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    New Look has had a re-style

    Come and take a look at our new store re-style on Friday 1st May at 10am , we’ve been working hard to make your store look better than ever!

    Men’s wear is back and we’ve got goody bags for the guys too!

    Free goody bags for the first 50 customers to make a purchase on the day, once they’re gone they’re gone so make sure you pay us a visit in the morning to grab yourself one*, see you there.’

    *subject to availability

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    Rewards for schools at Carillon Court

    ONE lucky Loughborough school is in with the chance of winning up to £300 worth of prizes after a shopping centre relaunched a new token reward scheme.

    Thorpe Acre Junior School, Booth Wood School and Robert Bakewell School are all in the running after they linked up with Carillon Court Shopping Centre for the return of its Rewards for Schools scheme.

    Shoppers to Carillon Court who spend £10 or more in participating stores will be given a token which they will then be able to drop into one of three boxes corresponding to the school they wish to vote for.

    The boxes will be located outside Claire’s and the participating stores are; The Fragrance Shop, 3 Store, Claire’s, EE, H Samuel, The Body Shop, New Look, Moda, WH Smith, The Works, Thornton’s, and The House of Ashley Peake.

    Baljit Kooner, Carillon Court Centre Manager, said: “We’re so pleased to announce that for the second year running we have the chance to give one of the schools in our town a boost for the year. A prize fund of up to £300 will ensure that our Rewards for Schools scheme helps a significant part of the local community yet again!”

    “Carillon Court is at the heart of Loughborough’s community and we welcome many families with school age children through our doors. This was really popular with our shoppers last year; everyone agrees it’s great to give our shoppers the chance to help the community at the same time as doing their regular shopping!”

    Ms Beaumont, Thorpe Acre Junior School Headteacher, said: “We are delighted to be invited to be a part of the Rewards for Schools initiative. This will be a really great way to boost resources for the school and get parents involved.

    “We hope that all our families at Thorpe Acre will visit Carillon Court Shopping Centre and support the stores involved and the school at the same time. We should all benefit a great deal!”

    “The amazing prize on offer would be a welcome bonus and would be very appreciated by Thorpe Acre Junior School.”

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    Local Store Manager Celebrates 20 Years in Business

    H.Samuels Store Manager at Carillon Court Shopping Centre, Loughborough is set to celebrate 20 years in the business.

    Jackie Bailey, Store Manager at H.Samuels in Carillon Court has worked across several branches including Nottingham, Leicester and Loughborough working her way up the ladder to gain the title of a successful Store Manager.

    The 20 years at H.Samuels have brought Jackie nothing but enjoyment and have helped her on the way to building her happy family. Jackie met her husband whilst working at the business and is now guiding her son in his job role at the jewellery store.

    Jackie Bailey, Store Manager at H.Samuels, commented: ‘I am over the moon to have reached this birthday and feel it is a massive achievement. I have loved working in the business and now being Store Manager at Carillion Court is the icing on the cake.

    I look forward to many more years in the business and seeing my son grow from strength to strength and hopefully one day celebrating his 20 years in the business too!’

    The whole family have become devoted to the jewellery brand and Jackie is a friendly and familiar face for all of the local customer of Carillon Court.

    Baljit Kooner, Centre Manager at Carillon Court Shopping Centre, commented: ‘We are extremely excited to be celebrating this birthday with Jackie and on the behalf of all the staff at Carillon Court we would like to send her a huge congratulations!

    This is a massive achievement and something she should be very proud of.

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    Have a heart with Carillon Court

    Carillon Court Shopping Centre, Loughborough is working in association with local charity; Charnwood Toy Appeal this year to provide much needed gifts for children this Christmas.

    Have a Heart will launch in the centre on Tuesday 2nd December at Carillon Court and will end on 7th December. Volunteers from Charnwood Toy Appeal will be in the centre on Sunday 7th December to receive the donations to ensure every child has a Christmas to remember and the Centre Management Suite will represent a ‘donation station’ for the duration of the week and lead up to the 7th.

    Carillon Court Centre Manager, Baljit Kooner commented: “The Have a Heart campaign is a fantastic initiative, Christmas is a time for joy and a time for giving and this campaign will certainly provide that for many children, but your help is needed, we therefore encourage the community to get involved and give something back this Christmas – thank you in advance for your generosity.’

    The campaign is really simple and easy to support, all we ask is that our shoppers visit the Christmas tree located within the centre from Tuesday 2nd December, where dozens of tags will detail the age and gender of a child that they can then buy a gift for. Shoppers can buy a gift for that child in our retail stores and take it unwrapped, along with the tag to the Centre Management Suite located in the blue doors opposite Topshop, or at the Charnwood Toy Appeal stand in the centre on Sunday 7th December.

    Sue Hibbert, Volunteer at Charnwood Toy Appeal commented: “We are delighted to be part of the Have a Heart campaign this year and would like to extend our thanks in advance for all the kind donations of Carillon Court shoppers. These gifts will truly make a difference to children across the festive period, ensuring everyone has a smile this Christmas.”

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    Literacy ladybirds have fun at Carillon Court

    Carillon Court welcomed their Ladybird readers into the centre over the weekend as part of the ‘Love Loughborough Tales’ event celebrating the future through telling tales and storytelling workshops.

    The event took place on Saturday 25th October and was part of a wider initiative in the town centre that focused on everything the people of Loughborough love about books. Carillon Court welcomed children to take part in a whole host of exciting reading and writing activity, as well as putting on live story telling.

    The half term week was filled with exciting activity including illustrations and art and craft workshops across the town centre at both the Loughborough Library and Charnwood Museum who also put on fun activity for the family.

    Baljit Kooner, Carillon Court Centre Manager, commented: “We were delighted to be part of the Loughborough Tales event and play our part in contributing to activity in the town centre. Everyone who came into the centre thoroughly enjoyed the activity and it was great to see so many children engaging in the story telling.

    Education and especially literacy play a huge part in everyone’s life, so I think it is great to have put on an event like this and provide activity that could be both fun and educational.’

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    Tylers Saturday boy set for stardom as he takes to the stage at the Edinburgh Fringe

    Local lad and Tylers employee Jack Archer has just finished his GCSE’s and whilst most boys his age are looking forward to a lazy summer, Jack is gearing up to perform at the Edinburgh Fringe.

