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Subject: Village life in the 21st centuryPosted by: Charlotte Cook nee ShippamDate: 18/06/10
I recently read an article on village life in the 21st century and what it takes to become a true villager!
There is nothing quite like the preservation of a village and its ancestral line. Being a 3rd generation from Rearsby, although I’ve only been home eleven years; could you say I’m a true villager? I find it quite illogical that across Britain a village is rated by its ancestral belonging above the people who live there. What difference should it make if your ancestors came before you. Now I’m not saying Rearsby follows this trend but there is an underlying current in every village. When it should really care about preserving some of those unique qualities individual to a village. Like many born in Rearsby I have seen diverse change, some good some not so good!  I live where once stood the thatched Beehive cottages. Rearsby had many a thatched home like the Beehives, but not one survived the 21st century.

The estate agents make a big issue of Rearsby being in a conservation area, we are reminded that the areas of Mill Road, Brook Street and Brookside are the oldest parts of Rearsby where development should not be allowed how ever sympathetic. But take a look at Brookhouse Close. We don’t regard the area as destroyed because once it was an orchard and the garden of Brookhouse. It was regenerated. We don’t any more think of Orton Close as the Rearsby house garden. Development isn’t always a bad thing if it helps a village thrive and bring diversity. But fundamentally do we really look after the special characteristics in this conservation area? Mill road for example has become one huge car park and the grass verges, which are supposed to be characteristic of the village, have become parking spaces where the grass has resolved to mud in some parts. The farm tractors have to try and manoeuvre round this traffic, consequently mounting the grass verges and pavement as it becomes almost impossible for them to get through. I know we live in the 21st century and things can’t remain as they were, unfortunately. Idyllic life is looking through rose tinted glasses. We all drive and if a car is taxed then it can be left on the road whether you have a garage or a drive. Rearsby is moving into the 21st century whether we like it or not. That’s progress for you and it is not all sweetness and light.
On a lighter note I think it is wonderful to see the old ‘Rose & Crown’ once again in view. You can almost imagine the coach and horses driving in. (Oh no, I’m putting on those rose tinted glasses) The only sad loss to the front of the old ‘Rose & Crown’ is that other lost characteristic of Rearsby. Its pump!  Which stood, although dilapidated, in the front garden until recently. Rearsby is dotted with wells and pumps, although many are now capped. But look at an early map of Rearsby and nearly every garden had one, whether shared or like the ‘Rose & Crown’ a feature of Rearsby. These historical features of this conservation area of Rearsby should be preserved. Those remaining grass verges, pumps, pubs and those few wonderfully maintained old properties and of course the central feature. ‘Packe Horse Bridge’.



Subject: Unfriendly village?Posted by: Anon the secondDate: 6/11/09
I read with interest the articles posted by "anon", citing unfriendly interaction, on a socio level. Surely this is a subjective view, as villages tend to be subjective places to live. Perhaps the writer is objective, and, doesn't, or isn't a friend of subjectivity. I myself used to "reside" in Rearsby, and know it's difficult when others don't share political views/opinions etc. The very "landowner" nature of villages doesn't accommodate, or make this any easier either. I think, myself, that everyone's concerned with surviving in this "economic world", and ,of course ,surely this is the root cause of all of this social indifference...!Need we criticise the government (or opposition) any more....for that...! Still like the convent ,by the way...!


Subject: Posted by: Curious GussDate: 6/03/09
Why was Rearsby never included in the Melton Borough area when it came to be in 1974? The village has more of a tie to Melton than anywhere else as far as I am aware i.e. The village telephone code, children going to Longfield/King Edward etc


Subject: Buildings opposite the Wheel Posted by: Melton Road residentDate: 12/12/07

I am really pleased to see that there are now plans for the buildings opposite the wheel. To bring them back into use is just what is needed.

Subject: Buildings opposite the Wheel Posted by: Michael WilsonDate: 25/11/07

I am really pleased to see that there are now plans to renovate the buidlings opposite the wheel. Once complete it should make the centre of the village much more attractive.

Subject: Becoming Friendly Posted by: AnonDate: 18/10/07

Mr Voce, my comments were not unfair, I spoke the truth. I've also put forward what it takes to make Rearsby a friendlier village; it doesn't take much. And good for you that you and your family are friendly.

