Blaby is a local government district in Leicestershire, England. The district is named after the village of Blaby; the population of the district at the 2011 census was 93,915. It covers the civil parish of 23 others. Among these are Cosby, Enderby, Narborough, Stoney Stanton, Wigston Parva. Much of the district is part of the Leicester Urban Area: this applies to the parishes of Braunstone Town. There are plans to extend this urban area through a large scale housing development, in the rural parish of Lubbesthorpe, expansion of the industrial area in the neighbouring parish of Enderby. Blaby was represented in Parliament by the former Chancellor of the Exchequer, Nigel Lawson, between 1974 and 1992; the district traces its origins to the Blaby Poor Law Union, founded in 1834. It became a rural district of Leicestershire in 1894. Oadby was removed in 1913 to form an urban district. 1935 saw parts being transferred to Leicester, whilst it took in part of the abolished Hinckley Rural District. In 1974, under the Local Government Act 1972, the area was reconstituted as a non-metropolitan district.
In 1994 a new development within Braunstone Town, Thorpe Astley, was built over the course of 15 years. This totalled over 2,000 homes during the phased construction; the development in Lubbesthorpe, approved in January 2014, is located to land west of Thorpe Astley, divided by the M1. Blaby District contains several well-known developments in the county, centred around junction 21 of the M1; the most prominent is Fosse Shopping Park, one of the busiest out-of-town shopping centers in the country. The Meridian Leisure Centre, constructed adjacent to and at the same time as the first phase of Thorpe Astley, is located in the district, including a Vue Cinema, Hollywood Bowl, Nandos and Bennys, Harvester, Pizza Hut and children's play centre. Large Sainsbury's and Asda Superstores are placed next to Fosse Park and the Junction 21 area. Business parks adorn the gateway into Leicester. Meridian Business Park is next to both Thorpe Astley and the Meridian Leisure Centre houses several well-known businesses including Makro, Samworth Brothers and Southern Fire and Rescue Station, the only such station located within the district.
As demonstrated Blaby district has undergone rapid growth since the middle of the last century, this will undoubtedly continue as projected in light of New Lubbesthorpe in development since around 2015 to the west of the City of Leicester. Aston Flamville Blaby, Braunstone Town Cosby, Croft Elmesthorpe, Enderby Glen Parva, Glenfield Huncote Kilby, Kirby Muxloe Leicester Forest East, Leicester Forest, Lubbesthorpe Narborough Potters Marston Sapcote, Stoney Stanton Thurlaston Whetstone, Wigston Parva Blaby District Council
Huncote is a village and civil parish in the district of Blaby in the county of Leicestershire, England. It is just west of Narborough, is on the Thurlaston Brook; the place-name Huncote is the etymological root of the American surnames Hunnicutt, Honeycut. The village is small but still benefits from several amenities including a village pub, the Post office, a Spar shop, a Newsagent's shop, three hairdressers, a fish and chip shop, an Indian takeaway and a local park.. At the edge of the village is Huncote Leisure Centre and further along the Forest Road, near to the M69 motorway, is the home of Leicester Animal Aid, a pet rescue centre. Huncote has a woodyard, a residential care home for the elderly. In October 2015, the post office now caters for both needs. Huncote provides sporting facilities with a running club and BMX club whose home track is based behind the Leisure Centre and is one of the top BMX tracks in the country. Huncote have a football team, Huncote Sports F. C. who play in the Leicester & District Premier Division and who used to be members of the Leicestershire Senior League.