    Almost as soon as Jack could walk he was treading the boards as a member of Stage Coach. Whilst performing there, aged 11, his budding talent was spotted by Sara Lim-Smith who invited him to join her musical theatre group – Infrared Comedy Theatre.

    Infrared performs original material all written, choreographed and produced by Sara. They regularly perform at the Duchess theatre in Long Eaton and have seen their fan base grow each season.

    This year they have taken the plunge and are attending the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and will be performing an original piece written especially for the Fringe – The Estate.

    The musical comedy focuses on two women living on an estate, their trials and tribulations as they struggle to pay their bills, claim benefits and try to get jobs.

    The play will be on at the Greenside theatre, Edinburgh from the 18-23 August, however, there is a special preview evening for friends, family and supporters on Wednesday 13 August at Loughborough Brush Club.

    The preview is a chance for the group to thank everyone who has supported them.

    Jack explained: “Sara is amazing and has written, choreographed and produced such as fantastic play for us all. Getting to the Fringe is an ambition for all of us.

    “The preview night will be a first chance for us to see the audience’s reaction to the play and should be a really fun evening too.

    Tickets for the evening are available from any cast member, or from Sara’s studio on 0115 710 110.

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    A muddy encounter for shopping centre manager in fundraising challenge

    A LOUGHBOROUGH shopping centre manager who has beaten cancer set herself another fundraising challenge after successfully completing last year’s Mad Monk race.

    On 5th July, Baljit Kooner, Manager of Carillon Court Shopping Centre took part in the JCB Mud Run covering a filthy five mile course full of obstacles and extremely muddy surfaces to raise money for a children’s hospice.

    Baljit’s challenge did not go unseen and she had amazing support throughout the run up to her challenge managing to raise a rewarding £336.00 for Rainbows Children’s Hospice, through a number of generous donations.

    Looking after her own health and fitness is a priority for mum-of-two Baljit who was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma after seeing a doctor for a persistent cough which she just couldn’t shake when she was just 25.

    Baljit, 41, from Derby, said: “I am always up for taking on any challenge and after being diagnosed with my illness it gave me a different perspective on life. I am now pleased that I can help change the lives of others at Rainbow’s Hospice and am extremely pleased I have the chance to support the fantastic work they do.”

    Luckily Baljit made a remarkable recovery after initially only been given two weeks to live and has since put her time into staying fit and healthy for her own well-being, and using some of her spare time to support local charities by taking on exhilarating challenges.

    Baljit said: “Since last year’s challenge I knew I was always going to be up for another that came along, so when the chance to take part in the JCB Mud Run was raised I jumped at the opportunity.

    “Last year I was so terrified to take on the challenge, but after having a taster I couldn’t wait to get stuck into the Mud Run and it was such a laugh despite aching the next morning.”

    “Once again I choose to run the race in aid of Rainbows, our chosen local charity at the shopping centre, which I think is a brilliant cause and with that in mind spurs me on to cross the finish line. I am extremely grateful for all the donations made for such an amazing cause.”

    All the money Baljit raised will go towards Carillon Court’s official charity, Rainbows, a hospice for children and young people with life limiting illnesses in Lark Rise, Loughborough.

    Kate Golding, Corporate Fundraiser for Rainbows, said: “Baljit had great success last year so we were really excited to hear she was taking on another challenge and even more excited and privileged that she had chosen to raise funds for Rainbows once again.

    “We are very grateful to the ongoing support from Carillon Court and the money raised from Baljit’s efforts at the JCB Mud Run will do so much for our charity in helping us continue offering our services to families desperately in need.”

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    Charity fitness challenge for shopping centre manager

    Carillon Court Shopping Centre manager who has beaten cancer has set herself a gruelling fitness challenge to raise money for a children’s hospice.

    Baljit Kooner, Manager of Carillon Court shopping centre, has entered the JCB Mud Run Race, an extreme obstacle race run in mud!

    All the money Baljit raises will go towards Carillon Court’s official charity, Rainbows, a hospice for children and young people with life limiting illnesses in Lark Rise, Loughborough.

    To sponsor Baljit please visit: http://www.justgiving.com/3mudskateers

    Remember to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for more details.

    Good luck Baljit!

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    Store assistant Alex springs to glory in high energy style of gymnastics

    A YOUNG Loughborough fashion store assistant is springing to glory in the energetic world of acrobatic gymnastics.

    Alex Gray, 19, who works part time at the Ministry of Design fashion store in Carillon Court shopping centre, is becoming a polished performer in the highly competitive sport which sees groups of gymnasts working together on spectacular routines consisting of acrobatic moves, dance and tumbling, all set to music.

    And at the end of this month he’s due to represent his region in a big national competition.

    In Alex’s sport gymnasts perform three routines – ‘balance’ where the focus is on strength, poise and flexibility, ‘dynamic’ which includes throws, somersaults and catches, and, at the highest level, a ‘combined’ routine bringing together elements from the two.

    Alex, who lives with his family in the village of Sutton Bonington just outside Loughborough, has been hooked on gymnastics since he watched the world’s top competitors going through their stylish paces in the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

    He explained: “I quite liked watching the sport and decided to try it for myself. I sent out emails to a number of gymnastic clubs in the area asking for information and the first one to reply was Loughborough Acrobatic and Gymnastic Club.

    “The club only does acrobatic gymnastics, which is not yet an Olympic sport, but it looked really challenging so I decided to become a member in the autumn of 2008.”

    Alex, who is currently on a gap year between leaving East Leake Academy in Loughborough and taking up a place to study for a sport and exercise degree at Loughborough University, added: “I’m aiming for a career in sport, although I don’t exactly know what at the moment.

    “I’ve always been very keen on sport and keeping fit and I played tennis, basketball and rugby when I was at school.

    “Since I’ve been doing acrobatic gymnastics I haven’t had much time for anything else but that’s because it takes a high level of dedication and commitment.

    “I do five training sessions a week at the club, which meets in Loughborough University where there are all the facilities for elite athletes. I train after work and on Saturdays and the Ministry of Design is very good about letting me leave work earlier when necessary.”

    Baljit Kooner, Carillon Court Manager, said: “It is always interesting to hear about the varied talents of the people who work at Carillon Court and Alex’s gymnastics is a brilliant example.

    “It is great to hear he gets the support from his managers at Ministry of Design and I know I echo everyone from the team at Carillon Court in wishing him all the very best for his upcoming competition.”

