Evington Echo summaries/index for #evingtonecho300
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Issue 1 June 1981
Front cover: An article called ‘A New Arrival’ which wrote about the vision for ‘our community baby’.
- Per Dybdahl, a woodworker who teaches at local Adult Education Centres.
- A poem called ‘Track that Litter Lout’
- Dogs on the Loose. An article about carrying poop bags
- Denys welcomes new Vicar. The induction of Christopher Finch.
- A nurse at the General Hospital, Sister Judy Hunt met her new husband Mr. Fred Smith on a cruise.
- Spencefield School are walking to the 4 local hills of Breedon, Bardon Beacon and Burrough to raise money for their mini-bus fund.
- City of Leicester students play Lutterworth Upper School in the Arrow Business Game.
- County Councillors Mr. Gregory Knight was first elected for Evington Ward in 1977.
Mr. Reg Williamson was re-elected to serve in Evington Ward. A full page about them.
- A list of 22 Evington organisations
- New Diploma in Textile coloration at Leicester Polytechnic. A first in Europe.
- Your Community – Your future. Angela Plowman, co-editor, makes a case for getting
to know our neighbours and understanding that we are better when we work together and don’t guard our privacy too closely.
- Organic Gardening – The Compost container by John Hunt.
- 1981 Aero Club Display. An August Bank holiday of flying aircraft.
- Pre-School Play areas, please. A list of facilities for young children and their mothers but pointing out the lack of facilities in the Way Roads and Evington Road/Lane/Drive.
- Old Evington Trail organised by guides at the Information Centre, Bishop Street.
- Old Evington W.I. will celebrate its Golden Jubilee. Many topics of interest were mentioned and the WI team won Radio Leicester’s WI quiz.
- Aid for ‘Sounds out of Silence’. Mrs Una Marshall of the Whitehall Guild raised £85
towards buying a child’s phonic aid.
- Mrs Margaret Goodacre’s coffee morning raised £135 for the Paediatric Assessment Centre and the One in Forty Club.
- Request to share memories.
- Echo contacts: Eleven names are listed.
Issue 2 September 1981
- East Leicester Plan for the ring road from Leicester Station to the Uppingham Road.
The City Council are asking for proposals.
- Double Danger writes about the bend opposite St. Denys Church and lack of visibility.
- All bottled up! A new Bottle Bank in Clevelly Road opened.
- A comment article. The Prince and Princess of Wales get married. Their wedding date of 29th July is shared by Margaret and Paul Goodacre who celebrated with friends and family in their Spencefield Drive garden. This Echo has changed from the previous one: three columns and slightly smaller print. Do you want a Sports page?
- Cookery Nook – Economy Strogonoff
- Ensbury Gardens Street Party where children enjoyed the fun.
- Connie Burns is out and about training a puppy to be a guide dog.
- and Mrs James Gavin of Turnbury Way celebrated their Golden Wedding Anniversary.
- Denys Church members voted in favour on women priests.
- Crown Hills Art Society is 3 years old and has 100 members.
- Bert Healy comes to an Evington Youth Club reunion. 40 years ago he organised table tennis and darts (1940s). The reunion remembered sledging down Shady Lane and Mr. Webb’s shop. Webb was also the village handyman.
- Reminicences about Spencefield Lane as a rural village lane.
- Whitehall Wheatsheave. Mrs F Gyles remembered the first Corporation bus terminus in Norwood Road and Whitehall Road surrounded by fields.
- Dancing Duo, Rosemary Brooks of Mickleton Drive and Amy Mee of Landscape Drive both aged 9, love dancing. They are rehearsing for a city production of ‘The King and I’.
- Silver for Spencefield School. A full programme is planned.
- Park Possibilities. This lists the sport you can play in Evington Park which includes Cricket, Bowls, Tennis, Football, Hockey and Netball. The Echo invites people to go along and see what is missing.
Page 6 and 7
- A large article lists all the Learning and Leisure activities taking place at Judgemeadow Community College and sporting activity at Crown Hills Community College. This is followed by a long list of clubs and societies in Evington.
- Dairy dates.
