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This section contains our latest press releases as well as links to our press release archive.

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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). 

May 2022

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Projects sought to build pride and create opportunities for communities

25th May

Charnwood Borough Council is appealing for projects to come forward to bid for a slice of a £4 million fund which aims to help the area level-up. The Council has been allocated the money under the Government’s UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF) and..

Cllr Jennifer Tillotson has been voted in as Mayor of Charnwood and will be support by her consort, husband Mr John Tillotson

Proud moment for new Mayor of Charnwood

24th May

The new Mayor of Charnwood says she is proud to represent the borough after being sworn in at a Council meeting. Cllr Jennifer Tillotson, was voted in as the borough‘s first citizen at the Council’s Annual Meeting on Monday May 23. Cllr Tillotson..

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Statement on Loughborough Cemetery vandalism

24th May

We have issued the below statement following recent vandalism of memorial benches at Loughborough Cemetery.  We are aware that a number of memorial benches at Loughborough Cemetery which have been dedicated in memory of loved ones have been..

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£6.3 million in council tax energy rebates distributed to Charnwood households

23rd May

Households in Charnwood have started to receive the £150 council tax rebate to help with energy bills. The Government announced a £150 council tax rebate payment to households in council tax bands A-D to help with rising energy bills. The Council..

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Loughborough’s Careers and Enterprise Hub marks first anniversary

20th May

The Careers and Enterprise Hub in the heart of Loughborough is celebrating its first anniversary. The Hub, which is run by specialist advisors from Loughborough College and Loughborough University, officially opened on May 20 last year thanks to a..

Loughborough resident Stephen Hutchins has been selected to light the beacon

Video: Loughborough resident chosen to light the Beacon for Her Majesty the Queen's Platinum Jubilee

18th May

Charnwood Borough Council has been searching for a resident who was born in 1952 – the year of the Queen’s accession to the throne – to join the Mayor of Charnwood in a lighting of a beacon ceremony in Queen’s Park in Loughborough on June..

The vegan market was held in Loughborough on Sunday May 15

Vegan Market held in Loughborough proved to be a huge success

16th May

Scores of people packed a vegan market which visited Loughborough town centre on Sunday, May 15. The event, run by Vegan Market Co. in partnership with Charnwood Borough Council, had over 30 stalls which included vegan street food, craft cheeses,..

Picture shows Cllr Jenni Tillotson and Loughborough resident Stephen Hutchins in front of the beacon at Queen's Park, Loughborough

Winner chosen to light the Beacon for the Platinum Jubilee

16th May

A winner has been chosen in a competition to find a local resident to play an important role in Charnwood’s celebrations for Her Majesty the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. Charnwood Borough Council has been searching for a resident who was born in..

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Councils to consider approach over housing and employment distribution

13th May

This press release has been issued on behalf of Leicester City Council, Leicestershire County Council, Blaby District Council, Charnwood Borough Council, Harborough District Council, Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council, Melton Borough Council,..

From left, Cllr Jonathan Morgan, Loughorough Town Deal co-chair and Leader of Charnwood Borough Council, Phil Mulligan, Regional Director for the Canal & River Trust,  Jane Hunt, MP for Loughborough and Town Deal Board Member, and Alan Leather, from the Canal & River Trust

Loughborough Town Deal support makes a splash with £885,000 grant for River Soar towpath improvements

13th May

Plans to make the River Soar towpath more attractive for walkers and cyclists is being backed by Loughborough Town Deal. The Town Deal Board has confirmed an £885,000 grant to support the project by the Canal & River Trust which wants to upgrade..

Watch the video below to hear about the launch of the new heritage guide.

Video: Discover Charnwood Heritage Guide launched

12th May

A guide to showcase Charnwood’s fascinating heritage has been launched to help boost the tourism economy. The Discover Charnwood Heritage Guide, produced by Charnwood Borough Council in partnership with Loughborough Heritage Forum and..