    Acrobatic gymnastics is performed by either pairs, trios or foursomes of athletes, with the pairs or partnerships being either two males, two females or mixed. There are also women’s trios and men’s fours.

    When he first took up the sport Alex was in a pair with his brother Cameron, 17, but has since moved on to a mixed partnership with 13-year-old Laura Humphries from Derby.

    There are also six grades of competence in acrobatic gymnastics, with Alex currently ranked in the fifth grade.

    So far he hasn’t been in too many competitions because of the length of time it takes him to prepare for each appearance

    But back in March he and Laura competed against other clubs in the regional championships staged in Leicester and won through to a place in the East Midlands team taking part in the Acrobatic National Development Programme (NDP) finals at Fenton Manor Leisure Centre in Stoke-on-Trent on May 31/June 1.

    Alex said: “We’re training hard for the finals at the moment and will be facing the best in the sport from across the country.

    “We’ll be doing two routines, balance and dynamic, which will include somersaults, tumbling and hand-stands. There will also be quite a bit of aerial stuff with me lifting Laura off the ground.

    “It’s my aim to do as well as possible at Stoke-on-Trent and then go on to take part in more competitions at national and then international level.

    “Although acrobatic gymnastics is not currently an Olympic sport, I am sure that as awareness of it grows it will be one day, and when it is I’d like to represent Great Britain.

    “I really love the sport because it’s all about teamwork and having trust, both in yourself and your partners.

    “It also looks pretty spectacular and is great for spectators to watch and is becoming more and more popular.

    “I hope to be able to do it for as long as I can and be as successful as possible.”

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    International adventurer Rosie stops off at Loughborough shopping centre on 200 mile run for charity

    AN INTERNATIONAL adventurer who set a world first by running solo around the globe will drop in at a Loughborough shopping centre on her latest charity fundraiser.

    Rosie Swale Pope MBE, 67, will arrive with her faithful cart Icebird at Carillon Court Shopping Centre in Loughborough at noon on Wednesday April 30.

    Rosie, who ran 27 marathons in 27 days aged 63, will be midway through her 200-mile run from London to Rotherham when she is welcomed to the shopping centre by Carillon Court Manager Baljit Kooner and The Mayor of Charnwood, Councillor Sandie Forrest.

    Shoppers are being encouraged to join in the welcome to Rosie and enjoy a meet and greet with the famous adventurer who is also a renowned motivational speaker.

    She will be accompanied by her survival sled Icebird in which she carries everything she needs to be entirely self sufficient during her travels, often sleeping on grass verges by the roadside along her route.

    Rosie, whose other adventures include crossing Chile on horseback, sailing solo across the Atlantic in a 17-foot boat and running 1,000 miles across the lava fields and glaciers of Iceland, said: “I am really looking forward to meeting the lovely people of Loughborough.

    “I have always been impressed by Loughborough’s sporting spirit which is a bit different to an old plodder like me who takes her time a bit more.

    “When I started my journey to reach the London startline for this run, I was having quite a lot of problems with my knee but it is a bit like Lazurus, it has come back from the dead, and it is feeling so much stronger now which is a very good indication of how positive I am feeling about my run.

    “I have already met lots of lovely people and they are really the reason I am doing this. I am always impressed by how kind and helpful people are. I am just an ordinary person who wants to give something back.”

    Rosie’s latest voyage on foot is in aid of several charities including; PHASE Worldwide, a UK charity improving health, education and livelihood opportunities for disadvantaged populations in isolated Nepalese Himalayan villages, Emmaus Sheffield, which provides a safe and welcoming place for homeless people and Naina’s Leg Fund, which was set up by the family of Naina Dickens-Chauhan who had her leg amputated during her brave battle with cancer and died from the disease last year. The charity supports other children with cancer.

    The final charity which Rosie will be running for is Macmillan Cancer Support which supported Rosie and her much-loved husband Clive who died from prostate cancer in 2002.

    It was Clive’s death which prompted Rosie’s epic, global, 20,000 mile run over five years which included three packs of wolves and 53 pairs of shoes.

    During her solo, unsupported journey, which took her through extreme and isolated environments like the Siberian forests to the hustle and bustle of New York City, she was followed by wolves, knocked down by a bus, confronted by bears, and came close to freezing to death.

    But her desire to do something positive following the death of Clive and raise awareness of the disease which took him from her meant she found her way back home again safely to Tenby where her journey had started.

    Rosie said: “I still feel Clive is around and I miss him desperately. I know he would be worried about me going off and doing all these things but secretly I know he would be pleased too.

    “Macmillan nurses are fantastic. When you are the person dealing with cancer, there are lots of things you don’t want to talk to your close family about because it is upsetting for them and this is where Macmillan nurses step in.”

    To date, Rosie has raised in the region of £250,000 for charity. While she is in Loughborough she will be available to give motivational talks to schools, organisations or businesses.

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    Easter egg win for schoolgirl Abi who has bravely battled against diabetes

    A LOUGHBOROUGH schoolgirl who has bravely battled back from being diagnosed with diabetes has won an Easter egg competition.

    Abi Brooks, seven, took part in an Easter bunny treasure hunt competition at Carillon Court Shopping Centre with her sister Georgi, 11, as part of a host of free activities put on for the school holidays.

    A big chocolate fan, Abi was keen to enter the contest to win a fine selection of edible Easter goodies including a Thornton’s egg kindly donated by the store in Carillon Court.

    She was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes eight months ago after her Mum became concerned that a small wound she had wasn’t healing and she was losing weight.

    The condition occurs when insulin-producing cells in the body have been destroyed which means the body cannot produce the hormone which helps the body to use the glucose in the blood to create energy.

    She spent a week in hospital feeling very poorly at the end of the summer holidays last year and now has to inject herself with insulin five times a day to keep the condition under control.

    Mum Donna, 43, who works part time in customer services for Walkers Snack Food, said the news Abi had won had been a terrific boost for the whole family who were still learning to cope with Abi’s life changing and lifelong condition which if left untreated can cause serious health problems.

    Donna said: “I am so pleased for her because it has been a tough few months while she has learned to deal with diabetes. It’s been a really uplifting piece of news and something which I think Abi will remember for a long time to come and will create some lovely memories of this particular Easter break.

    “She can’t wait to get back to school and tell all her friends.”

    Abi herself added: “I was so happy when Mum told me the news and I was jumping up and down because I really, really love chocolate.”

