Hinckley’s new town centre cafe now hiring – and they’re looking for experienced chefs and waitresses

Mason Moore | Hinckley Reporter | 16 August 2022

HINCKLEY’S new soon-to-open cafe and bakery on Regent Street is now hiring – with job vacancies up for grabs.

Addylline Cafe on Regent Street (Image: Mason Moore) / Inset (Image: Mason Moore)

Today (Tuesday, 16 August), signage has been spotted in the windows of the Addylline Cafe, housed inside of the former Voodoo Lounge club, showing that they are hiring.

The sign reads: “We are looking for chefs with experience and waitresses to work at Addylline Cafe. If you are interested please send your CV on the email given below or call on the telephone number. Tel: 07785 20997, or email addyllineltd@gmail.com.”

This marks the newest update from the independent cafe, who have kept town-goers in the dark with their plans, since we last heard back in early July that they were seeking out a premises licence to serve up alcoholic beverages inside the eatery.

Addylline join well-known town cafe, The Corner Cafe, in serving up cups of coffee on Regent Street, as they have re-located into the former Ironcraft showroom.

And, as the Hinckley Free Press reported earlier today, Hinckley’s new real ale bar, The Clarence – which does not yet have a confirmed opening date – is set to serve up specialist coffees from a local roasting house, and coffees from around the world.

Meanwhile, over on Regent Street, a new coffee house and eatery named The Wild Lotus, which was set to open months ago, have seemingly halted their interior works and have not got an opening time planned.

Exclusive: Plans for Hinckley’s new real ale bar and coffee house approved – and it will be known as The Clarence

Mason Moore | Hinckley Reporter | 16 August 2022

PLANS for a new real ale bar in Hinckley’s former Yorkshire Bank building have been approved today by planners, the Hinckley Free Press can exclusively reveal.

The Clarence, Market Place (Image: Paul Bukin)

Planners at Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council’s planning department have given the plans the ‘thumbs up’ today (Tuesday, 16 August) – albeit with a month and three weeks’ delay, as the initial decision date was set for Sunday, 26 June.

One of the planning agents helping lead the project, Mr. Paul Bukin, of Bukin Lett Architecture, who has been working alongside Bailey English Architecture, revealed the pub’s name for the first time – and stated the agents are ‘happy’ at the approval.

He said: “Bukin Lett Architecture and Bailey English Architecture are happy to announce that planning has been granted on the former Yorkshire Bank for conversion to a coffee house and real ale bar with entertainment space for live music events. The bar will be known as The Clarence.”

As we reported five days ago, the ‘landmark’ former bank building will see coffee and real ale served up inside of a large and industrial ground floor bar. And, a special beer chiller room has been created behind the bar, so the ale can be served correctly.

Food will be served up on-site from a new ‘market street kitchen’ which is in the process of being built in redundant space near the rear of the building.

The coffee house will serve up specialist coffees from a local roasting house, as well coffees from around the world.

The bar and coffee house will be dog friendly, meaning that punters can enjoy a drink whilst sitting with their dogs, as they have a catch-up with their friends.

Live entertainment will be performed inside of The Clarence – such as comedy nights and live music performances, and there are hopes that in ‘due time’, the first floor could also be transformed into yet another space for performers.

Plans are even in place for real ale festivals, beer and gin festivals, and market stalls. They would even hold art events and food events for families to enjoy together.

It is believed that the plans will “bring life back into the town square” in the evenings, with the outdoor market square sporting a new outdoor seating area for drinkers.

Police launch appeal to locate man, 28, who may have information on an assault in Nuneaton

Mason Moore | Hinckley Reporter | 15 August 2022

WARWICKSHIRE POLICE officers are appealing for information to help locate a 28-year-old man.

Lewis College, who officers want to locate (Image: Warwickshire Police)

They would like to speak to Lewis College in connection with an assault in Nuneaton today (Monday, 15 August), as he may have details which could assist with police enquiries.

He has been described as around 5ft 11 inches, of a medium build, with short dark brown hair, green or brown eyes, and a lip ring piercing.

It is believed that he has links to Nuneaton.

A Warwickshire Police spokesperson, said: “If anyone has seen him or knows of his whereabouts, please call 101 quoting incident number 49 of 15 August 2022.”

Those who would rather pass on information anonymously are able to do so by reporting details to independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Earl Shilton Camera Club exhibition returning to Hinckley’s Atkins Building next week

Mason Moore | Hinckley Reporter | 15 August 2022

EARL SHILTON Camera Club are to present their 2022 exhibition with a full members’ showcase inside of Hinckley’s Atkins Building on Bond Street starting next week.

The Atkins Building on Bond Street (Image: Mason Moore)

The exhibition will start in just seven days’ time, from next Monday (22 August) – and it will run for a total of 11 days, through to Friday, 2 September.

A statement posted to the Atkins Building website about the annual exhibition, simply reads: “The club has members ranging from beginners to experienced photographer’s with the common aim of improving all members’ skills and sharing knowledge.”

The Atkins Gallery is open from Monday to Friday at 9am until 5pm.