Subject: Unfriendly Rearsby Posted by: Andrew VoceDate: 18/10/07

Dear Anon!!!! I am in no way making this a personal vendetta towards you. I just felt that your comments about "unfriendly" Rearsby were unfair and I was just trying to help you by suggesting you get involved with village life. I know that I can sleep easily at night in the knowledge that myself, and my family who still live in the village, always speak, smile and acknowledge others. I'm sorry you feel the way you do and obviously everyone is entitled to their own opinion. I rest my case!!!

Subject: Becoming Friendly Posted by: AnonDate: 18/10/07

All it takes for such a pretty village as Rearsby is a friendly smile, a greeting, an acknowledgement. Not everyone wants to be actively involved in organisations but I'm sure those same people would be more willing to support events, fayres etc. if they felt welcomed.

Subject: Unfriendly Rearsby Posted by: AnonDate: 03/10/07

Mr Voce, you miss the point. Though, you do substantiate part of my original comment: 'these elite few who feel that their faces don't fit should maybe attend more of the village activities/organisations and become known and get involved in "village life" '. Unless people are part of an organisation or take an active part in village life, they are ignored. But obviously you support that kind of unfriendly, negative attitude. I will add, contrary to your assumption, my family and I have attended/supported numerous village activities over the years. Now stop this personal vendetta against me, and just accept the fact that Rearsby is unfriendly.

Subject: Anon Posted by: Andrew VoceDate: 03/10/07

I am sorry to hear that the anon person feels that they are not the only person who feels that Rearsby is an unfriendly place to live. I lived in Rearsby for 25 years and was part of many organisations run by local residents and I have never experienced anything other than kindness, friendliness and support. Even though i know longer live in the village my family is still made very welcome when we pay a visit or support village functions. May I suggest that these elite few who feel that their faces don't fit should maybe attend more of the village activities/organisations and become known and get involved in "village life"

Subject: Unfriendly Rearsby Posted by: Paul RossDate: 25/09/07

Why does it matter who the person is as Mr Voce asks, if someone wants to remain anonymous then that is their perogative. Hounding people to say who they are only avoids free debate, and may leave the people feeling they can't say things freely for fear of being singled out personally. Obviously these people feel they are not being accepted to the village, and further demonising them isn't going to help them. Let's look at the issues they raise and instead of turning your gaze when approaching, say good morning. Don't form groups at school and leave people on their own, look beyond and be more friendly. A village can be a lovely place to live, but it can also be a lonely one full of back stabbers and people who won't accept outsiders into a village. Let's hope people see us as the former and work harder to keep it that way so people do not feel so let down that they have to raise the comment in the first place.

Subject: Unfriendly Rearsby Posted by: AnonDate: 24/09/07

Mr. Voce, it's not just about me, so who I am is irrelevant. Other residents have also encountered unfriendly people in Rearsby which appears to be the norm rather than the exception

Subject: Unfriendly Rearsby Posted by: Andrew VoceDate: 21/09/07

I would like to reply to the anon person who doesn't feel that Rearsby is a friendly village and who thought that R. Meade's question was rather patronising. Why remain anonymous? This to me seems like you are quite unapproachable. Why not make your feelings known in person rather than hiding behind an email and then maybe you would prick certain peoples consciouses into talking, even smiling to you.

Subject: Unfriendly Rearsby Posted by: AnonDate: 14/09/07

'Has this person considered how they interact with others?' Rather patronising question. I'll answer it though: I'd look at the person, smile, say hello only to discover that they'd looked the other way or pretended not to see me. Normal enough interaction for you? Perhaps Ms Meade you can advise me on how best to greet people you expect to say hello to you?

Subject: The village signPosted by: Paul RossDate: 10/09/07

I've just read with interest the various letters about the village sign in Rearsby Scene, in particular the one from Ralph Clingan. Although I agree with most of what he says I have the following PERSONAL opinions on the matter.