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Celebrate the Platinum Jubilee with The Big Lunch

12th May

Residents are invited to celebrate Her Majesty the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in Loughborough’s Queen’s Park on Sunday June 5. Charnwood Borough Council will host ‘The Big Lunch’ picnic from midday until 4pm, which is an afternoon of..

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Video: Loughborough Town Deal confirms £2.6 million funding for Digital Skills Hub

11th May

A hub to help equip local people with digital skills for the future has received a £2.6 million boost from Loughborough Town Deal. The Town Deal has confirmed the funding to create the Digital Skills Hub at Loughborough College which will also work..

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Birmingham 2022 Queen’s Baton Relay confirmed to visit Loughborough

10th May

The Birmingham 2022 Queen’s Baton Relay is confirmed to visit Loughborough during its final journey through England this summer, as the full route is revealed. Birmingham 2022 is hosting the 16th official Queen’s Baton Relay – a journey which..

Pictured left to right are: Chrissie Van Mierlo, Museum Director, Loughborough Bellfoundry Trust, Martin Peters, CEO of Leicestershire Promotions, Cllr Shona Rattray, Council's lead member for business support, Janine Williams, Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Marketing of Leicestershire Promotions, Jill Vincent, Loughborough Heritage Forum and Lynne Dyer, Lynne about Loughborough.

Heritage guide launched to showcase Charnwood

10th May

A guide to showcase Charnwood’s fascinating heritage has been launched to help boost the tourism economy. The Discover Charnwood Heritage Guide, produced by Charnwood Borough Council in partnership with Loughborough Heritage Forum and..

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Solar Together scheme launches in district

9th May

Save on energy bills and help cut carbon emissions by investing in solar panels through an exciting new group-buying energy scheme. Solar Together Leicestershire helps people looking to make an investment in solar panels on their house and battery..

Pictured are Cllr Jonathan Morgan and Dr Nik Kotecha, co-chairs of Loughborough Town Deal Board, and Jo Maher, Principal and CEO of Loughborough College

£2.6 million Loughborough Town Deal investment confirmed to boost digital skills for local people

6th May

A hub to help equip local people with digital skills for the future has received a £2.6 million boost from Loughborough Town Deal. The Town Deal has confirmed the funding to create the Digital Skills Hub at Loughborough College which will also work..

Hanging basket competition to mark Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

Search is on for best hanging basket to mark Platinum Jubilee

6th May

A competition has been launched to find the best hanging basket in Charnwood in celebration of Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. The Council’s open spaces partner idverde and Loughborough in Bloom are inviting residents across the borough..

Picture shows: Mike Walker, Soaring Dragons club captain and Mike Bushell, Soaring Dragons head coach.

Dragons roar as they join Charnwood Community Lottery

5th May

A dragon boat racing club is one of the newest causes being supported by Charnwood Community Lottery. Soaring Dragons, based in Loughborough, have joined lottery to help buy essential equipment as the popular club continues to expand. It means there..

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Share your stories for Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee

3rd May

People of all ages are being asked to share their royal stories as Charnwood prepares to celebrate Her Majesty the Queen's Platinum Jubilee. Charnwood Borough Council would like to share stories and photos from residents who may have met the Queen,..

April 2022

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Council tax energy rebate payments due to start in Charnwood

29th Apr

Council tax rebates to help with energy bills will start to be paid to Charnwood residents who pay by Direct Debit next week. The Government announced a £150 council tax rebate payment to households in council tax bands A-D to help with rising..

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£1m investment for leisure centres as new contract confirmed

28th Apr

Charnwood Borough Council’s three leisure centres will receive a £1m investment following the signing of a new contract with long-term partner Fusion Lifestyle. The Council and Fusion Lifestyle have worked together since October 2011 and the..

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Roads to reopen as town centre regeneration scheme hits milestone

27th Apr

A regeneration project in Loughborough town centre has reached a major milestone as a significant phase of the scheme is completed. The Bedford Square Gateway Project is regenerating Ward’s End, Devonshire Square and Bedford Square to make it more..

Vegan market coming to Loughborough on Sunday May 15.

