Ashby Magna is a rural location, typical of English villages set in East Midlands countryside. The village is set in and around fertile, undulating farmland and has a population of just under three hundred people that has remained consistent for many years.
The village's earliest record is in the Doomsday book of the 11th century, but its name, derived from the "Ash tree", the Danish "by" meaning farm or settlement and the Latin word "magna" for great, suggests it was established many years prior to this. It was once home to the Ashby Magna Train Station, notable for its decently sized goods yard, thought the remnants of this station are have now been made inaccessible by the bridge being backfilled on both sides. St Mary's Church was built here in the early 13th century, and over the years has been restored many times, though the architecture remains predominantly medieval.
Major Road Links
The village is located between junctions 20 and 21 of the M1, and also has easy access to the city of Leicester and nearby towns of Rugby, Lutterworth and Market Harborough
The nearest health services are located in the nearby town of Lutterworth, only 5 miles away, and include;
The Wycliffe and Masharani Practices at the doctor's surgery on Gilmorton Road, LE17 4EB
The Fielding Palmer Cottage Hospital, Gilmorton Road, LE17 4DZ
Dentist’s offices and pharmacies throughout the town
Further hospital services are available in Leicester and Rugby, both of which are not too far out field of the village.
Councils and Authorities
The Ashby Magna Parish Council, the contact information for which is on their website
The Harborough District Council
Leicestershire County Council
Primary schools can be found in the neighbouring village of Dunton Bassett, other local primary schools can be found in Ullesthorpe, Gilmorton, Claybrooke and Lutterworth.
The nearest secondary school is Lutterworth High, which has achieved an outstanding reputation, and the nearest upper school is Lutterworth College, which is heralded for having outstanding aspects.
The village is home to St Mary's Church, which was built around 1220. The Lutterworth Mobile Library visits once every fortnight, and a more substantial library is located on George Street in Lutterworth, which is also home to a number of other facilities, such as the Leisure Centre and various sporting grounds. A public bus service runs regularly through the nearby village of Dunton Bassett.
Culture and Events
The Ashby Magna Parish Council regularly puts on events, shows and fairs for the village which are publicised through their website and the Ashby Magna Herald. The Kilworth House Theatre, only a few miles outside the village, stages productions at their open air theatre and other performing arts groups regularly produce shows at the venue of Lutterworth College.
Clubs and Leisure
The Ashby Magna Garden Society is located here, and regularly puts on shows and competitions for the whole village. Other leisure events are regularly held by the parish council, usually in the village hall. Further clubs and facilities are available in many of the nearby towns and villages.
While there are no sporting societies in Ashby Magna itself, many clubs are located around the village, several at the Lutterworth Leisure Centre, and further afield at the Harborough Leisure Centre in Market Harborough. Other clubs include the Lutterworth Soccer Centre, Lutterworth Rugby, Lutterworth Golf Club, Kilworth Springs Golf Club, Ullesthorpe Golf Club and the Lutterworth Cricket Club all a short distance away.