Author Archives: Paul Cummings

Village Day 2018 – Can You Help?

Following the success of the 2016 event, the Parish Council are looking to support another Village Day event in 2018. We need your help in putting together a simple but fun event to celebrate North Luffenham as being a great place to Iive and to provide an opportunity for a memorable village event on the Oval. This might coincide with the Royal Wedding on 19th May or on another suitable occasion. We are looking for volunteers to join a Committee to help with planning and to help organise the event. Ideas such as fun sports competitions, fancy dress, dog show, stalls, bric a brac, cakes etc spring to mind. Would you like to help ? – if so please contact Paul Cummings – Tel: 01780 720124.


Please find attached a progress report from the Joint Edith Weston / North Luffenham Working Group, which explains what the Working Group has been doing to date and what its future tasks are.

At the Focus Group meetings held on 29th Jan we were advised by the County Council that the current proposals would see both a development of 1,500 – 3,000 homes on the Western end (Edith Weston) of the site, and in addition the development of a substantial part of the Eastern (North Luffenham) end of site for the extraction of limestone. The report attached includes a map highlighting the area designated for mineral extraction.

The aim of the Working Group is initially to gather the information necessary to influence the development of the site. The first step in this will be to present a paper highlighting our concerns to the County Council in early March before any decisions are made.

PBG CUMMINGS – Tel: 01780 720124

SGB Update – Feb 18 Meged

Hold the Date – North Luffenham’s 6th Safari Supper – Saturday 14th April 2018

The 6th North Luffenham Safari Supper will take place on Saturday 14th April 2018. Full details are contained in the attached flyer which will be enclosed in the February edition of the Parish Magazine. An evening of meeting new people, and having fun. Each participant couple are invited to host one course for 6 people. Starters, Mains and Puddings will be served in different homes around the village. Cost will be £20 / Couple, with all proceeds going to Dove Cottage Day Hospice. To book or for further information contact Paul – 720124, Judy – 720467, Liliane – 721047 or Di – 720447.

Booking deadline will be 24th March 2018

Flyer – 2018

St George’s Barracks Development

Letters have been sent out today by email to all those that have expressed a wish to attend the 2 x Focus Group Meetings scheduled to be held on 29th Jan 18. If you have yet to register and wish to attend please send an email to the project email address, confirming that you wish to attend. RCC will then arrange for an invitation to be sent back to you. The email address is:

I would urge as many as possible to attend to find out what is planned and the impact that it might have on our village.

St George’s Barracks Development – Village Consultation

On Thursday 7th December the Parish Council hosted an open meeting in the Parish Church to discuss the proposed development of St George’s Barracks by a Public / Public Partnership formed by the Ministry of Defence and Rutland County Council. Cllr Cummings explained the rationale for holding the meeting which was to help gauge opinion and to encourage others to join the Working Group, to enable the Parish Council to better understand the Villagers’ concerns and aspirations regarding the development of the site. A summary of the meeting is attached. Further meetings will be held to enable all villagers to express their views. As noted in my previous posting all villagers are urged to contact their local MP to ensure that he is best placed to represent your views:

Summary – Mtg 7 Dec 17 V2

St George’s Barracks Presentation – Focus Groups / Consultation – 29th Jan 18

The County Council will hold a consultation event for local residents keen to participate in focus groups on 29th Jan in the Officers Mess. Capacity will be 200 or so. There would be 2 x sessions one in the afternoon and one in the evening.  Individuals wishing to participate in this consultation event will need to register their interest using the RCC feedback proforma which is available below and should be sent to: . If you have a interest in the long term development of the St George’s Barracks Site I urge you to apply to attend.

Paul Cummings – Chair NLPC

Parish Feedback Form

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

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


St George’s Barracks – Creation of a Working Group

Last night the Parish Council agreed to create 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 of village views and concerns and will 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.

An early action will be to hold a public meeting to enable the Parish Council to understand your 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.

Details of the Public Meeting will be published next week.

Paul Cummings
North Luffenham Parish Council St George’s Barracks Working Group
Tel: 01780 720124

St George’s Barracks Development – Presentation Slides

Please find attached Helen Briggs’ (CE RCC) Site Map including Parish Boundaries and the presentation that she made in the School Hall on Thursday 26 Oct 17

RCC St George’s Barracks Web Site

St Georges Barracks with Parishes in colour

St George’s Presentation October 2017

St George’s Barracks Redevelopment

Over 150 people crammed in to the School Hall last evening, 26 Oct 17 to hear Helen Briggs, (CE Rutland County Council) present on the outline proposal for redevelopment of St George’s Barracks.

The presentation was very clear, and though many inevitably felt unhappy with the proposals to build a new ‘Garden Village’ which could be somewhere in the order of new 3,000 homes so very close to both North Luffenham and Edith Weston, it was good to be told in broad detail what was planned and how the project would be run. The top level ‘Master planning’ for the project will begin early in the New Year and the combined North Luffenham and Edith Weston Parish Council team will strive hard to ensure that our voice is heard and that the villages are kept informed of progress throughout.

Thank you to all that attended the meeting and for the excellent and very clear questions that were put to CE RCC. We will add a copy of Helen’s Presentation to the site as soon as it is available. I have attached the initial Question and Answer Brief that was published last month.

St George’s FAQ

Security Marking – Sat 28th October 2017 at 3pm in The Fox

PC Peter Icke, our Community Police Officer reports that there has been an increase in burglaries and break-ins recently across Rutland and the surrounding areas. He has kindly agreed to hold a property marking event at The Fox on Saturday 28th October from 3pm. As well as marking Garden tools, lawnmowers, bikes etc, he will have available UV pens and a selection of shed alarms, timer switches, smart water kits and information to help you secure your home.

North Luffenham Parish Council (Trustee) Meeting – Monday 16th September 2016

The next meeting of North Luffenham Parish Council (Trustee for The Oval and Allotment Field) will be held on Monday 16th October, immediately following the Parish Council meeting in the Community Centre. The Agenda and associated papers are listed below:


NLPC Trust accounts-09.10.2017

Request to Trustee 2017

Policy-Allotment Letting-draftv1