Vegan Market to visit Loughborough

26th Apr

Loughborough will welcome a vegan market to the town for the first time on Sunday May 15 after being postponed in February due to high winds. The event which is being run by Vegan Market Co. in partnership with Charnwood Borough Council will bring..

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Explore stunning bluebells at the Outwoods

25th Apr

Local residents and visitors to Charnwood are being encouraged to take a short walk to the Outwoods in Loughborough to see the beautiful annual display of bluebells. Charnwood Borough Council’s ranger service is hosting a guided bluebell walk at..

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Three-storey laboratory officially opens after revamp creates base for more than 150 scientists

25th Apr

The following press release was issued by the Leicester and Leicestershire Local Enterprise Partnership Ltd (LLEP). Charnwood Molecular and Charnwood Campus have unveiled lab space which will accelerate the clinical research organisation’s growth..

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Leader's Viewpoint: Great news as cemetery nears completion

25th Apr

In this month's Leader's Viewpoint video, Cllr Jonathan Morgan, Leader of Charnwood Borough Council, talks about the Council's investment to create a new cemetery for Loughborough.

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Ceramics market returning to Loughborough town centre in May

21st Apr

An ever-popular ceramics market will be returning to Loughborough town centre next month. Ceramics in Charnwood will be in the Market Place on Sunday May 8, 2022 and will be running from 10am until 4pm. It is the 12th year the market will be..

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Vouchers on offer at independent local shops

21st Apr

Shoppers in Loughborough can support local businesses and receive vouchers to spend thanks to a scheme being run by Love Loughborough and Charnwood Borough Council. The Ward’s End Quarter High Street Boost scheme is aiming to encourage shoppers to..

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Three month closure secured on Mountsorrel flat

14th Apr

A council flat in Mountsorrel has been ordered to close following reports of drug-related anti-social behaviour. Charnwood Borough Council secured the closure order for the flat in Churchill Road, Mountsorrel on April 6. The order stops anyone,..

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Applications open for new rounds of Charnwood Community Grants

13th Apr

Community groups and voluntary organisations in Charnwood are being invited to apply for grant funding. Charnwood Borough Council has launched its first round of the 2022/23 Charnwood Community Grant schemes which help local organisations, charities,..

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Deadline approaches for Charnwood Community Heroes 2022

13th Apr

Time is running out to get your nominations in for Charnwood Community Heroes 2022. The deadline to nominate your hero for one of the nine categories is Sunday May 8, 2022. Charnwood Community Heroes, run by Charnwood Borough Council, are a chance to..

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Tenants urged to enter garden competition

13th Apr

Council tenants are being encouraged to enter an annual garden competition. The event is run by Charnwood Borough Council and is open to its nearly 5,600 tenants who are being urged to show off their green-fingered skills. There are six categories to..

Support for Ukraine

Partners band together to support Ukrainian refugees

13th Apr

Shared on behalf of the Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland Local Resilience Forum Families and children fleeing Ukraine are starting to arrive in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland as councils, NHS, Police, East Midlands Airport and other..

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New Nanpantan Road Cemetery in Loughborough close to completion

11th Apr

Works to develop a second cemetery in Loughborough are nearing completion. Charnwood Borough Council has created the new Nanpantan Road Cemetery in Watermead Lane which includes space for natural burials and memorial gardens. Work got underway last..

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Chance to have say on proposed park gateway

8th Apr

Views are being sought on the proposed creation of a new gateway feature at Queen’s Park in Loughborough. Charnwood Borough Council has arranged consultation sessions with Vertigo Creative to inform the design of the gateway which is part of the..

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Pinder's Circus is coming to Loughborough

1st Apr

There will be fun and laughter as the circus rolls into Loughborough on Wednesday, April 6. The town will be welcoming Pinder’s Circus to Southfields Park, which is operated by Charnwood Borough Council, where they will be putting on shows until..

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Update on council tax rebate to help with energy bills

1st Apr

Council tax rebates to help with energy bills will start to be paid to Charnwood residents who pay by Direct Debit in May 2022. The Government announced a £150 council tax rebate payment to households in council tax bands A-D to help with rising..

