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Combining the peaceful, natural appeal of village living with an exceptionally
convenient location on the outskirts of Leicester, Stretton Glen brings a
selection of attractive contemporary homes into the mature, lively local community of Great Glen. Broad skies and open farmland make this the ideal place to relax away from city pressures, yet these homes are less than a mile from the A6 and just 20 minutes from the attractions and amenities of Leicester.
Sport and leisure
Evington Leisure Centre, conveniently situated on the eastern edge of Leicester, offers a choice of 25 and 18-metre swimming pools, a 45-station fitness studio with modern cardiovascular and resistance equipment and a four-court sports hall with facilities for badminton, basketball, indoor football and cricket practice. The Centre also has a full programme of fitness classes, lessons and mother and toddler sessions. There is a second sports centre at Fleckney, around three miles south of Great Glen, catering for a range of activities from football, cricket, basketball and netball to table tennis, indoor bowls, street dance and martial arts. Local golf clubs include Glen Gorse, around two miles away, where a challenging 18-hole parkland course is complemented by full clubhouse amenities.
The library in Great Glen offers a selection of activities including reading groups and children’s storytimes as well as lending and other services, and the village has two traditional pubs, both serving food: The Yews dates back to 1750, while the Greyhound is a 400-year old coaching inn. The 20-minute trip into Leicester city centre opens up access to a huge selection of cultural activities and entertainment, including multi-screen cinemas, live music and arts events that reflect the high proportion of students in the area. Museums and galleries cover the spectrum from local history laid out in a restored thatched cottage right through to the award-winning National Space Centre.
There is a good selection of local shops in Great Glen, including a post office that also stocks newspapers and magazines, stationery, confectionery and snacks, a pharmacist, a Co-op convenience store, and a hairdresser. For major shopping, there is a choice of larger supermarkets on the eastern fringes of Leicester.
Great Glen is served by St Cuthbert’s Primary School, a C of E school with a focus on creative learning. The school, which is at the north of the village just a few minutes walk from Stretton Glen, supports a choir and orchestra, and has a strong record in French teaching and other specialisms. The choice of local secondaries includes Kibworth High, a community technology college, and the Robert Smythe School in Market Harborough, which takes pupils from age 14 to 19 and has been designated a High Performance Specialist School. There are also three universities (University of Leicester, De Montford University and Loughborough University) in the immediate area.
Great Glen Surgery, a branch of Kibworth Health Centre, is open weekday mornings and afternoons. In addition to five GPs, the Kibworth Centre has two practice nurses and two phlebotomists as well as community nurses and health visitors, all of whom cover the Great Glen Surgery. The Dental Practice in the village’s shopping area offers a range of cosmetic services such as teeth whitening in addition to routine check-ups and remedial work.