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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....

A comment from Janet Wildbore (nee Pratt)

I used to live in Earl Shilton when I was a child, in James Street, off Metcalfe Street.

I have very happy memories of attending ‘bottom school’ and ‘top school’. I would love to see any school photos from this time, 1948 – 1954. I then went to Heathfield School for a short time until we moved away.

We used to wander the fields and on Bonfire Night, and we went to land on Station Road for a big bonfire. I think it belonged to Clarks Garage. We also went to Elmsthorpe Station and put pennies on the line before the train came. No health and safety then !

We also used to go down Breech Lane and play in the fields which is housing now I suppose. We used to play in the streets a lot, marbles, go-carting on home made carts, cricket, cowboys & Indians and many more. Our other treat was to go on our bikes to Watery Gate where we had a whale of a time. Happy, happy days.


Rob says: If anyone remembers Janet and would love to get in touch to exchange memories and photos pleas leave a comment below. I’m sure she will see it. I also have her email address if needed.

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!

Remembrance Sunday

poemThis Sunday, 9th November, is officially Remembrance Sunday, always the closest Sunday to Remembrance Day which is Tuesday 11th November this year.

As we wear our poppies on our lapel, let us stand silent and think of those selfless men and women who sacrificed their lives for our security, and let us think of the parents who lost their sons on the battlefields of the world. Think of the wife whose husband went to war and never returned. Think of the children who did not know whether they would ever see their father again.

Life is precious, and war is a senseless waste. Yet, every year, thousands of soldiers are sent to far-off battlegrounds to fight these wars.

It makes you realise how just much you have to be grateful for.

Let us unite against war and bring the people of the world closer together with peace and harmony.


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

or e-mail them on:

Shilton News

Patients happy to use ‘e-services’ to relieve pressure on Earl Shilton GPs

People in the West Midlands want to relieve pressure on GPs by managing aspects of their healthcare online, according to a survey marking the 25th anniversary of the World Wide Web.

Online research conducted by YouGov on behalf of online and mail order pharmacy Pharmacy2U shows a high demand for online health services such as the NHS electronic prescription service, which is now live in GP surgeries in Earl Shilton.

Over two thirds of people surveyed in the West Midlands  (68%) said they would book a doctor’s appointment online, with the same number, 68% saying they would organise a repeat prescription; 43% would use ‘wearable technology’, for example a heart rate monitor or insulin level detector.

Only 29% of people in the West Midlands surveyed online currently manage all or some of their healthcare online.  Of those yet to do so, 29% – representing one in five of the total sample – said taking pressure off their GP was a key reason to make the switch.

The NHS electronic prescription service

This new service is now available in Earl Shilton and is is one of the new ‘e-services’ being introduced by the Government.  It replaces paper prescriptions with digital ones, giving patients greater choice about how and where they get their medication – including new options such as the convenient mail-order repeat prescription service from Pharmacy2U.  It also significantly reduces paperwork for GPs.

Julian-HarrisonDr Julian Harrison, director of Pharmacy2U, said: “In this 25th anniversary year of the World Wide Web, it is good to see that digital healthcare is now gathering pace.

“Our NHS prescription service is just one of the many e-services that can save people time and make their lives easier. It is interesting to note from the research that patients also want to save their GPs time by using these new services.” The Pharmacy2U repeat prescription service allows patients to order their medication online or by phone 24-7 and includes a reminder service to help people avoid running out of important medications. Users benefit from free delivery to any UK address.

To read more about this service go to

Although the online survey revealed high demand from people in the West Midlands to manage their healthcare online (just under three quarters (68%) would be prepared to organise a repeat prescription online), almost three quarters of those surveyed (74%) were not aware that the NHS has started to replace paper prescriptions with electronic ones in some parts of England.

To help patients track the switch on of new services, Pharmacy2U has launched a new online tool ( – allowing patients to check whether their GP practice is now offering electronic prescriptions.

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