NLPC and Trust Meetings18-10-21at 7.30pm in Community Centre

North Luffenham Bonfire Night – Friday 5th November 2021

The annual Bonfire & Fireworks event hosted by North Luffenham Parish Council will go ahead on The Oval on Friday 5th November 2021.

Doors Open 5.30pm; Bonfire lit 6.15pm; Fireworks 6.30pm

The Cricket Club will be running the BBQ (to raise funds to continue the good works on the wicket); Janet Whittaker & Judy Cade will be offering hot & cold refreshments from the Pavilion with home-made seasonal cake; Lin Burrows will be serving her specially prepared Mulled Wine whilst Charles Cade & Pete Burrows are in charge of lighting the fire & fireworks. Our Chair of the Parish Council – Tim Smith – will be co-ordinating the important task of the ‘Donation bucket collection’. All this helps to offset the costs so please be generous to enable this event to continue.

Whilst The Scouts will be sporting high vis jackets and stewarding the perimeter and entry points, more volunteers are needed on the night to assist with ensuring a safe and enjoyable evening. 
If you can help, please contact any of the above teams or Charles Cade on 01780 720467.

Thank you 😉

Community Garden Project Donations

From: Julie Abell

I am working with Peppers Mental Health Charity and Oakham Fire Station to create a Community mental health garden at the Fire Station.
If you are clearing your gardens this autumn and have any perennials or bulbs that you would like to donate they would be really appreciated.

We are also looking for any spare garden tools that you may have for volunteers to use on the project.

Thank you so much in advance for any donations

Please contact Julie 07866 741022 or Julie.abell@hotmail.co.uk

Cricket Pitch Renovation

Anyone who has played cricket will know the importance of the condition of “The Square” – the hallowed area where the wickets and creases are located.

Following two years of lockdown, the pitch on North Luffenhams own “Oval” was in very poor condition. Nick Davenport agreed to take on the not inconsiderable challenge of maintaining the area and temporary repairs were made in June 2020 to ensure the surface was safe to play on for this season.

Advice was taken from Keith Exon (ex head groundsman at Glamorgan County Ground & Oakham School) who, along with his son Alex, now offers a pitch maintenance and renovation service through his business ‘Perfect Pitches’) and they were able to advise on what could be done do to return it to it’s glory days during the off season.

As it happened, Keith phoned at the end of September to say that he had finished a job at Old Trafford, and had a gap in his schedule before he went to Trent Bridge, and could fit North Luffenham in – elite company for a village pitch indeed!

The cricket club accepted the offer, and Keith arrived with his highly specialised equipment

Keith used a Koro Field Top Maker to remove all surface vegetation from the top 6mm of the square, levelling out hollows and bumps and preparing a good base for reseeding as you can see in the following images. A huge amount of surface vegetation was removed and at the Butt Lane end of the pitch a further 2mm was removed to lower the slope around the crease and the excess soil was placed at the opposite end to fill a depression which ran along side the top side of the wicket. This should ensure the pitch is perfectly level.

The next step was to use a scarifier to remove any remaining vegetation and leave grooves at 20mm centres to give better seed/soil content.

35kgs of grass seed and 25kgs of fertiliser where then applied and covered by 1250kgs of Boughton County Loam.

Keith’s last step was to drag a matt/lute by hand for final levels and so ensuring a good finish for germination.

Keith’s attention to detail and his professional expertise have been crucial to the renovation of the square. We could not have achieved the same outcome and ongoing support for the care of the wicket without his intervention. We should not underestimate this given Keith currently carries out the same task for county grounds such as Trent Bridge and Northamptonshire.

Watering wisely then became a key factor to encourage germination and support the emerging grass in what turned out to be a hot spell. This required frequent visits to the oval to move the sprinkler to avoid drowning the seed and avoiding the hottest time of the day to prevent scalding of the emerging grass. The outcome of all this has been 99% germination, great coverage of grass and to date two cuts to keep the grass at 20mm to encourage tillering and strong root growth.

The plan over the winter is to keep the grass level to 20mm and then in spring begin a regime of gentle rolling to settle any upheaval caused by frost. Gradually lowering the cutting height to around 6mm and increasing the rolling as we move towards the start of the season.

This Post will expire at 8:02am on Wednesday November 3rd, 2021.

Annual Governance and Accountability Return (AGAR) 2020-21

Please find attached the AGAR for North Luffenham PC which has been agreed and signed by the Internal Auditor appointed by the Leicectershire and Rutland Association of Local Councils.

This Post will expire at 10:18am on Wednesday October 20th, 2021.

NL Parish Council-Community Centre tables & chairs for sale at a bargain price!

The North Luffenham Community Centre has been refurbished, and new furniture has been purchased as part of the modernisation of the building.

The old tables and chairs are therefore being sold. There are about 30 chairs left & 4 tables. These are for sale on a first come first served /condition as seen basis. Each item is £1 each

If you are interested in purchasing any of the items, please contact Janet Whittaker on 01780-721216 or email rutlandwhittakers@outlook.com to view or pick up

This Post will expire at 6:31am on Sunday October 17th, 2021.

NLPC General and Trust Meetings for Monday 13th September 2021 in the Community Centre

Local Plan withdrawn

At a special meeting of Rutland County Council on the 1st September the decision was taken to withdraw the submitted Local Plan (LP) and the making of a new Local Plan.

The main strategic aim of the LP was to build a town bigger than Uppingham on the St. George’s Barracks (SGB) site.

Over the past four years North Luffenham Parish Council (NLPC) along with the help of local residents, local communities and our county councillors have attended many meetings, given deputations and asked questions as there were serious concerns about the deliverability and viability of the submitted LP. Not least were the concerns of the effects that such a large scale development would have on local parishes.

There will be development at SGB and NLPC, in early 2020, initiated a Neighbourhood Plan (NP-plan for our parish) in order to have a significant influence on any development. This now becomes more important for any development proposals that are submitted for SGB as it will take a new LP some 3-4 years to develop.

At the meeting on the 1st, NLPC made the point that one of the reasons that the submitted LP caused so much controversy was the lack of meaningful consultation with the most affected communities. Going forward it is to be hoped that from the beginning the necessary involvement will now take place.