DMU student goes above and beyond to celebrate upcoming Mother’s Day

By Liv Messum

Mummy’s Girl: Hanna Rees pictured with her mother on a night out together.

Mother’s Day is just around the corner after the previous two being spent in lockdown and one Leicester student is planning something special to show her mum just how much she is appreciated.

This Sunday (MAR27), DMU student Hannah Rees is treating her mum to an extravagant day out filled with gifts, curries, and cocktails.

Hannah said: “We’re going for cocktails and a curry in Huddersfield because I wanted to do something nice for her after all she’s done for me.”

She bought her mum some makeup, a face cream, and a blazer from Zara, and is planning to give them to her this weekend.

She said jokingly: “All you’ve got to do is buy her enough to keep her happy.”

Mother’s Day is especially important this year because Covid-19 is no longer preventing families from meeting up.

Hannah said: “I’m just happy to be able to be with one another after two long years of Covid.

“Mother’s Day isn’t about flashy gifts or an adventurous day out, it’s more of a gesture to show your mum you love her rather than the gift itself.”

Restaurants, cafés, shopping centres, and more will remain open this year, meaning more people can celebrate Mother’s Day with an event.

New Subbuteo club in Leicester seeks more members in bid to be involved in 2024 World Cup

By Azim Saiyed

Leicestershire Subbuteo players are being urged to join the hobby’s only club in Leicester, with the ambitious aim of participating in the 2024 World Cup in England.

REBRAND: Freshly designed crest for the LFSC

The Leicester Foxes Subbuteo Club (LFSC) was founded by Alexander Ashcroft, 34, who is determined to build the club from scratch.

Mr Ashcroft said: “Subbuteo is having a bit of a revival and it brings back good memories from my own childhood, so I thought it was a brilliant idea to see the interest out there.

“Also, it would be perfect for people to meet up for social events where they can have a drink and chat.”

He believes the club is the first one to be created in Leicester and he has plans to get it running by increasing the number of people attending the sessions, the first of which is in March.

Subbuteo is a table-top version of football whereby players use their fingers to flick miniature figures of footballers at the ball to strike it towards the goal.

Flick through the times: Subbuteo footballer figures flicked on the table.

Mr Ashcroft said: “I just want to create a fun experience for all people because at the end of the day it is all about enjoying the game.

“We will welcome members from any gender, age, background and race. The more the merrier, yes of-course but it is all about equality.

“Since there weren’t any Subbuteo clubs in Leicester, I thought I’d take the initiative to start one myself and show people the great fun they’re missing out on.”

Although the sport is not officially recognised as a professional one, the LFSC has been registered with the English Subbuteo Association.

The club is currently looking for a venue to hold regular sessions and somewhere near the King Power Stadium would be appealing for the club.

If you would like more information about the club or attend any sessions, please visit: https://twitter.com/FoxesSubbutteo or email: alexander.jm.ashcroft@gmail.com.

Children enjoy half-term arts activities at Highcross in Leicester

By Azim Saiyed

Children across Leicestershire got involved in half-term activities after the Leicester City Council organised a pop-up museum at the Highcross shopping centre.

During the half-term holidays, there was a wide range of activities from stencil writing to virtual reality sessions for young children to enjoy.

Half-term fun: Children get involved in stencil writing session

The events were organised by Metro Boulot Dodo, Graffwerk and Arts Council England so the children could enjoy and express themselves through creative arts.

The workshops were held daily from Tuesday (15Feb) to Sunday (20Feb).

Other half-term events held at Leicester museums included a Railway Day at Abbey Pumping Station and a Frosty Fun Day at Guildhall.

For more information about events held at Leicester’s museums, visit: www.leicestermuseums.org.

Leicester City Council renovates Knighton library

By Azim Saiyed

Knighton Library was recently renovated by Leicester City Council as a part of a £75,000 investment scheme to supply the demand of the local area.

Brand new improvements made at the Knighton library.

Initial improvement works began late last year and were completed a few weeks ago. The freshly refurbished library opened to the public this month.

The addition of new flooring and energy-efficient LED lights will aim to bring in more visitors from the community.

Later this spring, the library will launch a new self-access system which will give customers access to the library without the presence of the staff.

For more information about library services in Leicester visit the Leicester City Council library page here.

Leicester celebrates Chinese New Year with spectacular shows

By Azim Saiyed

People of Leicester flocked to the New Walk Museum to celebrate Chinese New Year last weekend(Sat 5-Sun 6FEB), as Cosmopolitan Arts organised a string of dazzling events including a procession through the city.

A roaring good time: Large crowd pictured at the finale light show at the Green Dragon Square.

The procession travelled from De Montfort University (DMU) to the clocktower with the beautiful and vibrant finale performance taking place in Green Dragon Square.

Amanda Leandro, founder of the organisation, said: “Considering this year’s Covid-19 issues, we had a massive turnout.

“Everyone was very happy even though the heavens opened up.

“We want to use arts to transcend language barriers by exposing people to other cultures.

“We also hope to promote cultural integration within the community.

“We live in a multicultural society and it is important to build bridges between different cultural communities.”

There were roughly 2,000 people who paraded through the streets of Leicester and the traditional Chinese dragon led the procession from the front.

Students from DMU and University of Leicester turned up in their numbers to take part in the occasion.

Saturday’s exhibition at the New Walk Museum offered a whole range of activities from Chinese calligraphy to live musical performances by Euphoria.

Fire breather: Performers play dragon act in costume at New Walk Museum.

Cosmopolitan Arts has set up Chinese New Year celebrations for the past six years and the Confucius Institute at DMU has also collaborated with it for the last three years.

The wider aim of the organisation is to achieve social harmony and equality.

Alongside these eye-catching performances and successful events, the organisation has been researching Chinese heritage at the same time.

The relationship between Cosmopolitan Arts and Leicester City Council has allowed the team to put on these wonderful events since 2011.

The team is currently working on a documentary screening project involving 15 different culture groups.

Amanda said: “More people should open their eyes and get involved in these events.

“Every single culture should be enjoyed, embraced and experienced.”

Her motive to tackle social inequality has guided her to carry out workshops at the African Caribbean Centre in Leicester to help ethnic minority children.

If you would like to find out more information about future events, then please visit: www.cosmopolitanarts.co.uk.