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WHETSTONE

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Whetstone is a village and civil parish in the Blaby district of Leicestershire, England and largely acts as a commuter village for Leicester, five miles to the north. The population at the 2011 census was 6,556. 

Day to day shopping facilities are available in the village which include a substantial supermarket, Veterinary Practice, 2 pubs, Blaby and Whetstone Youth Club, and a fish and chip shop.

Whetstone has several football clubs: Blaby and Whetstone Boys, Whetstone Juniors, and Saffron Dynamo. Holmes Park is the home of the Leicester & Rutland County FA. Holmes Park is also home to the Leicester City Football Club Under 23s, and an amateur rugby union club, Vipers RFC, is based in the village. 

Another rugby club in Whetstone is the Leicester Lions RFC which is situated on the outskirts of Whetstone, the National Tap Dancing Doubles (over 60s) competition held every year.

Education
At the time of writing, there are two nurseries in the village, and two Primary schools, Badgerbrook Primary School and St Peters Church of England School with Thomas Estley High School in Broughton Astley offering education for the 11 -14 age group and Countesthorpe College catering for the 14 – 19 age group. 

Leisure
Being a rural area, there are ample footpaths, bridleways and cycle routes in the area. Within a 10-minute drive there is an array of further leisure facilities catering for most interests.

Transport Links
Whetstone is approximately 3 miles from Junction 21of the M1\M69 motorway network for travel north, south and west, and a rail link to Leicester and Birmingham is available at nearby Narborough Station.

Village Facts
A significant part of several nuclear power stations was made there in the 1960s and 70s. English Electric was one of the largest engineering companies in the Leicester area, employing thousands of workers and training hundreds of apprentices each year. At one point more than 4,000 workers had to be shipped in from Middlesex to reduce labour shortages. Many settled permanently, causing a boom in the late 60s.

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Cornerstone Estates : Company Number - 14157480
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