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Wedding Fair 2014 Winner

Date Posted: 12 March 2014
Left to Right: Ed Brown, Sue Todd, Prize Draw Winner Jenny Wilbur, Wendy Webb, Helen Ball and Shaun Curtis, Building Manager

Left to Right: Ed Brown, Sue Todd, Prize Draw Winner Jenny Wilbur, Wendy Webb, Helen Ball and Shaun Curtis, Building Manager

Following on from the success of the Wedding Fair on Saturday 22nd Feb which promoted local Wedding suppliers and the Ceremony suite at Atkins Building, it also included a free prize draw to Win A Ceremony or a collection of Wedding gifts and vouchers from the Wedding Fair Exhibitors.
The winner of the Wedding Fair exhibitors prizes, a Miss Jenny Wilbur was presented with her goodies in the Ceremony Garden at Atkins Building on Tuesday 11th March by Building Manager Shaun Curtis and the Wedding Fair Exhibitors. Jenny was drawn from the entries by Susan Collins of the Pottery Shed and has won a fantastic collection of Prizes including:

A “Guestbook” photograph frame from Ed Brown Photography
50% off bridal make up with Wendy Louise Make Up
£50 of gift vouchers from Sue Todd of Designer Travel
A selection of Children’s toys from Andrew Musson of Leicester Wedding Car Specialists
A Complimentary Meal for two from Helen Ball of The Millers Hotel, Sibson

Jenny came to the Wedding and Ceremony Suite Tours to look for ideas for her planned 2015/16 ceremony to her fiancé Paul Lavender and said” I came to the Wedding Fair to see what was available locally and to get ideas for our Big Day and I’m thrilled to have won the Exhibitors Prizes, it's a great way to get our Wedding planning started.”

Local Brides and Grooms enjoy a sunny day out at Atkins Building

Date Posted: 24 February 2014
Visitors enjoying the Wedding Fair in the Partridge Suite at Atkins Building

Visitors enjoying the Wedding Fair in the Partridge Suite at Atkins Building

The sunshine brought in over 175 visitors to the Atkins Building Wedding Fair last Saturday (22/02/14) where they were able to meet face to face with 21 local businesses working in the Wedding Industry in the Partridge Suite and outside on the courtyard including venue hire, catering, photography, bridalwear and much more! Hinckley Registration Services were at the Wedding Fair giving advice and providing tours of the newly decorated Ceremony Suite at Atkins Building. Visitors also entered a FREE prize draw to Win a Ceremony courtesy of Hinckley Registration Service and a selection of vouchers and products from the Wedding Fair exhibitors – winners to be announced soon!


To book your Ceremony at Atkins Building please call 0116 305 6565 to speak to a member of Leicestershire County Council Registration Team

To see photographs from the day please see
https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.760992783925640.1073741829.154133097944948&type=1#!/media/set/?set=a.760992783925640.1073741829.154133097944948&type=1&comment_id=7547784&offset=0&total_comments=1¬if_t=photo_album_comment


Fully Fashioned Memories Exhibition goes on tour!

Date Posted: 06 January 2014

Fully Fashioned Memories is a Photographic exhibition looking back at the everyday employee who worked for Atkins factories how they celebrated special occasions and the impact factory life had on the local community. The project was in response to former workers and the general public expressing an interest in looking back at the way local people used to work and the changes in local manufacture and employment.

