Shama women’s centre fights for council to reinstate its funding

By Harry Rogers

A petition has been submitted to Leicester City Council requesting that a women’s centre in the city should have its funding reinstated.

Shama Women’s Centre on Sparkenhoe Street, Leicester, submitted a petition containing 1107 signatures in favour of the funding which was cut by the council to save money.

There will be a meeting held by the Overview Select Committee on Thursday (6 April).


Khudeja Amer-Sharif, co-coordinator of Shama Women’s Centre, said: “We were devastated (when the budget was cut). We offer women help and counselling to build their confidence.

“Our service is unique.”

Leicester City Council had been making a grant of £30,000 per year to the centre but budget cuts now mean the centre is threatened by imminent closure with no other income high enough to keep it open.

It is estimated that by 2019/2020 Leicester City Council will need to find savings of £40 million per year due to overwhelming cuts from central government.

A council spokesperson, said: “We have given (Shama Women’s Centre) advice regarding their longer-term financial sustainability, since the council is unable to provide further funding to Shama because of its own financial pressures.

“We value the work of Shama and would like to see the organisation prosper.”

Established in 1985, Shama Women’s Centre offers a range of services to women in Leicester from bereavement counselling, language support and a women-only gym and sauna.

You can attend the meeting that will be held at City Hall, Charles Street, on Thursday (6 April) at 5:30pm.

Trans4rm yourself – A new gym fit for everyone opens in Leicester city centre


By Lauren Dewfall

A revolutionary new gym has opened in the heart of the Leicester offering a full health and wellbeing service for gym goers across the city. Trans4rm Health and Fitness, located in a convered garage on Midland Street, offers a unique one to one service with tailor made fitness plans and nutritional advice.

Opening it’s doors last month, Trans4rm also offers fitness classes and bootcamps on weekday evenings and saturday mornings. Owner and coach Raj Kaushal said: “We have something for everyone, it’s not just a gym for people who are already physically fit, it’s a gym for people of all abilities.”


Aylestone residents protest against Leicestershire County Cricket Club’s floodlight plans

By Jack Gabriel

Aylestone residents have challenged Leicestershire County Cricket Club’s efforts to increase the usage of floodlights for games at the Fischer County Ground.

Currently, the Club are restricted to using the six 40 metre tall lights on ten occasions throughout the year, but are seeking an advanced allowance.

However, residents living close to the ground have protested against possible changes, arguing that the floodlights disturb the area’s amenity.


Leicestershire County Cricket Club hope more flexible floodlight use will help grow attendances

Aylestone resident Spencer Roe, said: “The lights are extremely bright and are clearly visible from most homes in the area.

“It’s incredibly difficult for my family to sleep when they are being used for night games as the light beams through the bedroom windows.”

He added: “They are unnatural and daytime use would be detrimental to me especially as I am often at home sleeping before working night shifts.”

Leicester City Council has received multiple objection letters on the grounds of ‘light nuisance/glare, general interruption to residents, interests of the club put before residents and loss of privacy’.

The Council also received a letter from Aylestone Ward Councillor, Nigel Porter, who said the floodlights are ‘an eyesore and are environmentally unfriendly’ and questioned ‘if there is a genuine requirement for the proposed changes.’

The Club has requested for the restriction on lights usage between 7.30am to 11pm to be removed on days outside the 10 permitted.

Despite this, they have insisted there will be no additional night games or detrimental effect on the area and its residents.

The application plans to ensure that no games are curtailed due to bad light, an occurrence that regularly frustrated supporters last season.

Opportunities to win games and aid the Club’s promotion prospects to Division One of the County Championship were squandered because of dark conditions on multiple occasions.

The Club originally agreed to stipulations limiting their usage when the floodlights were approved in January 2016, but are wary that restrictions could limit the club’s growth.

They are set to host a number of Women’s World Cup games later this year and are keen to ensure the facilities are capable of fulfilling the maximum amount of game-time possible.

Councillors will decide whether or not to grant the application when they discuss it on Wednesday.

Community radio station to host hundreds of students

By Connor Watson


The student and community radio station DemonFM has been revealed as the host of the Student Radio Association Conference (SRA Con) 2017 in an awards evening at the O2 in London.

The SRA is a body that encourages and helps develop the talent and skills of student radio stations at academic institutes across the country.

After applying earlier this year DemonFM won the opportunity to host the three-day conference that will take place in April 2017.

The conference is held each year by different student stations and over the three days a variety of breakout sessions, talks and celebrations are held by industry professionals.

Hannah Rowe Station Manager of DemonFM said: “I’m an odd mixture of ecstatic and relieved, we’ve been putting work into this bid since June 2016.

“And now in November to see the product of that work and to have the SRA Executive team place confidence in DemonFM to host a strong SRA Con to rival those that have come before it.”

Talks at the conference in previous years have been hosted by notable names such as Greg James, Nick Grimshaw and Hugh Stevens of BBC Radio 1 fame.

Mike Mayes De Montfort Student Union’s Vice President Media and Communications said: “The SRA conference will be a fantastic opportunity to showcase what we do as a media cohort and celebrate the hard work of not just us, but student radio around the whole country.”

There have also been influential members from Global; owners of Capital and Radio X, Bauer; owners of Kiss and Absolute, as well as some DemonFM alumni who have hosted talks as a sign of their success after leaving the student station.

Hannah added: “Three days in April are going to be exceptionally busy making sure all our delegates get to their talks, that the evening entertainment is on point, and that the after party doesn’t stop the music blaring until long after dark.”

If you want to know more about DemonFM and what they have planned for the conference, then visit:


Riverside Cafe opens its doors to societies



By Beth Mosettig

The Riverside Cafe has decided to open its doors to societies at DMU to host workshops and events.

The cafe which opened earlier this year has a strong emphasis on its vegan and vegetarian food.

Positioned on the bank of the River Soar the cafe has picturesque views to complement their healthy menu.

The cafe put on a display of their food to entice societies in.