Leicestershire firefighters climb mountain for charity

By Kira Gibson

Firefighters from the Kibworth fire station in Leicestershire climbed the second highest peak in the United Kingdom last Friday(OCT8) for charity.

The fire station raised money for The Fire Fighters Charity and ‘The Well’ by climbing Mount Snowdon in Wales.

The Well works by running food banks, charity shops, cafés and more in and around Kibworth, whereas The Fire Fighters Charity works to support firefighters and their families with mental or physical help should they need it.

The fundraising target was £1,085 and the charity walk managed to raise almost triple – with the end total amounting to £3,271.06.

Fundraising is still open towards the walk that has been completed, and this is open until October 31. To contribute towards this charity walk please go to https://www.peoplesfundraising.com/fundraising/MountSnowdonCharityWalk

Half-term hell forecast as work starts on busy Leicester roads

By Luke Williamson.

Work will begin on two of Leicester’s busiest roads during next week’s October half term.

Stoughton Road will be fully closed from the junction on London Road to the junction at Kingsway Road, while Uppingham Road will see work in the section between Coleman Road and Overton Road with a one-way system introduced from this Saturday(OCT16).

The work on the former will be carried out in stages, aiming to minimise the impact the local residents and businesses will face says Leicester City Council.

Similarly, on the less busy Lamborne Road, Knighton, there are works to replace concrete sections that have broken over the year – but this is set to last five weeks.

It has been timed to coincide with the school holidays due to fewer cars on the road, leading to less disruption.

Affected residents will be informed of the work in advance.

You’ve got to admire their front! Winners revealed for the 2021 magazine cover prize

A stylish magazine which would shine on the nation’s newsstands is the winner of the 2021 cover prize for Journalism students at De Montfort University, Leicester.

Escape is an elegant health and lifestyle mag with a design to grace any coffee table. The one-off publication, which was created by DMU students Izzi Rix, Matthew Childs and Abbie Wilkinson as part of the final year of their Journalism degree, beat off strong challenges by rival titles to claim the annual award.

The prize was judged this year by Joe Brewin, deputy editor of the biggest football magazine in the world, FourFourTwo, who said he was “genuinely really impressed” with the standard of the magazines on the shortlist.

But it was Escape, with its serene cover image created by up-and-coming young illustrator Liv Phillips, that really caught his eye. He said: “I immediately know what I’m getting with it: the ‘health, style, culture, society’ line leaves you with no doubt about the kind of stories you’re going to be reading about, and they’ve managed to cleverly cram some 14 cover lines on there without it looking cramped.

“Chances are, anyone could pick that up off the shelf and be drawn to at least one story they’d be interested in reading. So it’s functional. But then there’s the newsstand appeal: each one of the mags up for judging did a good job of including a striking image on there (particularly MMXX, which I enjoyed), but I liked the cleanliness of Escape as a full package – it’d definitely stand out in a sea of other titles at Smiths, for example, which is so important.”

Escape editor Izzi said: “I’m delighted Escape won the cover prize! We really thought about every aspect of what makes a great cover and essentially designed what we would love to see on a newsstand. Liv created an illustration that perfectly encapsulates the magazine’s essence and we can’t thank her enough. It’s incredibly rewarding to have our time and effort acknowledged. Thank you!” 

The story on the announcement of the shortlist has become the best-read article in the history of Leicestershire Press. A just-for-fun poll asking readers to vote for their own favourite cover attracted more than 20,000 votes. Rivo magazine, created by Isatou Ndure, Rhys Bailey, Victoria Kingsley and Omar Qavi, was the clear victor there, with Horizon in second place.

Students on both the single- and joint-honours Journalism programme at DMU create magazines and websites as part of their final year studies. DMU Journalism graduates have gone on to work on magazine titles including Mixmag and Clash.

The team behind Escape will share the £200 prize.

Rapid testing home kits available to more people in Leicester

By Kira Gibson

Rapid home testing kids for Covid-19 are now available to those in universities and working professionals unable to get some through their work or university.

Previously the tests were mainly for school and college pupils and those living with them or in their social or childcare bubble.

The tests come in packs of seven and can be collected from a number of pharmacies, and from rapid testing sites.

Leicester’s rapid sites include the Adult Education Centre in Belvoir Street, the Fosse Neighbourhood Centre in Mantle Road and Coleman Neighbourhood Centre in Rowlatts Hill.

However, you can also collect tests from pharmacies such as Boots in Gallowtree Gate and in Highcross, as well as Pharmasite Ltd in London Road.

To find the nearest place to collect free tests, go to maps.test-and-trace.nhs.uk or to order them online, go to https://www.gov.uk/order-coronavirus-rapid-lateral-flow-tests.

People urged to help name Leicester’s eco-buses

By Kira Gibson

Leicester City Council has asked the public on its social media channels (Facebook and Twitter) to name the city’s new eco-friendly buses.

The council is urging people to suggest names for its 11 new carbon-emission electric buses by Friday (APR23).

These buses will be out on the streets from May 24 onwards, and each one will be bright green to advertise the more carbon-efficient way they will travel.

Each one will be powered by 100 per cent renewable energy as a way to bring cleaner travel to Leicester.

Some of the suggestions already left as comments on the social media posts suggest names including The Lineker, The Attenborough, The Hawkins and Busie McBusface.

The buses are a part of the new plans to change the transport habits of Leicester in the coming year.

The entire scheme includes the development of new bus routes and the building of a new Park-and-Ride location in Beaumont Leys which will incorporate current services to the city centre from outerlying neighbourhoods and suburbs.

Deputy city mayor Cllr Adam Clarke said: “Changing our transport habits is the kind of action we need to take to help address the urgent climate emergency we are all facing.”

To give your name ideas to Leicester City Council, please go to: https://r1.dotdigital-pages.com/p/36CU-8FR/name-that-greenlines-electric-bus

To find out more about the Beaumont Leys Park-and-Ride development plans, please go to: https://news.leicester.gov.uk/news-articles/2021/april/new-park-and-ride-site-planned-for-beaumont-leys/?fbclid=IwAR1FqLw8mIdkncBHLRynFW-Dhk-C9smJ4PXYZ-RPot-VwTY6FhqCFEK91GQ