If you missed the Fully Fashioned Memories exhibition at Atkins Building or would like to see the extra vintage Atkins photographs that were donated after the Reunion Party you can see it again at the following venues:

Bedworth Civic Hall - 6th Jan to 30th Jan 2014

Broughton Astley Library - 3rd Feb to 3rd March 2014

Barwell Indoor Bowls Club 7th March to 31st March 2014

To see the photographs from the accompanying reunion party please see https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Atkins-Building/154133097944948?ref=hl#!/media/set/?set=a.676064542418465.1073741827.154133097944948&type=3

Atkins Building Christmas/New Year Opening Hours

Date Posted: 17 December 2013

Atkins Building is open on the following dates over Christmas and New Year

Tuesday 24th Dec 08:30 to 17:30

Wednesday 25th Dec CLOSED

Thursday 26th Dec CLOSED

Friday 27th Dec 08:30 to 17:30

Saturday 28th Dec Open during Ceremonies

Sunday 29th Dec CLOSED

Monday 30th Dec 08:30 to 17:30

Tuesday 31st Dec 08:30 to 17:30

Wednesday 1st Jan 2014 CLOSED

Thursday 2nd Jan 2014 08:30 to 17:30

If you are visiting a business based at the Atkins Building outside of opening hours please contact them to arrange access, a list of the businesses based at Atkins Building can be found under the Who's here? button

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all our visitors from the Atkins Building Team

Fully Fashioned Memories Reunion Party was a success!

Date Posted: 03 October 2013
Left to Right Janet King, June Clay and Sue Aston who worked in Fold and Bag at Atkins Factory

Left to Right Janet King, June Clay and Sue Aston who worked in Fold and Bag at Atkins Factory



















Nearly 100 former Atkins employees and friends attended the Reunion party at Atkins Building on Saturday 28th September as part of the Fully Fashioned Memories project.

Workers from all departments and years came together to reminisce and celebrate this unique part of Hinckley's social and industrial heritage. The reunion featured the Fully Fashioned Memories exhibition which has over 200 "vintage" photographs and various factory items lent by members of the Atkins community. The party also had showings of two films made by local film makers Stuart Watson and David J Wood on Atkins and Hinckley nostalgia and tours of the building so former colleagues could see how the Building is used now.

The photos from the party can be found on the Atkins Building Facebook page
https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Atkins-Building/154133097944948?ref=hl#!/media/set/?set=a.676064542418465.1073741827.154133097944948&type=3

and a selection of the old Atkins photographs can be found in the Hinckley Times online gallery
http://www.hinckleytimes.net/hinckley-pictures/

Latest Edition of the Atkins Building Newsletter

Date Posted: 05 August 2013
Fully Fashioned Memories Exhibition and Reunion Party

Fully Fashioned Memories Exhibition and Reunion Party

Please click on the Download Information link for the latest edition of the Atkins Building newsletter with details of all the upcoming events at Atkins Building including Fully Fashioned Memories Exhibition and Reunion party for all Former Atkins employees and friends.

Future Footprints Exhibition

Date Posted: 02 July 2013

Future Footprints an exhibition on the History of Hinckley by Redmoor High School featuring archaeology, film, photography, reminiscences and fashion supported by Heritage Lottery Fund. The exhibition is on display in the Partridge suite at Atkins Building from now until Saturday 13th July. For films on the making of the exhibition including creating a replica Hansom Cab please see http://www.redmooracademy.org/footprints/videos.php.

Exhibition Opening Times - Monday 1st July to Saturday 13th July
Monday to Friday 08:30 to 17:00
Saturday 13th July 11:00 to 15:00

More contributions for Fully Fashioned Memories

Date Posted: 05 June 2013
Borough Bulletin page 10

Borough Bulletin page 10

Fully Fashioned Memories is a photographic exhibition and reunion party looking back at the everyday person who worked for Atkins of Hinckley.

More and more former employees are bringing their photographs and objects from their time at Atkins of Hinckley, but Atkins Building would like as many as possible so dig out your old photograph albums and rumage in those boxes in the loft! Please bring your images to the Reception at Atkins Buildings or get in touch on 01455 247070 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) if you would like to attend the reunion party on Saturday 28th September.