Yes the Parish Council have much more important things to be getting on with and it is truly a shame that this issue has caused such disruption within the council. However whereas it is certainly accepted that sometimes the council has to make decisions not always popular with everyone for the good of the village, come on, does anyone actually feel that the village sign was a topic that should have come to this. I wouldn't want it outside my door, whatever the true facts. The council knowing that they had objections (no matter in what minority) and this is such a minor subject (or should be by council standards) I don't believe they should have forced it through. Is it worth upsetting some of your parishioners for a sign that frankly makes not a jot of difference to the village. And here is the killer point. Only by forcing it through against a small number of objections did the sign actually become a big issue and has now resulted in the larger issues not being handled. So i put it to everyone involved, whatever the facts, the fault lies solely with the council for pushing this through and not actually working with the best interests of the village as a whole (not just a majority).

They badly misjudged the importance of the sign to the village and the people affected by it. In my opinion when the feedback from the residents meeting was that the location was not agreeable, the council should have either sought to find a place where no one complained or had the guts to wrap it up and drop the subject altogether. Even going to a vote and finding the council themselves was split should have pointed to the sign being dropped. I believe the Chairman's vote then should not have even been required as it should never have got that far. The fact it went on the side of the sign is a lesson in life to all, choose your battles carefully, and only fight the ones worth fighting.

Subject: Unfriendly Rearsby Posted by: Rita MeadeDate: 05/09/07

I am writing in reply to the anonymous person who finds Rearsby such an unfriendly village. As a resident of Rearsby I am upset by these comments. I belong to many organisations which make up village life - church, village hall and school etc.and personally I have never encountered these problems. ALL of these organisations will welcome any new input or active involvement. Having waited at the school gates myself it can be daunting, children form their own circle of friends and this leads to parents appearing to form their own cliques but this is not always so. Has this person considered how they interact with others?

A smile is such a lovely thing
It brightens up your face
You smile at them
They smile at you
And then one smile makes two.

Please give Rearsby another chance.

Subject: Unfriendly Rearsby Posted by: Date: 11/07/07

After many years feeling like it was something I did, I have to agree with the previous post. I don't know what it is about this village, but on the surface it is friendly until you spend all your time here and then you find your face doesn't fit.

Subject: Unfriendly Rearsby Posted by: AnonDate: 7/07/07

I've lived in Rearsby some years now and learned early on that many of the people in this village are just not friendly AT ALL. This village does not have a true community feel. I have found this village to be cliquey; it seems unless you are part of the church or parents' committee or some other Rearsby village organisation, you are ignored. Perhaps it's a Leicestershire thing, I dont know but a basic principle of social interaction is thus: when people meet anew and have a conversation it is usual the next time you see these people to greet them, NOT SO in Rearsby. The next time you see said people you get ignored and made to feel ostracised. Why do people in Rearsby do this? Why is it so difficult to say 'Hello' and pass the time of day? You don't have to become great friends. All it takes is a bit of civility- a hello, a smile, a mere simple greeting. The worst place for being ignored if you are not part of a clique is outside the school gates while parents are waiting for their children. Thank goodness I don't have to go there anymore but I pity the parents who for some reason don't fit in, and worse still are spoken to and then subsequently totally blanked. You know who you are that do this - there are many of you in Rearsby. What a pity the cliques dominate the atmosphere in Rearsby. And if those who organise activities to raise funds are wondering about why such a poor turn out, well the unfriendly nature of Rearsby village may have a lot to do with it.

Subject: Village Sign petitionPosted by: Louise Lambert Date: 19/06/07

It seems to me that most people supporting this 'cause' are completely ignorant of the facts. For one thing, the sign is not 5ft. For another, the intention is not to put it in the middle of the village green, but on the edge, next to the pavement, 45 feet away from the cottages. Also, the petition wrongly states that the chairman of the council used his power of veto to push through the decision about the siting of the sign. He did not. He used a casting vote, a democratic procedure commonly used by parish councils.
It's very easy to jump on a band wagon and accuse the council of being undemocratic, insensitive to others etc if you are ill informed. It takes a little more effort to follow and keep up to date with the hard work (for no pay) carried out by a few very dedicated people who have the best interests of the village at heart.
For the real facts surrounding the commissioning and siting of the sign (which was first discussed three years ago) I would say to those who have signed the petition without any thought, why not try reading the minutes of past parish council meetings.

