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

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of Hinckley as it was years ago. Think it was produced locally.
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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....

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!

1 comment to Great British High Street

  • I wonder whether the Councillors and Planners in Earl Shilton have extra large bladders and think that people shopping in the High Street never need to relieve themselves. I find it incredible that there are no public toilets ~ a long way to walk to either Leicester or Hinckley. ~ Eddie

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