Blaby Ice House works complete

Blaby Ice House


Restored to its former glory after more than 25 years, work on the historic Ice House at Blaby District Council’s Bouskell Park, Blaby, has been completed.

Work began on the Ice House last autumn and included the installation of a new retaining structure, rebuilding the tunnel entrance, as well as a new door and dome cover. Railings, landscaping of the area and signage were also included as part of the extensive redevelopment.

First built around 1843, the Ice House allowed the wealthy residents of nearby Blaby Hall to have a more varied and exclusive diet with ice from the next door pond.

£156,000 of the £173,000 project was supported by a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, with the rest funded by Blaby District Council. The restoration overcame a number of obstacles, including the Coronavirus pandemic, continued difficult weather and unforeseen structural issues to the structure of the dome.

The Ice House was officially opened by Albero Costa, MP for South Leicestershire, Councillor Terry Richardson, Leader of Blaby District Council and Councillor Sharon Coe, Portfolio Holder for Health, Wellbeing, Community Engagement and Business Support

Councillor Coe said: “We have been so excited to follow this project through from the initial Heritage Lottery Fund award to our now-completed Ice House.

“Restoring the Ice House is part of our Tourism initiative to showcase Blaby District is a great place to live, work and visit, and a huge amount of work has gone into restoring the Ice House to its former glory.

“We cannot wait to show the Ice House to both residents and visitors to the district as well as local schoolchildren, and we’re also looking forward to our upcoming Community Dig taking place at the end of June.”

Tours of the Ice House will start in mid-June and anyone interested in booking a tour to see inside the Ice House and learn more about the historic structure can head to the Visit Blaby website.

The Community Dig will take place in the last week of June in partnership with the University of Leicester Archaeological Services team, and will be hosted with Covid-safe guidelines in place to ensure the dig is as safe as possible.

A video of the restored Ice House is also available to view on YouTube.

28 May 2021










Community Grant Scheme open

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£20,000 in new Community Grant funding has been made available by Blaby District Council to support environmentally friendly projects in the district.

The two new Green Grants will join the selection of grants community groups and sports clubs can apply for, including Capital Grants, Revenue Grants and Everyone Active grants. Funding in the grants ranges from £500 to £4,000.

Re-start grants of up to £250 will also be made available to voluntary and community sector (VCS) organisations by the Council. These one-off grants are there to help groups get back on their feet after lockdown and are funded by proceeds from the Love Blaby Lottery.

John Richardson, Strategic Director at Blaby District Council, said: “We know it can be tough for voluntary organisations to prioritise spending on environmental initiatives. We hope that these grants go some way towards supporting their own green agendas.

“Community grants have been an important part of our support for the community for more than a decade and we encourage groups to take a look on our website at what they might be eligible for and apply online.”

Find out more about the new Green and VCS Restart grants, as well as the other funding available and apply online through the Community Grants page.

Community groups interested in finding out more about the grants are invited to attend an online Zoom event on Wednesday 28 April. Anyone interested in attending can book a place by emailing .

Fosse Foxes trail launches



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The locations of 20 Fosse Foxes have been revealed, following the launch of the Blaby District Tourism and Heritage Trail.

The Fosse Foxes project is a partnership between Blaby District Council and Fosse Park. Local artists Pickle Illustration painted the 20 foxes with each fox having its own unique symbols to represent its location.

Placed at tourist attractions across the district, Fosse Foxes locations include Palmers Garden Centre in Narborough, Fosse Meadows in Sharnford and the historic Ice House on Bouskell Park, Blaby. As the tourism sector reopens following the pandemic more foxes will be added to the trail.

A map of the trail is available on with each fox sporting a QR code giving access to the story behind the fox and more information on the sights in the district. An interactive version of the map will also be available soon.

25 further Fosse Foxes are located across Fosse Park and showcase the designs of local artists, designers, community groups in the district and can be seen in the new Fosse Park West and Food Central areas.

John Richardson, Strategic Director at Blaby District Council, said: “The Fosse Foxes Trail is an exciting Tourism and Heritage project, and it has been great to see residents spotting our foxes out across the district already.”

“We have been pleased to work with both Fosse Park and the Blaby District Tourism Partnership and we hope that this will showcase our wonderful visitor attractions, our great open spaces and the wide range of activities that can be enjoyed within the district.”

“We hope that residents, visitors and families will get on their bikes and enjoy getting active outdoors, following the trail and discovering the many great stories behind the places, please keep sharing the photos and don’t forget to tag us in @visitblaby.”

