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News and features from Harborough District Council -  November 2023


Phil Knowles
Leader of Harborough District Council

The Union Flags have been flying in Market Harborough town centre ahead of Royal British Legion Remembrance parade on Sunday 12 November. There is also a Royal British Legion parade at 10.30am in Lutterworth with a service 10.45am in the memorial gardens. You can find poppies on sale now in Harborough market and other venues across the district.    

This year we are very pleased to offer free parking on Saturdays in the run up to Christmas in both Lutterworth and Market Harborough to help residents to shop locally, and to support our wonderful local businesses and boost the local economy.

There is help for people looking for work with the next Harborough Job Fair on 14 November where you can chat with employers who are looking to fill vacancies and find advice from professional careers advisors and training providers. We are also supporting the HIRE programme which is specifically for people who are currently unemployed. 

We are proudly supporting the Leicester Comedy Festival again this year and the event brouchure and tickets have now been launched. The 2024 festival is set to have a record breaking 700 plus acts! There are lots of exciting shows coming to Harborough district so do check them out! 

I hope to see a lot of you at the festive events taking place across the district. It's a great time for our community to come together and celebrate!


Free Christmas parking in Market Harborough and Lutterworth


For the first time in a number of years shoppers are set to benefit from free weekend parking in the run up to Christmas in council-owned car parks in Lutterworth and Market Harborough to encourage people to shop locally and help boost Harborough's economy.

Free parking will be available on Saturday 2, 9, 16 and 23 December 2023.

Cllr Phil Knowles, Leader of Harborough District Council, said: “This initiative is supporting residents and businesses alike in the midst of a cost-of-living crisis. By suspending parking charges we are showing our commitment to ensuring that our town centres don’t just survive, but thrive. I encourage people to take advantage of this fantastic offer and to use this as an opportunity to shop local.”

Shoppers can park for free for up to four hours in short stay car parks, and all day in long stay car parks in Market Harborough and Lutterworth.

Drivers will still need to register their stay and can simply do this through the Pay by Phone App or by getting a free ticket from the pay and display machines. Drivers must still enter their vehicle registration and are able to benefit from one free parking period per day.

Find a list of carparks here

High Sheriff of Leicestershire thanks volunteers

The High Sheriff of Leicestershire visited Market Harborough on 2 October 2023 to thank dedicated volunteers in the Harborough district.

As a guest of Harborough District Council, the High Sheriff Mrs Henrietta Chubb JP was welcomed by the Chairman Cllr Barbara Johnson who accompanied her on a tour of The Symington Building.

The High Sheriff was then formally introduced to council representatives including the interim chief executive, leader, cabinet member Cllr Woodiwiss, Leonard Holden of Market Harborough Historical Society and Richard Knox of Leicestershire County Council Museums, before meeting local community groups including River Clean, Harborough Morsebags, Harborough Shopmobility, Harborough In Bloom, an A6 Kibworth litter picker, and representatives from Park Run, Jubilee Foodbank, Lutterworth Foodbank, Wombles, Lubenham In Bloom, The Well Kibworth, Harborough Lions Club and Harborough Community Bus.

The High Sheriff of Leicestershire, Mrs Henrietta Chubb JP, said: “It was my pleasure to spend the day as a guest of the Chairman of the council, Barbara Johnson and to learn so much about history of the Symington Building and the Harborough area. It was a privilege to meet so many volunteers. I am in admiration of their dedication, and it was a wonderful opportunity to offer my sincere thanks to these exceptional people for their contribution to the community.”


The High Sheriff of Leicestershire, Mrs Henrietta Chubb JP, is pictured with community volunteers at Harborough District Council.

With thanks to Andy Carpenter for the image 

NHS vaccination programmes for flu and Covid-19


The Covid-19 and flu vaccination programme provides vital protection to those eligible and their families over winter, keeping people from developing serious illnesses, and helping to minimise hospitalisations during busy winter months.

People who are 65 and over and others who are at particular risk, are now able to get their flu and Covid-19 vaccines ahead of winter. This will offer better protection ready for the coldest months of the winter, when viruses circulate more.

All eligible people can now book their Covid-19 and flu vaccinations.