    Fortunately for sweet-toothed Abi, chocolate doesn’t have the very negative effect on her physical health that you might associate with someone suffering with diabetes as Mum Donna pointed out.

    She said: “We have more recently been able to take better control of Abi’s condition ourselves and have been able to work out what causes her sugar levels to become dangerously high, very quickly.

    “It’s funny but things like chocolate rarely cause her trouble, it is more of the complex starchy foods, such as crackers, bread and other snacks which can really create a problem.

    “When she was first diagnosed, it was such a shock and I was really worried about how it was going to affect our lives but together as a family, we have worked through it, and there has been very little in her life that she has had to give up completely.

    “She still attends a dance class every week which she enjoys. Sometimes she might need to stop half way through because she doesn’t feel right but she has always been determined to keep going which is very admirable. I’m proud of her.”

    Baljit Kooner, Carillon Court Manager, said: “It has been a real pleasure to bring Abi and her family a positive piece of news when they have been dealing with the shock and upset of Abi’s diabetes diagnosis.

    “As a mum-of-two myself, I can only imagine that it has been very frightening and overwhelming for them all.

    “I am relieved to hear that Abi, as a fellow chocolate lover, will be able to enjoy the wonderful prizes she has won.

    “It’s a lovely end to the great Easter events we have had on at Carillon Court over the school holidays which went down really well with our young shoppers and their families.”

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    Pandora bracelet up for grabs in echo competition

    A PANDORA bracelet is up for grabs to mark the official opening of the new £250,000 Loughborough store which is dedicated to the global jewellery giant.

    The new Pandora store in Carillon Court Shopping Centre will be officially opened on Saturday April 19 at 9 am with Loughborough MP Nicky Morgan there to cut the ribbon.

    To celebrate the opening, one lucky Echo reader is set to win one of the distinctive charm bracelets popular with some of the world’s biggest stars such as US pop superstar Taylor Swift and former Spice girl and fashion icon Victoria Beckham.

    At the event itself, which will see the store transformed by a dedicated interior design team, there will also be the chance for shoppers who spend £75 or over to take their chance with the beautifully decorated Pandora tower.

    In each drawer which makes up the tower, there will be a Pandora prize for each lucky shopper to take away with them.

    The new store, which has created six new jobs, has been opened in partnership with senior bosses at Tylers in Carillon Court who secured the deal with the Danish jewellery chain.

    It is a major coup for the family behind the department store which has been a mainstay of Loughborough’s high street for more than ninety years.

    Mat Tyler, one of Tylers’ Directors, said: “We are thrilled with the look of the new store which has already attracted a lot of attention from shoppers.

    “It looks incredibly well designed, modern and is really inviting. It’s a fantastic addition to Carillon Court and brilliant to have next door to Tylers.

    “It is something we have been working on for almost a year and is the first time, in our 92-year history, that we extended outside of our existing building.

    “We did it because there was such a demand for the Pandora items we stocked in Tylers.

    “The feedback from shoppers so far is that they are delighted to see an entire store dedicated to this hugely popular brand.”

    Pandora jewellery is sold in more than 80 countries on six continents and has approximately 1,100 concept stores worldwide.

    Baljit Kooner, Carillon Court Manager, said: “The new Pandora store looks amazing and it is a fantastic footfall driver which is set to benefit all the great businesses we have at Carillon Court.

    “It has been terrific to work with Tylers to secure the Pandora brand for the town. It not only has the power to encourage more shoppers but also to attract new, big names to Loughborough which can only be positive for the whole community.”

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    Loughborough shopping centre switches on to latest energy efficient lighting

    A LOUGHBORUGH shopping centre has boosted its green credentials by switching on to new energy efficient lighting which is set to save £20,000 a year.

    Senior bosses at Carillon Court Shopping Centre have invested £80,000 converting to LED lighting in the 342-space car park at the busy retail hub.

    The new lower wattage lights will not only slash energy bills at Carillon Court but are expected to last more than a decade longer than the old lights and save 50 tonnes of CO2 every year – the amount produced by 10 cars in a 12 month period.

    Baljit Kooner, Carillon Court Manager, said: “While it is comforting to know we are saving money on running the shopping centre, it is great to swap to this new form of high-tech, energy efficiency lighting and ensure we are also thinking about our responsibility to the environment too.

    “It is all part and parcel of our commitment to improve and invest in Carillon Court for the good of our shoppers, some 4m a year, and the good of the community of which we are an integral part.

    “I think our shoppers will notice the difference too because the new lights have literally lit up the car park. They are much brighter which is important in helping our visitors feel more secure when they use our car park.”

    The new lights were supplied and installed by energy company LEDCorp, part of the international Winch Energy Group, which has installed LED lighting technology into major landmark building such as the 17th century Dulwich College which boasts former pupils such as legendary explorer Sir Edward Shackleton and celebrated writer PG Wodehouse.

    Sam Brockington, LEDCorp Project Manager for the Carillon Court installation, said: “Lighting matters in today’s world when we need to look at energy use and its management.

    “The replacement of traditional lighting with energy efficient LED lighting will revolutionise the way we consume energy. It is a cleaner lighting technology, cutting carbon emissions and providing a whiter light.

    “By installing this lighting, Carillon Court really are at the forefront of the latest and greenest technology.

    “It not only means a 63 per cent saving in terms of energy and maintenance costs over the lifetime of the lights but will also contribute significantly towards the centre’s efforts to be run in a more sustainable way which is not only important for Carillon Court but also the community it serves.”

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    Global jewellery giant Pandora comes to Loughborough

    A LOUGHBOROUGH department store is celebrating a coup after attracting a global jewellery giant to the town in a move which will create six jobs.

    Managers at Tylers in Carillon Court shopping centre have secured a deal with the Danish jewellery chain which is famous for its distinctive charm bracelets seen adorning the arms of US pop superstar Taylor Swift and former Spice girl and fashion icon Victoria Beckham.

    Up to six new jobs are expected to be created at the new £250,000 refurbished store which is next to Tylers in Carillon Court and is expected to be open by mid-March, in time for Mother’s Day.

    It is a major coup for the family behind the department store which has been a mainstay of Loughborough’s high street for more than ninety years.

    Mat Tyler, one of Tylers’ Directors, said: “We are really excited to see this new Pandora store at Carillon Court taking shape now. It is something we have been working on since June last year and is the first time, in our 92-year history, that we extended outside of our existing building.