The Fosse Foxes project has been funded by the Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership.

  • Attfield’s Farm Shop – Whetstone
  • Blaby Town Centre (Coming soon)
  • Congo River Adventure Golf – Blaby
  • Countesthorpe Country Park
  • Enderby Leisure Centre
  • Everards Meadows – Enderby
  • Fosse Meadows – Sharnford
  • Fosse Park
  • Glenfield Tunnel (Coming soon)
  • Grove Park – Enderby
  • Hilton Hotel Leicester – Braunstone Town (Coming soon)
  • Huncote Leisure Centre
  • Kirby Muxloe Castle (Coming soon)
  • Meridian Leisure Park – Braunstone Town (Coming soon)
  • Narborough Railway Station
  • Palmers Garden Centre – Narborough
  • Paradise Found Farm Park – Sapcote (Coming soon)
  • Stanton Lakes – Stoney Stanton
  • Stoney Cove – Stoney Stanton (Coming soon)
  • The Ice House at Bouskell Park – Blaby
  • Tithe Barn – Cosby

Easter Egg Hunt 2021


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Please click on the link below to access the documents and maps you will need to join in the Easter Egg Hunt.

Good luck, have fun and keep safe.

Easter Egg Hunt 2021

Roadmap for ending restrictions announced

The announcement from the Prime Minister on Monday 22 February has mapped out the key dates and events as part of the cautious easing of lockdown restrictions.

The four-stage process will begin on the 08 March with the reopening of schools and colleges, and will run through to 21 June, when all legal limits are set to be removed on mixing:

Step One – Monday 08 March

  • All pupils and college students return fully. Before and after school clubs will be open
  • You can meet one other person outside for a coffee or picnic. Children WILL count towards the total number
  • Care home residents can receive one visitor

Step One (Continued) – Monday 29 March

  • Outdoor gatherings of up to six people, or two households are allowed in parks and/or gardens
  • Outdoor sport will be allowed
  • The stay at home order will end, with people encouraged to stay local

Step Two – Monday 12 April

  • Reopening of non-essential retail, hair and nail salons, and public buildings
  • Most outdoor venues open, including pubs and restaurants -outdoor tables and beer gardens only
  • Indoor leisure facilities such as gyms and pools also open but can ONLY visit alone or with own household

Step Three – Monday 17 May

  • Limit on mixing outdoors increased to 30 people meeting in parks or gardens
  • Indoor mixing will be allowed, up to six people or, if it is more people, two households
  • Indoor venues, including pubs and restaurants, cinemas and group exercise classes will reopen
  • International holidays could resume subject to a review
  • Weddings will be allowed a limit of 30 people, with other events such as christenings also permitted

Step Four – Monday 21 June

  • All legal limits removed on mixing. Large events can take place and the last closed businesses can reopen
  • Potential changes to social distancing measures subject to review

There will be a minimum of five weeks between each stage. Data will be collected and assessed over the four weeks, with an extra week built in for businesses that are due to reopen given time to prepare.

You can find full details on the Government website.

The Government’s current advice is to stay at home until these changes come into force.

24 February 2021

National lockdown: Stay at Home

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The Prime Minister announced an immediate national lockdown as a result of Covid-19 in his statement on the evening of 4 January 2021.

  • You must stay at home, except for a few permitted reasons (shop for basic necessities for you or a vulnerable person, go to work if you cannot reasonably do so from home, exercise with one other person, meet with your support bubble, seek medical assistance)
  • Non essential retail must close. These venues can continue to operate click and collect
  • School, college and university will remain open for vulnerable children and children of critical workers.  All other children will learn remotely until February half term.
  • Childcare – nurseries and childminders remain open
  • Indoor gyms and sports facilities will remain closed.

Those who are defined as clinically extremely vulnerable to coronavirus will receive a letter from the government setting out detailed advice.

Find out more about the new national restrictions on the Government’s website.

Christmas bin collection arrangements

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Bin collections for the festive season have been arranged, with changes to ensure bin crews enjoy the Christmas holidays and residents get both their refuse and recycling bins collected.

The 2020 Christmas arrangements include:

  • No collections from 25 December-01 January
  • Double collections on 18-24 December and 02-07 January
  • Both refuse and recycling bins to be presented on double collection day
  • Friday 01 January collection moves to Saturday 02 January

Double Collections

On the last scheduled bin collection before Christmas Day, and the first scheduled collection of 2021, residents are asked to present both their refuse and recycling bins.

