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For media inquiries, please contact the council communications team on 01509 634705 or 01509 634681 email communications@charnwood.gov.uk.

The communications team includes Mike Roberts, communications manager, Stacey Comery, senior communications officer, Lewis Harbon, communications officer (PR and social media) and Daley Francis, communications officer (website and publications). 

September 2022

Cllr James Poland talks about the customer engagement strategy

Video: Lead member for public housing talks about the customer engagement strategy for council tenants

22nd Sep

Charnwood Borough Council has published a new customer engagement strategy to improve the way the Council involves tenants and leaseholders in shaping its services. In this short video, lead member for public housing Cllr James Poland talks about the..

Customer engagement strategy - HMAB meeting

New strategy to engage with tenants and improve services

22nd Sep

A fresh commitment and strategy to help engage with tenants has been made by Charnwood Borough Council. It has published a new customer engagement strategy to improve the way the Council involves tenants and leaseholders in shaping its services. The..

Image shows spring bulbs at Forest Road Greenbelt, Lighting of the Beacon in Queen's Park Loughborough, Carillon Tower in Queen's Park and Church Gate

Loughborough in Bloom secures gold!

21st Sep

Loughborough has struck gold once again in the East Midlands in Bloom awards. The town was awarded with the highest recognition in the ceremony which was held at Loughborough Town Hall on Wednesday September 21. It is the eleventh time since 2011..

Mayor of Charnwood, Cllr Jennifer Tillotson, collecting flowers at the Carillon Tower at Queen's Park in Loughborough

Tributes for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II collected by Mayor of Charnwood

21st Sep

Flowers left in memory of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at the Carillon Tower in Queen’s Park in Loughborough have been collected. The Mayor of Charnwood, Cllr Jennifer Tillotson, joined the Council’s open spaces partner, idverde, in removing..

The Mayor of Charnwood, Cllr Jennifer Tillotson, speaking at the Thanksgiving service

Thanksgiving event in memory of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II takes place in Loughborough

17th Sep

A Thanksgiving service in memory of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II took place in Loughborough on Friday September 16. The Mayor of Charnwood and residents attended the service at All Saints with Holy Trinity Church. The service included a number of..

The medallion on the chains of office worn by the Mayor is shrouded with a black cloth as a mark of respect for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

Council customs during period of mourning

16th Sep

When we are in a period of national mourning, the Council has a range of customs it introduces, some of which date back many hundreds of years. For example, Councillors will wear black armbands for some events and meetings that take place. The..

Cllr Mary Draycott MBE meeting Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth ll

Memories of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

15th Sep

Following the passing of Queen Elizabeth II, Councillors, including the Mayor of Charnwood have shared their memories of meeting Her Majesty or their memories of the longest serving monarch. Below we have two stories and a video from Cllr Mary..

The Council offices and Loughborough Town Hall have been illuminated in purple to mark the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

Buildings illuminated in purple in memory of Queen Elizabeth II

15th Sep

Charnwood Borough Council's offices in Loughborough and Loughborough Town Hall have been illuminated in purple in memory of Queen Elizabeth II. The buildings will remain lit up in the evenings until after the funeral. Books of Condolence remain open..

Queen Elizabeth II

The Council’s plans and arrangements during the national period of mourning

14th Sep

The Council has been marking the death of Queen Elizabeth II and the Proclamation of King Charles III. Here is some information about further events and service changes during the national mourning period. A Civic Thanksgiving Service is being held..

Photo of Her Majesty The Queen Elizabeth II

Residents invited to join Thanksgiving service for Her Majesty The Queen

13th Sep

A Thanksgiving service of the life of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II will be held in Loughborough on Friday, September 16. Residents are invited to join the Mayor of Charnwood for the service at All Saints with Holy Trinity Church in..

Dr Nik Kotecha, Deputy Lieutenant, for the County of Leicestershire, speaking ahead of the reading of the local Proclamation

Video: Deputy Lieutenant for Leicestershire, Dr Nik Kotecha welcomes residents ahead of the local Proclamation

12th Sep

Deputy Lieutenant, for the County of Leicestershire, Dr Nik Kotecha, welcomed residents to Queen's Park in Loughborough, ahead of the local reading of the Proclamation before handing over to the Mayor of Charnwood. In this video below, you can watch..

The Mayor of Charnwood, Cllr Jennifer Tillotson reads out the local Proclamation

Video: The Mayor of Charnwood reads out the local Proclamation

12th Sep

Crowds gathered to hear the reading of the Proclamation of King Charles III at Queen’s Park in Loughborough on Sunday, September 11. The historic moment was witnessed by hundreds of people who attended the service at the Carillon Tower. The Mayor..