- Mike Shattock, whose parents live at 17 Thurnview Road, works as a research assistant in the St. Thomas’ Hospital, Lambeth. The article describes the work of this unit and the need for more funding.
Issue 3 October 1981
- Broken glass on the Village Green.
- A new car park for the Village Hall
- A picture taken in Main Street of cottages at the turn of the century.
- Echo Economics. Readers are amazed that the Evington Echo is run entirely by volunteers.
- More about the East Leicester Plan. This is still in the drawing stage.
- Crossing Concern. At the Goodwood Road, Ethel Road, Whitehall Road crossroad.
- Speedy Sign Action. Illuminated signs have been erected and warning SLOW markings painted on the road surface by the City Engineers’ Department for the St. Denys bend near the Church..
- Readers are invited to an ideas meeting.
- A bee keeper, Derek Glover praises the Lime trees in Linden Drive
- Evington Adviser. Edna M. Smith is one of four advisers living in Evington who works for the Citizen’s Advice Bureau. She lists the work and invites readers to call at the Bishop Street office.
- Maurice Litchfield of Kilverstone Avenue traces back his family tree and finds he has a hereditary right to be a Freeman of Leicester City. He takes up this title.
- Loros Evington Event. To fundraise for an In-Patient Unit on the Groby Road site.
- Betty’s Yorkshire Tart. A recipe
- Lisa Hall, aged 9, from Ash Field School swims 2 lengths of the hydrotherapy pool to buy a Guide Dog for the Blind.
- Meet the WYFFCOS. Wycliffe Church decided there was a need for a club for the 9-12 years in Evington. Diane Shorthose designed a shield to show boys and girls having fun and games.
- Spencefield School celebrations.. A production of the Wizard of Oz.
- Boys Club Activities. There is a full programme with Judo on Tuesdays, a Club Night on Wednesdays. Table Tennis on Thursday. A Club Night on Fridays and Rock n Roll on Saturdays.
- Judgemeadow Juniors have a new Youth Club for 9 to 11 years. Games, sports and tuckshop facilities.
- Meet Mr. Legoman. He is coming to St. Philips Family Fair.
- Home Improvements. An article with accompanying advertisements.
- Letters are about the lorries and juggernauts passing along Main Street.
- Is Mrs. Sarah Elizabeth Smart of Stoughton Drive the oldest resident at 100?
- Richard Peirce writes a letter asking if anyone would join him in a game of cards.
- City of Leicester School’s Fashion Show completes the payment for the school’s new mini-bus.
- Echo Dairy entries
- Evington Park is used by Evington Boys Club Football and Leicester Ladies Hockey. Details are given of the teams and when they play.
- Organic Gardening – Use of those leaves by John Hunt.
- Festivals and Feast. Denys’ Church’s Harvest Festival. Wycliffe Church harvest festival. What about a Village Feast to raise funds for local amenities?
- One Mile Lane is the exact length of Spencefield Lane. E.E. Snow describes it as a narrow country lane 33 years ago.
- Post-Haste. Ernest Wynne was the village postman and cycled down Cut-Throat Lane. (Now Coleman Road.) He also took letters to Evington Hall where there were fierce dogs. He travelled the length of Stoughton Lane. Shady Lane was little more than a cart track. Ernest attends the Evergreens Club.
- Verdant Fields describes coming to Evington 200 years ago.
- Living with Arthritis. An article about arthritis and the Humberstone Branch of the Arthritis and Rheumatism Council for Research.
- Evington Organisations There is no space this month to print the full list.
- Pebble Mill Visit. 25 young wives travelled to Pebble Mill at One to see a live broadcast.
- Perfect Patchwork. Mostly the work of the late Mrs D E Marston of Bodnant Avenue.
- From China to Cheese. Life in Hong Kong at talk to Evington Hill W.I.
- Whitehall Townswomen’s Guild. A talk of Life in Prison from Mr John Richardson, Governor of Leicester Prison. A Fashion Show raising money for the Sounds out of Silence Appeal.
- Evington Ladies Bowling Club celebrate their Jubilee Year.
- The Lord and Lady Mayoress, Mrs. Gibb and Mrs Fincham visit Pilgrim Homes on Groot Road.
