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Thu, 20 Jul 2017 12:57 by Parish Council
HINCKLEY'S Argents Mead has won its first Green Flag Award - a prestigious accolade that is only awarded to the very best parks and green spaces in the UK.
The award is recognition of the Borough Council's substantial investment in the town centre park over the past 18 months, with the opening of the new leisure centre followed by the creation of a new children's play area and the more recent restoration of the fountain feature in the moat. More »
And in a double celebration for the town, Hollycroft Park has also won a Green Flag - the eighth time that Hollycroft's environmental excellence has been acknowledged by the scheme.
This international award, now into its third decade, is a sign to the public that the space boasts the highest possible environmental standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent visitor facilities.
Councillor Mark Nickerson, the council's Executive Member for Neighbourhood Services, said: "Ever since being elected, I have pressed the Neighbourhood Services team to have both the Hollycroft stream and Argents Mead fountain restored to their former glory, and so these two awards are just the icing on the cake. Well done to the team."
International Green Flag Award scheme manager Paul Todd said: "We are delighted to be celebrating another record-breaking year for the Green Flag Award scheme.
"Each flag is a celebration of the thousands of staff and volunteers who work tirelessly to maintain the high standards demanded by the Green Flag Award. The success of the scheme, especially in these challenging times, demonstrates just how much parks matter to people." » Less
Mon, 17 Jul 2017 11:44 by Parish Council
A TAPESTRY that hung in the main entrance of Hinckley's former courthouse until the building's closure last year has now been passed into the safekeeping of the Borough Council.
An official handover ceremony was held in the council chamber at The Hinckley Hub during the latest meeting of the full council.
The presentation was made by Mrs Jean Anderson, the Deputy Chair of Leicestershire and Rutland Magistrates, and it was received on behalf of the council by the Mayor, Councillor Ozzy O'Shea. More »
Mrs Anderson described the tapestry as a "unique piece of history" and stressed how important it was that it should continue to stay on public display in the borough.
Councillor Maureen Cook, the council's Executive Member responsible for Culture, Sport and Leisure, added: "I am delighted to have contributed to the transfer of this iconic artwork into the custody of the council. Once again the council has proved its commitment to our community as does the tapestry, which symbolizes our historical justice system."
It was initially commissioned for the opening of the Upper Bond Street courthouse in 2000, with every serving magistrate and staff member at that time contributing to the stitching.
The tapestry includes various historical references in its design, including: Market Bosworth Petty Sessional Division, the arms of the Magistrates Association, the red dragon standard of King Henry VII, the white boar standard of King Richard III, the Hansom Cab (which was designed and built in Hinckley by Joseph Hansom) and a mining wheel (in recognition of the area's industrial heritage).
The tapestry is now hanging on the wall of the council chamber. » Less
Thu, 13 Jul 2017 17:05 by Parish Council
One of the best-loved warbirds on the UK airshow circuit, and a star of many films including Memphis Belle, will play a leading role in the inaugural Scampton Airshow which takes place at RAF Scampton in Lincolnshire on September 9-10.
Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress Sally B, Europe's sole airworthy example of this famous Second World War bomber, though a familiar sight in the Lincolnshire skies during the conflict, will take part in the flying programme, alongside another legendary US fighter aircraft - the P-40 Kittyhawk. More »
The announcement of Sally B comes as ticket sales for the Airshow, which will feature more than 100 aircraft over the weekend, continue to boom with just two months to go. Visitors will have the chance to experience a five-hour flying display, as well as a rare opportunity to visit an RAF Station steeped in history. RAF Scampton was a key base in WW1 and WW2 and home to the famous 617 'Dambusters' Squadron, as well as playing an important role throughout the Cold War. Today, RAF Scampton is known as the home of the world-famous Red Arrows.
Sally B acts as a flying memorial to the tens of thousands of Allied airmen who lost their lives in the European theatre during World War Two, and in particular those of the US 8th and 9th Air Forces who flew from British soil, including Lincolnshire, between 1942 and 1945. It has been operated in private hands since it first arrived in the UK in 1975, a unique record for a heavy four-engined bomber. B-17 Preservation, under the leadership of Elly Sallingboe, has - with the assistance provided by the members of the Sally B Supporters' Club - ensured that this aeroplane's vital commemorative work goes on. Given the expense involved in keeping such an aircraft flying, this is no small task.
The legend of the B-17 in US Army Air Force service was forged in the European theatre, where the aircraft started carrying out missions during 1942. Conducting hazardous daylight bombing raids over occupied Europe, losses to enemy fighters and anti-aircraft fire were heavy, even with the provision of better escort fighters and the legendarily tough airframe of the Flying Fortress, but as the Allies gained air superiority things started to improve. The B-17's contribution to Allied success cannot be underestimated. At the Scampton Airshow, Sally B - a B-17G model, built in 1945 - will recall that, as well as the type's use post-war in second-line roles with the newly formed US Air Force.
Paul Sall, Scampton Airshow Director, said: "We're delighted to announce such a popular aircraft for our inaugural show - adding to the very strong line-up already announced for Scampton Airshow.
"The addition of the Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress marks an opportunity for visitors to see the last remaining airworthy B-17 in Europe from one of the most important eras in aircraft history."
Scampton Airshow tickets can only be purchased in advance at www.scamptonairshow.com. Tickets are priced at £39 with all under 16s able to enjoy the airshow free when accompanied by an adult ticket-holder. » Less