Subject: The Wheel Posted by: Jane & George FriendshipDate: 9/03/07

I had the pleasure to attend Michael and Mark's opening on the Thursday evening. Thank you both for you generous hospitality and for the friendly reception you gave my family and friends. We offer you a long stay among us and we wish you much success in your venture.

Subject: The Wheel Posted by: Wacker & George CooperDate: 7/03/07

How pleasant to see my favourite pub crowded for its re-opening following the refurbishment, every success and good luck is wished to Michael and Mark, may you enjoy your future in Rearsby, and thanks for the great welcome.

Subject: The Wheel InnPosted by: RuthDate: 1/03/07

I am writing a press release on behalf of the Pub People company, and we'd love to have a quote about the re-opening of the Wheel Inn next week. If you have any thoughts on it, or more information on the Save the Wheel campaign you had last year, please drop me a line asap. Thank you ruthgross@geminiprmarketing.com

Subject: Buildings opposite the WheelPosted by: ?Date: 30/01/07

Well it has been nearly two years since the roof repairs and the subsequent response by John Palmer in June 2005 and his implication that now the roof had been repaired that the building would be renovated. I understand from the January Rearsby Scene that negotiations with Pochins about using the land for affordable housing has broken down. Therefore might I suggest that the property be considered as a classic example of the type of property that the current Government had in mind when they passed their new legislation for Empty Dwelling Managment Orders. If the owners won't use it and it remains a blight on village, then perhaps the council should apply for posession and renovate it under the new legislation to offer housing for those who need it.

Subject: Hedge clippings Posted by: Heritage Harry Date: 9/10/06

Harry has seen this now. What a mess. I agree! Sadly, unless you speak personally to the person who you cite, nothing will be done, as the person in question may not use e mail and so this letter is wasted, as is your effort. Come on, Harry says "Play fair! Is this the way of addressing this matter, or does it spread rancour and encourage discord? I suggest do it yourself and have a word with the person yourself, maybe speak to the person you are addressing or raise it for action with the Parish Clerk if you lack steel.Fly tipping is of course illegal! "Courage mon (ma?) brave" as the French would say.

Subject: MessPosted by: AnonDate: 18/09/06

I see that a local councillor has abandoned hedge clippings on the parish council land adjacent to Cotton Mews for nearly a month now. Is it just going to stay there making the area look like a dumping ground?

Subject: The WheelPosted by: GraemeDate: 11/03/06

I am disappointed to have to report about the current plans by Punch to allow The Wheel Inn to be turned into an Indian Restaurant. As the administrator of the Save the Wheel web site, then I urge those who care, to look at the latest information regarding this at www.savethewheel.co.uk and here on the village site to gauge the views of the local community, and perhaps people might stand up and be really counted, otherwise we can have no complaint about what they do with it, if through sheer indifference the issue is ignored.

Subject: Buildings opposite the WheelPosted by: Heritage Harry Date: 22/11/05

Hello! Harry here again. Message for John Palmer. Please see your posting in June and my previous posting in March. Please what is going on now; it seems not much in the last 9 months. Apart for the roof repair in March, the house is still a partial ruin and must be deteriorating. This building is within the village Conservation Area, so why the apparent lack of conservation? Am wondering if we parishioners could not investigate having the house protected by some heritage organisation? I am hoping not to have "mind your own business" levied at me. It is those who pass by who see an interest in the poor state of affairs. What would be lovely, is for restoration to be effected or some idea given when it is likely. I care for buildings and our heritage as you do I suspect; houses are for being lived in, are they not?

Subject: The WheelPosted by: Melton Road ResidentDate: 28/11/05

Delighted to hear that someone is taking on The Wheel this week. Please give your full support unless you want to lose this listed building which has been such a popular meeting place for so many years.

Subject: Buildings opposite the WheelPosted by: Melton Road ResidentDate: 27/11/05

Perhaps John Palmer would like to comment further following his post in June taking exception to HH's observation about the state of the buildings. It would certainly seem that since March nothing else has been done. Is there a plan or a timescale to renovate the buildings to make them inhabitable again and not be such an eyesore on the village, as is the wheel opposite.