- Leicester Rotary Club hand £3,000 to LASBAN the Leicester Association for Spina Bifide and Hydrocephalus and another £3,000 to Menphys.
- Judgemeadow Community College orchestra at a reception at the Holiday Inn.
- Six Indian public school headmasters visited Judgemeadow as part of their tour of Britain.
Issue 4 December 1981
- A message about Christmas from Christopher Finch, the vicar of St. Denys Church.
- The Polish custom at Christmas is to place an empty chair at the Christmas table for an unexpected guest.
- A Christmas poem
- Rudolph the reindeer from Leicester Fire Service is travelling along Broad Avenue and St. Saviour’s Road and will raise money for charity.
- Find Mr. Echo in an ad and win a £3 prize
- Glad Tiding and Sad Tidings: The Echo is able to print an extra page thanks to the generosity of advertisers, but the Echo needs more volunteers to report, distribute and paste up.
- Peter Liddle, archaeologist, has called Piggy’s Hollow ‘like a jungle’.
- The Parks Department has cleared most of the broken glass on the Village Green.
- The City Engineer replies to the Echo about heavy traffic on Main Street.
- Dial newsdesk at the Echo. Volunteer to be a newshound.
- Evington Organisations: A full list in this issue.
- A picture of a rural view of Evington with a cottage instead of Evington Library.
- Make a simple Christmas decoration
- Golfing Society evening
- Mark Jarvis has applied to have a betting shop in Evington. Most residents said, ‘No thanks’.
- A golfing society evening held by Mrs Pat Brooks in her home in Mickleton Drive for Leicestershire County Ladies Under 35s Golfing Society.
- A feature article about Keith Landis, Jazz Musician, who lives, sleeps and breathes jazz and yearns to visit New Orleans for the May 1982 World Exposition.
- Una Marshall did visit New Orleans and the Lindon B Johnson Space Centre, NASA. They met up with Olive and Eric Rowan from Welland Vale Road. What a small world!
- Neptune Swimming Club Fair raises funds for transport. The club meet every Friday at Downing Drive Swimming Pool and every Saturday at St. Margaret’s Baths.
- Tipsy the dog is the mascot for Spencefield School’s football teams. His young owner Peter Brooks ls from Mickleton Drive.
- Santa will tour Evington
- Legoman, David Carr visited St. Philip’s Family Fair.
- Over 60 pupils from Spencefield School took part in the production of the musical ‘The Wizard of Oz’
- Denys Junior Youth Club wash cars, raising money for Charnwood Home for handicapped children and Club funds.
- Two Evington scouts did a 28-mile bike ride as part of their advanced scout standard.
- A Christmas Competition – spot the difference.
- Christmas Customs. Giving gifts at Christmas
- Medway Street School celebrates its 100 Anniversary with an exhibition and Open Days. Ex-pupils living in Evington are asked to get in touch.
- Caring for Christmas Plants by Ralph Gill.
- Judgemeadow Development. Echo reporters find out that the new playing fields are being laid out at Judgemeadow Community College.
- News of St. Denys Curates. Ralph Wheaton is now Vicar of Blyth, Nottinghamshire. A former curate Rev. Jeremy Oakes announces the birth of their baby daughter.
Pages 8 ad 9
- Christmas Stocking. A double page with adverts and text about shopping locally for these presents.
- Alice Boulter – a record. She is 101 and living at Pilgrim Homes. She remembers going in a horse and rap around the villages of Thurnby, Stoughton and Evington. Her recipe for a long life is good food, fresh air and plenty of exercise.
- Winning Through. Aalia Mumtaz is disabled, a pupil at Judgemeadow Community College and writing to the Echo about her trip to the cinema to view an Elvis Prestley film.
- Any Home Solo Players. Richard Pierce makes a request.
- Stoughton Grange then and now. A history article by A. W. Easton (see evingtonecho/Stoughton-grange-near-evington)
- Mrs Sarah Yates is featured in an article by Elaine Hunt which features memories of village life around the turn of the 20th Century and World War 1.
