Get your skates on: Jubilee Square Ice Rink returns!

by Abigail Beresford

The Christmas lights are on, Christmas music is blaring out once again, and snow is due!

All Leicester needs now is its ice rink back!

Due to popular demand, the ice rink is set to return to Jubilee Square on Thursday next week (DEC2) until the new year (JAN3) for the whole family to have fun and enjoy the Christmas spirit.

Tickets for skate hire and a sensational 45-minute skate session will cost £7 during off-peak times.

Tickets for all other times are set to cost £8.50 for children/concessions and £10 for adults.

For more information, visit https://www.christmasinleicester.co.uk/ice-rink/.

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Clarendon Park Christmas Fair approaches

By Joshua Solomon

The Clarendon Park Christmas Fair is back in Leicester after being cancelled last year.

The fair will be held on Sunday, December 5, from 11am to 5pm on Queens Road, LE2 1TU, with free entry for everyone.

About 50 local entrepreneurs and independent businesses will be at the event, in a bid to help small businesses during the festive period.

The annual fair is a chance for the people of Leicester to escape the hustle of the city centre and enjoy the festive Christmas shopping.

There will be live entertainment, rides for children, unique gifts and food and drink as the fair spills out all along Queens Road.

DMU basketball First Team reach cup quarter finals

By Joshua Solomon

The De Montfort University men’s basketball first team have advanced to the quarter-finals in the Midlands Conference Cup.

The Pitbulls defeated the University of Warwick in the third round at home in a close game 68-75.

Delighted: the DMU Men’s team.

Small forward Daniel Obiapuna, a 21-year-old third year student, said: “This result means a lot because we worked hard as a team, it was a close game and the opposition were very good but we were calm down the stretch and we made good plays.”

Daniel explained how the team missed some of the first year and the whole of second year due to Covid-19, so for many of them, this is their last year playing.

He said: “For many of us in the team, this will be our last chance at a trophy or to take a memory with us as we leave. We are in our third and final year and our university experience has been up and down so we are going to try our best to win the competition.”

The De Montfort basketball first team coach, Igor Mirkovic, has been the head coach since 2016 and is well liked by everyone who is within the basketball society.

The program at the university is one of the most popular with three men’s teams, a women’s team alongside a recreational social league team.

The basketball team is not just for competition but inclusivity and that’s why the aim of the DMU Pitbulls is to be a friendly, hardworking team and fully support new team members whatever their skill level, who want to have fun playing basketball and keeping fit.

Men’s Basketball

Monday 19:10- 20:40 at Queen Elizabeth ll Diamond Jubilee Leisure Centre

Thursday 20:50- 22:00 at QE2

Women’s Basketball

Monday 17:30- 19:00 QE2

Thursday 18:30- 20:00 at Morningside Arena

Social Media:

Facebook- De Montfort University Basketball

Twitter- @DMUBasketball

Instagram- @dmu_basketball

City council encourages residents to take COVID vaccine

By Shantelle Gondo

Leicester City Council is urging residents to get the COVID vaccine after many became seriously ill a few week into the Christmas build-up.

A big vaccination drive will be taking place this weekend (NOV26-28), encouraging people across Leicester to get vaccinated.

Extra clinics will be accessible for all local residents.

After getting the vaccine, it takes a few weeks to reach its full effectiveness.

Health officials believe getting vaccinations and boosters continue to be the most effective way to protect individuals, including friends and families.

For more information about the COVID vaccine, visit: https://www.leicestercityccg.nhs.uk/my-health/coronavirus-advice/coronavirus-vaccine/

Leicester City Council helps the needy this winter

By Shantelle Gondo

Leicester residents who are struggling through this winter are being offered help from a new support fund.

The scheme launched on Friday (NOV19) was funded by £3.4 million from the Department for Work and Pensions to help families make ends meet and pay their bills.

The Household Support Fund does not require residents to be on benefits for them to be eligible to apply for the fund, they just need to be on low income – earning less than £365.25 per week.

At least half of the support fund will go to families with children, complementing funding for the Holiday Activities and Food Programmes used for free school meals over the half term.

Leicester City mayor Sir Peter Soulsby said: “Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, we’ve provided support for those who need it, we delivered food boxes at the height of the lockdown, and we have run programmes to ensure 16,000 children from low-income families don’t go hungry in the school holidays.

“We welcome the chance to continue offering this support, which we know can be a vital lifeline.

“As winter approaches, we know that there will be families and individuals who are worried about paying their fuel bills and making ends meet, particularly with the recent rises in fuel prices.

“Using our local knowledge and the expertise that has served us so well during the pandemic, we will target support towards those who need it most, ensuring that this fund is used to help our most vulnerable residents.

“No-one should have to choose between heating and eating.”

Members from Citizens Advice Leicestershire will be able to refer people to this fund, including professional workers such as social workers, healthcare workers and housing advisors.

Marianne Williams, 21, a mum from Leicester, said: “I’m so glad they have started this support fund, it has really helped out many people within Leicester and I do hope they carry on with more support funds like this.”

 An estimated 26,000 households in Leicester will face fuel poverty this winter.

For more information or to apply, visit: www.leicester.gov.uk/householdsupportfund or contact c19support@leicester.gov.uk