Christmas trees and decorations at Digby Farm

Digby farm have been growing Christmas trees for over 30 years, and offer a range of trees including spruce pine and fir in a range of heights. There is also a Christmas shop full of decorations, tree stands, and gifts and crafts.

All the trees are on display so you can inspect each one and choose your preferred shape and size. Once you have chosen your tree, one of the helpful staff will give you a ticket, and then take the tree away to be netted, while you browse the Christmas Shop for decorations.

Open daily from 10.00 am to 5:30pm (4pm Sunday), and located here

Defibrillator reliability improvement

A big thank you on behalf of the village to Cllr Geoff Mason who recently volunteered his time and ingenuity to improve the weatherproofing of our village defibrillator. The defibrillator has been out of action on more than one occasion due to water ingress, and the addition of the black metal hood will improve the availability of this emergency life saving equipment in the future.

“Due to water ingress into the cabinet of the defibrillator it has been out of action on two occasions but thanks to Councillor Mason, who devised and constructed a cover for the cabinet, the problem has been resolved.”

Cllr Tim Smith – Parish Council Chairman

You can read more about how the village defibrillator works here.

Neighbourhood Plan

Neighbourhood Plan for North Luffenham

Taking control of planning in the village

How would you like the Parish of North Luffenham to look in 10 to 20 years time? The Village Survey of 2017 indicated that the general environment and proximity to the countryside were very important and being part of a community as important to the residents of North Luffenham

The proposed development of St. George’s Barracks, with a new town bigger than Uppingham, is a threat to the environment of North Luffenham in terms of visual impact and increased traffic. The local parish councils are striving to reduce the numbers of houses in the development, but it is likely that there will be some utilisation of the former airfield.

A Neighbourhood Plan enables local communities to control the planning of the area in which they live and work. It can be used to:

  • Develop a shared vision for your neighbourhood.
  • Choose where new homes and other development should be built.
  • Identify and protect important local green spaces.
  • Influence what new buildings should look like.

It is essentially a planning document for the whole of the parish, and as such can influence any development on St. George’s within the parish boundary.(p.t.o.)

Only a Parish Council can initiate a Neighbourhood Plan, but it can only be successfully impact the St Georges development with the support of the village and the Parish Council wants your help and enthusiasm to see it through.

There will be a presentation  at the Community Centre on 9th December at 7.0 pm.

The parish council feel it is important to the future of the village so please, if you are able, try and attend either just to know more or would like to be involved in some way.

All welcome; please do come.

Can you help?

Are you interested in helping other people and if so come and find out more about the North Luffenham Good Neighbour Scheme this Friday 6th December at 7.30 pm in The Den at The Fox. Following our A.G.M. there will be light refreshments and a chance to talk over what is involved with the volunteers.

NLPC and Trust Meetings Monday 2nd December 2019

Please find attached the agendas and supporting papers for the above meetings to be held at North Luffenham Community Centre at 7.00pm

Planning Application: 30 Kings Road, North Luffenham

2019/1020/FUL PROPOSAL: Single storey infill extension linking front of property with existing garage and alterations to garage to provide utility and store room.

Please see attached the details of the above planning application

Notice of Proposal to Amend the Scheme under which the Trust Operates

North Luffenham Village Trust

Notice of Proposal to Amend the Scheme under which the Trust Operates

The Trustees of the North Luffenham Village Trust are proposing to make 2 changes to the current charity Scheme wording. Prior to making a formal application to the Charity Commission to amend the scheme, the Trustees are consulting with key stakeholders to obtain feedback on the proposals. Key stakeholders are the Parish Council, The Parochial Church Council and villagers who are potential beneficiaries of the Scheme. The period of consultation is running until midnight on Sunday 8th December after which the Trustees will consider any modifications arising from the consultation, before submitting a formal application for a revised scheme to the Charity Commission.

The proposed changes are as follows:

1. Change to the definition of “the area of benefit”

Original wording: Section #1 – Definitions: “the area of benefit” means the The Parish of North Luffenham and the surrounding neighbourhood.

Proposed Wording: Section #1 – Definitions: “the area of benefit” means the The Parish of North Luffenham and the surrounding area as defined by the Civil Parish Boundary.

Rationale: In the light of the proposals for the development of the St George’s Barracks site just over the current civil parish boundary, the Trustees are concerned that the ability of the Trust to support people living in North Luffenham could be severely diluted if the new development were to be included in its area of benefit through a loose definition. As the original intention was to support people in and around the village of North Luffenham, the Trustees propose clarifying the boundary of the area of benefit to avoid any future risk of major new developments adversely impacting the value of the Trust to local inhabitants.

2. Change to the Objects of the Charity in relation to promotion of education:

Original wording: Section #4 (1) (a): promoting the education of persons who are under the age of 18 and are in need of financial assistance and have at any time attended a school in the area of benefit.

Proposed Wording: Section #4 (1) (a): promoting the education of persons who are in need of financial assistance and have at any time attended a school in the area of benefit or are now resident in the area of benefit.

Rationale: When the objects were originally drafted, few people continued in education after the age of 18. As times have changed and many now go on to further education and university, the Trust receives many applications from university students seeking support with maintenance, travel and materials costs. The Trustees would like to make clear in the objects that university and mature students are eligible for support and that providing such support is fully aligned with the original aims and intentions of the Scheme given the change in society. The trustees therefore propose to remove reference to an age limit and also to provide scope to assist those who move into the village even if they have not previously attended the village school.

If you have any comments or suggestions relating to the proposed changes, please send your feedback in writing to the Clerk of Trustees by midnight on Sunday 8th December as follows:

Mrs K Dexter,
Clerk to the Trustees
North Luffenham Village Trust
13 Digby Drive
North Luffenham
RUTLAND
LE15 8JS
e-mail: kate.dexter552@btinternet.com