North Luffenham Garden Club Christmas Social, Thursday 14 December

North Luffenham Garden Club will be holding its Christmas social with quiz (optional, being put out on tables, not read out). Please bring food to share. Wine & soft drinks – first glass free then donations.

Time and place: 7.30pm at the Community Centre

Date: Thursday 14 December

Once again, just a reminder, it is time to pay annual membership fees of £10.00 for which we have interesting speakers from October to May each year and organised outings each summer.

St George’s Barracks Development – Update

On Thursday 30th November, The Chair of the Parish Council together with the Chair of Edith Weston Parish Council met with the Chief Executive of Rutland County Council to further discuss the proposals for the development of St George’s Barracks. The record of this meeting is attached.

The issues arising from this meeting and how the Village would wish the Parish Council to respond, will be discussed at the Open Meeting to be held in the Parish Church on Thursday 7th December at 7.30pm.

Mtg Notes – 30 Nov 17 – V2

Are you ready for winter?

As the nights get colder and darker, the chances of severe weather increase. Since 1990, gas and electricity network companies have invested over £80bn to make the UK’s gas and electricity supply more reliable than ever before. But storms, floods and other extreme weather can still cause damage and disruption.

That’s why the UK’s gas and electricity network companies have come together to launch the Be Winter Ready campaign. The campaign aims to help the public better-prepare for power cuts and gas emergencies that may result from bad winter weather.

To Be Winter Ready, you should:

  1. Know your free emergency numbers – in a power cut dial 105 or, for a gas emergency, dial 0800 111999.
  2. Prepare your home – keep a torch handy and get your appliances serviced by a Gas Safe registered engineer to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning. Vulnerable households can get extra support by signing up to the Priority Services Register. Contact your gas or electricity network to find out more. Visit to find out who your network operator is.
  3. Keep your eyes open – keep an eye on the weather forecast and, if you have a power cut or a gas emergency, check on your neighbours.

Improved Oakham High Street with one-way traffic flow

Designs and proposed surfacing materials for an improved Oakham High Street with one-way traffic flow will go on display at Oakham Library from 14th November to 15th December 2017 as part of the town centre regeneration scheme being led by Rutland County Council.

The display will include design drawings, showing work to date on the proposed new highway layout and expanded pedestrian areas, as well the location of parking spaces, cycle routes and delivery bays for businesses.

In particular, there will be an opportunity to see and comment on the types of materials being considered for pavements, kerbs and road surfaces, along with examples of new street furniture, such as benches and lamp posts.

As part of the detailed design phase for the Town Centre Improvement Scheme, we have already begun approaching businesses, traders and other stakeholders directly for their feedback on the latest detail designs. People will also be able to view the scheme designs and comment online from 14th November by visiting:

The information gathered will then be used to help create a final detailed design, which will be presented to Full Council for approval in March 2018.

For more information about the regeneration of Oakham Town Centre, I would encourage you to visit:
Alternatively, please contact our project team by emailing:

via Mat Waik, Strategic Communications Advisor, Rutland County Council

Military history talk at the Fox with Penny Burton

I’m a local historian (until recently I was living in the village) and I’m doing a series of military history talks at the Fox. The next one is 6th December and I didn’t know if you could include this?

Tickets are £5 and available at the bar. It starts at 7pm and the talk lasts about 1 hour with questions afterwards and a chance to view my collection of wwi artifacts.

Many thanks in advance,
Penny Burton

North Luffenham Parish Council (Trustee) meeting: 4th December 2017

The next meeting of North Luffenham Parish Council (as Trustee for The Oval and Allotment Field) will be on Monday, 4th December 2017, immediately following the Parish Council meeting in the Community Centre. The Agenda and associated paper are listed below.

Dog Fouling

With the dark mornings and evenings there appears to be a rash of dog fouling on the pavements of Digby Drive, Chapel Lane, Church Street and Lyndon Road. Please be a responsible dog owner and clear up after your pet. If walking your dog in the dark please  keep your dog on a lead and carry a torch – always carry bags and ensure that any mess is cleared up immediately. Many thanks.

St George’s Barracks Development – Your View

As previously published, the Parish Council has created a Working Group, whose role will be to work with the Village to identify the key concerns relating to the proposed St George’s Barracks Development. The Group will advise the Parish Council and help to deliver research and feedback. The Group will provide a conduit to Rutland County Council and seek to influence the Project Board’s thinking. The PC Members of the Group are Paul Cummings, Tim Smith and Pete Burrows. Tim Collins has agreed to join the group as an advisor and lead on environmental matters.

To let us properly gauge opinion, it is proposed to hold a public meeting on 7th December at 7.30pm in the Village Church, to enable the Parish Council to understand concerns and aspirations regarding the development of the site. The meeting will also provide an opportunity to identify villagers willing to join the working group to assist in their work.

Volunteering Opportunity

Fineshade Wood needs you!

The Forestry Commission is currently recruiting volunteers to work in beautiful Fineshade Wood, located just off the A43, close to Stamford. This ancient woodland is a hidden gem, and needs friendly volunteers to help visitors make the most of what is on offer.

Our Welcome Volunteers find that telling people about the trails and wildlife at the site is very rewarding, and this role suits those who enjoy meeting people and yet don’t necessarily want to be physically active. If, however, you would like to get stuck into the practical conservation side of volunteering, we are always on the lookout for those who love wildlife and the outdoors and enjoy a bit of hard graft! So at Fineshade there is something for everyone!

For either opportunity please contact us at or ring 0300 067 5347.

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North Luffenham Christmas Trail

We need your help:  can you knit a small sheep or display one in your window?

In December, a Christmas Trail leaflet will be available so you can discover and record the names of sheep around the village. Bring the completed trail leaflet  to the Village Carol Service on Sunday 17th December at 5pm and the Christmas story will be explored with the help of the sheep.

Intrigued?  Willing to knit a sheep? Or offer a sheep a windowsill? Want to go sheep hunting?  For more details, please email Pippa the rector:  Full details including a knitting pattern are contained in leaflet attached below.


Christmas Trail knitting & displaying sheep