    “We have been stocking Pandora jewellery for six years now and it has gone from strength to strength.

    “Over this time, we have increased the sales area for Pandora within Tylers but this reached a plateau and we knew we wanted to continue to improve the range we were able to offer and further our partnership with this highly successful and much-loved brand.

    “The aim was simply to create a purpose built Pandora store which would allow us to stock the very best and varied ranges in a much better environment.

    “It will be what is called a concept store and will be the largest and newest in the East Midlands when it opens in mid- March.”

    Pandora jewellery is sold in more than 80 countries on six continents and has approximately 1,100 concept stores worldwide.

    Nigel Simpson, Retail Director for Pandora, said: “We are thrilled to announce the opening of our new store in Loughborough town centre.

    “As a Danish brand aimed at women of all ages, the new store embodies a Scandinavian, feminine design and acts as the perfect setting for our beautiful hand-finished jewellery.”

    Mat added: “We are renting the new store from Carillon Court and it has been terrific to work with the shopping centre to ensure Loughborough has a new Pandora store.”

    Baljit Kooner, Carillon Court Manager, said: “We are really celebrating the arrival of Pandora at Carillon Court, not least because it will be a fantastic addition for our shoppers to enjoy.

    “We have been delighted to work with Tylers who I know have put in a lot of effort to secure a Pandora store for the town.

    “We are all committed to improving the shopping experience for the 4m people we welcome every year and building on the already terrific brands we have at Carillon Court including New Look, Top Shop, Boots and the Body Shop.”

    Mat agreed and added: “The great thing about Pandora is that it is not only a footfall driver which will benefit all the businesses in the town but we also believe it will be a great catalyst for encouraging other big brands to Loughborough.”

    Also delighted to hear the news was Loughborough MP Nicky Morgan who said: “I am delighted to hear that Pandora has chosen to come to open a new store in town.

    “This is a sign of real confidence in Loughborough’s retail offering and will create jobs and add to the shopping experience in the town.  I am certainly looking forward to visiting!”

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    Gardens will be in bloom soon thanks to Cino Café

    LOUGHBOROUGH’S gardens and allotments will soon be looking blooming lovely thanks to a Carillon Court coffee shop.

    Rather than throw out used coffee grounds, staff at Cino Coffee are saving the used organic material and handing bags of it, free of charge, to gardeners for use as a soil improver.

    Coffee shop owner, Eustachio De Feo, says the idea is already proving popular with green-fingered town folk.

    Eustachio, who is of Italian decent but was born and raised in the town, said: “Adding used coffee grounds to soil apparently helps lower the acidity and it can really help improve soil.

    “Rather than throw our used coffee grounds out with the rubbish we are happy to save them and hand packages of it to any keen gardeners, free of charge of course, for use in their gardens.

    “And, as we end up with around 10 kilos of used coffee grounds a week, we always have plenty of coffee grounds available. So I’d encourage gardeners to pop in, enjoy a coffee and pick up some free soil improver at the same time.”

    Baljit Kooner, Carillon Court Manager, said: “I think this is a great idea of Eustachio’s. We are all fans of reusing and recycling so I would definitely encourage our green fingered shoppers to enjoy a coffee and collect some free goodness for their gardens at the same time.

    “Spring is not too far away and so now is just the right time to be thinking about your garden! Why not think about it over a cappuccino?”

    Eustachio added: “I heard of other coffee outlets doing the same in other areas of the country and apparently the results, according to gardeners, have been very encouraging.

    “It makes sense if you think about it. It’s organic material and certainly can’t do soil any harm. It will be brilliant to see Loughborough full of flowers in the summer and knowing Cino Coffee played a part!”

    One keen horticulturist who says she’ll be giving her soil some Cino Coffee TLC is retired university cleaner, Linda Sharpe.

    She said: “I’m quite a keen gardener and love to potter about. I particularly enjoy hanging baskets and like to make my own jammed full of fuchsias and other colourful plants.

    “I’m going to add coffee grounds to my hanging baskets and see what effect it has. If it works well I’ll definitely continue with it. I have tried other ideas in the past such as lining baskets with old woolly jumpers.

    “I have never heard of using coffee grounds as a soil improver before but I’m definitely going to give it a go. I think the idea makes a lot of sense and must be better for the environment.”

    She added: “My husband, Richard, is also quite a keen gardener and looks after our borders. I suspect he will be keen to give it a try too.

    “I think it’s a fantastic idea of Eustachio’s and can only be good for the environment. It certainly can’t do any harm. Perhaps other cafés and restaurants will take a leaf out of Cino Coffee’s book and will soon be doing the same.”

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    Rewards for Schools

    ONE lucky Loughborough school is in with the chance of winning £400 worth of prizes after a shopping centre launched a new token reward scheme.

    Our Lady’s Convent School, Cobden Primary School and Loughborough CofE Primary School are all in the running after they linked up with Carillon Court for its Rewards For Schools scheme.

    Shoppers to Carillon Court who spend £10 or more in participating stores will be given a token which they will then be able to drop into one of three boxes corresponding to the school they wish to vote for.

    The boxes will be located outside Claire’s and the participating stores are H Samuel, Boots, W H Smith, Vision Express, Thorntons, Shaake, The Fragrance Shop and Ministry of Design.

    Baljit Kooner, Carillon Court Manager, said: “We wanted to give one of the schools in our town a boost for 2014 and so we came up with a £400 prize fund and our new Rewards For Schools scheme.

    “Carillon Court is at the heart of Loughborough’s community and we welcome many families with school age children through our doors.  While doing their regular shopping with us, they will also have the chance to vote for the school which they would like to win the prizes.”

    Mike Stevens, Cobden Primary Headteacher, said: “We are delighted to be invited to be a part of the Rewards For Schools initiative. This will be a really great way to boost resources for the school and get parents involved.

    “We hope that all our parents will get behind this and support the Carillion Court traders and the school at the same time. We should all benefit a great deal!”

    Mike’s delight was echoed by Patricia Hawley, Headteacher of Our Lady’s Convent School. She said: “Our school is delighted to be linking up with Carillon Court for the Rewards for Schools scheme.

    “Many of the families linked to our school visit the shopping centre and so it is great they will have the opportunity to add their tokens to our box.

    “The substantial prizes on offer would be a welcome bonus and would be very gratefully received by Our Lady’s Convent School.”

