Kibworth car wash raises hundreds for Ukraine

By Charlie Hawes

A Kibworth villager who organised a charity car wash in the Harborough district has raised more than £650 for the people of Ukraine.

Claire Stanbridge, of Kibworth, Leicestershire, decided to organise the car wash to raise money for both the Disasters Emergency Committee and the International Fund for Animal Welfare, splitting all donations equally. 

“I decided to do it to simply help Ukraine,” she said.

“I felt helpless up to now so I thought a few hours of my time might make a difference to the poor citizens in the midst of the war with Russia.” 

The car wash took place on Sunday, March 20, on the forecourt of Crouch’s Recovery, Harborough Road, which is located on the busy A6 going through the village – a great location to attract plenty of vehicles.

“We know the man who owns the forecourt and I just thought it was a great location to get passers-by,” added Claire.

Village café and charity shop hosts scheme for donating old and foreign coins to help community 

By Charlie Hawes

A Leicestershire café and charity shop are hosting a ‘cash4coins’ scheme in order to raise money for the local community in the Kibworth district. 

The Well, of High Street, Kibworth, has a donation box which accepts all old or foreign currency in both note and coin form.

Andy Wright, the Business Admin & Community Support Manager, said: “The scheme is a great way to raise money for the local area as many people have leftover coins and notes from holidays that they may not reuse.

“The Post Office across the road only accepts notes to convert back into pounds which means people have the option to donate their foreign coins to help support the people of Kibworth and the local area.

“The scheme has been very popular so far and we are currently on our third round after having the box emptied twice before.”

Cash4coins is a service that is used by many businesses across the UK including large supermarkets that allows for old and foreign currency to be used for charitable purposes.  

Kibworth DIY store ceases trade with Russian customers

By Charlie Hawes

A Leicestershire DIY store has ceased trading with Russia due to its recent invasion of Ukraine. 

Stuart Weston, owner and manager of Kibworth DIY on High Street, Kibworth, will no longer send items bought via his online store to Russian addresses, following suit with other retail outlets. 

Kibworth DIY sells a range of items required for the home and the store ships many packages daily across the globe, ranging from nuts and bolts, hand-woven baskets to paintbrushes of all sizes. 

Mr Weston said: “I sell many items both globally and within the UK through the eBay online store and it was the site who had taken it upon themselves to de-list Russian addresses.

“Due to the current situation I wouldn’t send items anyway, there’s little point sending the items as its unlikely that they would get there any time soon.”

DMU Rowers bid to recruit new members

by Kas Ellis

The DMU Rowing society is recruiting for more members to join its squad. 

Jack and Alfie training with the rowing machines

Emma Padfield, the second year president of the society, organised a stall on Thursday, March 17, to invite De Montfort University students to try out rowing. 

“You don’t need to know how to row,” Emma said. “You can join even if you’ve never done sports before.” 

The society is looking for women rowers in particular in order to compete in more races. 

With a lot of hard work, the women of DMU are a small but strong team, coming in second in the country in a recent race. 

Emma said that doing about 10 training sessions a week makes you very close with others, and is a fantastic way to form a close bond with other students. She described the society as being like a family. 

“Now’s the time to join,” Emma said. “It’s a great opportunity just to try something new.” 

The society held taster sessions from Wednesday, March 23, through to Wednesday this week (APR6) on select days. 

If you are interested in finding out more, you can contact the team on their Instagram @dmurowing

New Leicester band plays first concert

by Kas Ellis

An up and coming Leicester band played their first concert on Saturday, March 12th. 

Robbie Childerhouse, the bassist for Leave Your Body Behind, performed with his two other bandmates at the SoundHouse. 

After only a month together, the band took to the stage with their seven song setlist, featuring six of their original songs. 

“It was nerve-wracking,” Robbie said. “It was extremely intense.” 

Robbie had never played with other people before Leave Your Body Behind, but once they performed a few sound tracks, his nerves went away. 

Despite a few mistakes, Robbie said the performance went well, and was enjoyed by both the performers and the audience. 

“It couldn’t have gone much better,” Robbie said. 

With all the excitement from the event, Robbie said it has taken a while to come down from the rush, saying it’s the ‘only thing he can think about.’ 

If you want to listen to psychedelic rock band Leave Your Body Behind, their music has been uploaded to Spotify, and they are planning on performing another concert in mid-May.