And, those who are unable to catch it at these hours will be able to attend an ‘evening view’ session, which will be held on Wednesday, 31 August, from 7pm to 9pm.

For more details on the Earl Shilton Camera Club (ESCC), visit their official website, follow them on Twitter, or ‘like’ them on Facebook.

Leicestershire Lib Dems ‘shocked’ at new data revealing no county dental practices accepting new NHS patients

Mason Moore | Hinckley Reporter | 14 August 2022

A NEW investigation carried out by the BBC has found that no dental practices across Leicestershire were accepting any new adult NHS patients.

Stock photo (Image: Anna Shvets/Pexels)

This comes after the BBC contacted a total of 58 dental practices in the county – all of who have NHS contracts – and none of them said that they were able to accept any new adult NHS patients.

The result of this analysis into the dentistry services has been branded “shocking” by Lib Dems in Hinckley and Bosworth, who have demanded that a Health Minister come and visit some of the county’s practices to “see how dire the situation is” first hand.

Leader of Leicestershire Liberal Democrats, Coun. Michael Mullaney, is also urging the Minister to meet with local people who have been ‘forced to wait in agony for months’ due to a lack of NHS dentist appointments.

The figures were released alongside ‘harrowing’ accounts of DIY dentistry as hard-working families and pensioners struggle to find the affordable care that they need.

The Liberal Democrats have accused the Government of “breaking” the dental system due to a lack of investment.

Coun. Michael Mullaney, responded to the figures, stating: “People in our area should know if they are in pain or face a health emergency that the NHS is there for them. Yet these scandalous figures prove NHS dentistry in Leicestershire is at breaking point.

“Our NHS dental system is broken because this Government has failed to stump up the cash. People are being forced to spend hundreds if not thousands of pounds on private dental care with some even resorting to their own at-home DIY dentistry.”

He concluded: “The fault for this lies solely with the Conservative Government. They have done next to nothing to tackle this crisis.

“Liberal Democrats are demanding a Health Minister visits our area to meet with local dentists and patients to hear just how bad things are here.”

‘Significant’ rise in anti-social behaviour in Blaby district parks – including grass set on fire, glass shards scattered, and litter being dropped

Mason Moore | Hinckley Reporter | 14 August 2022

A ‘SIGNIFICANT’ increase of anti-social behaviour has been noticed in parks and open spaces across the Blaby district.

Pictured: Some of the graffiti which has been sprayed on features across parks and green spaces across the Blaby district. (Image: Blaby District Council)

Youths have been inside parks in Blaby, Enderby, Narborough, and Littlesthorpe, where they have been littering, leaving broken unsafe glass shards, setting fire to grass and play area apparatus, and even spraying equipment in graffiti.

These acts of anti-social behaviour have not gone unnoticed – in fact, they have been reported to the District Council by parents and dog walkers who frequent the parks.

In a statement, a Blaby District Council (BDC) spokesperson explained: “Parents and dog walkers are really concerned about the risk of harm to young children and animals, meaning they feel unable to use our lovely green areas.”

Thankfully, the Council’s Community Safety Team are now working alongside Leicestershire Police officers to help to tackle these anti-social behaviour issues.

And, they have urged parents to speak to their children about issues like this, and make them aware of the consequences that can come of this behaviour.

If you notice any anti-social behaviour taking place, you can report it by calling 101 if it is not an emergency, or 999 if you or someone else are in immediate danger.

If you want to report a crime anonymously, call independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 – they will help to pass the information about the crime to the police.

Police appealing for witnesses following three recent suspected arson incidents in Nuneaton

Mason Moore | Hinckley Reporter | 13 August 2022

INVESTIGATING Warwickshire Police officers are appealing for witnesses to three suspected arson incidents in the nearby town of Nuneaton.

A stock photo of a person in front of flames (Image: Unsplash)

On Thursday afternoon (11 August), just before 4pm, police descended on down to the grass area of the Vale View Recreation Ground, following the report of a fire.

Around 15 minutes after, at approximately 4.15pm, officers were contacted by Fire Service colleagues about a fire that had taken place in the Montana Walk field.

And, they had even received a report from a member of the public who had reported that the bushes and river edge of Sandon Park Recreation Ground on Shawe Avenue had been burnt.

Luckily, nobody was injured of any of these incidents. And, all of the incidents are being treated as linked at the time of publication (Saturday, 13 August).

Enquiries into the incidents are currently ongoing and officers are keeping an open mind as to how the fires were caused, but it is believed they may have been started deliberately.

Now, officers are keen to speak to anybody who witnessed the incidents, or who had spotted anybody acting suspiciously in the areas at this time.

Those with details can report any of the incidents by calling the non-emergency police number of 101, or reporting them through their website, by quoting any of the relevant following incident numbers:

  • 251 of 11 August (Haunchwood Road incident)
  • 264 of 11 August (Montana Walk incident)
  • 23/34438/22 (Shawe Avenue incident)

Alternatively, those who have details and would rather report them anonymously, can do so by calling independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Hinckley families and children enjoyed ‘day by the seaside’ and building sandcastles at three-day-long Snap Dragon Festival

Mason Moore | Hinckley Reporter | 13 August 2022

A POPULAR annual festival for family and children recently returned to Hinckley’s award-winning Argents Mead park in town, with three ‘fun-filled’ days.