Subject: Mistaken IdentityPosted by: Heritage Harry Date: 31/10/05

How gentle is Henry the village hinny. However, please don't think he and I are one persona, even if sometimes we act like it.

Subject: Buildings opposite the WheelPosted by: Heritage Harry Date: 23/06/05

If I have offended you, of course I apologise. That was not my intention. The posting of 12th February is a personal observation; nothing more. As a villager, it did seem that the property was being neglected and was deteriorating. I hoped for reaction and action, obviously I have got them both. Very happy to hear my worries are unfounded, very pleased to note the new roof, and hope to be really chuffed in due course, as your plans develop. (Now, opposite at the Wheel it is another matter but happily this is being progressed by the brewery.)

Subject: Bypass & commentsPosted by: Rob Boswijk Date: 23/06/05

Dear All.

How interesting to read the comments following the posting of my recent letter regarding the opeing of the bypass and other issues and to note the different opionions. It pleases me that we can have the debate and attract so many varied thoughts and idea's. However, one thing is unforgiveable and that is the matter of personal insults dished out by annonymous individuals. It is not only irritating but very childish. Its is also a real shame the writer does not feel confident to admit to the world who they are when advertising their feelings. Shame on you Melton Road Resident.

To those who have been adult enough to admit who they are, how refreshing to have sensible debate about acceptance and tolerance alround. However george, I am not sure whether there is a legal requirement to be on the electoral role to qualify as a resident?

To others I say that not having to wait 5 minutes to exit my work has indeed been a benefit of the bypass but it is still a scary experience to leave the premises when the boy racers are flying past at speeds in excess of the speed limit. Can I ask if there are any plans for some traffic calming between Rearby Lodge Farm and the Speed Camera's ? It would certainly help - there is a serious accident waiting to happen ! And yes, I have observed also that the road is much quieter - I am wodering whether it is worth opening for business at all now !

Question: I was in discussion recently with a friend about which might be the oldest surviving residence in the village. We could not decide - any suggestions ?

At this point, all I would ask is that readers of this forum should read once again my original letter and note that it is only positive about the role of the village in National and International life only let down by certain individuals. This is not a forum for personal insults but a place for lively and respectable debate. It also serves as a place for people with a genuine interest in the life of the village from world wide locations to follow the gossip and rantings of locals. Perhaps the internet and this location will replace the garden fence ?

For now, Regards, Rob Boswijk

Subject: Heritage HarryPosted by: John Palmer Date: 17/06/05

I act as the land agent looking after the property 1819 Melton Rd amongst others.I saw the aboves remarks about the property in February where he stated that "it seems .... that the owner is hoping to let them fall down so the area can be redeveloped". He might have surmised that to reroof a house on the road prior to the opening of the bypass was impossible and to put up scaffolding with traffic lights at such a time would not have been allowable by County Highways.

Shortly after the bypass opened we were given consent for traffic lights and reroofed the house as the first stage to renovating it to re-let.Indeed HH observed this in March. What has surprised me is that he did not then apologise for his previous statement which was totally unfounded and if I might say so was made without having even bothered to consider as to why the roof might have been left in this state.

The house had previously been lived in by Graham Sharpe who died in the house leaving it in need of renovation.There was no point doing this until it had been re-roofed. HH seems to go around the village commenting freely on subjects that he knows nothing about.

Subject: Poor ImagePosted by: Eyesaresore2Date: 06/06/05

I have to agree with the message posted about the poor image of the village. Brookside is such a beautiful area of the village and that green between the post office and the school looks awful. I walked past yesterday and also noticed black bags and a cardboard box full of rubbish in the grassed area. One of the owners is on the Parish Council. Shouldn't they be leading by example?

Subject: BypassPosted by: Melton Road ResidentDate: 30/05/05

I have just seen the comments from Rob Boswijk regarding the hijacking of the Rearsby by-pass opening at which I was present. Of course, the hunting fraternity intended to disrupt the official opening of this much needed by-pass. I have lived in this area for the past 38 years and you, Mr Rob Boswijk need to get out of your nursery and live on Melton Road, not cocooned in your rose garden. The traffic for the past few years has been terrible, perhaps you can sleep above lorries passing every second, some of us cannot, and you as a Methodist preacher should be more considerate of others. I am shocked to say the least not just that you organised the protest on the day of the opening, but at your total selfishness. Yes, I remember you father at Willik's but he is a true Christian as is your mother!