    Wendy Wakefield, Headteacher of Loughborough CofE School, also added: “We are really pleased to be part of Rewards for Schools and we look forward to the support of the people of Loughborough.”

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    Justin Bieber is up for grabs for a great cause

    JUSTIN Bieber is up for grabs at The Fragrance Shop in Loughborough’s Carillon Court.

    And, in the words of one of the Canadian singer-songwriter’s biggest hits, there will be One Less Lonely Girl when a lucky fan walks away with him for just £1 early next year.

    To promote his new personalised brand of perfume, branches of The Fragrance Shop each received a life-size cardboard cut-out of the 19-year-old superstar.

    Philippa Pryjdun, the enterprising assistant manager at the Carillon Court store, decided that when the promotion came to an end her team could do something much constructive than consigning their replica to the stockroom.

    So she sought special permission from head office to raffle off the Loughborough Justin in aid of Rays of Sunshine, which is The Fragrance Shop’s chosen children’s charity.

    Philippa said: “Justin Bieber launched his own fragrance earlier this year. It’s called The Key and blends sensual musks and exotic precious woods with notes of vanilla.

    “It’s been selling really well and is being bought by girls in the 14-17 age group who are Justin’s fanbase.

    “As part of the promotional material we were sent a life-sized figure of him. It stands about 5ft 7ins tall and, as I’m about the same height I can see eye to eye with him!

    “We get the same sort of figures when other stars launch their own-name fragrances and when the promotional period is over we usually just take them off display and dispose of them.

    “But on this occasion we knew it would be easy to find a new home for him and hopefully raise money for Rays of Sunshine at the same time.”

    Baljit Kooner, Carillon Court Manager, said: “I think this is a brilliant idea of Philippa’s and I feel sure there will be lots of Loughborough Justin Bieber fans keen to enter the raffle.

    “I am sure they would be horrified to think Justin would otherwise be consigned to the dustbin!

    “It is nice to think that some of his local young fans will also be helping other children who are facing the worse possible circumstances.”

    Philippa agreed and added: “It’s a great cause because it helps children across the UK between the ages of three and 18 who are living with serious or life-limiting illnesses.

    “It grants their wishes and organises events and outings to places such as Legoland where they would normally not be able to go.

    “After I got permission from our head office in Manchester to go ahead with it, we have launched the raffle and tickets are only £1 each.

    Philippa explained the sale of raffle tickets ends on December 31, with the lucky winner being chosen by head office a short while later.

    “We’ll probably have a hand-over ceremony at the shop for the holder of winning ticket,” she said.

    “We get quite a few of these figures to use in our promotions for their named brands of perfume, so it’s possible we could raffle more of them off in the future.

    To date, The Fragrance Shop as a business has raised £130,000 for Rays of Sunshine. The Fragrance Shop donate 5p to the charity with every purchase and customers paying via chip and pin are able to make a donation too.

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    81-year-old weight trainer Arthur is older people’s ambassador

    AN 81-year-old weight trainer from Loughborough has been appointed as a shopping centre’s first Older People’s Ambassador.

    Arthur Bexon, father-of-three, grandfather-of-five and great grandfather-of-three with another on the way, is lending his muscle to a new series of Silver Saver days at Carillon Court.

    He still visits the gym three times a week despite battling Parkinson’s disease, breathing trouble and gout.

    Carillon Court has launched a new, weekly promotion which will entitle senior citizens to a whole host of offers and discounts every Thursday from now until November.

    The remarkably fit octogenarian has been named as the face of the Silver Savers campaign in his role as Older People’s Ambassador.

    Stores taking part in the campaign include Boots, Tylers department store, Carillon News, The Body Shop, Vision Express, Carillon Court Shoe Repairs, Thorntons, Greeting Cards and H.Samuel.

    Arthur has been weight training since the age of 45 when a knee injury forced him to give up football and he wanted a way to keep fit which didn’t involve running. He trains regularly with a man almost half his age, up to two hours at a time, fitting in a range of exercises to keep himself in trim and bench pressing the equivalent weight of an average adult.

    Baljit Kooner, Carillon Court Manager, said: “Arthur is a shining example of a more mature person and does not let age get in his way. You can tell just from talking to him that he is very young in heart and mind. I think it is this positive attitude which helps him stay so fit.

    “He puts us all to shame with his regular trips to the gym and he is the perfect candidate for our role of Silver Savers Ambassador to help launch our new discount day for senior citizens. They will be treated to a range of fantastic offers and discounts every Thursday until November.”

    Arthur, a retired furniture store manager who has lived in Loughborough all of his life, said: “I used to regularly lift 100 kg but now I am down to more like 70 kg. I have quite a set routine. On a Saturday I do chest and maybe biceps but the main thing is chest.

    “On a Monday I concentrate on shoulders and on a Wednesday, it’s back. I fill in with triceps, biceps and abdominals depending on where I feel I need to put the work.

    “It makes you feel good and it is the social side of it too. I go there and have laugh and a joke with people – that’s what I’m known for.

    “People say to me, I hope I have got a body like yours when I’m that age but not with a face like that!”

    Arthur believes it is his regular trips to the gym that help keep him young at heart.

    He said: “It’s like going to work. I have been doing it for so long, it becomes a regular occurrence in life and for me it is part of the routine of living.

    “I have always felt that you are as old as your mind wants you to be and mine wants me to stay young!”

    Arthur was made redundant from the furniture store where he worked after more than two decades. He then went on to drive a bus for a year before taking an unusual driving job at East Midlands Airport where he was a chauffeur for airline pilots, taking them between airports all over the country, back to where their journey had begun and where their cars were normally waiting for them.

    After retiring from this job, he later became a community transport driver, first helping to take special needs children to school and later for more elderly passengers who were often close to his own age.

    Arthur said: “I did ten years for Dial-A-Ride and had to retire aged 80 because they couldn’t insure me anymore.

    “It’s just as well I still have my weight training to keep myself occupied because I’m not ready to take life too easily yet!”

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    Top fashion expert transforms Loughborough shopping centre into giant catwalk

    A TOP fashion expert whose own modelling career included hosting at a party for George Clooney will transform a Loughborough shopping centre into a giant catwalk.

    Top models will be showcasing the very latest trends and styles at Fashion on the Move, a series of free fashion and dance shows at Carillon Court Shopping Centre in Loughborough on Saturday, May 4.

