Leicester City Council hold community food growing event

By Yousuf Ali.

About a half dozen projects set up stall at the City Hall as part as Leicester’s Food Plan this afternoon in the hopes to encourage food growing.

Leicester’s Food Plan is a long-term programme to make Leicester a healthy and sustainable food city.

Susan Holden, project manager of Food Plan, said: “We’re supporting food growing groups. It’s all about people getting involved in growing food.”

The event commenced at 2.00pm with the event ending with an informal discussion on supporting the development of food growing across the city.

Projects from all over the city set up stall to encourage people to grow fruit and vegetable, in the hopes to encourage healthy eating.

The drop in session was not only about growing food, but also a chance to network with other groups.

Felecity Roos, from Trent Rivers Trust, also set up stall to inform people about sustainable water use. She said: “We’re running a project to try and improve water quality and reduce risk of flooding in Leicester.”

The council also offer a scheme called Get Growing Grant which funds different groups and projects who want start growing their own fruit and vegetables.

Local reaction to Tigers’ appointment of Matt O’Connor

By Ross Barnett

Matt O’Connor is set to take the reins at Leicester Tigers after the crunch match against Northampton at the weekend.

O’Connor will replace ex-All Black, Aaron Mauger who acted as interim head coach when Richard Cockerill left the side at the turn of the year, having a poor run of form including a 42-13 loss to Glasgow Warriors and a 38-0 thumping at the hands of Munster Rugby.

Mauger spent 3 years as a player at Welford Road, collecting 53 appearances from 2007-2010 before taking a backroom role at the East Midlands side, where he won four out of his last five matches including a victory over Exeter in the Anglo-Welsh Cup final.

The decision was greeted with scepticism with various players taking to social media to express their feelings.


Season ticket holder, Alex Blackwell, was dumbfounded at the decision; “I think it is extremely harsh on [Aaron] Mauger as he seemed to have just started to get the results and performances to turn around especially in the last two games.

“With only five games left I don’t see the harm of giving him until the end of the season.

“O’Connor was good for us before so hopefully he can spark a reaction in the short term and get his systems in place quickly.

“I think in the long term it’s good, just a bit strange in the short term.”

Matt O’Connor takes the reins after a crunch match against rivals Northampton at the weekend.

Empire brought into spotlight at Newarke Museum

By Ollie Heppenstall.


A series of lectures about the British Empire’s involvement in Afghanistan is to take place at the Newarke Houses museum.

Empire in the Balance, by Amarpal Singh Sidhu, will look at the battles of Chillianwallah and Gujarat. It runs parallel to an exhibition about the British Empire in a wider context.

The exhibition is being held until June 11th, while the talk itself is happening on March 22nd at 6.00pm.

Leicester Fire: Everything we know so far


By Sophie Sandberg

A massive electrical substation fire in Leicester that sent a huge plume of black smoke that was seen all over the city today.

Here is everything we know so far about the blaze.

At 10:45am the fire services received multiple calls about the inferno near Ravensbridge Drive.

The fire let thousands of homes and business left without power and a number of nearby roads were closed off.

Two hours later power had been restored to most homes.

Later in the afternoon roads were reopened.

As of 3.30pm the fire was still going on and the course of the blaze is still unknown.

The fire service have said the fire is now under control but with no further statement.

Leicester prepares for Gateway opening

By Muhsin Cabdi.


One of Leicester’s oldest and most historic structures will be open to the public next week.

The Magazine Gateway, which was used to store weapons in Medieval times, will be the focus of a guided tour on Sunday the 26th of March.

The Gateway is opened to the public on the last Sunday of every month.

The building will be open from 11.00am-3.00pm visitors are advised to arrive a few minutes before 11.00am so that a prompt start can be made.

The group tour is £2.50 per individual and has limited spaces.

The tour is to be led by Blue Badge guides, who will share their expert knowledge with visitors.

However, visitors who do not wish to partake in the group tour are invited to explore the historic landmark of Leicester on their own free of charge.