Mayor of Charnwood, Cllr Jennifer Tillotson talks about the local Proclamation

Video: Mayor of Charnwood reflects on reading the local Proclamation

12th Sep

On Sunday September 11, 2022, the Mayor of Charnwood, Cllr Jennifer Tillotson read the local Proclamation for the new sovreign, King Charles lll at the Carillon Tower in Queen's Park, Loughborough. In this video, the Mayor talks about the pride of..

The Mayor of Charnwood, Cllr Jennifer Tillotson reads the Proclamation at the Carillon Tower on September 11, 2022

Crowds gather for historic Proclamation service in Queen’s Park, Loughborough

11th Sep

Crowds gathered to hear the reading of the Proclamation of King Charles III at Queen’s Park in Loughborough on Sunday, September 11. The historic moment was witnessed by hundreds of people who attended the service at the Carillon Tower. The Mayor..

The Carillon Tower in Queen's Park

Proclamation service to be held in Loughborough

9th Sep

A service to mark the local reading of the Proclamation of the new Sovereign will be held in Loughborough on Sunday. The Proclamation of King Charles III becoming the new monarch will be read by the Mayor of Charnwood, Cllr Jennifer Tillotson, at 2pm..

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth

Our thoughts are with the Royal Family

8th Sep

The Mayor of Charnwood, councillors and officers of Charnwood Borough Council are deeply saddened by the death of Her Majesty The Queen. The Mayor of Charnwood, Cllr Jenny Tillotson, said: “This is a very sad day for our nation and on behalf of the..

Chief Executive of Loughborough Wellbeing Centre, Helen Carter with Cllr Leigh Harper-Davies, lead member for communities and visitors of the Wellbing Centre holding a cheque from Charnwood Borough Council

Wellbeing Café one of many projects awarded with a Charnwood Community Grant

8th Sep

A Wellbeing Café in Loughborough has received £3,500 through a community grant awarded by Charnwood Borough Council. The café is one of the many activities delivered by Loughborough Wellbeing Centre at its new venue at Asha House on Woodgate and..

Local resident from Quorn Jane Hollingworth

Video: Quorn resident talk's about late father's 51-year-old letter about restoring the Outwoods

7th Sep

In this short video, a Quorn resident and parish councillor Jane Hollingworth, talks about discovering a letter her late father wrote to the Echo in 1970. Peter Gamble, who also lived in Quorn was passionate about nature and wildlife sadly passed..

Jane Hollingworth in the Outwoods with her dad's 51-year-old letter.

51-year-old-letter reveals resident’s late father’s Outwoods wish has come true

7th Sep

A local resident has shared her delight after discovering her father’s wish to restore the Outwoods in Loughborough is becoming a reality. Jane Hollingworth, a Quorn Parish Councillor and volunteer for Quorn in Bloom got in touch with the borough..

Love outdoors photo comp

Time running out to enter open spaces photo competition!

7th Sep

Charnwood residents have less than two weeks to enter the ‘Love the outdoors in Charnwood’ photo competition. Charnwood Borough Council launched the competition as part of its ‘Love the outdoors in Charnwood’ campaign which celebrates the..

Charnwood Community Lottery

Community Lottery celebrates its four-year anniversary

6th Sep

Over 50 good causes are continuing to be supported by the Charnwood Community Lottery as it marks its fourth birthday. Charnwood Borough Council launched the community lottery in 2018 and since then, over 145,000 tickets have been bought and £87,000..

August 2022

Cllr Morgan - August Viewpoint

Viewpoint: Future Charnwood Investment Plan

26th Aug

Cllr Jonathan Morgan, Leader of Charnwood Borough Council, gives his monthly Viewpoint update by video for August. He talks about the UK Shared Prosperity Fund and some of the projects across the borough which have been chosen to form part of a £4..

The image shows an outline of the borough and the words Future Charnwood Investment Plan

£4 million Future Charnwood Investment Plan identifies projects

26th Aug

A series of projects have been chosen to form part of a £4 million investment plan in Charnwood to help the area level-up. Charnwood Borough Council has been allocated the funding under the Government’s UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF) and has..

Residents, Councillors, Deputy Mayor and members of staff from both idverde and RSPB at the Dishley Pool BIOBLITZ

Wildlife species surveyed by residents at open space in Loughborough

25th Aug

Charnwood residents took part in finding out which wildlife species inhabit Dishley Pool in Loughborough. The ‘BIOBLITZ’, organised by Charnwood Borough Council’s open spaces partner idverde with the Royal Protection of Birds took place at the..

