is now official, there has been a recorded case of Coronavirus in a Rutland
resident. We in Rutland are not immune
from this disease so I would urge you to take self-isolation and social
distancing seriously. This means restricting visiting a shop to not
more than once a week, having shopping delivered if possible, using your
village’s prescription collection service to reduce the numbers going to the
surgeries and pharmacies, and staying indoors.
Some people have to go out to work, of course, and we are all allowed
out for daily exercise but one session of daily exercise is just that. It’s not a bike ride/jog in the morning and a
walk with the family or dog in the afternoon; it is one or the other and
walking your dog is your daily exercise as well as the dog’s! It has been reported that young people have
been seen playing football on our village open spaces. This is not acceptable because it is
impossible to play football and maintain the 2 meter social distance required
by Government and it is enabling cross family mixing, again not recommended. Don’t let your children and grandchildren out
to play with other families till all this is over and if you see any football
or other games going on, feel free to challenge the players. The latest modelling suggests the death toll
in the UK from Covid-19 will be lower that first feared, largely because of the
success of self-isolation and social distancing but we all need to keep it
up. Look after yourself and if you need
to contact me, or just want a chat, the details are below.
It has been brought to the attention of the Parish Council that there was a a group of children playing football on the Oval Recreation Ground this afternoon. We would kindly request that this does not happen again in accordance with the Government’s current guidelines. The more that people follow the current advice then hopefully the current restrictions will be lifted.
we are no longer permitted to keep the church building open, but Church
is not buildings, Church is the Christian community. Rev. Pippa will
be conducting a Service this coming Sunday for the whole of the Benefice
at 0930hrs. It will be accessible on the Rutland Water Benefice
Facebook page as a Watch Party. It has the options of being listened to,
or joined interactively. It is very easy to access, but to do so you
must be on Facebook and then join the Rutland Water Benefice group. And
if you are not a Facebook person, joining both Facebook and the Group is
To join Facebook, search for Facebook, answer a few questions, provide a password and there you are.
Then, search for The Rutland Water Benefice
To request to join the The Rutland Water Benefice Facebook group, “Press Join”..
You will then become a member of the group – it may take half a day to add to you or far far less !
You will then have access to the Watch Party ready for Sunday 0930hrs
spread the News of the Rutland Water Benefice Facebook page as it is
updated daily and a valuable source of Christian fellowship locally.
is my third note during these difficult times and this time it is a plea. Many people, understandably, are taking this
period of forced isolation to have a good clear out. That’s great but please store what you want
to dispose of until the municipal waste sites and charity shops re-open. Both were closed partly because of the need
for social distancing but mainly because of the risk of staff becoming infected
from the virus being on the goods disposed of/donated. DO NOT leave goods outside the closed charity
shops. The charities will not be collecting
these donations and their removal will be the responsibility of refuse
collectors/street cleaners, both of whom will be at risk if the bags are
contaminated. Thank you for your
have all witnessed the courage of NHS staff, albeit for most of us through the
medium of our TV screens. We recognise
their dedication and the risks to their own health this brings. Can we also remember the dedication of staff
working for Rutland County Council and give them a “thank you” too. Like all employers Rutland Council has
adopted home working where possible but not all staff can work from home nor
follow safe working practices such as social distancing. Staff answering your calls are in the office,
refuse collectors cannot keep a safe distance from each other as they dispose
of our waste and social workers, RCC’s Admiral Nurses and so on still visit
people in their homes and like health service colleagues do not always have
sufficient personal protective equipment.
So, if you see any of these folk going about their work give them a
cheery wave –from a safe distance, of course!
In accordance with new Government guidelines on play areas and equipment we have today had to close the use of the play equipment on the Oval Recreation Ground. Please respect this notice. Thank you NLPC
As you may have heard we’ve sadly made the decision
to close all of our water parks, including Rutland Water, to the public
along with all activities with immediate effect to help limit the
spread of coronavirus. None of our car parks will
be open and all tracks and gates are closed. Public access will not be
permitted in any areas.
All events at our parks will be cancelled until the
end of June which sadly means that the Anglian Water Music Festival
will be postponed until next year. We’ll be excited to welcome festival
goers to the shores of Rutland Water then, but
are advising those who have bought tickets for this year’s event to
choose whether to defer their booking until next year, or claim a full
refund. Refunds can be claimed via Eventbrite, and if we don’t hear from
ticket holders by Monday 31st August, tickets
will automatically be rolled over to next year’s festival.
We would encourage everybody to follow the
Government’s advice to social distance and not travel wherever possible
to protect the most vulnerable in our communities.
Following guidance from Central Government actual Parish Council meetings along with committees and working groups are to be suspended for the time being due to CORVID-19.
Central Gov’t is currently working on new legislation to allow future meetings to be held virtually. This means that the NLPC meeting scheduled for 23rd March is cancelled. Further information about the Annual Parish meeting scheduled for April and the Annual Parish Council meeting in May will follow, though at present it is likely both will be postponed to later in the year.
We recently posted an item with regard to the increase in dog mess that was being seen around the village especially in Church Street and also in close proximity to the childrens play area on the Oval. This issue is now a national campaign by ‘Keep Britain Tidy’ and they have just produced the following short video.
The Parish Council is also considering introducing a scheme run by RCC which has proved to be very successful in other parishes across Rutland. If adopted we will be looking for support from residents.
The festival is specifically aimed at families –
with lots of activities around the theme of “Getting Active” – including
water sports, climbing wall and nature reserve walks. We are very keen
that it will be a celebration to showcase all
that Rutland has to offer.
Headline acts are Scouting for Girls and The
Hoosiers, but most of the supporting acts are made up of individuals and
groups from across Rutland and Leicestershire. The majority of the food
and drink stands will be local businesses too.
The festival will be held at Sykes Lane, so well away from the nature reserve.
Parking will be included in the ticket prices, and
everything we’re doing is to try and minimise queues and disruption for
the local community – people will be able to drive straight on site
without having to wait at barriers to keep traffic
Our aim is to make the festival as plastic free as possible in line with our
plastic pledge as a business and the way our water parks are run all year round.