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Bees on bench in Sketchley Hill Farm Recreation Ground!

Bees on bench in Sketchley Hill Farm Recreation Ground!

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 13:48 by Parish Council

Following reports from members of the public this morning, Cllr Mr Stanley Rooney an experienced beekeeper, attended Sketchley Hill Park Recreation Ground (Tilton Rec) with our Grounds Maintenance Supervisor, Stuart Mottershaw, to collect a swarm of bees that had gathered on a bench near the footpath.

The bees were safely collected and removed from the site. There is some residual bee activity around the bench which is being monitored and further action will be taken if necessary. More »

The area around the bench has been marked with tape and we ask that members of the public (and dogs) keep away from this area for the time being.

Many thanks to those who reported this to the Parish Council. » Less

Snap Dragon children’s event goes on tour

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 10:06 by Parish Council

THE popular Snap Dragon Children and Families Festival will be back for the sixth year running this summer with a week-long programme of activities taking place in Hinckley's popular Argents Mead and Hollycroft parks.

But before then, Snap Dragon on Tour will be visiting four villages in the Borough to give people a taste of what lies in store when the festival proper is held from Monday 31 July to Friday 4 August. More »

Snap Dragon on Tour will be visiting the following locations:

  • Monday 24 July (11am - 2pm) – Burbage Millennium Hall.
  • Tuesday 25 July (11am - 2pm) – Twycross – Playing fields off Orton Lane CV9 3HA.
  • Wednesday 26 July (11am - 2pm) – Barlestone – Playing fields at Bosworth Rd (with bowls club) CV13 0HU.
  • Thursday 27 July (11am - 2pm) – Botcheston – village hall and playing field on the corner of Main St LE9 9FF.

Snapdragon will return to Hinckley daily from Monday 31 July to Friday 4 August from 11am to 3pm. Each day will feature a different theme, with an under 5's zone provided by Hinckley Sure Start and sand play sponsored by Hinckley BID:

Monday 31 July is Seaside fun day in Argents Mead featuring donkey rides, beach and sand play, traditional peep boards, side shows, face painting, creative play plus much more. Meanwhile Hinckley and District museum in Lower Bond Street is hosting a Roman Day from 11am to 3pm featuring dressing up, writing, jewellery making and crafts on a Roman theme. Admission to the Roman day is £1 per person which includes museum entry.

Tuesday 1 August is Out of this world day in Argents Mead. Discover dinosaurs, space men, aliens and amazing experiments and be a star gazing expert. There's a dinosaur dig, a birds of prey display and a range of mad science amazing experiments and science to thrill with shows at 12 noon and 2.30pm plus lots more.

Wednesday 2 August is National Play Day, the national celebration of a child's right to play in Argents Mead. Back by popular demand this year is the water slide so bring a towel, plus there will be den building, dressing up, a mud pie kitchen, pavement art, giant bubble blowing and traditional games plus music and movement for the under 5's from Moo music and lots more.

Thursday 3 August is Fairy tale fantasy in Argents Mead. Children can come along and meet the Billy goats gruff, Brer rabbit and one of the three little pigs. You can customise your teddy (either bring your own or you can buy one for a small charge), decorate a gingerbread man, make your own fairy wings, have a go at building a house of straw or even grow a beanstalk plus lots more.

Friday 4 August is the Snap Dragon spectacular at Hollycroft Park in Hinckley where you can enjoy this year's Young People's Music Festival showcasing talent from across Hinckley and Bosworth. Bring a picnic and enjoy the festival atmosphere. There's also a chance to see the play 'the Giraffe the Pelly and Me' performed by young people from Redmoor Academy plus lots of play activities, pavement art, giant bubbles and a photo booth.

Cllr Miriam Surtees, the Borough Council's Children, Young People and Families Champion, said:

"The freedom to play is so important and the Snap Dragon Festival offers many fantastic opportunities for children, young people and families to come together and have a great time, trying new things and having lots of fun. I hope that as many people as possible can join us for a fantastic time."

In addition, there will be a Snap Dragon passport packed full of all kinds of things to do, youngsters can be a bug hunter and collect an explorer kit, or have a go at the gnome trail. The festival's full programme, can be downloaded from the council's website at www.hinckley-bosworth.gov.uk/snapdragon

For more information contact Rebecca Ball, Children and Young People's Strategic Co-ordinator, on 01455 255937 or Sherrilee Fahey on 01455 255893. » Less

Free storytelling sessions continue in Argents Mead

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 10:05 by Parish Council

THE third in a series of free Saturday lunchtime storytelling sessions for children of all ages will take place in Hinckley's Argents Mead bandstand on Saturday 1 July.

Each session promises stories told in an entertaining way that will appeal to the whole family, by professional storytellers who can captivate an audience with their tales. All sessions will take place between 12noon and 1pm.

The third storytelling session is with Catriona Heatherington, resident storyteller at the Birmingham Storytelling Café. Catriona is a vibrant member of the Midlands storytelling scene, performing at festivals, events, schools, libraries and anywhere a story is needed. Deeply committed to preserving the treasure chest of ancient tales, Catriona looks forward to bringing "the joy, the wonder and the deep truths that bind people together in storytelling magic" whenever she performs. More »

John Coward, Assistant Town Centre Manager, said: "Our free storytelling sessions have been a very popular addition to the summer events calendar in the town centre and these are set to continue from July to September. Come along with the family and bring a packed lunch and enjoy a tale or two from our professional storytellers."

  • Storytelling sessions continue monthly 19 August and 2 September from 12 noon until 1pm. All sessions are free and are suitable for children of all ages. No booking is necessary.
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