Celebrate one year of pioneering journalism

Plus: East Midlands Airport stands trial, plans for new industrial units and exhibition for autistic artists.

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Celebrate one year of pioneering journalism

by Emma Guy

If you had told us last year that we would be organising our first anniversary amidst interviewing candidates for placements, searching for an office and looking back at our viral Reddit posts, we would not have believed you. But we would have been thrilled.

The last year has seen our small team investigate the police, interview families facing abuse, and hold the council to account – all while commissioning and training the next generation of journalists and community organisers. 

We want to thank all of our readers, volunteers, and community partners who have supported The Gazette in the last year. To thank you in style, we invite you to join us at our first-anniversary celebration on Thursday, 14 March 2024, starting at 6pm. The event will be held at Soft Touch Arts, 50 New Walk, LE1 6FT.

Speaking about the event, co-founder Megan Lupton said: "After a busy year full of hard work – and lots of coffee – we cannot wait to celebrate with our members and guests. We have witnessed first-hand the positive impact that The Gazette has had on Leicester's communities. We cannot wait to reflect on the many highs of the last year".

The event will coincide with our Annual General Meeting (AGM). Here, members will steer our editorial direction and vote on proposals put forward by the team. But fear not – if you are not a member, there is still time to have your vote counted. Our limited-time AGM offer allows you to become a valued member for just 90p per month for your first year.

If you would like to attend, RSVP by emailing events@greatcentralgazette.org with your name and email address. If you wish to bring a plus one, please state so in the email.

Due to limited capacity at the venue, members have priority access. If we are predicted to exceed capacity, we will inform you at least two Clear Days before. There will be other opportunities in the future to meet The Gazette team and hear about our work.

The AGM agenda, draft policies and proposed changes to our Rules can be found on our website here. We look forward to welcoming you to an evening of food, music and pioneering journalism!

Now, business as usual. Here's your peak Inside Leicester.

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Weather forecast

by Phil Morrish

🌦️ Monday, 19 February: A damp start but brightening up through the morning to give us some sunny spells in the afternoon with just the odd shower. A fresh west breeze gusting to 25mph. A dry, clear night. Min: 8C | Max: 12C

🌦️ Tuesday, 20 February: A dry but cloudy start. It'll brighten up through the morning to give us some sunny intervals. More clouds with rain arriving in the late afternoon will give us a damp evening. Min: 7C | Max: 12C

🌧️ Wednesday, 21 February: Rain will give us a wet day, with some heavy rain at times, but temperatures will remain mild. It will dry up in the evening. Min: 8C | Max: 10C

🌧️ Thursday, 22 February: A damp start and a mainly cloudy morning with some light rain. It will turn much more showery after lunch. It will become cooler later in the day, with temperatures plummeting in the evening. Winds turn northwest and increase to 30mph. Min: 4C | Max: 10C

🌦️ Friday, 23 February: A cooler start, with plenty of sun and few showers. Again, it'll remain quite mild, but expect a colder night as on Thursday. Min: 4C | Max: 8C

🌦️ Weekend, 24-25 February: Cooler temperatures persist into the weekend, with a few showers and some sunshine appearing. Once again, expect colder nights. Min: 4C | Max: 8C 

In the news

by Emma Guy and Megan Lupton

  • Young farmer found dead: A murder investigation has been launched following the death of a young farmer from Leicestershire. Charles Kinston, 23, was shot in a field in Bretby, Derbyshire and pronounced dead at the scene. Read more
  • East Midlands Airport standing trial: The airport, near Castle Donington, is being prosecuted by the Environment Agency following a campaign by an angling group. They are due in court over allegations that the airport polluted the River Trent with chemicals it used to de-ice planes and its runway. Read more
  • New Countesthorpe development: The village near Leicester may have up to 426 additional properties following three separate applications for new builds. Previous applications were denied due to concerns over the development's impact. Read more
  • Leicester station revamp plans: The £17.6 million overhaul of Leicester railway station is underway. The Grade II-listed station's renovations are led by Leicester City Council, East Midlands Railway (EMR) and Network Rail. Read more
  • Exhibition for autistic artists extended: The art exhibition, Through My Eyes, has been extended at Leicester Museum and Art Gallery. It aims to highlight the creative work of three artists, all of whom are autistic and one who also has a learning disability. The display will now run until March. Read more
  • Plans for industrial units approved: Leicester City Council has announced that it is working with Brackley Property Developments to build 21 new units for local startups and businesses close to the city centre. Read more
  • Running event breaking prize records: New College will hold a community running event in Leicester next month, offering a total prize pot of £30,000 – the highest in the history of domestic UK racing. The race will take place on 16 March. Read more
  • The Gazette AGM 2024: Our anniversary party and AGM will be an opportunity to learn more about the work of The Gazette in a relaxed and private setting and meet some of those involved. Read more
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Join us for our one-year anniversary party and first Annual General Meeting (AGM)!