Subject: Cleaning the brookPosted by: Heritage HarryDate: 22/05/05

And further thanks for the second session on 21 May.

Subject: Cleaning the brookPosted by: Heritage HarryDate: 01/05/05

Thank you to the small band of volunteers responsible for the clear-up of the Brook, all acting in the common good. It has been much appreciated by us all.

Subject: Country waysPosted by: The GatekeeperDate: 26/04/05

The chap from Rearsby roses asks 'What has the Government done for Rearsby - nothing'- and yet has wittered on about the past (failed) campaigns for a by-pass - where does he think the money for the by-pass came from! Like all local government expenditure, the vast majority comes from central government. Rearsby was clearly not a priority for previous administrations......oh, and by the way, which party deregulated the buses, leading to devastating effect on rural life? Personally, I have no political bias - though ignorant blustering does irritate me.

Subject: Bridle paths in RearsbyPosted by: FleurDate: 19/04/05

Hello there, I am lucky enough to be able to keep my horses in Rearsby, but am finding it increasingly difficult to find out where any of the local bridle paths are. Could anyone help me? I've been advised that the bridle paths map for this area is currently being updated, but perhaps locals know of areas where horses are welcome i.e Farmers fields etc... Cheers Fleur, (Dermot & Lola)

Note from webmaster: Thanks to George Friendship for sending this reply to the website mailbox:

This address might help you to find local bridle-paths: http://www.leics.gov.uk/index/community/community_services/environment_and_heritage/paths/maps_of_paths.htm

Subject: The WheelPosted by: SavetheWheelDate: 10/04/05

Many people have expressed concern to me about the current condition of The Wheel Inn, externally, internally and the current operation including the effects on the village, such as the increase in incidents and police attendances during the last 12 months.

The fact that there probably are as many if not more people out there who are just keeping quiet has prompted me to set up www.savethewheel.co.uk for feedback on anything to do with The Wheel. These will be forwarded on to the current brewery as a package for their consideration whilst they plan for the future of the building and the business. Please feel free to visit the site and send me your feedback.

Subject: Poor imagePosted by: EyesaresoreDate: 10/04/05

I noted that a few months back people were complaining about the bad image that the new wheelie bins gave to the village when left out along brookside. but this is nothing to the eyesore that now inhabits the 'green' between the Post Office and the school the area once know as cottons hedge. Not only is the hedge in a bad state on repair and overflowing on to the public path but the enclosed grass behind has been strewn with hundreds of childres plastic toys for the last 9 (plus) months, none of which ever move. Many people have commented on this but no one wants to offend the 'new' owners, so when will the council do some thing about this and make the onwers tidy up the rubbish and take care of the hedge.

Subject: The Buildings opposite the Wheel (and those at the Wheel) Posted by: Heritage HarryDate: 26/03/05

Today (Thursday 22rd March) a lorry unloaded a large quantity of scaffolding and equipment at the buildings opposite the Wheel. Does this point towards the refurbishing of that property? Please that it does!

On with another matter at the Wheel. Punch Taverns (the chain that now own it) have been contacted by one parishioner about the present poor state of repair. The Chain have a mind to do something about it but they have priorities. If you want to write to Punch to make your point, send a letter via the Landlord (Steve).

Subject: Village lifePosted by: George Friendship (once an old resident of St Austell, Cornwall Date: 14/03/05

I am glad to have the opportunity to comment on your recent posting. Since when, is length of residence in a community important? At the last election (May 1999) only two of the candidates were from old families and one was indeed elected. There was no election in 2003 and the Council has had to co-opt a sixth member. Does this reflect on a qualification based of the length of residence or does it show that as a village, we all work in some way for the common good?