- Gerry Unsworth demonstrates her pottery skills at Judgemeadow Craft Fair
- Christmas Eve poem
- Poppy Day Appeal organised by Evington Branch of the Royal British Legion raising £4,038.
- Crown Hills Arts Society Exhibition. An annual exhibition of paintings.
- Wycliffe Ordination. The Rev. Wilfred C. Jones was ordained into the ministry at Wycliffe United Reformed Church.
- Tiny Tots meet in St. Denys Church on the third Wednesday of the month
- Recipe for Pineapple Cream
- City Engineers put in lights for the sign at the junction of Church Road and Spencefield Lane after Evington Echo report.
- A Miscellany Column will go in the next edition for items for Sale or Wanted.
- Echo diary with a full entry
- Distant Dreams. A travel class at Judgemeadow Community College.
- Save It. Low cost insulation and energy advice. Co-op set up to give advice.
- Spencefield Parents Association require adults for their ‘Jumbo Jubilee Music Hall’.
- Bowling Along. Request for more players.
- Girl Guide Open evening. Invitation to parents and friends.
- Silver Jubilee 1st Evington Girl Guides
- Sounds out of Silence Success. £600 raised by Whitehall Townwomen’s Guild for an appliance for a deaf child.
- Spencefield Operatic Society to perform ‘The Grand Duchess’. Request for
- 21st birthday celebrations for Wycliffe Evergreens Club.
- Evington Bowling Club annual dinner.
- Councillor Reg Williamson has recovered from major surgery.
- New Curate for St. Denys – Rev. Philip Street from Bedfordshire.
- Coffee morning held by Mary Tassell raises £200 for the Arthritis and Rheumatism Council.
- Supper Dance at Ash Field School raising £600 for Loros.
- Mrs Irene Pollard receives a CBE and Colonel Norman Nicol an OBE from the Queen.
Issue 5 January 1982
- Community Spirit thrives in Arctic Evington. During a cold spell neighbours helped the elderly with shopping. The Royal Infirmary Fracture Clinic was busy. Mrs T.A.G. Jackson fractured her wrist.
- She found him. Over 80 readers spotted little Mr. Echo in the Astral Carpets advertisement. A picture shows Jill Norburn receiving a prize from Mrs Lorna Maloney from Astral Carpets.
- Good neighbours column in the Echo will be launched.
- Mrs B Shepherd of The Common won a £5 Premium Bond for her entry in the Echo’s Spot the Difference Competition. Angela Plowman, co-editor, presented the prize,
- 1982 Resolutions Send your views, news and letters to the Evington Echo.
- Betting Shop latest. The Planning Dept have received formal protests and a petition.
- Penlee Lifeboat Appeal. Information given about how to donate.
- Husband Hunting? Monica Burbett wrote an article about the history of finding a lover or partner from Roman times and other traditions.
- Leafy Lovers Lane. This is Shady Lane. A picture shows how it used to be before the First World War. The article is about the amount of traffic on this road. Will the new car park bring further problems?
- Letters were about a great response about Medway School Centenary article. Thanks for cards and good wishes from Reg Williamson (Councillor). A thank you for having a good community newspaper from Eric Dudley-Smith, Vice Principal, Crown Hills Community College.
- Intrepid Aviator. Wadsworth, took his first flying lesson aged 75.
- Evington Gymkhana. Three teenage friends, Judi Neal of Mickleton Drive, Pat McCormick and Kim Howkins of Cordery Road organised this at the rear of the Cedars. Kim and Judi have moved away are married and Kim has two children of her own. They still love riding.
- Pans Presentation. Guides and Brownies of Evington raised £100 to buy some steel drums for High Leas E.S.N. School, Keyham Lane. Mrs J Hammond organised the project.
- Jobs for the Boys. Richard Clark, Community Service Officer and his team of workers painted the interior of Evington Boys Club. Richard is looking to tackle more jobs that help the elderly and says volunteers would be welcome.
Pages 6 and 7
- Two pages focussed on holiday thoughts to warm a winter’s day. Accompanying adverts are from: Tardis Travel on Francis Street, Tomorrows World Travel on Queen’s Road North Travel on Evington Road, Abbeygate Travel on Uppingham Road, Page and Moy on London Road, and Pottertons of Leicester selling suitcases on Coleman Road. JJ International advertisement offered a Telex Service.