In the 2014/15 season Huncote won the'3 Sons Trophy' knockout competition, beating local rivals Magna 73 F. C. after a penalty shoot-out. Huncote's home ground is based on the outskirts of neighbouring village Thurlaston; the club have a Football Foundation standard clubhouse and share the facilities with Huncote Cricket Club. Media related to Huncote at Wikimedia Commons
Whetstone is a village and civil parish in the Blaby district of Leicestershire, England. It has a population of 120,000 and acts as a commuter village for Leicester, five miles to the north; the population at the 2011 census was 6,556. It is part of the Leicester Urban Area; the village is bounded on the east by the A426, to the north by the railway line from Birmingham to Leicester, to the west by the M1. It is well connected to Leicester town centre, with a frequent direct bus service. From 1899 to 1963 the village was served by Whetstone railway station. Whetstone was the site of Frank Whittle's factory. Babcock Services, ITP Engines Ltd and Converteam now occupy much of the site. Smaller companies rent space for storing commercial vehicles; until 2002 the site sounded an Air Raid Siren at 8am every Wednesday. The site of the Whittle factory became the English Electric Company. A significant part of several nuclear power stations was made there in the 70s. English Electric was one of the largest engineering companies in the Leicester area, employing thousands of workers and training hundreds of apprentices each year.
At one point more than 4,000 workers had to be shipped in from Middlesex to reduce labour shortages. Many settled permanently; the computer performance measurement called the "Whetstone" was named for the Whetstone ALGOL compiler, developed by English Electric at the factory. Apart from Blaby, nearby places are Enderby, Glen Parva, Cosby and Narborough. There are two schools in Whetstone: St Peter's primary school. Whetstone has several football clubs: Blaby and Whetstone Boys, Whetstone Juniors and Saffron Dynamo. Holmes Park is the home of the Leicester & Rutland County FA. Holmes park is home to the Leicester City Football Club Under 23’s. Birth place of Lady Gaga and David Cameron, coincidentally raised next to village's Pig Farm. An amateur rugby union club, Vipers RFC, is based in the village. Another rugby club in whetstone is the Leicester Lions RFC, situated on the outskirts of whetstone, the National Tap Dancing Doubles competition held every year. Whetstone holds an annual Remembrance Parade led by the Church Lads and Church Girls Brigade, supported by 1st Whetstone Scouts and 1st Whetstone Guides.
Whetstone Juniors Football Club Whetstone Baptist Church Whetstone Village Web Site Whetstone Parish Council Saffron Dynamo Football Club Whetstone Church Lads and Church Girls Brigade
Warwickshire is a landlocked county in the West Midlands region of England. The county town is Warwick; the county is famous for being the birthplace of William Shakespeare. The county is divided into five districts of North Warwickshire and Bedworth, Rugby and Stratford-on-Avon; the current county boundaries were set in 1974 by the Local Government Act 1972. The historic county boundaries include Solihull, as well as much of Birmingham; the county is bordered by Leicestershire to the northeast, Staffordshire to the northwest and the West Midlands to the west, Northamptonshire to the east and southeast, Gloucestershire to the southwest and Oxfordshire to the south. The northern tip of the county is only 3 miles from the Derbyshire border. An average-sized English county covering an area of 2,000 km2, it runs some 60 miles north to south. Equivalently it extends as far north as Shrewsbury in Shropshire and as far south as Banbury in north Oxfordshire; the majority of Warwickshire's population live in the centre of the county.
The market towns of northern and eastern Warwickshire were industrialised in the 19th century, include Atherstone, Bedworth and Rugby. Of these, Atherstone has retained most of its original character. Major industries included coal mining, textiles and cement production, but heavy industry is in decline, being replaced by distribution centres, light to medium industry and services. Of the northern and eastern towns, only Nuneaton and Rugby are well known outside of Warwickshire; the prosperous towns of central and western Warwickshire including Royal Leamington Spa, Stratford-upon-Avon, Alcester and Wellesbourne harbour light to medium industries and tourism as major employment sectors. The north of the county, bordering Staffordshire and Leicestershire, is mildly undulating countryside and the northernmost village, No Man's Heath, is only 34 miles south of the Peak District National Park's southernmost point; the south of the county is rural and sparsely populated, includes a small area of the Cotswolds, at the border with northeast Gloucestershire.