Look out for a piece on Fully Fashioned Memories in the Spring/Summer 2013 Borough Bulletin and see if you recognise yourself or friend from the photograph from Joy Robinson of Christmas 1981

To download a copy of the Borough Bulletin please click on the link below

Atkins Building to hold reunion party for former factory employees

Date Posted: 29 April 2013
Folding and Bagging department 2002

Folding and Bagging department 2002

Fully Fashioned Memories - a photographic exhibition and reunion party looking back at the employees of Atkins Brothers Ltd. The exhibition will be on display in Atkins Building Reception from the 12th September as part of Heritage Open Days and will look at the work and play aspect of life for Atkins Brothers Ltd employees.

Then on Saturday 28th September Fully Fashioned Memories moves to Cafe Impressions at Atkins Building for the reunion party!

If you are interested in attending the reunion or have photographs that you would like to share then please get in touch on 01455 247070 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Latest edition of the Atkins Building newsletter

Date Posted: 12 April 2013
Panda Art Ladies and their Exhibition in the Reception at Atkins Building

Panda Art Ladies and their Exhibition in the Reception at Atkins Building

Click on the Download link below for all the latest News and Events at Atkins Building in one handy publication including information for local Artists to exhibit FREE in the Atkins Building Reception

Easter Opening Hours

Date Posted: 28 March 2013

Atkins Building Easter opening hours are as follows

Friday 29th March CLOSED
Saturday 30th March 11am to 3pm
Sunday 31st March CLOSED
Monday 1st April CLOSED

Atkins Building is then open as usual from Tuesday 2nd April. If you have an apointment with any of the businesses based in Atkins Building outside of our Easter Opening Hours then please contact the business directly to arrange access. For a list of the businesses based at Atkins Building please see http://www.atkinsbuilding.co.uk/tenants/

From everyone at Atkins Building we hope you have a lovely Easter break

Atkins Building Photograph Appeal - Great Response!

Date Posted: 18 March 2013

The appeal for old photos of Hinckley’s historic Atkins Building when it was in use as a hosiery factory has prompted a great response from former employees. In particular Mrs Lillian Mills has provided staff at the Atkins Building with a fascinating collection of Christmas pictures from the late 1990s. Atkins Building now has a variety of photographs now from the 1990s showing the employee perspective of working at Atkins Brothers Ltd, but would like to have memories, photographs and memorabilia from other decades too.

If anyone has any photos etc from their time at Atkins Brothers Ltd then Atkins Building would love to hear from you. The end result for the project is an exhibition in September showcasing the everyday person at Atkins Building and if enough interest is shown a possible re union party might be held at the former factory.

This image is from the collection provided by Mrs Lillian Mills. Do you recognise yourself or a friend, if so please get in touch on 01455 247070 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Atkins Building at Half Term

Date Posted: 04 February 2013

Pupils from primary schools in Hinckley and Burbage can earn money for their schools by popping in and painting at The Pottery Shed at Atkins Building over the Feb Half Term. For every pupil that visits the Pottery Shed to paint something, the school will receive 10% of the money spent!

The Pottery Shed is also doing extended hours during the half term Monday 11th to Saturday 16th Feb 10:30am to 5pm

To book your session or for further details please contact Susan at the Pottery Shed on 07970267970 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Atkins Building Christmas and New Year Opening Times

Date Posted: 21 December 2012

Atkins Building Opening Times

Monday 24th Dec 08:30 to 17:30
Tuesday 25th Dec CLOSED
Wednesday 26th Dec CLOSED
Thursday 27th Dec 08:30 to 17:30
Friday 28th Dec 08:30 to 17:30
Monday 31st Dec 08:30 to 17:30
Tuesday 1st Jan 2013 CLOSED
Wednesday 2nd Jan 2013 08:30 to 17:30

The Atkins Building wishes everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

Ghost Words - Whispering Poems from the Past

Date Posted: 17 December 2012

An exhibition from the pupils of Redmoor High School which opened today in the Atkins Building Reception.

