Iconic building, The Regent in Hinckley, is set for a nostalgic opening in February

The iconic Regent building in Hinckley town centre is finally set to open its doors with a bang in February after six months of refurbishments.

The building on Rugby Road, Hinckley, has been disused since it closed as a bingo hall in 2014.

It had fallen into disrepair and has been given a facelift as a bar cafe, which is set to open its doors to the public with live music and food aplenty.

All the charm it had in its heyday in the 1920’s has been retained, albeit with a modern twist. Many of its original fixtures and fittings still remain, including a beautiful l1920’s chandelier.

Luke Thomas, 26, Director of the business said: “It’s great to finally have got to this point, all the hours, blood, sweat and tears have finally paid off and it now looks fantastic.”

The bar is set to open on February 20 with an open event starting at 12 noon running through to midnight.

There will be live music from local bands and food in abundance, the event is set to be an enjoyable day for people of all ages.

Hinckley local Clare Veasey, Sharpless Road, Burbage said: “Having lived in Hinckley for over 40 years the building has been a staple of the towns skyline.

“It was sad to see such an iconic building going to rack and ruin. It’s fantastic to see someone has finally given it the care and attention it deserves.”

The Regent building was originally opened in the 1920’s as a theatre and has had many facelifts over the years from cinemas to bingo halls.

Many of the town’s residents have used it at points throughout their lives and it has become a piece of Hinckley’s history.


Creative demolition at De Montfort University art exhibit

By Connor Watson

An art exhibit, The Demolition Project that invites people to come and redesign their city was recently set up in De Montfort University for the day.

Jack Richardson of the Music technology and innovation department invited the group behind the project and the instalment was set up in the Clephan Building for a day on the January 27.

The project was started three years ago by Alisa Oleva and Debbie Kent and has been to London, Manchester, Krasnodar and Moscow.

Debbie Kent said: “The idea is to cut out a piece of the map and all we ask is you leave a reason why.

“We’ve had people say they wanted a park to be there, they didn’t like their old school so got rid of it and some people wanting new shops.

“Students always tend to go for something academic, like their old school or a current part of their campus while people who are homeless tend to get rid of something that is a bad memory for them.”

The project started so people from the area could see the work that goes into shaping a city and to help them realise it isn’t always easy to get rid of something.

Alisa Oleva said: “It certainly overcame expectations and most people see the words demolition and come over to see what we are doing.

“It’s a great way to give people a look at the choices that they don’t get a real say in and then they can discuss consequences of what they change.

“You can really see a divide within cultures. In Moscow nobody removed the Kremlin but in London people got rid of Buckingham Palace and Westminster.”

More information on where the project will be next and how to get it to come to your city can be found atwww.thedemonlitionproject.com.

‘Steady’ Leicester goalless at half-time with Spurs

Half-time: Leicester City 0 Tottenham Hotspur 0

City manager Claudio Ranieri’s consistent approach to team selection hints at a ‘steady’ hand on the tiller – and the word just about summed up the Foxes’ first half goalless performance against visiting Spurs.

Leicester had plenty of possession with Marc Albrighton’s 19th minute long-range effort and Jamie Vardy’s 34th minute 60 metre foray down the right wing probably the best of their attacks, that were, well…’steady’.

The midfield encounters were pretty even with the odd burst of brilliance from Shinji Okazaki in blue and Mousa Dembele in white but on the whole the cancelled each other out.

Skipper Wes Morgan and partner Robert Huth were ‘steady’ in defence and keeper Kasper Schmeichel didn’t have a single save to make with injury-worry Harry Kane pretty toothless in attack despite Erik Lamela’s best play-making efforts.

Probably the biggest excitement came mid-way through the half when both teams came to the side of the pitch to top up on fluids lost in the 26 degrees heat.

Perhaps Ranieri will live up to his ‘Tinkerman’ nickname and make a switch right at the beginning of the second half and bring on new Napoli midfielder Gokham Inler in the search for three wins out of three.

Maximum points would put Leicester sitting at the top of the Premiership table thanks to Manchester United only being able to squeeze a dismal 0-0 draw against Newcastle in the early kick-off.

DMU students enhance their employability opportunities

Simran's photoBy Simran Gill

Opportunities are available to De Montfort University (DMU) students to strive for success when being a Student Ambassador or a Course Representative.

The university offers these voluntary and paid opportunities to students whilst studying.

The Brand Ambassador position is there to help fellow students with issues regarding their courses or helping to make any changes to the university. It is a marketing position that allows students to promote DMU.

Vaishali Rasiklal, Brand Ambassador and Course Representative for International Business and Marketing, said: “Being a Brand Ambassador, I take part in tasks, help during open days, organising letters and prospectuses and help during photo shoots.”

This gives students the chance to communicate with people of different ages, working with colleagues and making new friends.

Vaishali added: “The position is really flexible, each task is different and the pay, at £7.85 per hour, is good.”

Vaishali declared: “I’ve gained team-working skills, decision-making skills and improved my co-operative skills. These skills have helped me with my university work, and will reflect in my future career.”

The Course Representative position is similar to a student council, with students from each course and different faculties working together to make student life better.

Vaishali said: “I like how we can make decisions in order to improve student life, for example moving deadlines for certain modules and assignments.”

This is a voluntary position, helping to improve yourself as a person and other students’ lives.

Vaishali stated: “The difference between both positions is that Brand Ambassador is working with potential students, whilst Course Representative is working with current students.”

This is a really good opportunity for students to improve their confidence and people skills, as well as getting the desired experience for future jobs.

For further information about being a Course Representative visit: https://www.demontfortstudents.com/getinvolved/reps/ and for more information about being a Brand Ambassador visit: http://www.dmu.ac.uk/dmu-students/your-dmu-experience/how-to-become-a-student-ambassador/how-to-become-a-student-ambassador.aspx

Opportunities overseas with new course

By Simran Gill

De Montfort University has initialised a new International Business BA course set to start in the next academic year, 2015-16.

The course is three years full-time and four years with a placement, and is for students who would like to take placement opportunities abroad gaining knowledge of business overseas.

The entry requirement for this course is 280 UCAS points from at least two A-levels or equivalent.

Augustus Mbanasor, a DMU Student Ambassador, said: “The University is getting more internationalised with their courses, which is a good thing because we desired a business degree that caters for international studies overseas.”

The fees for this course are £9,000 for UK and EU students and £11,250 for international students.

International placements are available and there will also be additional qualifications to gain, such as certificates, as well as the degree.

Augustus added: “This business course is different from any other business course the university currently offers, as it is more international as more modules are taught overseas.”

A variety of modules are included on this course such as Global Business, Financial Decision Making, European Business Issues and International Marketing.

There was a demand for this course, therefore the university is now offering this course so it can be recognised more internationally.

Augustus stated: “Being part of the panel, working on this validation was really good. It wasn’t at all intimidating as I had to talk to the program leader, deputy head and dean and lecturers from different universities so I asked them questions and got to make decisions about the course.”

There are more courses that were also validated such as Business and Law courses and Media, Film and Journalism courses, and there are still more yet to come.

For further information about this course, visit the website: https://www.dmu.ac.uk/study/courses/undergraduate-courses/international-business.aspx