Snappy the Dragon with youngsters on ‘Kings and Queens’ day (Image: Ted Cottrell)

The Snap Dragon Festival ran for a total of three days, from Wednesday, 3 August, Thursday 4 August, and Friday, 5 August. Each of the days featured a different theme, which proved to be fun for the entire family.

Wednesday seen ‘National Play Day’ celebrated, Thursday was ‘Let the Games Begin’ and Friday was ‘Kings and Queens’.

Families who attended were able to enjoy a traditional day at the seaside each day, thanks to the giant sand pit which was sponsored in part by Hinckley BID.

There was even a chance to meet the festival mascot – Snappy the Dragon – as well as have a photograph on a giant deckchair, and groove in the ‘Snappy’ disco, thanks to Hinckley’s very own town radio station, Fosse 107.

Youngsters were able to build sandcastles, take part in a treasure trail, bug hunt, play in the games garden, relax in deckchairs, or bring their teddies to a teddy bear’s picnic.

And, there was even a dedicated craft station which was looked after by the United Reformed Churches.

Coun. Keith Nichols, the Borough Council’s Executive Member for Culture at the Borough Council, said: “Snap Dragon Children and Families Festival offered many free and fun play opportunities for children, young people, families, and friends.

“A fantastic time was had by all. My thanks to our events team, Fosse 107, Hinckley BID to all our council Street Scene and Green Spaces Teams and of course to the thousands of children and families who came along and supported this wonderful event.”

Hinckley Council joining campaign to tackle ‘growing’ problem of fly-tipping

Mason Moore | Hinckley Reporter | 12 August 2022

HINCKLEY and Bosworth Borough Council are joining a national campaign titled #SCRAPflytipping, which aims to help tackle the “growing” problem of fly-tipping.

Hinckley Hub (Image: Google Street View)

The campaign is aimed at residents and businesses whose waste is sometimes fly-tipped by unlicensed operators. It further raises awareness of the issue and how it can be reported, which will lead to more reports helping to find the fly-tippers.

Over the course of 11 months from April 2020 to March 2021, a whopping total of 911 fly-tipping incidents were reported to Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council (HBBC).

A Council spokesperson has estimated that over the course of that time, it has cost some £45,000 to clear up the different dumped fly-tipped items.

As a part of the campaign, the Borough Council is now urging residents to follow an easy set of rules – which make up the ‘S.C.RAP. code’ – that can prevent fly-tipping.

When in contact with any waste carrier, residents must remember to:

• Suspect all waste carriers until they have provided their licence

• Check their licence details on the public register for waste carriers

• Refuse unexpected offers to take your waste away

• Ask how your rubbish will be disposed of

• Paperwork – get an invoice or receipt for the waste they’re taking, including their contact details

Residents must always check waste carriers’ licences and report existing fly-tipping incidents, as they could be the ones held responsible if their waste is fly-tipped. These checks are able to be made directly through the Environment Agency’s website.

Fly-tipping often occurs when rogue waste carriers illegally dump the waste that they are collecting so that they avoid proper disposal fees, and maximise their profits – something which the Council stress is “unfairly undercutting legitimate businesses”.

Those who fly-tip have been warned that they can face prosecution – and even an unlimited fine.

Coun. Bill Crooks, the Borough Council’s Executive Member for Clean Neighbourhoods, explained: “Fly-tipping and other types of waste crime are a blight on our neighbourhoods, communities and environment. If you produce waste at home or from a business, you have a responsibility to ensure it is disposed of legally and safely – this means making sure anyone who is handling your waste is licensed to do so.”

He concluded: “It is vital that you take steps to check that your rubbish will be disposed of correctly and that you are confident you know where it will end up otherwise you run the risk of a fine or even legal action.”

To find out further details about fly-tipping, and how to report it,

The Borough Council’s website have a dedicated section to the #SCRAP fight against fly-tipping, and how to report a fly-tipping incident, which can be viewed here.

Most items of household waste can legally be disposed of at local waste and recycling centres. The nearest one to Hinckley is Barwell Tip, on Stapleton Lane in Barwell.

Police patrolling Burbage park after reports of youths littering, using bad language, and playing loud music

Mason Moore | Hinckley Reporter | 12 August 2022

POLICE OFFICERS in Burbage are to complete their patrols across the Tilton Road Park, following recent reports of anti-social behaviour.

Tilton Road Park, where the youths have been congregating (Image: Google/Google Street View)

These patrols come after residents have noticed – and informed police officers – that groups of youths have been dropping their litter across the park, as well as using bad language, and even playing “very loud and inappropriate music”.

Darren Stretton, who serves as PCSO for the area, stated in a recent policing update just two days ago (Wednesday, 10 August), that the Beat Team are carrying out the patrols with hopes of identifying the responsible youths.

If identified, the Beat Team will talk to the groups of youths about their behaviour, so they are able to understand the impact it has on local residents and other youths.

Anybody who has any details can directly email PCSO Stretton with the information, by emailing him at darren.stretton@leics.police.uk.