Flight Lieutenant Rakesh Chauhan Trust (RaksTrust) Update

2018 has been an important year for The Flight Lieutenant Rakesh Chauhan Trust (RaksTrust). The trust celebrated the 75th anniversary of the Dambusters Raid by reaching a total of £18,000 donated to the East Midlands Air Ambulance Service following monies raised from last year’s Dambusters Challenge.

The trust also saw the completion of it’s 4th annual event – The Fan Dance (taking 70 people on the SAS training grounds in the Brecon Beacons) as well as the launch of a new project for the Trust raising £24,000 to fund a fully equipped off-road ambulance. This ambulance will be donated to a grass roots charity in Malawi called Love Support Unite (LSU) LSU was started by 2 sisters from Rothley, Leicestershire.

The trust will be running it’s fifth event in 2019 taking walkers up Helvellyn via Striding Edge in the Lake District. If you wish to support the trust then please use the link below.


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The Police and Crime Commissioner’s Youth Commission Members have launched a Police and Crime Survey and want to hear from young people aged 11-25 about crime and policing in their area. The information provided by young people will help to shape the delivery of the Police and Crime Plan and feedback will help to improve policies and services. Link to complete the survey: https://www.leics.pcc.police.uk/Have-Your-Say/Consultations/Youth-Commission-Police-and-Crime-Survey.aspx


The consultation closes on 16 December 2018.


Please email engagement@leics.pcc.pnn.gov.uk if you would like a paper copy of the survey to be sent to you instead.






Charnwood Borough Council and National Forest giving away free trees to residents of Charnwood

2,000 free trees to giveaway

A scheme to give away 2,000 free trees to residents in Charnwood has been launched.

The borough council has teamed up with the National Forest and contractor idverde to run the free tree scheme and people have until November 16 to apply.

All they need to do is email the Council and each resident can request up to two trees.

Cllr Eric Vardy, lead member for the environment, said: “We’re delighted to launch the free tree scheme in Charnwood and I would encourage people to apply soon as I am sure the trees will be snapped up.

“Charnwood is part of the National Forest and we want to make our borough even greener and this is one way to help.”

Residents are eligible to choose two trees and there is a choice of three varieties; rowan, wild cherry, crab apple.

Trees will be allocated on a first come, first served basis and distributed during National Tree Week which runs from November 27 to December 1.

To apply, email freetrees@charnwood.gov.uk 

idverde manages the borough’s parks and open spaces on behalf of the Council.

The National Forest is right in heart of the country, embracing 200 square miles of the Midlands. It spans across parts of Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Staffordshire and aims to link the two ancient Forests of Charnwood and Needwood.

Speeding Operation - Station Road, Cropston

Charnwood Police ran a short speeding operation on Station Road in Cropston at lunchtime on 2nd October 2018. 88 vehicles went through site, 82 below 35mph, 3 given verbal warnings & 3 travelling above 40 issued with tickets, highest speed 45mph.

Unfortunately some roads do not have a suitable place to safely run a speeding operation with a hand held speed gun.  The Police need a location where they can pull miscreant motorists over, ideally into a side road or lay-by, or at least at a position where there is sufficient visibility.  The layout of some roads such as Cropston Road gives limited visibility so that if a car is pulled over, it becomes a hazard to other motorists.

Charnwood Borough Council - Cabinet approve location for future cemetery

Cabinet approve location for future cemetery


The location of a new cemetery in Loughborough has been approved by councillors.

Charnwood Borough Council’s Cabinet approved that land at Nanpantan is to be developed as a new cemetery in Loughborough.

The current cemetery in Leicester Road is due to run out of space within four years.

Cllr Jenny Bokor, lead member for Loughborough, said: “We received over 700 responses during the consultation and land at Nanpantan received the most support.

“I’m really pleased we have taken the time to look at viable options for our cemetery provision in Loughborough. It’s an important decision for the town and I’m glad residents were able to give us their views.”

In a report to cabinet, officers recommended land at Nanpantan to be approved subject to approval by the Environment Agency and planning permission is obtained.

Over the summer the Council consulted people on three viable options for a new site. They were land at Allendale Road, land at Nanpantan and using part of Shelthorpe Golf Course.

More than 700 people responded during the consultation, with the option to use land at Nanpantan receiving the most support. A petition signed by more than 500 people was also handed to the Council objecting to the Shelthorpe Golf Course option.




Issued by Charnwood Borough Council Communications Team
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Be the voice of your community

Have you considered becoming a Councillor in Leicestershire or Rutland? 

A series of events are taking place across Leicestershire and Rutland for people interested in becoming a councillor in next year’s local elections.

Voters will head to the polls in all seven districts of Leicestershire and in Rutland for the local council elections on May 2, 2019.

Four events are planned to showcase what being a councillor is all about with the first being held in Blaby District Council in Narborough on Saturday, October 27.

The events are being promoted by a joint campaign between Blaby, Charnwood,  Hinckley and Bosworth, Melton, North West Leicestershire, and Oadby and Wigston district and borough councils and Rutland County Council.

Be the Voice of Your Community aims to highlight the responsibilities and challenges of representing people in your communities.

Geoff Parker, Returning Officer for Charnwood Borough Council and speaking on behalf of all the participating Councils, said: “Local councils in Leicestershire and Rutland deliver hugely important services which affect the lives of people every day.

“Being a councillor means you can play a part in shaping those services and make a difference to people’s lives.

“It’s also about representing residents’ views on a variety of issues and being a real voice for the community.

“I would encourage people to attend one of the events being held to find out more about being a councillor.”

Be the Voice of Your Community is part of a nationwide initiative to encourage potential community leaders in standing as a councillor. 

The events are designed to help people find out what it takes to become a local councillor and will cover the nomination process and standing for election, the role of a councillor and what support is available, including allowances and training.

The event in Blaby is open to anyone across Leicestershire and Rutland. The other three are more for people in those areas but are open to anyone who is interested.

The four events are:

  • Saturday October 27, 10am-12pm at Blaby District Council offices, Desford Road, Narborough, LE19 2EP

  • Tuesday November 6, 6pm – 8pm at Melton Borough Council, Parkside, Station Approach, Burton Street, Melton Mowbray, LE13 1GH

  • Saturday November 10, 10am – 12pm or 12.30pm – 2.30pm at the Council Chamber, Rutland County Council, Catmose, Oakham, Rutland LE15 6HP

  • Saturday, November 17, 10am – 12pm, Charnwood Borough Council - Council Offices, Southfield Road, LE11 2TX