    The event is being hosted by Sally Mansell, owner of The Fashion Show Company, whose international career has seen her rub shoulders with Hollywood A-listers such as George Clooney and Mark Wahlberg and work for prestigious clients such as Mercedes and Aston Martin.

    The mum-of-two, 48, who has more than 30 years experience in the fashion industry as a model, stylist and presenter, said: “We will transform Carillon Court into a giant catwalk.

    “It is going to be a high energy, entertaining, family friendly show and there will be fashion on offer for all ages and sizes.

    “It is a really good chance for shoppers to also gain fashion advice and they are more than welcome to approach me and ask about styles and shapes which suit them.

    “The great thing is that everything which the shoppers see on the day will be available in the shopping centre so they can literally go off and recreate the on-trend outfits which I will have hand-selected from the stores at Carillon Court before the event.”

    There will be five high impact dance and fashion shows on the hour from 11 am at the event on Saturday May 4 and there will be offers and discounts for shoppers to take advantage of on the day.

    Among the stores taking part will be New Look, Topshop, Topman, Claire’s Accessories, Vision Express, VR Clothing and H Samuel and The Body Shop.

    Carillon Court Manager Baljit Kooner said: “We are really looking forward to having a top fashion expert like Sally at the centre who has so much experience in the industry.

    “Fashion on the Move is going to create a real buzz about the place and if you like fashion and care about the latest trends for summer, then you won’t be disappointed.

    “It is a fantastic opportunity to get some free fashion advice from one of the best stylists in the country.”

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    Snooker legend Willie Thorne at Carillon Court for children’s hospice cash

    SNOOKER legend Willie Thorne was right on cue when he visited a Loughborough shopping centre to receive a pot of cash for a children’s hospice.

    The former Strictly Come Dancing contestant and patron of Rainbows hospice took centre spot at Carillon Court when he met with the shopping centre’s manager, Baljit Kooner, to receive almost £1,500 towards the charity.

    The cash was raised during a one day visit from Santa Claus at Carillon Court and is part of ongoing efforts by the centre to raise money for Rainbows, a hospice for children and young people with life limiting illnesses in Lark Rise, Loughborough.

    Willie said: “It is with great pleasure that I received this hefty donation from Carillon Court for Rainbows hospice.

    “The shopping centre must have a lot of very generous visitors and I can’t thank Baljit and her team enough for organising the one day Santa’s grotto which raised all this money.

    “Rainbows does such fantastic work with the families it looks after and this simply wouldn’t be possible without the financial support of kind donors like Carillon Court.

    “Ongoing support like this means Rainbows can reach out and help children and their loved ones when they are going through the most difficult and traumatic time imaginable.”

    Carillon Court has raised more than £8,000 in total for Rainbows to date.

    Baljit Kooner, Carillon Court Manager, said: “We are very grateful to Willie for taking the time to come and receive the Rainbows money in person.

    “I know it is a charity which is very close to his heart and it is close to ours too. We have organised quite a few events for them now and it is always heart warming to see how well supported they are by our shoppers.

    “I would like to take the opportunity to remind people of the Rainbows bubble bin we have at the centre, positioned close to the lift, for excess foreign currency which has already collected more than £1,000 on its own.”

    Kate Golding, Corporate Fundraiser for Rainbows, said: “Rainbows is so grateful to the staff and customers of Carillon Court.

    “They do such a fantastic job raising funds and the team are always coming up with new ideas to entertain the customers and raise funds at the same time.

    “It was a delight to see Willie Thorne down at the centre. He is a great ambassador of Rainbows and so fitting that he was able to pass on our thanks to the team at Carillon Court for all of their hard work.”

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    Syston super mum scoops mum in a million competition

    A SYSTON super mum who has looked after loved ones dealing with cancer despite her own battle with the disease has scooped the top prize in our Mother’s Day competition.

    Carillon Court Shopping Centre teamed up with the Loughborough Echo to find a Mum in a Million and caring mum-of-two, grandmother-of-nine and great grandmother-of-three Avril Smith is the winner.

    Avril, 68, who was nominated for the award by her daughter Donna Musk, won a stack of prizes from retailers at the busy Loughborough shopping centre including a bouquet of flowers from The Flower Company, a Thomas Sabo Bracelet from Tylers Department Store, a £20 Gift Voucher from Moda, a Fiorelli Necklace from H Samuel, a make-over and skincare consultation at The Body Shop, a No7 Hamper from Boots, a Thorntons chocolate plaque and a £10 make-up voucher from Tooleys.

    Baljit Kooner, Carillon Court Manager, said: “We had a lot of lovely mothers put forward for our competition and it was very difficult to choose a winner but I think we have found a very worthy Mum in a Million in Avril.

    “The selfless way in which she supports her family really inspired the judges and it has been wonderful to have the chance to be able to treat her with some terrific prizes donated by the generous businesses at Carillon Court.”

    Avril, who volunteers twice a week for the MIND charity shop with her partner Ron,  said: “Donna rang to say she was coming round to tell me something which I would be happy about.

    “She said she wouldn’t tell me over the phone so I was standing there for 50 minutes, doing the ironing, wondering what an earth it was.

    “When she told me I had won the competition, I was shocked and couldn’t believe it. It was such a wonderful surprise and she is a very good and thoughtful girl for even nominating me.”

    Donna nominated her mum because of the way she puts her family first despite being diagnosed two years ago with cancer for the second time.

    Donna, 44, a mum-of-eight, also from Syston, said: “My mum is a very bubbly and kind person who is always there if you need her, no matter how she is feeling herself. She is the best and bravest mum to have.

    “I lost my best friend Claire, who I grew up with and was a mum herself to two boys, last March to cancer when she was aged only 41 which was absolutely devastating.

    “But my mum was there to help support me and even went to sit with Claire when she was having her chemo treatment.

    “She also helped her partner Ron look after his daughter Dru, who was the same age as Claire when she died from cancer in November last year just months later.

    “It has been such a difficult time and I don’t know how I would have got through it without my Mum who is also having to deal with having the disease herself.”

    Avril had a mastectomy to beat breast cancer eight years ago but the cancer returned in her neck and doctors have been unable to operate to remove it.

    She has since had chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatment and is continuing to beat the disease.

    Avril said: “I always remember somebody telling me that you are not dying with cancer, you are living with it and it has always stuck in my mind and it is the way I choose to deal with it.