The image shows a taxi sign and the words: Spotlight on licensing, find out more about what we do

Licensing – keeping people safe and supporting local businesses

25th Aug

We are starting a series of features about Council services to explain a bit more about what we do. First up is licensing. The Council’s Licensing team currently have over 3,500 licences on record. That covers everything from taxis and scrap metal..

The image shows a sunflower, the colours of the Ukraine flag and a quote from Oksana which says: ‘I could not believe until the last day that a military invasion could take place in Europe in the 21st century.
I hope the war will be over as soon as possible and millions of Ukrainians will be able to go home’

'I hope the war will be over soon and millions of Ukranians can go home'

24th Aug

As part of Ukraine Independence Day on August 24, Oksana has shared her story after travelling with her family from Dnipro in Ukraine to Loughborough. They arrived in April and are currently staying in a house offered by a host family. Oksana said:..

Ukraine flag flying at Loughborough Town Hall in support for Ukraine.

Council reaffirms support for Ukraine as country marks Independence Day

23rd Aug

Charnwood continues to stand with Ukraine says Charnwood Borough Council leader Jonathan Morgan as the war-torn country marks its Independence Day. Today (August 24) also marks exactly six months since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine as well as 31..

The image shows Kateryna who has shared her story for Ukraine Independence Day

From Ukraine to Charnwood, Kateryna's story

23rd Aug

As part of Ukraine Independence Day on August 24, Kateryna has shared her story after moving from Kyiv with her four-year-old daughter Lera to Sileby to stay with a host family. Kateryna said: “I arrived in Sileby in June and I am still impressed..

Photo shows Janice Wright, a resident of Riversdale Court retirement housing in Birstall, with Councillor James Poland and fellow residents enjoying the new garden furniture.

Grants available for council tenants

22nd Aug

Council tenants are being urged to apply for grants which can be used to help improve communal facilities and fund events. Charnwood Borough Council runs three different grant schemes which aim to bring communities together and improve areas for..

Love outdoors photo comp

Photo competition launched to celebrate open spaces in Charnwood!

16th Aug

The search to find the best photographs of parks and open spaces in Charnwood is on! Charnwood Borough Council has launched a competition as part of the ‘Love the outdoors in Charnwood’ campaign to celebrate the borough’s fantastic range of..

Charnwood Sports Awards finalists from 2019

Charnwood Sports Awards return for 2022!

11th Aug

The Charnwood Sports Awards are back for 2022 and residents are being encouraged to enter their nominations. The awards, run by Charnwood Borough Council, will celebrate the sporting achievements of individuals and clubs as well as the dedication of..

Dishley Pool

Help find out which species live at an open space in Loughborough

11th Aug

Residents are being invited to survey wildlife species at Dishley Pool in Loughborough. Charnwood Borough Council’s open spaces partner, idverde is working in partnership with the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, to host a BIOBLITZ to..

Picture of a sunny sky.

Important advice to keep people safe as heatwave temperatures soar again in Leicestershire

11th Aug

This press release was originally issued by Leicestershire County Council. Health experts and the emergency services in Leicestershire say they are concerned about another prolonged heatwave affecting the county this week. Representatives from the..

South Charnwood Leisure Centre Gym

£1m improvement work set to start at Charnwood leisure centres

5th Aug

Works to improve Charnwood’s three leisure centres will soon get underway. Charnwood Borough Council, and its leisure partner Fusion Lifestyle announced the £1m investment earlier this year as part of a new contract meaning the partnership will..

Forest Road Greenbelt, Queen's Park and Chair of the Greenbelt Gardener volunteers, Pat Cook with Green Flag award

Charnwood’s glorious open spaces receive national award

2nd Aug

Two of Loughborough’s open spaces cared for by the community have been awarded a Green Flag award. The Forest Road Greenbelt, which is maintained by the Greenbelt Gardener volunteers, supported by Charnwood Borough Council and its grounds..

July 2022

Lead member for refugee resettlement Cllr Paul Mercer  and the Mayor of Charnwood, Cllr Jennifer Tillotson welcoming Ukrainian people to Charnwood.

Praise for communities as ‘Homes for Ukraine’ scheme reaches milestone

28th Jul

The Council’s lead member for refugee resettlement has praised local communities for welcoming Ukrainian people in the borough as the Homes for Ukraine scheme reaches a milestone. The Government has announced that under the scheme, 100,000..

Charnwood Borough Council logo

Council awards £23,000 to projects across the borough through Charnwood Community Grants

27th Jul

More than £23,000 has been awarded to groups in Charnwood to support 17 fantastic local projects. The borough council has awarded Charnwood Community Grants to 12 community groups and organisations to support projects including a foodbank,..

