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News and Features from Harborough District Council - September 2019
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Welcome to September's newsletter
This month finds great opportunities to celebrate the achievements of our District by nominating sporting heroes and growing businesses for awards.

There's a fantastic, innovative dementia project launching in Lutterworth as a result of grant funding and an opportunity for local groups and individuals to pitch to experts in the 'Dragon's Den'. Organised by the Council, previous Dragon's Den style events have proved very successful, leading to a number of local projects obtaining funding. It's exciting to see what new projects will flourish from this.  
Also; remember to have your say about the future of Market Harborough town centre at the Roadshow Exhibition on 14 September.
Day in the Life of a Customer Service Advisor
As part of our ongoing 'Day in the Life' series; find out what happens in our Customer Services team as they help our residents on a daily basis.

Read a Day in the Life of a Customer Service Advisor 
Harborough District Business Awards

Is your business deserving of an award?

Entering the Harborough District Business awards and becoming a finalist is an amazing boost for any business, offering excellent marketing and PR opportunities, helping a business stand out from the crowd.

Judges are looking for businesses that have that perfect mix of a great social media presence, a website, excellent customer service and good testimonials.

A range of categories are available to enter, including Apprentice of The Year which is sponsored by Harborough District Council. 

To enter businesses must be based in the Harborough District.

See the website for more details.

Closing date for entries: 
30 September 2019

Innovative dementia project in Lutterworth

A unique project encouraging people with dementia to re-learn skills in a relaxed and friendly environment has taken a major step forward thanks to a funding boost.

Harborough District Council is working with Lutterworth Share and Care, Northampton University, Gazeley and Lutterworth College on the project which provides a 'classroom' environment for people with dementia to re-learn skills, as a group, to help improve memory and reduce the decline in mental capacity associated with the disease. 

It is believed the project is one of the first of its kind in the UK having been trialled in Europe. 

Harborough District Council has allocated £58,000 to help develop facilities at the Estates House at Lutterworth College to provide an accessible venue for the project.

Funding has been allocated from Section 106 money provided by developers for community projects and social infrastructure in locations where development has taken place.

People are invited to submit grant applications during the next round of funding; details will be made available on the council's website at

Who are your local sporting heroes?

Nominations Now Open

Harborough District Sports Awards are organised by Harborough District Council and the Local Sports Alliance, to recognise and celebrate the great sporting achievements and physical activity projects that are taking place across the District.
From athletes competing at a high level in their sport, to our Active Inspirational Seniors participating in their later years to the tireless volunteers that make sure that the pitch is ready and the administration is done. We also want to celebrate our invaluable coaches and instructors going the extra mile to ensure sessions are worthwhile and enjoyable. All of which contribute to making Harborough a great District for sport and physical activity.
Get your nominations in by 13 October 2019 via the website
Help shape future of Market Harborough
Come and tell us what you think of Market Harborough at our Roadshow Exhibition.

Following on from the ongoing work around the Lutterworth Masterplan; we now want to know what you think of Market Harborough's strengths and weaknesses.

What do you think the future of Market Harborough town should look like?  

Join us at Harborough Indoor Market, General Hall,
Saturday 14 September 2019, 
from 11am-4pm 
for this exciting opportunity to have your ideas considered as part of an action plan identifying short, mid and long term goals for the town.
Street theatre festival Arts Fresco returns 
There's open air entertainment for all ages when Arts Fresco, one of the largest, free street theatre festivals in the UK, returns to Market Harborough on Sunday 15 September 2019.

Taking place in the streets of the town from 11am to 4pm, the event - supported by the Council - will feature some intriguing, exciting, fun and interactive performances from professional UK and international street artists. 

New for this year is an Arts Fresco app to help you to find your way around the programme of performances.
The app, developed by Market Harborough-based software and app development company,
Infonote Datasystems is available for Apple and Android phones from 6 September 2019.

Accessible play in Lutterworth 
Mulberry Close play area in Lutterworth has re-opened after a project financed by Harborough District Council to rejuvenate a number of play areas across the District.

Exciting new accessible equipment has been installed, along with new surfacing. 
Play areas in Thurnby and Broughton Astley are also being improved as part of the programme.

Enter The Dragon's Den

Have you got a great idea for a project in the Harborough district but need funding to get it off the ground? If so, this event could be for you! 

The next Dragon's Den style event could help bring exciting projects in the Harborough district to fruition – with some major funders ready to offer support.

The Harborough District Council organised event invites local groups and individuals to submit projects to be pitched to a panel of funding experts. 

Dragon's Den

The event is being held at The Symington Building in Market Harborough on Thursday 19 September 2019 from 9.30am to 4pm.

Places are limited but anyone interested should contact Alison at 
emailing the details of the project.

Merchant Navy Day
3rd September marks the anniversary of the outbreak of World War 2. Did you know it also marks the first major British maritime casualty?

Just a few hours after hostilities were declared in 1939, the merchant ship SS Athenia was torpedoed with a loss of more than 110 passengers and crew.

Although many hundreds of merchant ships and seafarers would meet the same fate in the years to come, 3 September is now enshrined as Merchant Navy Day in honour of the brave men and women who kept our island nation afloat during both World Wars. Who, even during peacetime face - and continue to face - the perils of mountainous waves and stormy seas

These days by volume, 95% of our trade comes by sea, and the Merchant Navy continues to be a vital part of our economic future.

To show our support, Harborough District Council will be flying the Red Ensign flag outside The Symington Building on Merchant Navy Day, 3 September.
2019 Recycle Week
To mark National Recycle Week local businesses are invited to come along to the Harborough Innovation Centre on Friday 27 September to receive advice on how to make their business become more environmentally friendly.

Hear from the Council's Recycling and Waste Team and Beth, a local business owner who runs Refill Revolution.

Friday 27 September, 12noon-2pm.

To register your interest email:

Free lunch will be provided.
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