- Arch and Rene Smith of Marydene Drive have helped the Animal Aid Association for over 30 years. They help find new homes for dogs, answer urgent calls, take the dogs for walks at weekends and fundraise. Written by Elaine Hunt.
- Sportscene -Evington Martial Arts. Nigel Backhurst and Simon Ford-Powell are running a new Aikido class in Evington at Spencefield School.
- John Hunt says Time to Look at Your Compost. John gives some guidance. He is a member of the Soil Association.
- Bird Notes: by Barrie Spence. Barrie explains the common and more unusual birds that can be seen in Winter around Evington.
- Fun and Games at Spencefield. Pete describes a keep fit group for older men taking place on Thursdays. Some men go off afterwards to convalescence but the majority return.
- Echo diary dates have 20 items. There’s a Echo meeting for all at Judgemeadow Community College.
- News from W.I,, St Denys Young Wives, Guides Union and Whitehall Townwomen’s Guild.
- Cookery Nook. Anne Blandamer writes a recipe for Aunt Daisy’s Stomach-lining Puds.
- Arbor House. This is managed by Leicestershire Social Services Dept. for 52 residents. Some events welcome visitors.
- Fantastic Fundraising. City of Leicester School Parents’ Association raised £1,600. for the school said Chairman Mr. Mike Churchill.
- News from our ‘Locals’. At The Lively Lady, Keith and Cindy Lunness are going ahead with changing their Function Room into a Restaurant. At the Cedars there was a Christmas Party for Senior citizens. Organised by Ernie O’Connor and the Round Table.
- What a Super HAT! An old photograph of Alice West who later married Charles Calverley and worked as Head Cook at the Cedars.
Issue 6 February 1982
- Old Evington WI Golden Jubilee with special guests. Everyone is wearing tiaras in the photograph.
- Tree Trial in Evington Road
- Request for distributors
- Evington Echo in final 3 for media award
- Talking newspapers for the Blind made a Coper Day Centre, Gedding Road
- Neighbourly nominations organised by the Echo team
- Cookery Nook a verse to remember the recipe
- Sangeet Kaur Nijjar comes 2nd in a singing competition organised by Radio Leicester.
She wants to be a playback artist.
- An energy saving quiz.
- Hospital History about Leicester General Hospital
- Letters about the British Red Cross appeal for hospitals in Poland
- A painting of Shady Lane.
- More about the Powys-Keck family at Stoughton Grange (evingtonecho.uk/stoughton-grange-near-evington)
- International Voluntary Service exhibition in Regent Road
- A proposed play scheme at Judgemeadow Community College
- Water safety course at Evington Pools
- Pupils win a new BBC Microcomputer for Judgemeadow Community College to add to the existing 380Z microcomputer
- City of Leicester ‘Operation Bess’. A scheme to brighten Evington in the Spring with bulb planting in public areas.
- Julie and Tony Lee are the bridle couple.
- Suggestions for brides with accompanying adverts.
- Digging up the past. An article by Peter Liddle about Bronze Age, Roman and Saxon Britain. (evingtonecho.uk/digging-up-the-past-in-evington)
- Profile of Jean Farquhar who is planning local history projects
- Growing herbs for culinary use by Priscilla Shears
- Ikebana International talk at Evington Village Hall
- Evington diary has 25 entries
- About Mothering Sunday
- Evington organisations are WI, Wycliffe Evergreens, St. Denys Young Wives, Arbor House, Guides and Silver Celebrations
- Answers to quiz
- Metal detecting at Thurnby Lodge
- Plans for classes at Judgemeadow Community College
- A real tiger visits Castles Garage
- Private tuition at Evington Pool
- Bishop of the Arctic visits St. Philip’s Church
- Grandby Festival at Judgemeadow Community College has 100 stalls
- Miscellany advertises 25p payment for 50 words.
- of Breedon, Bardon Beacon and Burrough to raise money for their mini-bus fund.
- City of Leicester students play Lutterworth Upper School in the Arrow Business Game.