Action Group

small-houseCouncil Chiefs try to sneak extra 400 New Houses into S.U.E.

With initial plans for the 1300 dwelling Sustainable Urban Extension (S.U.E.) for Earl Shilton now in the public domain, it has come to light that the Borough Council chiefs have held secret discussions with developers to put an additional 400 house development on land between Mill Lane and Thurlaston Lane, Earl Shilton.

Earl Shilton Campaigners Take Council To Court

When further details are available I will update on the Judicial Review into the granting of planning permission by HInckley & Bosworth Borough Council for a 10 pitch travellers site on a recognised flood-plain at Dalebrook Farm, Leicester Road, Earl Shilton.

Your help is still needed – Donations to the fighting fund can be made at:


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The photo on the left shows Hilltop as it is today. The middle picture shows the road looked before the it was changed and widened, and the right picture shows the houses being demolish prior to the road widening. Date unknown.

The photo on the left shows Hilltop as it is today. The middle picture shows the road looked before the it was changed and widened, and the right picture shows the houses being demolish prior to the road widening. Date unknown.

My friend Jim sent me the two monochrome photos of Hilltop. I was curious to find out just how those cottages would fit into the present day Hilltop and how it would look if the houses were still there, so I took a photograph from the same spot, as near as I could, and using the barn on the left as my mark I superimposed the old picture on it to get the right scaling.

If you look at the middle small picture you will see that the outbuilding of the present farm is the only reference to go on. In the small right hand picture you can see that the old banking has been removed prior to the road widening, A retaining wall was then constructed on both sides of the hill to hold back the high ground. The hill itself was reduced at the same time. If you look closely at the main picture you can see that the part at the top was built up slightly to reduce the slope and the bottom was built up and extended as well making the hill longer, thereby making the road more flat.

If anyone can give me more details and possibly the dates when all this took place I would be grateful.