The protection offered by each dose of the Covid-19 and flu vaccine reduces over time and therefore it is very important that eligible people take up the offer of the next seasonal dose, in order to receive maximum protection.

Those who are eligible will be able to book their Covid-19 and flu vaccine by visiting the website or by calling 119.

There is also a local booking telephone service available to all residents in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland. To book call: 0116 497 5700, lines are open: Monday – Friday 8am – 8pm and on Saturday between 9am – 5pm.

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Leicester Comedy Festival tickets on sale


Leicester Comedy Festival has launched their new brochure and tickets are now on sale for the 2024 festival which will take place from 7 - 25 February 2024.

Leicester Comedy Festival is one of the biggest and longest running comedy festivals in the UK. For the past 30 years it has been a celebration of British comedy and dedicated to supporting and nurturing emerging talent.

Being an open access festival means that anyone can pay a fee to put on an event to encourage people from all stages of their career to come and take part.

There are lots of exciting events taking place across Harborough district with particpiating venues in Lutterworth, Foxton, Thurnby, Kibworth Beauchamp and Market Harborough.

2024 will be a record breaking year with over 700 shows - get your tickets now and join the fun! 

The festival is produced by a registered charity, Big Difference who work year-round to improve people’s lives through comedy, laughter and the arts. 

Check out the events!

Remembrance events


We have turned the lights red on The Symington Building and in the Market Square until 12 November 2023, to mark Remembrance and to support this year’s Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal. 

Events are taking place across the Harborough district as we take time to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice in conflict and all those affected by war, past and present.

Armistice Day, 11 November

Market Harborough

The Market Harborough Branch of the Royal British Legion (RBL) will be holding a short ceremony on The Square in Market Harborough to mark the two-minute silence. If you wish to attend, please arrive by 10.50am for the start of this short ceremony.

Remembrance Sunday, 12 November

Market Harborough

Remembrance service at St Dionysius Parish Church.

Following the service there will be a parade to the War Memorial on The Square for a two-minute silence and wreath laying ceremony. The Chairman will attend this ceremony and lay a wreath on behalf of the council.

There will also be a ceremony at Rosewood Manor at 2.45pm which the Chairman will attend with the RBL.


Remembrance service and parade - The parade will commence from the Wycliffe Rooms at 10.30am, marching around the town centre to arrive at the War Memorial Gardens, where an act of Remembrance will commence at 10.45am. Councillor Asher, Armed Forces Champion will attend this ceremony and lay a wreath on behalf of the council.

Broughton Astley

The Remembrance Day Parade will lead from Thomas Estley Community College at 10.40am with the Service of Remembrance taking place at 10:55am at the War Memorial.

All roads leading to the crossroads at the War Memorial will close at 10:15 to all traffic until the Remembrance Day service is concluded.

Help for unemployed residents


Unemployed people in Harborough district can gain support to find work thanks to a council initiative.

The HIRE (Helping Improve Rural Employability) programme is for individuals who have not sought work in the last four weeks and are not starting work within the following two weeks.

This programme has been developed by Harborough District Council and will be delivered by the Rural Community Council (RCC) using some £50,000 of funding from the UK government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund.

Individuals on the programme will benefit from one to one support from a project key worker, who will help them to: 

  • Improve their confidence

  • Identify barriers to employment and solutions

  • Develop CV and interview skills

  • Look at their skills and the jobs they could apply for

  • Carry out job searches and applications  

  • Find volunteering opportunities  

  • Signposting and referring to other help and support

Find out more

Support local causes with Harborough Lotto

Harborough Lotto

Harborough Lotto was set up to support community projects in the local area, by raising money within the community for the community. 

It has been empowering local good causes to raise money since 2018, with tickets for the lottery costing just £1 a week, with 60 pence going directly to good causes!

Each ticket has a 1 in 50 chance to win a prize each week, with a top prize of £25,000! That's a better chance of winning than the National Lottery or the Health Lottery.

Each ticket has six numbers and each number is between 0 and 9. There is a draw every Saturday night when a six digit winning combination will be picked. Prizes will be given to players with tickets that match the first or last 2 to 6 numbers from the winning combination. Match all six and you win the jackpot!

In a time of shrinking budgets and increased community need, Harborough Lotto enables people to support the causes they care most about, helping good causes to connect with their supporters.

