Charnwood Arts re-makes history in new exhibition

A new exhibition from Charnwood Arts and Loughborough University comes to two Loughborough venues in the coming weeks

Called Re-Making History, this is the fourth project that Charnwood Arts has run with Loughborough University’s School of the Arts English and Drama.

The resulting exhibition features contemporary textiles design inspired by the industrial and social history of the Loughborough area.

This year the first year textiles students were given a brief to explore Loughborough and the surrounding area, seeking out its rich heritage in UK textile production along with other industries such as bell founding and transport.

Around 90 students undertook the project and 31 were selected for the exhibitions. The work on display includes pages from the students sketch books and final samples.

The exhibition can be seen over two venues in Loughborough:

The first runs at Charnwood Museum, Granby Street, Loughborough from 16th April – 10th June

The second can be seen at the Martin Hall Gallery, Loughborough University: 25th April – 23rd May

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Charnwood Arts brings “deeds not words” to Loughborough Arts Festival

2018 marks 100 years since the Representation of the People Act gave voting rights to some women for the first time. Charnwood Arts, in partnership with Chorus Theatre, have created the “Deeds Not Words Festival” to celebrate this landmark moment in British history through theatre, music, talks and walks.

This project has been made possible thanks to support from the Heritage Lottery Fund and will run in various venues throughout Loughborough from May 2nd-6th.

The “Deeds Not Words Festival” offers an eclectic mix of talks, music and storytelling to bring this fascinating section of history to life.

More details on 01509-822558 or info@charnwoodarts.com.

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Charnwood Borough Council makes changes to garden waste charge

The garden waste collection provided by Charnwood Borough Council will cost £40 per year from May 1, 2018.

The Council says the service provides excellent value for money and it plans to freeze the cost for the next two years.

The Council says the charge is in line with many other authorities and the increase is necessary to make up for a shortfall of funding from other sources and ensure the quality of service is maintained.

Cllr Leigh Harper-Davies, lead member for the performance of major contracts, said: “The garden waste scheme is a high-quality service and an extremely popular one with over 34,000 subscriptions.

“However, in order to maintain that quality and make up for shortfalls in our funding, we believe it necessary to increase the charge.

“We accept the increase for 2018 is larger than in previous years but these are challenging times for local government funding.

“In 2015 we lost a significant amount of funding when the county council withdrew recycling credits worth around £300,000 a year which was used to help cover the costs of the service.

“We’ve had to increase the charge since then to help make up that shortfall and cover increases in the costs of providing the service.

“There are further challenges ahead as recycling credits which contribute to the general household recycling service are being withdrawn by the county council this year, a loss of £500,000 to the borough council. Despite this we will still offer free bulky waste collections to Charnwood residents while many other authorities charge £15 or more.

“And while we are fortunate to be very financially stable, we need to manage our finances carefully and sensibly.

“Garden waste collection is not a service we have to provide, nor do people have to subscribe, but we do believe it is an excellent service, value for money and one people want.”

The new charge will come into effect on May 1 so anyone subscribing for the first time before then can take advantage of the existing charge of £28. Existing subscribers will be informed directly about the new charge two weeks before their subscription ends. 

To sign up for the garden waste service, visit www.charnwood.gov.uk/gardenwaste

Charity Family Quiz Night

Charity Family Quiz Night

Saturday 21st April 2018 from 7.00 pm at St Hilda’s Church Room

quiz night

Teams suggested 4 – 6 people

£6 per person includes Ploughman’s supper with tea or coffee

Bring your own drinks

Tickets available at East Goscote Library