All schedules for Christmas and throughout 2021 can be found on the website.

New Year’s Day scheduled collection

Residents usually collected on a Friday are asked to present their refuse and recycling bins on Saturday 02 January, with crews emptying bins on this day.

Excess Waste

Up to three clear plastic bags of recycling will be taken beside a bin on the first collection after Christmas.

For safety reasons, please ensure that any glass or sharp objects are placed in your bin rather than in any clear plastic bags.

No additional refuse waste will be collected.

To dispose of any excess waste, book a slot at Leicestershire County Council’s tips on their website.

Excess Cardboard

So that the collection team can safely handle and load card onto the vehicle please ensure that the card could all fit into your bin if it were empty with the lid closed.

Any larger pieces of cardboard should be reduced so that they are no bigger than the height and width of the bin. Please also ensure that any other material, such as polystyrene, is removed.

The waste team wish all residents a very merry Christmas.

11 December 2020




Launch of Leicestershire Communities Fund Round 3



We are pleased to announce that a third round of funding has been agreed by Leicestershire County Council to support community organisations affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.

A total of £600,000 is being made available in Round 3 of the Leicestershire Communities Fund for a limited period of time (until 22nd January 2021), for organisations delivering services for vulnerable people who live in Leicestershire.

The funding can also be used for community-based organisations to develop new and innovative ways of working, to help deliver services for vulnerable people more effectively now and in the future.

The maximum amount available to any one organisation will be £15,000 and the minimum amount is £500.

Charities, constituted voluntary and community organisations, social enterprises and faith-based organisations can apply for a maximum of £15,000 for support with the following activities:

  • Support for core running costs – for organisations who have experienced a loss of income due to services closing or operating at a reduced level and where this may lead to the permanent closure of the organisation
  • Extra staffing – capacity required to meet existing or increased demand for services, to support vulnerable people during the pandemic
  • Adapting services – the need to adapt service delivery models to ensure key services can continue to be delivered
  • Transitional costs – costs associated with developing new ways of delivering services in the future, including partnership/collaborative approaches
  • Equipment – funding for ICT equipment, safety/PPE equipment, or other capital costs for items/equipment deemed acceptable in relation to the fund
  • Digital Inclusion – funding to help enable service users to access services using digital technology
  • Community Buildings – funding to help with the safe re-opening, usage and cleansing of community buildings, to enable services to be delivered
  • Transport – funding for use of vehicles, transport, fuel etc. to enable visits to service users
  • Expenses – funding for increased expenses costs such as reimbursing travel costs for staff/volunteers who need to visit service users, if it safe to do so, in their home or in other locations.
  • Other – anything else deemed acceptable in relation to the criteria for the Fund


Round 3 will have an additional focus on supporting community groups who are providing a vital service to local people during the pandemic, including:

  • support for people who are described as clinically extremely vulnerable
  • the provision of welfare and associated support for vulnerable and disadvantaged people and families, including money/debt advice services; employment related support; food bank and associated food provisions; and access to other essential supplies and equipment
  • support to improve the mental health and wellbeing of people affected by the pandemic, including projects which reduce isolation and loneliness


If you are a charity, community organisation, social enterprise or faith-based organisation who fulfils any of the above criteria, you can apply for a grant online on the Leicestershire Communities website.


Parish and Town Councils can also apply on behalf of non-constituted community organisations.


Please complete the online application form to tell us how much funding you are requesting and what the funding will be used for.


For more details, please go to:


Any enquiries regarding applications can be sent to:

Test centre comes to Narborough

A temporary Covid-19 walk-in test centre will be set up on the Visitors Car Park at Blaby District Council’s Offices on Desford Road in Narborough.

The site will be managed by Department of Health and Social Care and their contractors, and will remain in place for six months, although this may be extended depending on local testing need.

The walk-in test centre will operate from 8am-8pm seven days a week and offer vital testing capacity locally. As tests are offered by appointment only, the number of people on the site at any one time is always limited.

Work will begin on site in the next few days and the test centre is expected to be up and running on Friday 20 November.

Council Leader Councillor Terry Richardson said: “This new walk-in centre will make it even easier for anyone who thinks they have coronavirus symptoms to get a test done locally, avoiding the need to travel large distances.

“We’re pleased an appointment-only, walk-in test centre on the site of Blaby District Council offices is being set up. Testing is a vital part of helping to get this virus under control and making sure we’re protecting the people we know and love.”

Anyone with symptoms of coronavirus should visit or call 119 to book a test.

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