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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 volunteering.fineshade@forestry.gsi.gov.uk 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: rectorrwb@gmail.com.  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
Email: pbgcummings@gmail.com

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:

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NLPC Trust accounts-09.10.2017

Request to Trustee 2017

Policy-Allotment Letting-draftv1

 

 

North Luffenham Parish Council – Next Meeting Monday 16th October 2017

The next meeting of North Luffenham Parish Council will be held at 7pm on Monday 16th October 2017 in the Community Centre.

 

The agenda and associated papers are listed below:

NLPC-agenda-General-16.10.2017

NLPC-accounts-General-09.10.2017

NLPC Response to Draft Local Plan

Bonfire Event Plan-Risk Analysis

NLPC meeting dates to April 2019

 

Public Meeting – The Future of St George’s Barracks – Thursday 26th October 2017

There will be a public meeting in the North Luffenham School Hall on Thursday 26th Oct 17 at 7PM to discuss the proposals for the future development of St George’s Barracks. The meeting will be addressed by Helen Briggs, Chief Executive of Rutland County Council who will discuss the outline proposal  and explain how the proposed Partnership with MoD will work.

This is an opportunity to hear at first hand what is proposed and to address the Chief Executive. This initiative will have a significant impact on the village over the next 20 years and I do hope that as many as possible will take the opportunity to hear what is planned and to have an opportunity to help shape the future of the Barracks site, a significant portion of which currently lies within the village boundary.

More background information here:

Future of St George’s Barracks

Should you have any questions or would wish to register questions in advance of the meeting please contact:

Paul Cummings, Parish Council Chair – Tel: 01780 720124 or pbgcummings@gmail.com

Future of St George’s Barracks

On 25th Sep Cllrs Cummings and Smith attended a briefing held jointly by Rutland County Council and the Ministry of Defence (MoD). The aim of the meeting was to outline how the County Council and MoD intended to work in Partnership to identify the most appropriate future use of the site in line with the Councils objectives and requirements and to secure the best possible outcome for St George’s site, local communities and the wider county.

The key points raised by the Chief Executive in her introduction were:

  • The MoD decided last year that St George’s Barracks would close by 2021 – this decision at present remains extant.
  • Since then MoD and RCC have been in active discussions about the possibility of developing a Private/Private Partnership designed to maximize the potential for the site.
  • The site was a 300 Hectare Brownfield site with enormous potential in a most favorable position close to A1 / A47, and Rutland Water.

CE RCC identified the shared vision that was being developed. The intent was to create:

  • A new ‘Garden village’, – the new village would be well-designed, built to a high quality and attractive to meet local housing needs, including affordable housing.
  • A business enterprise zone
  • Leisure and recreation facilities
  • Minerals extraction

She indicated that this would be a long term project with phased development over 10-15 years. With supporting infrastructure, including roads, Utilities, Broadband etc being put in place prior to development.

The Parish Council have indicated their wish to work closely with MoD and to be able to represent the views of the villagers of North Luffenham. Helen Briggs, the Chief Executive has agreed to come to North Luffenham to present the Council’s vision to the village. Plans are being drawn up to hold this meeting on 25th or 26th October. Further details will be published in due course.

A Question and Answer brief prepared by Rutland County Council is attached.

Q&A Brief – Sep 17

PBG CUMMINGS

Chair North Luffenham Parish Council

200 villagers attend Service of Remembrance 2016

On Sunday 13th November, just before 11am some 200 Villagers, together with Parishioners from local Parishes within the Benefice and Military Personnel from 1 Military Working Dog Regiment (1MWD Regt), 2 Medical Regiment RAMC, St George’s Barracks Army Cadet Force Detachment and members of North Luffenham Scouts gathered to remember those who gave their lives in two World Wars and those that lost their lives on operations and training in more recent times.

The Service was led by Rev John Taylor and our Lay Reader Caroline Simmonds.

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Caroline Simmonds and Rev John Taylor lead the Commemoration

Senior Military Guests included Air Vice Marshal Nigel Sudborough CB, President of The Royal British Legion, Rutland and Lieutenant Colonel Stephen Foreman RLC Commanding Officer 1 MWD Regt and Station Commander at St George’s Barracks.

Lieutenant Colonel Stephen Foreman RLC, Commanding Officer 1 Military Working Dog Regiment

Lieutenant Colonel Stephen Foreman RLC, Commanding Officer 1 Military Working Dog Regiment

The Standards of the Royal Air Forces Association, 1 MWD Regt, North Luffenham Scouts, and Army Cadet Force Paraded outside the Church and took part in the Service and Commemoration.

