Author Archives: Pete Burrows

Rutland and Stamford Sound – Local Radio over the Internet

For those of you missing the local information and characters of Rutland Radio after it was absorbed into Greatest Hits Radio, you may not be aware that Rob Persani and the team started an Internet Radio station – Rutland and Stamford Sound.

This is available over the Internet, via their web site, a mobile phone app, and via Alexa and other smart speakers.

You can find more information at their web site :

Phone Line Update

We have some information provided by a Barrowden resident with an update directly from the OpenReach engineers working on the phone lines:

“I’ve been to see the Openreach engineers working at the end of Morcott Road this morning and thought I would share with you what they told me by way of an update.

There is positive news in that they are starting to make connections but it’s a long and painstaking process. They can’t tell which phone numbers are in various core cables but are working through making them all live, consequently phone numbers will start to come on stream from now but completion of the work will take a number of days.

Although they couldn’t give me an end date for the work, they did confirm the job is still considered urgent and they will continue to work on it over the weekend.

It feels as if we are making progress.”

Neighbourhood Plan Consultation 23rd August – 4th October

As you will be aware the North Luffenham Neighbourhood Plan Working Group of the Parish Council have been developing the Neighbourhood Plan document, Planning Policies and background evidence for the North Luffenham Neighbourhood Plan.

The Plan and Policies are now at the point where the residents of the Parish have the opportunity to review and comment on the draft (the official status is “Pre Submission”) plan.

You should have received details about the plan, and the consultation, via a leaflet drop.

The consultation period starts Tuesday 23rd August, and you can find the details of the consultation period, a downloadable copy of the draft plan, along with supporting documents on the Neighbourhood Plan page on the web site.

There is also a link to the online form for you to enter your views

This is your chance to provide feedback, and influence the plan. Once this consultation period completes, Rutland County Council will run a wider review, however this will be mainly around the legalities and background evidence for the plan – they will not comment on the actual planning policies in the plan, unless there are errors or unenforceable statements included in the text.

Please take this opportunity to provide your input. The Plan will be part of the decision making process for all planning applications submitted in North Luffenham Parish until 2036, and so it is very important that it accurately reflects the overall views of the residents.

Phone Issues Update

The current outage of the telephone system in North Luffenham has been confirmed to be caused by theft of the copper cables from the Telephone Exchange on Ketton Road to the villages.

Internet services are not affected as they are carried by fibre optic cable from the Exchange to the villages, and only use copper cable from the green cabinets on the streets.

Various estimates from BT have been reported to reinstate the telephone services, but the last time this happened it took approximately 10 days to repair the cable.

Phone Line Update

Thanks everyone for the information on the phone line outage.

It looks like all villages served by the North Luffenham exchange- North Luffenham, South Luffenham, Edith Weston and potentially Barrowden – are affected

BT are aware and working on it

The earliest estimate from BT / Openreach to resolve the problem is tomorrow evening

Office Furniture for Sale

Beech Veneer Office Furniture For Sale, 1 Office Desk (160cmx120cm), One Bookcase (2m tall) and one 3 drawer filing cabinet. There is also an extra shelf and an extension for the desk if you have a bigger space. These are from the Ikea Effektiv range of office furniture and are very solid. Will split, and can deliver within the Chater Valley area.

£100 or nearest offer, please call Pete Burrows on 01780 721674 or email

Reminder – Saturday 2nd April for Coffee, Cake & Chat

It has been a rather strange two years, with restrictions on a lot of our usual activities and many people have missed the social interactions that are usually part of their everyday life. North Luffenham is a lovely village, with a lot of history and having village events & clubs enables us to develop a sense of community and friendship.

Please come along to our village ‘get together’ and make new friends, meet old friends, all while enjoying delicious homemade cakes & biscuits! There will also be coffee, tea and a variety of fruit & herbal teas available. The room is well ventilated and sanitiser will be available.

There is no entry charge for this event but cash donations will be given to the Ukrainian Humanitarian Appeal.

For anyone needing assistance, help is available to get to the community centre.

Contact Liz Ritchie on 01780 720210 or at

Men & Women in Sheds, Rutland – Spring Commission Slots Available

As you may have seen around the village, the Men & Women in Sheds Team have been busy making bespoke garden furniture to order. Over the coming month we have some slots available should you want anything wooden built to your own design (or one inspired by us).

Our prices are very reasonable and are based on cost of the wood plus a donation to AgeUK to enable us to run the Shed.

Examples of our handiwork are picnic tables, garden benches, potting tables, bug boxes, mud kitchens & planters.

Personalised Mud Kitchen for 3 year old
An array of Benches, Gentlemen of MiS Rutland not included
Bug Boxes – before & after personalisation…

For further information and inspiration visit our website:-

Alternatively, contact Brian Lee on 01572 720319 or via email

Full Fibre Internet Availability in North Luffenham Village

The Full Fibre Internet connection for the Community Centre and the School has been funded by RCC to encourage the further roll out of of fibre optic cabling in the village.

The installation by OpenReach has placed a limited number of properties within the connecting distance for a Full Fibre Internet upgrade. An upgrade would enable speeds of up to 1Gb/sec (Gigabit Internet)

The purple dots on the map below show which lucky residents now have availability for a full fibre connection.

You would need to contact your Internet provider for details on how to upgrade and costs.