March 2022

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Fun activities on offer for kids this Easter

31st Mar

A host of exciting activities are on offer to youngsters across Charnwood during the Easter holidays. Active Charnwood, the sport and recreation team at Charnwood Borough Council, are running activities from April 13 to April 21. Den building and..

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Visitor figures for Tiger exhibition top 10,000

30th Mar

The press release below was issued by Leicestershire County Council. Talented young writers have been showcasing their storytelling and illustration skills in a competition inspired by Charnwood Museum’s hugely popular exhibition, The Tiger Who..

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Online survey for Covid-19 memorial

28th Mar

Residents are being invited to have a say on a planned memorial to mark the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on local communities. The Hope Bell will be a lasting memorial to all those in Charnwood who have lost their lives in the Covid-19 pandemic..

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Loughborough Town Hall announces new partnership with award-winning Little Wolf Entertainment

25th Mar

Loughborough Town Hall has announced it is renewing its partnership with multi award-winning theatre producers Little Wolf Entertainment, to present the venue’s annual pantomime. The producers, who have created the last eight pantomime seasons at..

Pictured are Cllr Shona Rattray, lead member for business support, and council officers Nick Shaw, Lin Machin and Sylvia Wright

Charnwood Borough Council awarded for 800 years celebration

25th Mar

Loughborough Fair has won a top tourism award in the year it celebrated its 800th anniversary. The event, organised by Charnwood Borough Council which operates the markets and fair, won the ‘Best Free Event’ at the Leicestershire Tourism..

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Free litter picking packs to spring clean Charnwood

24th Mar

Updated, March 28: We've had lots of interest in the litter pickers and have had to stop taking requests for them. Thanks for all your interest. We're now sorting through the requests and will be in touch with the people who we can supply the packs..

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Video: Outwoods Visitor Centre and Café formally opened and dedicated in memory of former Council leader

24th Mar

A plaque dedicating the Outwoods Visitor Centre and Café in memory of David Slater, former leader of Charnwood Borough Council was recently unveiled at an event to formally open the new facility. In this short video, Cllr Jonathan Morgan, leader of..

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Video: Play Beat the Street in Loughborough before the end of March

22nd Mar

There is just over a week left to play Beat the Street in Loughborough. Over 4,500 players have already signed up, covering over 37,000 miles in the last three weeks! The activity game was launched at Thrope Acre Junior School earlier in the month..

Pictured are Michael Stokes, of Great Central Railway, Martin Peters, Chief Executive of Leicestershire Promotions and Cllr Jonathan Morgan, Leader of Charnwood Borough Council

Tourism website launched to help visitors Discover Charnwood

21st Mar

A website to promote Charnwood’s exciting offer to visitors has been launched. Discover Charnwood has been developed by the borough council to showcase the area’s unique story along with its wonderful attractions and vibrant towns and..

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Outwoods Visitor Centre and Café dedicated in memory of former Council leader

19th Mar

A plaque dedicating the Outwoods Visitor Centre and Café in memory of David Slater, former leader of Charnwood Borough Council has been unveiled. The plaque recognises David’s service to the people of Charnwood and was revealed at an event to..

Pictured are Polish vice-consul Patryk Gowin, Gosia Khrais and Joanna Kruczyk from the Polish Community Centre and Council Leader Jonathan Morgan

Polish community welcomes vice-consul

18th Mar

The Polish Community Centre in Loughborough welcomed a visit by Polish vice-consul Patryk Gowin who heard about the fantastic effort to collect donations to help Ukrainian refugees. Charnwood Borough Council leader Jonathan Morgan attended the..

Closure order on Moira St flat

Council tackles anti-social behaviour at Loughborough flat

18th Mar

A flat in Loughborough has been served with a closure order after reports of drug-related anti-social behaviour. Charnwood Borough Council secured the order on the council flat in Moira Street on March 9, meaning that no-one, including the tenant,..