L-R Standards of Army Cadet Force, RAFA and Wreath Layers from Scouts, Royal British Legion (AVM Nigel Sudborough, 1 MWD Regt (Lt Col Foreman) and 2 Med Regt RAMC.

L-R Standards of Army Cadet Force, RAFA and Wreath Layers from Scouts, Royal British Legion (AVM Nigel Sudborough, 1 MWD Regt (Lt Col Foreman) and 2 Med Regt RAMC.

During the Service the names of some 86 British and Commonwealth Fallen were read out and remembered with great solemnity and pride.

Following the service the congregation gathered outside and Wreaths were laid in front of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission plot.

Choir and Congregation gather at the Commonwealth War Graves Plot

Choir and Congregation gather at the Commonwealth War Graves Plot

The Collection for the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal raised £566.

Service of Remembrance – First World War Centenary

poppyA Service of Remembrance is being held in the Village Church at 10.45am tomorrow, where we will be joined by local military units and youth groups and will commemorate the contribution of British and Commonwealth military servicemen and women in the two World Wars and later conflicts.

In this the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme we will particularly remember those who died during the First World War.

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You can read about the 16 from North Luffenham who fell during WWI from this series published during the past week.

We Will Remember Them

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“They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.”

Extract from Poem by Robert Laurence Binyon (1869-1943), published in The Times newspaper on 21st September 1914.

World War II Fallen

In this final piece on Remembrance we remember too those from the village that gave their lives in World War 2. We remember:

  • JOHN CHARITY
  • RALPH CHARITY
  • WILLIAM PALMER
  • GEORGE HARRISON
  • FA LOCKE
  • JACK ALEXANDER

Whilst books such as “Rutland The Great War” provide a comprehensive list of the fallen with awards of merit, photographs and list of actions for that War, there appears to be no similar record of those who lost their lives in 1939 – 1945. Indeed in researching these pieces I have been unable even to find even the Regimental Numbers /Rank / First Names of all those listed above.

Should any villager have further details we would love to be able to include them in the village archive. Hopefully next year we can produce a summary of these men who too gave their lives in War.

Commonwealth War Graves

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We remember too those Servicemen who lie buried in the beautiful Commonwealth War Graves Commission plot in the Village Churchyard:

SERVICEMEN OF THE ROYAL ARTILLERY

  • GUNNER PK MOORE

SERVICEMEN OF THE ROYAL AIR FORCE

  • SERGEANT E HORTON
  • AIRCRAFTMAN FG MALIN
  • AIRCRAFTMAN G ROBERTS
  • SERGEANT AB WRIGHT
  • SERGEANT WD MORRIS
  • SERGEANT BF MULLETT
  • SERGEANT KH LONG
  • CORPORAL LA SURGEON
  • CORPORAL H BROGAN
  • CHIEF TECHNICIAN DM HIGGINS
  • SENIOR AIRCRAFTMAN DT ROGERS
  • JUNIOR TECHNICIAN DB DOMINY
  • SERGEANT RA LIGHT
  • SENIOR AIRCRAFTMAN SA SHARP
  • SENIOR AIRCRAFTMAN F BOWEN

 

SERVICEMEN OF THE ROYAL CANADIAN AIR FORCE

  • SERGEANT HD WEAVER
  • FLIGHT SERGEANT JR YOUNG
  • SERGEANT RG WALTERS
  • FLIGHT SERGEANT RH LEWIS
  • FLIGHT SERGEANT KL CAMPBELL
  • FLYING OFFICER AE RAYNER
  • LEADING AIRCRAFTMAN TA McNEILLY
  • FLIGHT SERGEANT EK CHURCHILL
  • SQUADRON LEADER JD DICKSON
  • LEADING AIRCRAFTMAN CH ROSIN
  • LEADING AIRCRAFTMAN KS WILKINGS
  • FLYING OFFICER DG TRACEY
  • FLYING OFFICER LJ ELPHICK
  • FLYING OFFICER AM GILLIES
  • FLYING OFFICER PV ROBINSON
  • SERGEANT M LAING

 

SERVICEMEN OF THE ROYAL NEW ZEALAND AIR FORCE

  • FLIGHT SERGEANT DLC LIDDELL
  • SERGEANT H MORRISON
  • SERGEANT LF CROKER
  • SERGEANT T LINDLEY

 

SERVICEMEN OF THE ROYAL AUSTRALIAN AIR FORCE

  • FLIGHT SERGEANT JA DOUGLAS

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A Service of Remembrance is being held in the Village Church at 10.45am on Sunday 13th November, where we will be joined by local military units and youth groups and will commemorate the contribution of British and Commonwealth military servicemen and women in the two World Wars and later conflicts.