What is an old family? Shall we go back to Geoff Trolley to claim antecedents or to Wyn Dewick whose forebear is commemorated on the village War Memorial? Would the Hassall family qualify to have a mention or the Ortons? How far? Time is relative. Surely, service to the community shows more about village life, than do antecedents! Rob, I can’t find your name on the electoral lists. Do you claim too much? You get the Scene, as you say, so living locally you have an interest and the right to be heard. Come along to a Council meeting and be heard. We are not all reactionaries.

The deaths of five people in traffic related accidents is indeed a tragedy and for me particularly as in two of the incidents, pupils of mine died. We are all touched by tragic events. I congratulate you on your prominent public stand and high profile in our campaign. Thank you for your support. Who cares who did what! We built a sense of community by our banding together.

Again, your musing over local businesses is very interesting, especially as I am an historian. The change in social conditions have seen a rural economy replaced by urban, to the benefit of many, but not all. Small village concerns are no longer viable. Rob, I hope that you bought Feroze Ali and Geoff Harris’ expensive petrol, and didn’t go to supermarkets for routine shopping, when there were some here. Things do change and not only for the better. It would be nice to have a supermarket in Rearsby, but after all we only have 1047 inhabitants. Why has the change taken place? People appear not to have supported the older businesses enough and circumstances change. (The most common trade in the early 1900 was that of groom. In 2005 no one is carrying out that occupation!)

Much of your long discussion over field sports is a complete non sequitur. By combining the matters of our village and a national issue, you blur matters. There is generally some local support for hunting but why tell us all about it. Stick to the point and get off your high-horse (sic).

Subject: Our villagePosted by: Rob Boswijk, The Rose Nurseries Date: 12/03/05

I write regarding some of the comments from Brian Frodsham and our Parish Chairman, John Lambert. These names are not familiar to me - did they grow up in the village or are they recent incommers ?

I have to admit that I find it rather insulting, and I hope to many life long villagers, that Mr Frodsham refers to the "crowning glory of over 4 years work by the village people" when you and I both know that the bypass has been a subject of hard work for over 30 years. Indeed, when father was at the Garden Centre, he offered to pay for a mirror to be positioned at the bottom of Gaddesby Lane to allow traffic to be seen. The local Authority would not accept the offer. Sadly, perhaps the death of father's managers son, Mark Clayton, perhaps was one death too many on this dreadful road to make the council sit up and notice. Perhaps we should dedicate this bypass to Mark and the many others who have lost their lives at this junction. I would be in favour of that.

I am at a loss as to the words of our Council Chairman, both in Melton Times and here in our village news letter. How can anyone think that the opening of the bypass was hijacked by members of the hunting community? How arrogant to think that Rearsby would have got any lineage in any paper, let alone television coverage if it had not been for the protesters.

I would appeal to all villagers to think about the fact that we now have our bypass - something we have worked on for many years but the hunting debate continues. The choice of minister to open the bypass was the issue - and a poor choice at that. Why not our local MP?

I find myself in a three corner position here; as a local business which stands to lose due to the bypass, as a villager - one who was born here and has looked forward to the bypass and as a mounted follower of the Quorn Hunt who has naturally been affected by this ridiculous law.

As a local business, I look around and wonder where we shall be in a few year's time....I remember the Mace shop, Toddingtons on Brook Street, John Smith Butchers, and now the Garage has gone too ! What are we going to do - the Garden centre has gone, are we next ? It does not do for local Parish Council Councillors to kick us in the teeth when all we are trying to do is earn a living from the local economy. I have to say though, I would like to think that as a business, we have put the name of Rearsby much more in the fore of local, national; and international media that any bypass has, this cannot be denied.

I address now the villagers of whom I have been one since my first breath. Rearsby, a small village in the shires, has a great international support - our village website stands testimony to this. Over the years, my family have tried to keep these relationships going. But as we all know, times moves on.

Hunting is also at the heart of the shires - indeed, Sir Hugo Meynell (first Master of the Quorn Hunt in 1698) must have travelled on horseback through the Rearsby Turnpike many times whilst going to Melton. If you look at a map of Quorn Hunt countries you will see that Rearsby is in the centre of all the countries - Saturday to the North, Tuesday to the West, Friday to the South and Monday to the East. Even Melton Mowbray can't boast that!