The pupils with the support of the Clore Duffield Foundation and Hinckley Archaeology Society completed their own archaeological dig in the grounds of Redmoor High School to see what historical items were hidden in the playing fields. Armed with their finds the pupils met with older members of the community who had first hand memories of the site before it was a school, with assistance from the local experts from Hinckley Archaeology Society, the students could start to understand the finds and the context of the site. Finally the students met with two poets Stewart Henderson and Paul Cookson,who helped students develop imaginative responses to the finds, their input and encouragement helped shaped the poems that form the foundation of the exhibition.

The huge array objects found are on display at Atkins Building alongside the poems written by the students inspired by their finds. The exhibition also includes audio stations and QR codes of the pupils reciting the poems and a film of the Ghost Words Project.

Ghost Words is on now in the Atkins Building Reception until Friday 21st Dec 2012 for more details please see http://www.redmoor.leics.sch.uk/ghostwords

Atkins Building Photograph Appeal

Date Posted: 03 December 2012

Did you get married, celebrate a special birthday when you worked at Atkins Brothers Ltd and celebrate with your colleagues? Do you have any photographs from the Atkins Christmas Parties? Atkins Building is looking for images and photographs of the working people of Atkins Brothers Ltd.

If you or a relative have any images from your time at Atkins Brothers Ltd which you are willing to share then we would love to hear from you, call us on 01455 247070 or email us on .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Any photographs shared with Atkins Building will be used in exhibitions of the building's heritage, social media platforms and website and added to the Image Library.

Latest edition of the Atkins Building Newsletter available to download

Date Posted: 03 December 2012

Please click on Download Information to view the latest Atkins Building newsletter

Atkins Art Prize Exhibition on display in Atkins Building

Date Posted: 20 September 2012

Atkins Art Prize is a joint venture between North Warwickshire and Hinckley College and Leicestershire County Council Registration Service where students have the opportunity for their work to be chosen and be displayed in the Ceremony Suites and Registration Offices at Atkins Building.

The exhibition of the submitted work is on display in the large room underneath Cafe Impressions until the end of Sept and a private view on Tuesday 25th Sept from 5pm to 8pm

FREE Exhibition Space for Local Artists

Date Posted: 23 August 2012

Atkins Building is looking for artists from the Leicestershire area for short term exhibitions in the Reception area. If you are looking for a venue to showcase your work, then this lively and busy building could be the answer.

To discuss any potential exhibition please pop into Reception or call 01455 247070

We recommend that potential exhibitors come and view the space and please note as the Leicestershire County Council Registration Service, Hinckley Office is based here that work on display cannot be of a religious nature.

Young Open Exhibition

Date Posted: 06 July 2012

Creative Hinckley are hosting the young Open Exhibition in the Atkins Building Gallery. The exhibtion is open to anyone aged between 8 and 19 living in Leicestershire. Prizes will be awarded to the winner and runner up of each age category.

For more information on how to enter the Young Open please contact
Lindsay Orton Creative Communities and Tourism Officer on 01455 255833 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Click on Download Information for a pdf about the Young Open

Mayor comes to the Atkins Building to see children’s Jubilee artwork

Date Posted: 01 June 2012

Pupils from Holliers Walk Primary School decorated the Atkins Reception with their original Jubilee designed bunting to celebrate the Queen's Diamod Jubilee. A big thank you to all the staff and pupils of Holliers Walk who participated in this Jubilee Project.

The Mayor Martin Cartwright and his Consort visited the Atkins Building this morning to see these spendid and unique decorations and the small exhibition about the Royal Visit by H.R.H Princess Margaret in 1972.

The exhibition and bunting will be on display until Monday 11th June

Royal Visit on this day 40 Years ago

Date Posted: 23 May 2012

To celebrate the Queens's Diamond Jubilee we are looking back to the 23rd May 1972 when H.R.H the Princess Margaret visited the Atkins Building. While she was here the Princess was gifted with a selection of stockings produced by the Atkins Factory. Click on download information for photographs and more information.

If you were here that day or have any memories of the Royal visit please share your thoughts with us at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Are you the next Carnival Prince or Princess?