 

Remembering Those That Fell During The First World War – Part 5

Field of Poppies

15062 Private James Leonard Steele

James Leonard Steele was the eldest son of William and Rose Steele and born in North Luffenham on 11 August 1895. By 1911, aged 15, he had moved within the village to live with his grandfather Jeremiah Steele and was a farm labourer.

He enlisted in Oakham, joining the 1st Battalion Coldstream Guards on 5 January 1915, aged 19 years and 5 months old. He went out to France the following October where he took part in the fighting on the Somme.

James was wounded on 16 August 1916 and again on 4 May 1917 during the Third Battle of Ypres. At some point he transferred to the Labour Corps.

He returned home and married his wife Mabel in October 1918. But just five weeks later he was dead. James had been struck down in the big ‘flu outbreak that hit Europe and the world immediately after the war, but his illness was said to have been aggravated by his wounds.

He is buried at North Luffenham churchyard, and has a CWGC headstone. He was 23 years old. His cousin Hugh Steele and his second cousin John Henry Steele also died in the First World War.

12760 Private John Henry Steele

John Henry Steele was the son of Amon and Charlotte Steele and was born in North Luffenham in 1896. He was a cousin of Hugh Steele of Exton and James Leonard Steele, who is buried in North Luffenham churchyard, as John’s grandfather was the brother of their grandfather.

His father Amon died in his thirties before the war, and John’s mother Charlotte remarried and the family moved to Northamptonshire.

John Henry was known as Harry and joined 6th Battalion King’s Shropshire Light Infantry. Little more is known about his war service, except that he died fighting in Belgium on 26 June 1916 and is buried at Vlamertinghe Military Cemetery, grave III.B.17. He is not remembered on any war memorial in Rutland.

25753 Private Herbert Henry Storey

Herbert Henry Storey was the second youngest Rutlander to die in the First World War, aged just 16 years, ten months and ten days, after he was injured during the Battle of the Somme.

The youngest of all to die was William Clifton. Herbert, whose cousin Albert also died in the war, was born at at Ketton on 26 December 1899, the son of Herbert Storey and lived at New Town Cottages in North Luffenham. He enlisted in Mansfield, where he worked as a coalminer, on 3 May 1915, claiming to be 19 years, 127 days.

He went to France on 6 March 1916 with the 16th Battalion Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment). During the Battle of the Somme, on 14 October 1916, 100 men of the battalion were sent to act as stretcher bearers during an attack by 118th Brigade on the Schwaben Redoubt near Thiepval. It is likely this was the action in which Herbert was wounded.

He was admitted to hospital in Rouen with a head wound before being evacuated home. He died in St George’s Hospital, London, at 12.45am on 22 October. Herbert was buried two days later at Nunhead Cemetery in South London and is remembered on North Luffenham’s war memorial.

10536 Private Charles Edward Thornton

Charles Edward Thornton was initially rejected for military service because of a heart condition. But he made another attempt to join up and managed to enlist in the Lincolnshire Regiment just three weeks after the start of the First World War.

He was younger of two sons of Lewis and Mary Thornton of North Luffenham. Lewis was a butcher in the village, but both his sons trained to be bakers. Charles worked in Nottingham and then in Wragby, Lincolnshire, while his brother George worked in Loughborough.

Charles attested for the army at Lincoln and joined the 6th Battalion Lincolnshire Regiment. He was sent to Malta and then to Gallipoli when the British made new landings at Suvla Bay in an attempt to break the deadlock in the fighting which had been going on since April. He was shot in the stomach and died from his wounds on 11 August 1915.

He has no known grave and is remembered on Panel 47 of the Helles Memorial as well as at home in North Luffenham church. His brother George, who had joined up the day after him, was discharged from the army in October 1914 as medically unfit.

Field of Poppies

You can read more about all 16 from North Luffenham who fell during WWI from the series of posts published this week.

A Service of Remembrance is being held in the Village Church at 10.45am on Sunday 13th November, where we will be joined by local military units and youth groups and will commemorate the contribution of British and Commonwealth military servicemen and women in the two World Wars and later conflicts.