If you are a good cause organisation in Harborough district and would like to to raise funds online find out more today. 

Harborough Lotto

Leicestershire Business Advice Service launch new programme 


Businesses across Harborough district have access to a new business support programme, the Leicestershire Business Advice Service funded by the UK government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund.

The free-to-access support include start-up workshops, accelerator programmes, and one-to-one advice to help businesses at all stages of their journey.

Whether you have a business idea, have just started out, are an established organisation looking to accelerate your growth or just need a bit of advice to help with your business planning, the Leicestershire Business Advice Service will be able to support you. 

Harborough district businesses will be able to access face-to-face appointments with advisors at the Harborough Innovation Centre in Market Harborough, as well as a range of training workshops across Leicestershire.

The service will be provided by Exemplas who are experienced in delivering business support programmes that helps SMEs develop, communities thrive and local economies grow. 

Business can sign up to the service online or get in touch by emailing:

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Christmas is coming!


The Christmas light switch on in Market Harborough will be held on Saturday 18 November 2023 from 5pm until 8pm with the switch on itself at 7pm.

The popular Christmas food and drink festival will be on The Square from Friday 17 November to Sunday 19 November.

There will be lots for the family to enjoy with activities including live music, Christmas carols, street entertainment, and a visit from Father Christmas!

Lutterworth Christmas light-switch on is taking place on Saturday 24 November.

Come along for 3.30pm to enjoy a range of festivities including Santa’s Grotto, Lutterworth town band, fireworks, tasty food & drink, street & stage entertainment, Christmas market, stalls & shopping.

Count down to light switch on at 7.30pm!

Watch this space for more exciting information about this and other events in the district to come! 

Find events in Harborough district

Women's Wellbeing Events 


The council's Community Safety Team are proud to be offering Women's Wellbeing Events across Harborough district on the following dates:

  • Thursday 30 November from 10:30am - 3pm. Lutterworth (Wycliffe Rooms, LE17 4ED)

  • Wednesday 6 December from 10:30am - 3pm. Broughton Astley (Sutton Elms Baptist Church, LE9 6QF)

  • Friday 8 December from 10:30am - 3pm.  Market Harborough (Evangelic Church, LE16 9JL)

These are free events open to everyone and provides an opportunity to meet representatives from local agencies, on an informal basis, who support women and promote women's safety and wellbeing. 

Refreshments will be provided. 

We look forward seeing you there!

Find exciting opportunities at Harborough Job Fair


Are you looking for a new job or the next step in your career?

Come along to Harborough Job Fair on Tuesday 14 November 2023 to meet employers with real job opportunties. At the last job fair in Market Harborough, 6 on the spot job offers were made!

Professional careers advisors and training providers will also be on hand to provide guidance about training opportunities, apprenticeships, CV support, interview tips and more.

You don't need an appointment - just pop in anytime between 12pm - 2.30pm, or from 2pm- 2.30pm for people who prefer a quieter environment.

Time: 12pm – 2.30pm
Date: Tuesday 14 November 2023
Location: The Symington Building, Adam and Eve Street, Market Harborough, LE16 7AG

If you are an employer who would like to book a free space or would like to register your interest for other recruitment events please email

Find out what to expect at Harborough Job fair by watching this short video (below).

Harborough Job Fair 2023

Dates for your diary

  • 6 November: Rural crime meeting at Kilworth Springs Golf Club 

  • 12 November: Remembrance Sunday Royal British Legion parade in Market Harborough 

  • 12 November: Lutterworth Royal British Legion parade at 10.30am. 10.45am service in memorial gardens
  • 12 November:Broughton Astley Remembrance Day Parade will lead from Thomas Estley Community College at 10.40am with the Service of Remembrance taking place at 10:55am at the War Memorial.
  • 14 November: Harborough Job Fair in Market Harborough 

  • 17 - 19 November: Christmas Food and Drink Fair in Market Harborough 

  • 18 November: Christmas lights switch-on in Market Harborough

  • 24 November: Lutterworth Christmas lights switch-on
  • 25 November: Artisan Fair on The Square in Market Harborough
  • 30 November: Women's Wellbeing Event in Broughton Astley 

Find more events across Harborough district
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