Storm Henk: National charity arrives in Leicester to provide aid to flood victims

Plus: Green Dragon Square, homelessness surge, and a new 20mph speed limit.

Photo of a flood sign

In focus

Storm Henk: National charity arrives in Leicester to provide aid to flood victims

by Rhys Everquill

Dozens of flood alerts are still in force as widespread flooding hit Leicester and Leicestershire in the wake of Storm Henk last week, leaving many residents vulnerable to losing their homes and lives.

Ahmed Choudhury, Muslim Aid's Fundraising and Volunteer Coordinator, arrived in Leicestershire on Wednesday evening to oversee a needs assessment and coordinate a specific response for the local community. 

Muslim Aid has confirmed the distribution of food vouchers and feminine hygiene kits.

Ahmed said: "As soon as I heard the news about the floodings in Loughborough and Leicester, I immediately drove up to see what first-hand support we can offer. Upon my arrival I saw several roads being blocked by the police, fire brigades as well as the search and rescue team on the ground.  

"There were houses that had water waist level high. Many vulnerable and elderly people have had to be moved to different places of accommodation. There are houses without electricity and heating due to the flooding. 

"I spoke with Kelly from Loughborough, and she said that the entire community got together to help each other out in this time of need. After conducting the initial 24-hour response, I was able to identify what needs to be done next and have reported it back to my team, who will be back in Leicester to support those in need". 

Muslim Aid is a British Muslim charity that has operated in over 70 countries. Inspired by their faith, they work with an inclusive approach to all peoples, regardless of their religion, race, ethnicity, age and ability.

Weather forecast

by Phil Morrish

🌨️ Monday, 8 January: A cold start with a few snow flurries possible. The cold will persist throughout the day, with a northeast breeze and slightly rising temperatures. There will be some variable clouds with a few sunny intervals. Frost at night. Min: 1C | Max: 3C

🌥️ Tuesday, 9 January: A cold start but more sunshine throughout the day. A 20mph northeast breeze will keep it cold. Again, frost at night. Min: 0C | Max: 4C

☁️ Wednesday, 10 January: A frosty start. The day will see more clouds but a little sunshine. Still, that cold northeast breeze will stick, gusting to 25mph. A cloudy night. Min: 0C | Max: 5C

☁️ Thursday, 11 January: Mainly cloudy, with a milder start to the day. Clouds will stick with us, but the afternoon may be slightly warmer. That noticeable northeast breeze will stick around, making it feel chilly. Min: 4C | Max: 6C

🌥️ Friday, 12 January: Another cold start. The day will see variable clouds but some sunshine, too. It should stay dry. It will be a slightly less cold day, with temperatures peaking for this week. Min: 4C | Max: 7C

🌧️ Weekend, 13-14 January: A chilly weekend with some clouds. That northeast breeze will stick with us until the end of the week, keeping it cold. It should remain dry, but there may be a very light passing shower. Min: 4C | Max: 6C

In the news

by Rhys Everquill

  • Market Place. Buildings in Green Dragon Square could be demolished to create a new shopping link in the city centre, but opposition councillors have voiced concerns. Read more
  • Homelessness surge. The number of homeless individuals in Leicester experienced a significant increase over the past 18 months. Read more
  • East Midlands flooding. Flooding incidents across Leicestershire prompt concerns communities will struggle to recover. Read more
  • Police and Crime Commissioner. Rupert Matthews called a meeting on 16 January to allow residents in East Leicester to share their views on crime and policing. Read more
  • 20mph speed limit. The council introduces a new 20mph speed limit scheme in several neighbourhoods to enhance road safety. Read more
  • New Walk bridge. An anonymous resident leaves encouraging notes and resources about mental health on Leicester's New Walk bridge. Read more
  • University of Leicester. A reporter and former student recovered their long-lost first article after 22 years. Read more
Reporter reunited with their long-lost first article, 22 years later
Almost exactly a year from the day my dad died, something beyond incredible happened. And it was all down to him.

What's On

by Leah Everquill

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

If your child is home-educated, head to the National Space Centre for their Home Education Day. Learn about stars and telescopes in their Planetarium! The price for one child and one adult is £24.99.

Sign up for this 8-week course at Attenborough Arts Centre to learn about art history from the Low Countries. Over 18s only. The whole course costs £60-£80.

It is time for some laughs! The Same Faces are hosting an evening of improvised comedy at The Little Theatre. Tickets cost £15. Performance starts 7:30pm. 

Listen to some of the most iconic film soundtracks at De Montfort Hall, performed by the Philharmonia orchestra. Tickets start from £10. Performance starts 7pm.

Over 1000 local children have created fabulous giant sequins from materials that would have gone to landfill. How about walking around the city centre to try and find them all?

Fancy a singsong? Curve Theatre is hosting all women's choir workshops every Monday. Runs from 6-8:30pm. Over 18s only. Each class costs £4.50.

On the market

by Rhys Everquill

GIF of a one-bedroom first-floor apartment at The Cotton Mill

A one-bedroom first-floor apartment at The Cotton Mill, a Grade II listed former Victorian factory sympathetically restored into 41 spectacular loft-style apartments on the fringes of New Walk. The Cotton Mill was converted in 2003 by English Heritage, maintaining its original Victorian facade whilst having a stylish and contemporary interior with exposed brickwork, wooden beams and high ceilings.

Price: £130,000

Check out this 1 bedroom apartment for sale on Rightmove
1 bedroom apartment for sale in King Street, Leicester, LE1 for £130,000. Marketed by Hortons, Leicester

Food and drink

by David Landwehr

Photo of The Gadabout indoors

The Gadabout is about the most aesthetically pleasing bar I have ever been in. The design comes across as a combination of California life and vaporwave. Now, usually at this point, my concern is that all the thought and money went towards the design and none to the offerings. This is not the case. The Gadabout had one of the most extensive selections of beers and cocktails I have ever seen. And not just any beer – I ordered their guest hefeweizen (6.1%), which came in a gigantic chilled stein. It is as good as it sounds.

Price: All draught pints are £5.60

Sports highlights

by David Landwehr

  • Rugby. The Leicester Tigers fought well against the Saracens on 6 January in one of the coldest matches I have ever attended. Tigers won 19-10 at home. Read more
  • Women's football. LCFC are due to take on Derby County in the 4th round of the FA Cup on 14 January. Leicester will be playing away. Read more
  • Men's football. Peter Shilton receives a CBE in the King's New Year's Honours. The former England goalie is the most capped player for England with 125. Read more


by Megan Lupton

Photo of Leicester's clock tower from the late 1800s.

The clock tower overlooks Salmon & Gluckstein, a British tobacconist founded in the late 1800s. Do you know when this picture was taken?

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