Annual canvass 2022

Make sure you are on the electoral register

27th Jul

Thousands of forms are being hand delivered across Charnwood to ensure the borough’s electoral register is up to date. Charnwood Borough Council will be sending around 66,000 forms to homes and residents are being urged to respond. Every year the..

An artist's impression of the new fossil. BGS © UKRI Also shown is fossil, Auroralumina attenboroughii

Fossil discovery in Charnwood Forest is welcomed

26th Jul

The discovery of an incredible fossil in Charnwood Forest, which has been named after local legend Sir David Attenborough, has been welcomed. Charnwood Borough Council’s lead member for business support, Cllr Shona Rattray, said the discovery added..

Green Living Leicestershire logo

New scheme will help Leicestershire households cut their energy bills

22nd Jul

The following press release was first issued by Leicestershire County Council. More than 300 homeowners in Leicestershire are eligible for efficiency improvements which will reduce energy costs as well as making households warmer and greener. A new..

Love Outdoors

Video: Love the outdoors in Charnwood

21st Jul

Councillor Jenny Bokor, the Council's lead member for Loughborough and open spaces at Charnwood Borough Council, talks about the 'Love the outdoors in Charnwood' campaign. Watch the video below: You can find out more about the campaign and videos of..

Cllr Jenny Bokor, lead member for Loughborough and open spaces

New campaign encourages residents to Love the outdoors in Charnwood

21st Jul

 A campaign to highlight the fantastic range of parks, woodland and open spaces in Charnwood is being launched today. The ‘Love the outdoors in Charnwood’ campaign, launched by the borough council, is encouraging people to explore the beautiful..

Councillor Jonathan Morgan at Loughborough Leisure Centre.

Viewpoint: Investing in our leisure centres

20th Jul

Cllr Jonathan Morgan, Leader of Charnwood Borough Council, gives his monthly Viewpoint update by video for July. He talks about the Council recently extending its contract with Fusion Lifestyle which runs the Council's three leisure centres. The..

Picture of a sunny sky.

Red warning: Emergency services issue a plea to stay safe in the heat

15th Jul

The following press release has been issued by the Local Resillience Forum. With temperatures set to soar this weekend, NHS, police, fire and council chiefs are joining forces amid concerns about growing pressure on hospitals and ‘risk to..

James Hollis, Batonbearer and para swimmer world record holder

Video: Loughborough welcomes the Queen's Baton Relay to the town

11th Jul

The Queen's Baton Relay made its way through Queen's Park in Loughborough and the Market Place on Monday July 11. Crowds gathered to see para-swimmer world record holder James Hollis, paralympic discus thrower Dan Greaves and paralympic volleyball..

Queen's Baton Relay in Loughborough

Loughborough takes on the Queen’s Baton Relay!

11th Jul

Communities across Charnwood came together today (Monday July 11) to welcome the Queen’s Baton Relay to Loughborough. Charnwood Borough Council held an afternoon filled with fun activities and live entertainment as the Baton visited the town. Three..

Cllr Jenny Bokor in Queen's Park, Loughborough

Video: Loughborough proud to be welcoming Birmingham 2022 Queen's Baton Relay

8th Jul

In this short video, the Council's lead member for Loughborough Cllr Jenny Bokor, says the town is proud and looking forward to being part of the Birmingham 2022 Queen's Baton Relay on Monday July 11. Find out more about the Queen's Baton Relay at..

Council officers, Councillors, partners, volunteer groups and East Midland in Bloom judges outside Charnwood Museum

Loughborough welcomes Bloom judges for 2022

7th Jul

Loughborough looked its stunning best as it took part in Loughborough in Bloom this week. The East Midlands in Bloom judges visited the town on Wednesday July 6 to see the hard work put in over the past year by volunteers, community groups and..

Cllr Roy Rollings, lead member for carbon neutrality at Charnwood Borough Council, talks about the Council's pledge to be carbon neutral by 2030.

Video: Council's pledge to be carbon neutral by 2030

7th Jul

Councillor Roy Rollings, lead member for carbon neutrality at Charnwood Borough Council, talks about the Council's pledge to be carbon neutral by 2030.  Watch the video below: You can find out more information on our pledge on the Carbon Pledge..

Queen's Baton Relay Loughborough

Less than a week to go until the Birmingham 2022 Queen’s Baton Relay visits Loughborough

5th Jul

The final countdown until the Birmingham 2022 Queen’s Baton Relay arrives in Loughborough is on! Charnwood Borough Council is inviting residents to line the Baton’s route through Queen’s Park and Market Place on Monday July 11. The afternoon is..