Date Posted: 04 May 2012

The Hinckley Carnival Committe are looking for Carnival Royalty at the Atkins Building on Saturday 12th May. The categories are: Prince, Princess, Consort, Lady in Waiting, Page boy and Flower girl with the age groups 13 - 16, 9 - 12 and 6 - 8.

For more information or to enter please contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Super Heroes and Villains at Atkins Building!

Date Posted: 27 March 2012

Year 9 Art Ambassadors from Redmoor High School helped younger pupils from: St Margaret’s C of E Primary, Westfield Primary, Richmond Primary, and Battling Brook Primary develop their skills in painting, illustration and sculpture. A series of master class art days were held at Redmoor High School and the invited primary school pupils, supported by specialist Key Stage 3 staff created artworks on the themes of Surrealist Creatures and Super Heroes and Villains! The result of this successful liaison is on display in the Atkins Building Reception till Thursday 5th April.

New Community Group moves to Atkins Building

Date Posted: 09 March 2012

The Hinckley 55+ group have made Atkins Building the new venue for their 2012 Events Programme. This sociable group run a mixed programme of events for their members who are aged 55 and over and the first event in the Atkins Building is a talk on Bee Keeping next Wednesday.

If your group needs a venue for their activities and meetings please call 01455 247070 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for details on the rooms available to hire

Working with vulnerable adults and their personal budgets

Date Posted: 08 November 2011

Thursday 19 January 2011, 10am to 12 noon
Atkins Building, Lower Bond St, Hinckley, Leicestershire LE10 1QU
This free briefing is for those from the arts, sports and leisure sector who work with vulnerable adults (including older people, people with mental health issues and people with disabilities). Speakers from Adult Social Care will let you know how personalisation is working in Leicestershire and how you can target your work at people with personal budgets. It focuses on Hinckley & Bosworth area in particular but will relate to Leicestershire as a whole. It is planned as a precursor to a ‘Have A Go’ event in April where you can demonstrate your activities to vulnerable adults and their carers.

The event is free if you are based in Leicestershire/Rutland, £5 if based elsewhere.
Book at: http://personalbudgets.eventbrite.co.uk

The Big Draw comes to the Atkins Building

Date Posted: 22 September 2011

The Borough Council has teamed up with the Community Safety Partnership and Creative Hinckley to host a day of free drawing workshops on Saturday 8 October continuing on Monday 10, Tuesday 11 and Wednesday 12 October in Hinckley’s Atkins Building that aim to create the BIGGEST community drawing in town.
The workshops will take place each day from 10am to 4pm and people of all drawing abilities are invited to simply drop in and have a go at a variety of techniques. There will be expert advice on offer from a host of local artists including graffiti artist Richard Curtis from Hinckley Fire Station and admission and all activities are free of charge.
This year’s theme is ‘the Big Family’, so everyone is encouraged to come along, get involved and draw the people who make up the community around them, whether that’s members of the family or people from school, the police or the fire service. The Big Draw offers people the opportunity to have a go at expressing themselves, whilst at the same time meeting other people living and working in the community.
Borough Councillor for Community Safety at the Borough Council, Councillor David Bill said: “I know that there is a wealth of hidden talent in this area. Let’s see how much we can discover at these events. I would encourage people of all ages to come along on their own, with friends or with family to join in the host of creative arts and craft activities that are on offer. Whether you stay for 10 minutes or all day, come along and enjoy being creative at Atkins.”

Pilates @ Atkins

Date Posted: 08 December 2010
The Partridge Suite

The Partridge Suite

Pilates classes are set to take place in the Partridge Suite from May 2011, weekday lunchtimes. Katey is a Certified Body Control Pilates teacher and registered exercise professional. Places are limited - to express and interest please contact Katey on 07887895022 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Starting date Thursdays 5th May - 9th June
12.15 -1.15pm
1.15 -2.15pm Tbc
£45 for 6 sessions - to be paid in advance along with completed enrolment form.

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