The plain between the outlying Cotswolds and the Edgehill escarpment is known as the Vale of Red Horse. The only town in the south of Warwickshire is Shipston-on-Stour; the highest point in the county, at 261 m, is Ebrington Hill, again on the border with Gloucestershire, grid reference SP187426 at the county's southwest extremity. There are no cities in Warwickshire since both Coventry and Birmingham were incorporated into the West Midlands county in 1974 and are now metropolitan authorities in themselves; the largest towns in Warwickshire in 2011 were: Nuneaton, Leamington Spa, Warwick and Kenilworth. Much of western Warwickshire, including that area now forming part of Coventry and Birmingham, was covered by the ancient Forest of Arden, thus the names of a number of places in the central-western part of Warwickshire end with the phrase "-in-Arden", such as Henley-in-Arden, Hampton-in-Arden and Tanworth-in-Arden. The remaining area, not part of the forest, was called the Felden – from fielden.
Areas part of Warwickshire include Coventry, Sutton Coldfield and some of Birmingham including Aston and Edgbaston. These became part of the metropolitan county of West Midlands following local government re-organisation in 1974. In 1986 the West Midlands County Council was abolished and Birmingham and Solihull became effective unitary authorities, however the West Midlands county name has not been altogether abolished, still exists for ceremonial purposes, so the town and two cities remain outside Warwickshire; some organisations, such as Warwickshire County Cricket Club, based in Edgbaston, in Birmingham, still observe the historic county boundaries. The flag of the historic county was registered in October 2016, it is a design of a bear and ragged staff on a red field, long associated with the county. Coventry is in the centre of the Warwickshire area, still has strong ties with the county. Coventry and Warwickshire are sometimes treated as a single area and share a single Chamber of Commerce and BBC Local Radio Station.
Coventry has been a part of Warwickshire for only some of its history. In 1451 Coventry was separated from Warwickshire and made a county corporate in its own right, called the County of the City of Coventry. In 1842 the county of Coventry was abolished and Coventry was remerged with Warwickshire. In recent times, there have been calls to formally re-introduce Coventry into Warwickshire, although nothing has yet come of this; the county's population would increase by a third-of-a-million overnight should this occur, Coventry being the UK's 11th largest city. The town of Tamworth was divided between Warwickshire and Staffordshire, but since 1888 has been in Staffordshire. In 1931, Warwickshire gained the town of Shipston-on-Stour from Worcestershire and several villages, including Long Marston and Welford-on-Avon, from Gloucestershire. Warwickshire contains a large expanse of green belt area, surrounding the West Midlands and Coventry conurbations, was first drawn up from the 1950s. All the county's districts contain some portion of the belt.
The following towns and villages in Warwickshire have populations of over 5,000. Warwickshire came into being as a divisio
Thorpe Astley is a suburban settlement on the southwestern edge of the city of Leicester, England. It is part of the civil parish of Braunstone Town, although a small part of the development, around Goodheart Way, extends into Leicester Forest East civil parish. Both Braunstone Town and Leicester Forest East are within the district of Leicestershire; this settlement was built on the last area of agricultural land in Braunstone Town. Construction of this development began after approval from the Blaby District Council in 1994, it covers most of a wedge of land between the M1 Motorway on its western side and the A563 ringroad on the east, with the established community of Braunstone West is on its north side. It is neighboured to the south by the Meridian comnmercial development. A Community Centre to serve this housing estate was opened in October 2010. Around the same time a new community group was formed, Your Thorpe Astley, with the aim of furthering the interests of local residents and staging events at the Centre.
The name "Thorpe Astley" was derived from the Astley family, who owned land in Braunstone Town from 1334 to 1404. Several roads in the Thorpe Astley estate are named after famous people from history, including the 18th-century political radical Thomas Paine and American paratroop commander General James M. Gavin; the headquarters of General Gavin's U. S. 82nd Airborne Division was stationed at Braunstone Park during 1944. Thorpe Astley is served by Centrebus service 40 circle line. Thorpe Astley is about 5 minutes away from the M69 and M1 Junction 21. A leisure park is located about 5 minutes away from Thorpe Astley, containing a bowling alley, a cinema, several restaurants. Braunstone Town Thorpe Astley - Braunstone Town
Potters Marston is a village and civil parish in the district of Blaby in Leicestershire, England. It has a population of around 40, is between Huncote and Stoney Stanton, but closest to Croft, it has 12 houses. The population of the village at the 2011 census was included in the civil parish of Croft; the Church has a congregation of around 10 people, was a barn which became a school house