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Air Rifle Sport comes to North Luffenham – this Sunday.

The UKAHFT English Open is being hosted by local shooting club Misfits HFTC at North Luffenham tomorrow morning.

Hunter field target (HFT) is a target shooting sport derived from the air gun disciplines of field target shooting and hunting. Primarily an outdoor sport, shot with UK legal air rifles, a typical HFT course is made up of 30 lanes, with each lane comprising of a peg and a metal “knock down” target placed in a position to simulate a hunting scenario. The peg marks the shooting spot and the shooter must touch the peg with part of his or her body or gun for the shot to count.

90 entrants from across the country will compete against each other on this new challenging course, which comprises of 30 targets ranging from 8 yds to 45yds distance, in a rural setting.

Misfits HFTC were unable to use their usual venue near Brigstick, Corby and so were offered the use of Station field, just above the Linecross car park.

The competition is due to run from approximately 10am to 1pm. Spectators are welcome in the specially marked areas.

More information can be found here about the UKAHFT

and Misfits HFTC

Marathon Sale! In aid of St Johns Ambulance.

South Luffenham Village Hall.  Saturday 1st August 2015.  2-4.30 pm.

* New and pre-owned items

* Small pieces of furniture

* Jumble

* Bric-a-brac and Bring & Buy

* Tombola

All donations gratefully received and cheques made payable to St Johns Ambulance. Please drop any contributions or donations to 23 Digby Drive, North Luffenham.

70 year old Rutland runner and villager, Rosemary Dodson will be running in the 2016 London Marathon. Please support her.


Many thanks.

FR-IR Bottle Tombola. A Big Thanks.

The FR-IR Annual Bottle Tombola 2015 – The Rutland County Show

Firstly, please accept our apologies for this rather impersonal but still extremely sincere thank you to you all, for being so generous with the bottle collection in North Luffenham. The response from you was phenomenal this year, thank you so much for the effort you put into the Bottle Tombola Collection for FR-IR in your community. And a particular thank you to the Fox, for acting as a drop off point!
Our bottles were down this year but we still managed to total £4000, which is a significant sum. But the Tombola gave us an important presence at the Show, therefore increasing the awareness of this still new charity. 
So it was well worth it!
The Rutland Show 2015 meant we celebrated our 1st anniversary and thanks to our wonderful support, FR-IR is already going from strength to strength. We are now funding 2 advisors at the Citizens Advice in Oakham. The demand for this service has far outweighed our expectation and the post is now full-time with 2 advisors sharing the demand.
So our funding is even more vital than before ……….
We hope that in 2016 we will be able to find a sponsor for our marquee and for our trade stand pitch. We estimate this sum to be about £1000 so if any of you have any ideas of who to approach, please let us know!
An extra big thank you to those Collectors who also helped on the day…volunteering in the marquee is such a fun way of spending time raising money….and getting to know the team! Your time and your enthusiasm were much appreciated by the Fundraising Committee.
We hope that we will be able to call upon you again next year for the village collection. It has been so well proved that the personal touch gains more rewards…so please bear that in mind, if you have the time. Also, a number of collectors issue their cards with their Parish Magazines, so if you let me know your deadline date, we can get the collection cards to you, to save your foot work!
This year we failed to have a successful collection in Uppingham, Oakham and South Luffenham… any ideas for that, will be really helpful, as well.
Sincere thanks to you on behalf of the Fundraising Committee for your continued commitment and support, helping to increase the profile of FR-IR and to raise such a magnificent sum of money.
Kind regards
Trish Ruddle
On behalf of the FR-IR Fundraising Committee
01572 724400/

Pretty Muddy Race for Life at Peterborough Showground

On Sunday 21st June (this weekend!) some of our lovely female staff will be taking part in the Pretty Muddy Race for Life at Peterborough Showground. They have been limbering up, exercising hard and rolling in mud, in preparation for the big event and would be very grateful if you could support this worthwhile fundraiser to beat cancer.

Gemma Cutmore has organised the ladies into an excitable group, aptly name the ‘Muddy Misfits’ so joining her are Mrs Lister, Mrs Hart, Mrs Hall, Mrs Stanfield, Mrs Bingham, Mrs Fox, Miss Plant and a few daughters have also been roped in!
The Muddy Misfits have already made fantastic headway towards raising their target goal of £800 but would like to do better…..if you have time, come along and support them at Peterborough Showground at 10.45am, pledge a donation at or drop in your spare coins at the school office – hopefully they can smash their target! Photos to follow!


Amanda Hall.

NL Summer Concert & Picnic. 20th June 2015.

Summer is now officially here !!
Have you got your tickets for
the Village Event of the Year ??

North Luffenham Summer Concert and Picnic
Saturday 20th June 2015

Stamford Brass will perform a fun Summer Concert
on the grass outside the Parish Church
Bring your tables, chairs, candles, drinks and a picnic for a memorable fun family evening

(In the event of inclement weather the event will be held in the Church)

6.30pm – 9.30pm (Concert starts 7.30 pm)
Tickets – £10 and £3 (Under 16)

For tickets: Paul Cummings Tel: 01780 – 720124

Tickets also available at The Fox

Summer Fun for all the Village

North Luffenham
(In aid of Church Roof Fund )
To commemmorate
The 200th Anniversary of
The Battle of Waterloo – 18th June 1815

On Saturday 20th June 2015

Stamford Brass will perform a Summer Concert
on the grass outside the Parish Church
Bring your tables, chairs, candles, drinks and a picnic for a memorable fun family evening

6.30pm – 9.30pm (Concert starts 7.30 pm)
Tickets – £10 and £3 (Under 16) all tickets sold in advance

For tickets: Paul Cummings Tel: 01780 – 720124
Bob Rennard Tel: 01780 – 721010

Full Bottles needed!


at the Rutland County Show Sunday 31sT May 2015

BOTTLES of any kind or DONATIONS will be very gratefully accepted.

BARRY & SUE READ WILL BE COLLECTING Please deliver Bottles or Donations to:-

or phone 01780 721237 for collection.

Unfortunately we can not accept out of date items.

Sincere thanks from the Fund-Raising Committee for your support it is much appreciated.

Your Village Needs You!

Live in North Luffenham?  You could be a Parish Councillor.

There is a Rutland wide campaign going on to get a greater diversity of people joining the local Parish Councils. That means the Parish Councils across the County need new people who live in the villages to bring new talents, fresh ideas, enthusiasm, support and debate. And it’s open to anyone who is on the electoral roll and has lived in the village for over 12 months to apply. You don’t need any special qualifications or skills as it takes all kinds of people to become a Parish Councillor and make a difference in the community.

We all have a unique range of life experiences and skills and whether your interests are in more activities for young people, ensuring local groups thrive, improving village public areas or improving services generally, you could be just the person to make that difference.

What would I have to do? Give your time at seven meetings a year, contribute to the discussion, and get involved in committee work which could cover any of a massive range of issues  including anything from planting trees to helping Planning Permissions, decisions on village land, speed limits, allocation of funding and generally helping debate and set priorities. And a whole lot more. Yours will be a Voice on the Council to make things happen.

How do I apply?

 Parish Council elections will be held in May 2015 when there will be an opportunity to apply for a seat on the Parish Council. So register an interest with Ian Ferguson, Parish Clerk on 01780 720793. Alternatively, if you want an informal chat with an existing Parish Councillor then Ian can provide a list with contact details.


Make a DIFFERENCE to the quality of life for people in our Village.