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Rutland Water Benefice; a message from Rev. Pippa Madgwick

Sadly 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 easy!

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

Please spread the News of the Rutland Water Benefice Facebook page as it is updated daily and a valuable source of Christian fellowship locally.

Covid-19 RCC Newsletter 3

Dear resident,

This 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 co-operation.

We 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!

Gale Waller

County Councillor, Normanton Ward 01780 722169

COVID-19 RCC Newsletter 2

Dear resident,

This is my second note during these difficult times.  Rutland County Council has recently announced additional on line support to businesses which can be found here Rutland County Council is now part of the Greater Lincolnshire LEP so their services are open to Rutland businesses. 

Our local health providers have also set up a web site which can be accessed here Stay isolating if you can and stay safe. If you need to contact me the details are below.

Gale Waller

County Councillor, Normanton Ward 01780 722169

Anglian Water Annoucement – Rutland Water

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.

Bus Services

Bus Services from Monday 23 March 2020 until further notice

Centrebus will be operating in Rutland as follows:

12 & 29 – For details see Centrebus website

747 – normal service

RF2 – normal service

9 – no service (see separate RCC notice)

146 – normal service

RF1 – may go to a two hourly service

47 – no service

For up to date information on all services please visit / @CentrebusLive


CallConnect services are operating as normal and the Booking Centre will open:

Mon-Fri 8.00 am – 5.00 pm

Sat 8.30 am – 4.00 pm

Tel: 0345 263 8153 / / @callconnect

The above information is subject to change

COVID – 19 RCC newsletter

Dear resident,

I hope you are well and safe at this difficult time.  Rutland County Council is rising to the challenge of delivering essential services for residents but you will find changes to what is normally provided such as the closure of the municipal waste sites.  The Council is regularly updating its Covid-19 web pages, including explaining how Government announcements, for example on business rates, is being managed.  To find out more please go to  In addition for those of you who don’t subscribe the Council produces a free regular newsletter “Your Rutland” which also carries useful information.  You can subscribe here Remember, follow the social distance advice and stay safe.  If you need to contact me the details are below.

Gale Waller

County Councillor, Normanton Ward 01780 722169

The Fox – Take out menu

Following the governments decision today that all pubs now need to close to help reduce the spread of Coronavirus and therefore the impact on the NHS.

As a consequence the Fox will now be closing, however Jason is going to be offering a take out service from tomorrow, Saturday 21st March 2020

For full details please see the attached leaflet

Parish Council Meetings

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.

Dog Fouling

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.

Anglian Water Music Festival – Rutland Water 13-14 June 2020

The first Anglian Water Music Festival taking place on the 13th and 14th June.

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 flowing.

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.

Bird Scarers

North Luffenham Parish Council has received complaints that on two occasions bird scarers have been used in Ancaster Way apparently to scare away the starlings in the laurel bushes.

It is considered a criminal offence to set off fireworks in the street or other public places without permission.

Bird scarers are very loud as their purpose is to scare away birds from farm crops and in an urban setting are a nuisance and in particular cause upset to the elderly.

The Parish Council is working with Rutland County Council to try and alleviate the problem that the starlings are causing.

NLPC and Trust Meetings; Monday 2nd March 2020 @ 7pm North Luffenham Community Centre

Please find attached the agendas and supporting papers for the forthcoming meetings as above

Use of field below the Primary School

I have received a request from the owner of the field below the primary school that walkers stay on the designated footpath that goes from the stone style in the Church graveyard to the metal bridge crossing at the bottom of the field. Could residents please not enter the field by the gate or fence at the corner of Glebe Road. Thank you