Rural Coffee Connect

Will be in North Luffenham on the 13th and 20th December 2023 and 3rd January 2024 10:00 – 15:00 at the cricket pavilion.

Citizens Advice Rutland is delighted to have re-launched Rural Coffee Connect in Rutland which will pop up around the county providing free barista coffee and drinks, along with information on local services, every Wednesday.

The team will be on hand from 10am until 3pm, with hot drinks served from 11am, to provide signposting and referrals to Citizens Advice Rutland and a range of support services and community organisations.

To keep up to date with Rural Coffee Connect follow @CitizensAdviceRutland or @YourRCC on Facebook or contact Citizens Advice Rutland on 01572 725809 or

Free December Bus Travel

Rutland County Council will be offering free one-way and return travel on all its local bus routes in December – including Saturdays – when passengers board in Rutland after 9am.

This means that all bus journeys starting in Rutland after 9am will be free, whether they end inside or outside the County. Tickets for journeys bought anywhere outside the County and finishing in Rutland will be priced as normal.

Free Christmas shopping bus

There will also be free return travel on three city buses to Nottingham, Peterborough and Leicester on the following dates:

• Saturday 9th December – Nottingham

• Saturday 16th December – Peterborough

• Saturday 23rd December – Leicester

Each of the three buses will collect passengers from Langham, Barleythorpe, Oakham, Gunthorpe, Preston and Uppingham, before travelling on to their destination. Dates for these buses are as follows, with specific timetable information to be published on the RCCs website and at bus stops in the near future.

Free parking for Christmas markets and Small Business Saturday

• Saturday 2nd December – Small Business Saturday (all car parks, all day)

• Thursday 7th December – Uppingham Christmas Market (Uppingham car parks only, 3.00pm onwards)

• Monday 11th December – Oakham Late Night Shopping (Oakham car parks only, 3.00pm onwards)

This initiative forms part of Rutland’s Bus Service Improvement Plan, which was approved by the RCC Cabinet in September and has secured national funding specifically intended to encourage greater use of public transport.

Any residents who have questions about these initiative can direct them the Transport Team at RCC by emailing: or for parking or by calling: 01572 722 577.

Pantomimne 2023 – Can one person cause so much chaos?

I felt it was time to update everyone on the progress of this year’s pantomime. We have now had some rehearsals and I can’t believe the quality of this years cast!!

This years pantomime features some burning topics that have hit the village this year, and quite possibly might reveal the miscreants behind those topics, so you just can’t miss finding out more!

The cast and backstage team (yes, we have one of those this year) will endeavour to make this years pantomime even better than last years (not difficult I hear some of you cry!) and, so far, judging by the dedication this looks to be a real blockbuster.

So, make sure it’s in your diary, 15th December at The Fox at 7.30. Start your Christmas with a bang!

See you there, and I will keep you posted.

Rutland’s New Local Plan – Planning for Rutland’s Future

Rutland County Council are consulting on the Preferred Options (Regulation 18) stage for the new Local Plan from Monday 13th November until it closes at 4pm Monday 8th January 2024.  This is the second stage of public consultation for the preparation of the new Rutland Local Plan. 

The Local Plan covers the period 2021-2041 and will, when adopted, set out policies and proposals for future development in Rutland.

The easiest way to comment is via the online consultation portal. By using the portal, you will be able to save draft responses and come back to them later. It also enables easy access for future consultations. In addition, comments made by other people can now be viewed on the system once they’ve been made live rather than wait until after consultation has closed and the Consultation Statement has been published.

The new Local Plan web page includes more detailed information on how to submit comments in the Preferred Options consultation

For any further enquiries please email or call the Council’s customer services team on 01572 722 577 who will arrange for a member of the Local Plan team to contact you to provide you with a response.

The attached Public Notice provides a summary of the Preferred Options stage and how you can get involved

Christmas Shopping trip to Springfields outlet, Spalding

North Luffenham Good Companions have arranged a Christmas shopping to Springfields outlet centre in Spalding on Wednesday 15th November. With over 50 big name brands offering discounts an ideal opportunity to start that Christmas shopping, alternatively enjoy their winter wonderland walk.

There are currently 4 spaces left on the bus if anyone would like to attend. The cost is £10 per person and the mini bus leaves The Fox, Pinfold Lan, North Luffenham at 9.30am returning from Springfields at 2.30pm.

Should anyone be interested in attending please call Jason on 07773396153.

Looking for a unique and sustainable Christmas tree?

Our Rutland Men & Women in Sheds members lovingly craft wonderful wooden trees made to order and they have been a hit with many local business & residents for the last few years.

Made from repurposed pallet wood, they can be made in varying styles and sizes and are a great alternative to a real Christmas tree.

All proceeds from the sale of the trees directly benefit the Shed which provides a safe place for individual pursuits and community projects for local older people 🌟

To order please email our Rutland Shed:-

Or Call 01572 720319