What's On

by Leah Everquill

🚨 – Last chance
💷 – Entry fee
🆓 – Free of charge

Join this fascinating webinar, which celebrates the contributions of LGBTQ+ leaders in Creative Health – an innovative approach to health and social care that often centres on artistic pursuits. Booking online is essential. From 12pm-1pm.

Head to Attenborough Arts Centre for a fun, family-friendly printmaking workshop. Booking online is essential. From 2pm-4pm. Tickets cost £20. Children must be four years and above.

If you're a fan of Barbra Streisand, pop down to The Little Theatre for an excellent evening of all her greatest tunes. Starts 7:30pm. Tickets from £22.

Still in the Christmas mood? The Nutcracker is returning to De Montfort Hall, performed by Varna International Ballet and accompanied by the Varna International Ballet Orchestra. Matinee and evening performances are available. Tickets from £24.50.

Leicester Museum & Art Gallery is hosting a brilliant stigma-challenging showcase. The exhibition displays the mesmerising artwork of three local artists, all autistic.

  • 🆓 Traces – 23 February to 19 May 2024

Another one from Attenborough Arts Centre – a fantastic disability-focused arts exhibition. The terrific creative work of five contemporary artists and 42 children and young people from Ash Field Academy will be displayed. Open weekdays between 12pm-5pm and weekends between 12pm-4pm.

On the market

by Megan Lupton

An eco-house in Melton Mowbray is available to purchase for the sustainability-conscious among you. With a car charging point and an individual allotment for growing produce, this picturesque property puts the planet first but has a steep price tag. There are cheaper properties available on the Coppers Meadow development if you're looking for a two or three-bed instead.

Price: £800,000

Check out this 4 bedroom detached house for sale on Rightmove
4 bedroom detached house for sale in Melton Road, Asfordby Hill, Melton Mowbray, LE14 for £800,000. Marketed by Connells, Melton Mowbray

Food and drink

by David Landwehr

Photo of a bagel with cream cheese, loaded jalapeno fries, a latte and an espresso.

A sunny day is only made better by a trip to Gardner's Rest Tearoom. We ordered a bagel with cream cheese, loaded jalapeno fries, a latte and an espresso. The bagel was light and refreshing, so I am confident this was farm-fresh cream cheese and not a Philly job. The loaded fries were what you would expect. However, they used pre-shredded cheese instead of from the block. I would recommend this café to anyone looking for an affordable day out.

Price: £19.95

Sports highlights

by David Landwehr

  • Men's football: Leicester City have proven to be mortal after losing 2-1 to Middlesbrough on Saturday. This loss puts LCFC nine points ahead of second-place Leeds United with a big match between the two on 23 February. Read more
  • Women's football: LCFC Women's carried the torch for Leicester City victories. They beat Bristol City convincingly 5-2, looking to carry this momentum into March against the almighty Chelsea. Read more
  • Men's rugby: Leicester Tigers took on Ealing away on Sunday. Leicester won in a close match, beating Ealing 29-21. Mattioli Woods Stadium will host an international game when England faces off against Portugal on 25 February. Read more


by Megan Lupton

Photo of the River Soar in Quorn.

The River Soar, an iconic Leicestershire river, photographed during the First World War. Today, you can still see the granite and brick wall on the left.

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