Hunting in its regular and correct form is under considerable pressure from this current government. But what have they done for this village? As I mentioned before, the local shops and businesses have now all but gone, no rural services, perhaps we are next? But what has this government done for our village? Nothing!!

The hunt protest when the bypass was opened had a number of purposes. I was party to it's organisation and made a point of saying to all demonstrators that not only should we demonstrate but first, celebrate with the villagers the success at getting the bypass. We did not inconvenience anyone as it is not in our interest. We purely added a colourful spectacle (words of the Chairman of the Charnwood Borough Council) but we also made our feelings known. Ms Atkins was under no illusion about what we felt and as it turns out, ran tail between her legs to Downing Street. 2 days later we heard that the Government would not block an injunction to the bill if granted.

Rearsby, once again, has played it's part in shaping English History. So, lets not sit with our head in our hands, we have the bypass but also a stupid, un workable law that proves that this government does not care who it hurts. The Nanny State is here!

If you would like clarification on what the hunting bill represents and how it may affect Rearsby, please, by all means, get in touch. We have some thoughts. Meanwhile, I am happy to apollogise to villagers who feel the wind was knocked out of their sails regarding the new road but would remind them that without us, a howling gale would have only been a mere zephyr in the history of Leicestershire.

The Hunting community now look towards the support from the Village similar to that support given to us in Melton on the 19th February. Now that's what I call support. Its all part of Country life, a part of which we have been for centuries.

Subject: Building near the WheelPosted by: Heritage HarryDate: 12/02/05

What a disgrace the line of buildings opposite the Wheel are. It seems to me, that the owner is hoping to let them fall down so the area can be redeveloped. As a group of 19c buildings (nearly a homestead) and of some architectural merit, we must not allow them to do it. Point 2: Now, cross the road and look at the Wheel itself. What a disgrace that the brewer allows the exterior of his property to become so run down. It is an insult to our village. I have already written to them but get no reply. Will you join me in this protest? Use this column please. Remember how protest got us a by-pass.

Subject: Development in RearsbyPosted by: John LambertDate: 07/02/05

Rearsby is currently well protected from development under the Charnwood Borough Council Local Plan 1996-2006. A number of policies apply such as CT/1, CT/2, CT/4 and CT/7 designating ALL the area around us as one or other of the following: countryside area, area of local separation, area of particularly attractive countryside, countryside priority area, floodplain.

We currently have protection against infill between the bypass and village under the classification of this part of the village as a 'countryside area'. Rearsby Village Design Statement, Guideline 1 is also applicable.

Starting from a position of strength, what we must do is ensure we maintain the same level of protection we enjoy now in the next local plan 2006-2016 (to be known as the Local Development Framework). In which context, the Rearsby Parish Plan is due out next month and commits the Parish Council to discussions with Charnwood to ensure future development in and around the village is small, appropriate and does not infringe on our current protected status.

If you want to find out more about our current level of protection, use this link and and work through the map (and colour codings) you find there - www.charnwood.gov.uk/static/local_plan/map_index.htm.

Also check out 'Written statement - Contents' on the menu above the map and read policies CT/1-CT/9. CT/1 describes the 'exceptions' to development protection in the countryside, but none of them are anything we need be worried about as they do not include housing or business development. (In fact, one of the exceptions is 'transport infrastructure', which is one of the reasons why the bypass went ahead so smoothly.)

Subject: The bypassPosted by: MichaelDate: 02/02/05

I have recently moved to Rearsby, October 2004, and realised that within the short time Ihave been here , how silent the village has become since the building of the bypass.I hope that the area around the bypass doesn't turn into a large business park resembling Fosse park or Thurmaston ,it would be such a shame for Rearsby as a village.

Subject: Beyond the bypassPosted by: Heritage HarryDate: 28/01/05

With the celebration last month, the final stages of our by-pass are being reached. The cabins have gone, trees are being planted and it is a splendid piece of civil engineering. Even the first accident has occured! Are we now happy with traffic calming in the village? What about speed past the Village Hall? Too fast for me. This weeks' Melton Times forecast that the pressure for new houses to the north of the by-pass will be irresistible. I don't want my village to "sprawl". What do you feel about it?