    “Winning this competition has been a much needed boost for my family and a very happy surprise for us all.”

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    TV stardom beckoning for town Topshop girl Rebecca

    TV stardom beckoning for town Topshop girl Rebecca

    Stardom is in store for a Topshop sales assistant who has just made her big acting breakthrough by landing a part in a popular TV soap.

    Rebecca Bell, 19, who splits her time between working at Topshop in Carillon Court Shopping Centre in Loughborough and building up her acting portfolio, recently joined the cast to record an episode of BBC One daytime drama Doctors.

    The popular lunchtime soap is set in a busy Midlands GP practice and follows the turbulent lives and loves of patients and staff.

    But this wasn’t Rebecca’s first taste of acting success as last summer she had a testing part in an educational film in which she played a 15-year-old domestic violence victim.

    She is also currently filming an instructional film for staff at Topshop, where she has worked since she was 16.

    Rebecca, who lives with parents, Garry and Karen, who she describes as “very supportive”, has always dreamed of a career on the screen.

    But despite leaving Hind Leys in Shepshed, with a GCSE in drama and an A Level in performing arts, she never thought she would be able to fulfil her big ambition.

    Through her connections with the Television Workshop in Nottingham, Rebecca was asked to audition for Doctors at the BBC’s Elstree studios.

    Two days later she was overjoyed to hear she had got the part of Kezia, who she describes as another 15-year-old girl with big problems.

    ““I can’t really give away too many details about it because the episode I’m in isn’t due to be aired until July 24.

    “Being in Doctors is a marvellous opportunity for me. Topshop has been great with me and have given me time off whenever I have had an audition at weekends.

    “My ultimate ambition is to make a career in television or in films,” she added.

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    Success a shoe-in for Andy

    A Loughborough shoe by TIM BEARD repairer to the stars is proving how well heeled his business is by marking his 20th anniversary.

    Andy Rice, 47, owner of Carillon Court Shoe Repairs in Carillon Court Shopping Centre and Andy Rice & Sons Ltd, was congratulated on his staying power by various people, including Loughborough MP Nicky Morgan.

    Starting as an apprentice with the British Shoe Corporation more than 30 years ago, Andy has served the likes of Hollywood actor Stephen Graham, cricketer David Gower, and even specially-adapted trainers for members of Team GB’s shot putting squad for London 2012.

    Andy, who is married to Liz and has two sons, Jack, 13, and Finley, nine, first dipped his toe into self employment in 1993 after he was made redundant.

    He now has a busy business empire of five outlets in and around the Loughborough area including the Carillon

    Court store which is now in its 15th year. His nine-strong team not only repair shoes but also do watch repairs and batteries, key cutting, engraving and stock leather and travel goods.

    Andy, who lives in Rothley, said: “Myself and my team, who I train up myself from scratch, are highly skilled in what we do and can turn our hand to more or less anything. “I have had some unusual requests over the years including, most recently, a visit from ShaunPickering whois theson of the former BBC television broadcaster Ron Pickering.

    “He had these size 15 trainers from one of the London 2012 shot putters he was coaching for the Olympics and heneeded certain grip on the soles, one set for the wetweather and one set for the dry so they were prepared for different conditions.

    “When they spin round, they are obviously on one point of the foot and it is that area which needed particular attention and it had to be right.

    “It wasn’t something that I had done before but I promised to do my best for him and he was very pleased with the end result.

    “He later told me they had worked really well.” In his time, Andy has worked on all manner of footwear from dancing shoes to workmen’s boots.

    “The largest size I have ever worked on is a 16 and that was WELL HEELED: Andy Rice is congratulated on 20 years in business by Nicky Morgan MP for a gentleman at the Carillon Court store,”he said.

    “The smallest was for a lady who was a size two, but I have had some ladies with size 11 or 12. Everyone is different.” Offering her congratulations, Baljit Kooner, Carillon Court manager, said: “Andy offers a very valued service and I know his loyal customers think very highly of him.

    “I would like to congratulate him on his 20th anniversary and we look forward to many more successful years.”

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    Family ties bonding new shop to centre

    Loughborough Carillon Court shopping centre’s latest retailer is a real family affair.

    Second and third generation members of the same family are now involved in running the House of Ashley Peake, thenewest shop in the centre which opened at the end of January and offers a wide range of gift ideas from occasional furniture to greetings cards.

    Founder Frank Peake, now 79, is the son of a director of the famous Royal Crown Derby pottery factory.

    Following his training there, he became an assistant work manager at Royal Crown Derby but after serving national service, he decided not to return but to set up in retailing with his wife, Judith, in Long Eaton.

    Two of Frank and Judith’s four children, sisters Sally Doar and Katie Plackett, are both directors of House of Peake. Sons William and James and Sally’s husband, Anthony, are also part of the business.

    The third generation of the family is Katie’s 21-year-old daughter, Natalie, who has been working full-time in the shops for the past 18 months after a few years as a Saturday part-timer.

    She has been managing the Ilkeston branch and now spends two days a week at the new Carillon Court store.

    Natalie said: “I really like working in the business because I love having the daily interaction with the customers and enjoy arranging window displays.

    “We ’ve only been open for a short time in Carillon Court but we’ve already had some good feedback and people have been saying our gifts are just what they have been looking for.”

    Sally, 49, said: “Dad opened his first shop in Main Street, Long Eaton, in 1960 and it is still there.

    “He started off selling English tableware and hotelware, from Royal Doulton, Denby, Wedgewood, Royal Crown Derby and Portmeirion moving onto gifts for the home from these companies and many more like Moorcroft, Royal Worcester,Aynsley and Waterford.

    “Customers loved to save for something that would last them a lifetimeand hand down to their siblings becoming family heirlooms.

    “Over the years, the business slowly changed as the premier brands of pottery became much less popular.

    “The House of Ashley Peake had to evolve to survive, so we began diversifying into lines such as jewellery, glassware, resin figures, greeting cards and stationery. “We also now sell occasional furniture, baby products for christenings, retirement and anniversary presents – basically, everything a good gift shop should provide.”

    As the business became more successful, the firm opened further stores at Beeston in Nottinghamshire and Ilkeston in Derbyshire. Baljit Kooner, Carillon

    Court Manager, said: “It is a terrific new business to welcome to Carillon Court.

    “We have a great mix of retailers here from high street names to more individual businesses which offer something which you perhaps wouldn’t find in every town. ”

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